Whale-watching

Whale-watching tours operate out of Hervey Bay every day (weather permitting) during the annual migrations between late July and early November. Sightings are guaranteed from August to the end of October (with a free subsequent trip if the whales don’t show). Outside of the peak season, many boats offer dolphin-spotting tours. Boats cruise from Urangan Harbour out to Platypus Bay and then zip around from pod to pod to find the most active whales. Most vessels offer half-day tours for around $120 for adults and $60 for children, and most include lunch and/or morning or afternoon tea. Tour bookings can be made through your accommodation or the information centres.

Fishing

The fish bite pretty regularly in Hervey Bay's calm waters. You can join a charter for between $80 to $160 per adult, depending on how far you wish to hunt for your haul.

Cruises

At least one operator conducts sunset tours and 'eco-cruises' off the shores of Hervey Bay.

Water Sports

Hire paddle boards, kayaks, aqua trikes, jet skis and more with Aquavue or Enzo's on the Beach. Rentals start at around $20 per hour.

Scenic Flights & Skydiving

Soar with your hair in the wind over islands and lakes on 20-, 30-, 45- and 70-minute flights. Book ahead.