🇦🇺 Hervey Bay is a small city on the coast of the Fraser Coast Region of Queensland, Australia. The city is situated approximately 290 kilometres or 3½ hours' highway drive north of the state capital, Brisbane. It is located on the bay of the same name open to the Coral Sea between the Queensland mainland and nearby K'gari. The local economy relies on tourism which is based primarily around whale watching in Platypus Bay to the north, ferry access to K'gari, accessible recreational fishing and boating and the natural north facing, calm beaches with wide undeveloped foreshore zones. In October 2019, Hervey Bay was named the First Whale Heritage Site in the world by the World Cetacean Alliance, for its commitment to and practices of sustainable whale and dolphin watching.
Hervey Bay has a population of over 54,670 people. Hervey Bay also forms part of the wider Fraser Coast metropolitan area which has a population of over 105,500 people.