The first question many travellers’ may have is this: What is flashpacking?

Well, a key element of flashpacking is the love of independent travel. This is a sensibility obviously carried over from the backpacking movement, which combines the thirst for independent travel with a meagre budget. I think we’d all agree that travelling is about expanding your horizons, opening your mind to new things and looking differently at the world. It’s not about the stuff you carry. If your spirit is the same, the amount of flash with you does not matter.

What’s to do in Hervey Bay?

Hervey Bay is a peaceful and picturesque seaside city that has attracted holiday makers for over a century. It has plenty to offer for just about everyone, on the water and on the land. Hervey Bay is best known as the Whale Watch Capital and the home of the World Heritage listed Fraser Island. This haven which began as a number of seaside villages, boasts kilometres of beaches and offers a vast range of tourist attractions and activities for all ages. Hervey Bay’s climate and idyllic waterways have led to an abundance of water sports activity in the area. A broad nature strip with a bike path meandering among the trees traces the entire stretch of sandy beach from the Urangan Pier to the last of the grand old beach houses at Point Vernon.
The beach is ideal for all ages and swimming, sailing, fishing, diving, sea kayaking and skiing are all readily available for the visitor’s recreation. As well as an abundance of water based activities, Hervey Bay offers a wide variety of attractions and activities with something to suit all ages and interests. With art galleries and theatres, a broad range of eateries, sport and recreational facilities, clubs, botanic gardens, historical townships, major annual events, picnic areas, whale watch cruises, and Fraser Island only a breath away, magnificent views, natural attractions and a wide choice of accommodation – Hervey Bay really has something for everyone. Hervey bay has numerous night venues for the late night people such as The Viper Niteclub on the Esplanade at Torquay which is a glass free venue. You can do as little or as much as you like in this relaxing coastal city.

Visitors to Hervey Bay can enjoy a range of attractions. You can fish from the shore or take advantage of the fishing charters on offer. An up close and personal wildlife park, Reefworld, shark show and shell display, mini golf, model railway through to the natural attractions of safe golden beaches.Don’t forget the markets at the Whale Watch terminal located at the Urangan Marina held every Friday night 4-8 pm.

You might also like to take advantage of the many tours & cruises operating out of Hervey Bay. You don’t even have to spend any money there are also many free things to do in Hervey Bay.

There is a huge range of sporting activities for visitors who prefer land based fun. Golf, lawn bowls, go karting, tennis, horse riding and skating plus many more are all part of the Hervey Bay lifestyle. If you feel very adventurous why not try skydiving, or sea kayaking. Why not take a bicycle ride along the 14 kilometre foreshore cycle track.

Hervey Bay Go Kart Track
Scrub Hill Rd, Pialba
Ph: (07) 4128 1180
Go Kart hire. 20 karts rounding 650m long & 8m wide sealed hot mix track. Viewing deck. Cold drinks & chips available. Free parking. Min driver height 1.5m. Full track supervision. Fun for all.

 Neptune’s Reefworld
Dayman Park, Pulgul St Urangan.
Ph: (07) 41289 828.
Natural reef aquarium. Australia’s best living coral display with both friendly & deadly colourful fish, sharks, turtles & rays. Turtle pats, seal kisses & reef walks. Coffee on the deck with view over the Bay to Fraser Island. Groups welcome. Wheelchair facilities.

Vic Hislop’s Shark Show
553 The Esplanade, Urangan
Ph: (07) 4128-9137

Free Things to do in Hervey Bay

  • Wetside Water Education Park
  • Walk or ride the Esplanade(this is about 18 km).
  • Feed the Lorikeets at the Botanical Gardens.
  • Visit the Regional Art Gallery at 161 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba .
  • Visit Australia’s FIRST Immigration and Family Wall of Honour.
  • Visit Hervey Bays “MARKETS” held every Sunday with Arts, Crafts, everything you might need and a lot you won’t.
  • A scenic drive to Toogoom or Burrum Heads.
  • Fish off one of the small jetties along the Esplanade or walk out to the end of the long jetty (approx. 1 km long). Drop a fishing line into a deep shipping channel where they catch all sorts of fish like garfish, whiting, bream, flathead up to big fish like “Golden Trevally”.
  • Feed the Pelicans.
  • Have a BBQ on the foreshore. There are gas BBQ’s all along the Esplanade.
  • Take a bicycle ride along the 14 kilometre foreshore cycle track.

Fraser Island 4WD tours


Join us on our Fraser Island 4 x 4 Adventure. Let us take the stress and guess work out of your Fraser Adventure.

Take turns in driving our 4X4 off road vehicles which feature forward facing seats, providing maximum comfort and vision for groups of up to 7 travellers per vehicle.

Camp on the foredunes of Fraser’s Eastern beach just metres from the Pacific Ocean. Your guide will help you set up a cozy campsite with quality camping and cooking equipment. Great food for your main meals is provided, just bring some snacks and drinks.

Our guides give you the chance to feel independent while helping you experience a true Aussie lifestyle.

Our one way trips have never been offered by any company and take the Fraser 4X4 experience to a whole new level. Forget the highway bus travel and enjoy the beach and scenic driving …’see the most of the Fraser coast’ with one of our Flashtracker tour options.

Contact us to get the latest specials and pricing for tours and packages to Fraser Island and the Whitsundays. Other specialized tours and packages can be arranged as well

All inclusive 3 Day / 2 night Fraser island tour includes:

  • 3 days 4X4hire including fuel
  • Barge transfers, camping and permit fees
  • Follow-the-leader style tours visiting the very best attractions on Fraser Island
  • Driving education before departure
  • Use of quality equipment for beach-front camping
  • Sleeping mat and sleeping bag provided
  • All cooking equipment
  • Food for main meals and drinking water supplied
  • Insurance costs


For Bookings or more information phone Hervey Bay Flashpackers 4124 1366.