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Things to do in Hervey Bay

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Cafe
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“This has such a laid back vibe and great coffee. Lounges and bean bags ON the beach, so cool! Perfect meeting place over breakfast or brunch. Rave reviews on TripAdvisor ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
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“Another very good place to eat, particularly if you enjoy sharing food with friends or loved ones!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The Beach House Hotel has a broad menu with loads of options. It's on the better end of pub food. Very pleasant on the verandah on a balmy night. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“You’ll find just about everything you need at Stocklands and only 20 mins from your door. Coles, Aldi, Dan Murphys, Spotlight, JB Hi Fi, Target & Kmart just to name a few.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Transit Station
“Walk along the historical 800 metre pier for some great local views of the bay and local islands ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“This is a lovely place if you want a quiet, reflective few hours to soak up the beautiful gardens. Visit the orchard house and get a cup of coffee/tea for around $5.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Popular Italian restaurant in the evening with a great selection of gelato and pastries during the day. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Nature
“Located 20 mins from Toogoom & on the Esplanade at Pialba overlooking the ocean you can’t pass up a hot day at this spot. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
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“Beachside open-air cafe with shaded tables, dishing up hot breakfasts and hearty sandwiches. AQUAVUE and FRASERJET - Hervey Bay’s premier destination for food, fun and adventure. Whether you’re looking to sit back and relax whilst enjoying a cup of coffee or a meal made from outstanding local produce, indulge in a glass of wine or a scrumptious cocktail from the VUEBAR or jump into action with our huge range of watersports activities and jetski tours.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cafe Balaena is a local favourite cafe. The service is usually great and their menu is delicious. They also have great coffee and cakes. At times they have live music and are open all day till late. The dinner atmosphere is lovely. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Store
“The boat club is approx 15 minutes walking distance along the Esplanade and good for family dinners and drinks. You will need to sign in as visitors to the bay so don't forget your ID. They have an outdoor verandah where you can see the local boats in their moorings while enjoying drinks. There is the main restaurant and a bistro. Live music plays most nights and they have cinemas upstairs. The cinemas seat approx 20 people. Their courtesy bus is available as well.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is one of Hervey Bay’s finest restaurants with a good wine selection and stunning views. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great food! Also caters for events. Need to pre book popular. Ph: 41253278.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Maddigan’s fish ‘n chips are the best in Hervey Bay. Be warned the portion sizes are enormous! Take your sweet lips fish and chips with a drink across the road to the lawn area for a delightful picnic. If you still got room for sweets just look up and you’ll see an irresistible ice cream parlour (70 flavours) right next to Maddigan’s. You guessed it, Rave reviews on TripAdvisor ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Cafe
“Arkarra Gardens is a tranquil restaurant with Balinese style huts and a walkway to the lagoons. Their breakfasts are great as are their lunches. I like Arkarras forest environment. It feels good being surrounded by trees, birds, lizards and brush turkeys. This place is certainly a great place to visit. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Wine & dine, bar, gaming, bistro, entertainment, cinemas, kids play area & a fantastic view!”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Another very good place to eat, particularly if you enjoy sharing food with friends or loved ones!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Beach House Hotel has a broad menu with loads of options. It's on the better end of pub food. Very pleasant on the verandah on a balmy night. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Popular Italian restaurant in the evening with a great selection of gelato and pastries during the day. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
“Beachside open-air cafe with shaded tables, dishing up hot breakfasts and hearty sandwiches. AQUAVUE and FRASERJET - Hervey Bay’s premier destination for food, fun and adventure. Whether you’re looking to sit back and relax whilst enjoying a cup of coffee or a meal made from outstanding local produce, indulge in a glass of wine or a scrumptious cocktail from the VUEBAR or jump into action with our huge range of watersports activities and jetski tours.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cafe Balaena is a local favourite cafe. The service is usually great and their menu is delicious. They also have great coffee and cakes. At times they have live music and are open all day till late. The dinner atmosphere is lovely. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Store
“The boat club is approx 15 minutes walking distance along the Esplanade and good for family dinners and drinks. You will need to sign in as visitors to the bay so don't forget your ID. They have an outdoor verandah where you can see the local boats in their moorings while enjoying drinks. There is the main restaurant and a bistro. Live music plays most nights and they have cinemas upstairs. The cinemas seat approx 20 people. Their courtesy bus is available as well.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is one of Hervey Bay’s finest restaurants with a good wine selection and stunning views. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food! Also caters for events. Need to pre book popular. Ph: 41253278.”
  • 6 locals recommend

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