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Urangan Hervey Bay Queensland Australia

Located some 3.5 hours drive from Brisbane, the whale watching centre of Queensland, Hervey Bay is a city of some 50,000 souls, and is a just short boat trip or scenic flight to Fraser Island or Lady Elliot Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Hervey Bay - Aboriginal History

The traditional owners of the Fraser Coast are the Butchulla Aboriginal people who occupied the area for millenniums before European settlement in 1850. Hervey Bay honours the Aboriginal people, by naming streets and landmarks in Hervey Bay with Aboriginal names. The Butchulla Aboriginal people were nomadic hunters and gatherers, moving as the seasons required.

Hervey Bay - History

The Hervey Bay area was first sighted and mentioned by Captain James Cook in 1770; as Sandy Cape was rounded, Fraser Island appeared to be joined to the mainland, thus creating a bay. Captain Cook named the 'bay' 'Herveys Bay', after Augustus Hervey, Lord of the British Admiralty. In 1802 Matthew Flinders explored and charted the Hervey Bay area. Martin Boyle became the first white settler at Hervey Bay, in 1863 and is believed to have farmed sugar in the mineral rich region. The foreshore was subdivided for housing in the mid 1860s and by 1913 the railway from Maryborough reached Urangan. The Urangan pier was constructed in 1917 to facilitate exporting primary produce from farmers of the region; sugar cane, pineapples, citrus fruits, beef and fish. By the 1930's Hervey Bay had regular air connections with Brisbane and a tarmac road between Urangan and Maryborough. As post World War II immigration swelled the Australian population and development continued, the coastal villages of Pialba, Scarness, Torquay and Urangan merged to become Hervey Bay.

Hervey Bay - Today

Today Hervey Bay is the Whale Watching capitol of Australia, where the clear blue water of the bay become a nursery playground between mid July and November as humpback whales rest during their southbound annual migration. Hervey Bay is blessed with a subtropical climate and average temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius in summer and 22 degrees Celsius in winter and flawless beaches where the five suburbs of Point Vernon, Pialba, Scarness, Torquay and Urangan are connected by a 10km stretch of sand.

Hervey Bay - Attractions

Reach the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island and the most southerly coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island via Hervey Bay. Up to 6 species of whales are spotted in season, off Hervey Bay, as well as surfing dolphins, seals and shy dugongs in the shallow sandy foreshores of the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island. The old Urangan Pier is on the Esplanade; Reef World a small aquarium is exquisitely stocked with some of the Great Barrier Reef's most colourful characters and The Hervey Bay Botanic Garden are lush mix of small lagoons, dense foliage and walking track; or see the Vic Hislop Shark Show; this is easy to find; the shark hunters' place is the house with the shark head plastered across its facade.