Best beaches for kids in Hervey Bay
Updated: Aug 21, 2019
Hervey Bay has some beautiful beaches where you can take kids to splash around in the water and build sand castles, while you relax on the sand and enjoy the sound of the waves.
I usually tell people that I'm from Hervey Bay, even though I was actually born in Sydney. I moved up to Hervey Bay with my mum when I was only 9 years old and I've lived a good chunk of my life there. I went to school there, laid on the beaches (a lot) and got up to mischief in my teenage years. I then bought my first house there when I was 21, only to sell it and go travelling with my girlfriend a year later. I then moved to Brisbane which is where I live today. My mum still lives in Hervey Bay though, so we still visit on a regular basis.
Hervey Bay Beaches
Roman and I visit Hervey Bay often, as it's not only the home of my mother, but it's a great place to go to the beach and have a swim. The Bay (as the locals call it) is protected by Fraser Island, which means there are no large waves there and kids can paddle around in the shallows with ease. There are no big drop offs in the water and it's a safe place for them to play.
"After a visit to the beach, it's hard to believe that we live in a material world." - Pam Shaw
There are many parks located along the Esplanade in Hervey Bay, where kids can swing or slide with other kids their age. There's a multitude of good cafes along the Esplanade where you can buy a coffee or an ice-cream and sit and enjoy it, while sitting on a park bench and watch while they play on the equipment.
Torquay and Scarness Beaches
There are so many beaches in Hervey Bay, but the best ones for little kids are the Torquay or Scarness Beaches. There are lifeguards on duty in Torquay, with sectioned off swimming areas that they patrol. There is also a boat hire place where you can hire a kayak or a stand up paddle board and get a little exercise while you're enjoying the sun. These beaches tend to get very busy though, especially in the holiday season. The water is very calm inside the Bay, so it's a great spot to do some snorkelling, but don't expect to see much other than sand and the occasional whiting swimming around the pylons of the pier.
Urangan Beach is quieter, however there are a lot of shells on this beach, which is good if you want to collect shells, but not so good for walking on or swimming in, because they tend to be sharp on your feet. You can do some beach fishing on Urangan Beach or go for a walk along the Urangan Pier. This is also a great spot to do some fishing with your kids. Walking out to the very end of the pier is great exercise, but you don't have to walk all the way out to the end to catch fish. Most people will tell you that you can also catch fish quite close to the shore as well (not that I've ever caught much on there though. haha.)
Point Vernon Beaches
If you're looking for something a little more secluded, try the beaches at Point Vernon. These are great if you have older kids, as there can be some waves here. The sand is whiter and the water seems to be clearer as well. Most people don't go out of their way to drive all the way to Point Vernon just to go to the beach, so they can be very quiet. Gatakers Bay is also a good spot for fishing as there are loads of rocks there, where the fish tend to hang out. There's also a nice restaurant there too, but it's a bit pricey for what you actually get. And last time I went there, they were setting up for a wedding, so had a limited seating area for the general public.
There are other beaches in Hervey Bay, such as Pialba Beach (which is similar to Scarness Beach, but a bit less crowded), Dundowran Beach (which is very secluded and prone to the odd nude sunbather or two, but can be a good spot to walk your dog) and beaches at Booral and River Heads (which have loads of sandflies so aren't really worth mentioning). I've focussed on the main beaches in town, as the others are a long way to get to when you're staying in the town centre and can walk to the main ones.
Hervey Bay Accommodation
If you're looking for somewhere to stay in Hervey Bay, there are loads and loads of beachfront accommodation places on the Esplanade, but I haven't stayed at any of them because I always stay with my mum, so I can't help with a recommendation for any of them. (Sorry!) There are also beachfront caravan parks on the Esplanade, which would be pretty cool to stay in and wake up to the sound of the ocean each morning.
There are also loads of Airbnb options in Hervey Bay, and if you sign up to Airbnb through my link, you can score yourself AU$55 off your first stay. How cool is that?
I hope this post has helped you choose which beaches to visit during your stay in Hervey Bay. If you have enjoyed one of the above beaches in your time in the Bay (as the locals like to call it), please let me know by commenting below. Also please let me know where you decide to stay when you take a trip to the Bay. :-)
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