About Hervey Bay

A little bit of history... Hervey Bay was named after Lord Augustus Hervey, the Earl of Bristol and Captain Cook’s superior.

Hervey Bay was first settled in the 1850’s, with Boyd Martin and his family being the first permanent white settlers.

In the 1870’s many Scandinavian settlers moved into the area – with dairy and sugar cane being the main farming practices.

In 1917 the Urangan Pier was completed – an important port for the export of sugar.

The villages of Pialba, Scarness, Torquay, Pt Vernon and Urangan were declared the town of Hervey Bay in 1977, and later declared a city in 1988.

With a population of 70,000 or more residents, Hervey Bay is now referred to as the ‘Whale Watching Capital of the World’.

Hervey Bay is a great place to visit and an even better place to live.

Modern Hervey Bay is a thriving business, medical, tourist and educational precinct including:

Hervey Bay Airport, Urangan

University of Southern Queensland, Pialba

Wide Bay Institute of TAFE, Urraween

St Stephens Hospital, Urraween

Hervey Bay Hospital, Urraween

Fraser Coast Regional Council, Torquay

Hervey Bay Tourist Information Centre, Nikenbah

WetSide Water Education Park, Pialba

Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere, Pialba

Hervey Bay Botanical Gardens, Urangan

Hervey Bay Driving School

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