is located between the parallels 24ēS e 26ēS,
three hours north by car from Brisbane and one
hour from the Sunshine Coast. The region consists
of many small towns, all with great historical and
geographical importance. Hervey
Bay, Gympie, Maryborough,
and Fraser Island, are some of the top
spots in this area.
visit the Hervey Coast,
you take the Bruce Highway (driving north
from Brisbane) until you reach the town of Gympie,
where you take the road to Maryborough (photo).
This small town has kept its' marvellous
architecture from the beginning of the 1800's,
with many gorgeous Victorian and historical
constructions. There are not only houses, but some
public buildings as well. One of the best examples
is the Post Office. During recent years, many of
these buildings have been restored and today you
will find pharmacies, bakeries, law offices, and
many other commercial buildings restored to the
same way they were 200 years ago. It has became a
big tourist attraction, especially for those who
like to see what Australia looked like at that
(photo) as they are called, were the common
housing style used in the beginning of the 1890's.
They are houses surrounded by big verandas to keep
their owners' cool during the hot summer months.
They are making a come back in Australia, with
some new homes being built in the same way. They
are wonderful for space and comfort, with huge
rooms, living areas, gardens and equipped with
modern spas, swimming pools, huge garages, work
shops. They are also largely available in Maryborough. Driving
and not taking the route back to the Bruce
Highway, you will reach the town of Hervey Bay
(photo). The town is one of the best points to
make your plans to explore Fraser
Bay is a small town, which has a tourism based
economy. Lately, the town has become very much in
demand by retirees because of reasonable house
prices. Hundreds of thousands of tourists every
year spend some time in town to see one of the
towns' top attractions; Whale watching.
Bay City and Beach
Watching in Hervey Bay
year these mammals migrate from the low latitude
areas to procreate in the warm waters of the bay.
Not only is it exciting to spot whales; the area
is well known for its excellent fishing year
round. The Jetty right in front of the town is one
of the longest in Australia, and has good fishing
too. From the jetty it is possible to spot dolphin
and dugongs. There's plenty of accommodation
available to suit every budget. Caravan Parks and
Camping grounds abound in front of the beach.
Hervey Bay is also excellent for boating because
the bay is protected by Fraser
Island. Beaches are clean and
beautiful, perfect for families with young
children because of its calm waters.
about Hervey Bay...
600 metre Pier is open (and free) to the