FREE Things to do!

Wetside Water Education Park

Main St & Charlton Esplanade, Pialba
Opening hours vary (check prior)

Open in December 2009 WetSide is a FREE water eduction park with interactive slides and water features for all ages.  The park includes WetSide Coffee Shop for café-style food, a special area for under 5s called TotSide and the FlipSide BoardRider wave machine (tickets are $5 from the Coffee Shop).

Beaches and Parks

Hervey Bay has an amazing amount of green space which has been developed by the local council into some great parks and foreshore recreation areas with amazing views and breezes of the bay.  Throughout the Fraser Coast there are over 800 parks, gardens, playgrounds and recreational areas.  Below are just a few of the popular spots in Hervey Bay. Most parks have beach access as well as facilities and/or beach shower, tables, chairs and BBQ facilities.

  1. Apex Park– Esplanade Pialba
  2. Dayman Park– Dayman St & James St Urangan
  3. Esa Park and turtle Rookery – On the Esplanade Between Flinders and Alpin St Pt Vernon
  4. Ernie Organ(train park) – Opposite Macks Rd on the Esplanade Torquay
  5. Pier Park– Cnr Esplanade and Pier St Urangan
  6. Pines Park– Beach Rd & Esplanade Pialba
  7. Quota Park– Esplanade opposite Robert St Torquay
  8. Scarness Foreshore Park– Opposite Queens Rd on the Esplanade Scarness


Hervey Bay has markets on every weekend with various stalls such as fresh produce, arts and crafts, homewares, clothing and many more.  Held in various locations around the Bay from Burrum Heads to River Heads you’re sure to find one that you love and will keep going back to. For a list of dates, locations and times Click Here.

Botanic Gardens & Orchid House

Elizabeth St ,Urangan

The Botanic Gardens are a cool relaxing spot to visit, have a picnic or watch the bird life. With a collection of around 20,000 orchids in the Orchid House, walks and ponds you could make a day of this outing on your visit.

Matthew Flinders Lookout

Dayman St, Urangan

High up on the hill at Urangan looking out over Fraser Island, the Bay and  smaller Islands Matthew Flinders Lookout and Dayman Park are situated in a quieter part of the Esplanade.  With access to the beach which is mainly used by residents and visitors of Great Sandy Straits Marina Resort, this area is a top spot for couples who are looking for some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the busy retail stretch along the Esplanade. With a covered BBQ area and playground it also makes for a great spot for a BBQ.

Hervey Bay Marina

Buccaneer Drive Urangan

The Marina located at the end of Boat Harbour Drive, Urangan is a great place to spend a couple of hours browsing the quaint shops, having a coffee, or ice cream and watching the boats arrive and depart on their various tours and trips. On Fridays from 4pm-8pm the Marina Markets come alive with live music a jumping castle and various stalls.

Urangan Pier

Charlton Esplanade Urangan

At the end of the Esplanade you’ll find the Lions Park which leads onto the Urangan Pier which is the longest pier i’ve ever seen! Over 800m long taking a leirsurely stroll you’ll meet some interesting locals, fishing, cycling or just taking a stroll along with you. This is a must do on your list, when you visit Hervey Bay! The views back from the end of the pier are beautiful.