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The Hervey Bay City Council and Hervey Bay Tourism Bureau aim to make Hervey Bay one of the most accessible tourism destinations in Australia with modern, thoughtfully designed accommodation, tourism operators committed to offering a high level of physical accessibility and service, some fourteen kilometres of paved pathways winding through parkland bordering the Bay’s calm, clear waters, with easily accessed beach access points and facilities along the foreshore.

Things to see and do at Hervey Bay for the mobility impaired

Hervey Bay’s restaurants, cafes, cinemas and clubs provide a range of entertainment and good food to suit all pockets. There are many sporting, social and business clubs. Cultural groups with diverse interests abound and there is something to interest everyone.

Some of the accessible attractions include:

  • Arkarra Tea Gardens
  • Great Sandy Region Botanic Gardens
  • Neptunes Reefworld
  • Sea Shell Museum
  • Torquay Beach Hire

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The very flat nature of the foreshore with its paved Esplanade, views across the Bay to Fraser Island and the access points for a spot of fishing, plus beach access points, all help to provide the visitor with an enjoyable, relaxing holiday.

Where to stay

Hervey Bay has a wide range of accommodation to suit all preferences, budgets and special needs.

Meet people from all over the world by staying at the Fraser Roving Backpacker Hostel, right on the Esplanade at Torquay, or reserve your accommodation at the Wheelies Retreat, a purpose-built home with full wheelchair access.

Other accommodation, such as the Ambassador Motor Lodge and the Emeraldene Motel also cater to the traveller with special needs.

If you prefer to stay in a caravan park, a number of Hervey Bay’s parks cater for travellers in wheelchairs.

Where to eat

Hervey Bay is famous for its fresh, local seafood. Whether you prefer a sumptuous seafood buffet or fish and chips in one of the many parks along the foreshore, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes and budget.

Many restaurants and coffee shops offer casual outdoor dining which is ideally suited to Hervey Bay’s temperate climate and relaxed lifestyle.

Have a whale of a time…

Regular visitors to the Fraser Coast will tell you that anytime of the year is ideal for taking in all the sights and attractions of this unspoilt part of Queensland.

From August to November, Hervey Bay is the whale watch capital of the world when humpback whales visit to frolic in the Bay’s sheltered waters before continuing their annual 16,000 kilometre migration to Antarctica with their new calves.

Whale-watching vessels depart daily during the season. The fleet offers half-day, full-day, three-quarter day, and dawn tours on a variety of vessels, each hosted by a professional and experienced crew who provide a knowledgeable commentary.

Whale watchers are regularly treated to magnificent displays of breaching, spyhopping, tail and pectoral slapping.

Cruises on the very comfortable catamaran, Whalesong and Quick Cat 11, offer easy access and viewing facilities for people in wheelchairs. Other cruise boats in the Hervey Bay fleet offer access to the water for those people whose disability is not mobility-related.

Dolphin and dugong spotting cruises are available all year round and provide the visitor with the opportunity to enjoy the varied experiences of Hervey Bay’s marine environment.

The thrill of seeing the whales, dolphins and other marine life, is something memorable for any holiday itinerary. Some 600 acres of coral may be viewed and explored from a glass-bottomed boat just offshore in Hervey Bay.