The city of Hervey Bay is located a comfortable three and a half hour drive or 45 minute flight north of Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. With the extension of the Hervey Bay Airport completed in 2005, Virgin Australia now flies directly to Hervey Bay from Sydney every day. QantasLink continues to connect Hervey Bay direct to Brisbane several times daily with a daily flight from Sydney on the weekends.
Hervey Bay has a great sub-tropical climate, with summer (January) maximum average temperature of 29 degrees Celsius and a winter (July) maximum average of 22 degrees Celsius. Hervey Bay's abundance of natural assets includes the Great Sandy Strait, World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the Bay and the wetlands. It boasts a quality of life that balances work and pleasure, and is a clean, safe city that has a goal of being Queensland's most accessible city.
Hervey Bay is renowned as a "must do" destination for backpackers and is the main access point to Fraser Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Recognised as the Whale Watch Capital of the World, Hervey Bay is home to majestic humpback whales from July to early November. Approximately 1.4 million overnight visitors come to this region each year.
Lifestyle. It's the reason most people give for coming to Hervey Bay and the reason they give for staying. And it's remarkable how so many different people give that same answer. Young couples, growing families, older couples establishing small businesses, retirees - all are captivated by Hervey Bay's enchanting mix of natural attractions, idyllic climate, relaxed pace, modern facilities, first class educational opportunities, exciting tourism ventures and friendly people. All of this is within easy reach of Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Fraser Island and Central Queensland.
Hervey Bay has come of age, maintaining its youthful, natural good looks but offering the attractions of a mature, established city. Continued strong growth has seen Hervey Bay's population skyrocket from only 30,000 in 1991 to approximately 54,500 in 2006. Trends show this growth rate - one of Australia's highest - will continue. Fraser Coast Regional Council has focused on planning for growth, with intensive town planning, exciting urban designs and upgraded infrastructure.
Economic growth is matching population growth, particularly in tourism, service industries, retailing and light industries. A spate of multi-million dollar commercial, residential and resort developments are either underway or in the pipeline.