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, Jetstar and Virgin Blue now fly directly to Hervey Bay from Sydney.
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. The average annual rainfall is 900mm. 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 Lady Elliot Island on 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 1.23 million overnight visitors come to this region each year, including 194,300 international visitors. Another 1.4 million daytrippers visit Hervey Bay annually.
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