Best Beaches In Hervey Bay (With Photos)

Some Of The Best Beaches In The Bay

The Hervey Bay area lines the eastern coast, or Fraser Coast Region, of Queensland. These waters are said to be some of the calmest and most desirable to venture to.

Visitors will find their beautiful sands and clear waters to be quite fantastic. These beaches often are right near local small coastal villages that are also just as charming as their beaches.

Moreover, the beaches line the esplanade, a 17km stretch of walkway lining the bay area. The esplanade is an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of the beachfront areas while still being close to the things within the cities and villages!

The beaches in Hervey Bay are most popular due to their pristine and tranquil waters. They not only make for photographic opportunities but are generally safe for water activities.

With this in mind, what are some of the beaches within the Hervey Bay area? Below are some of the more notable beaches throughout Hervey Bay!

How Many Beaches Are In Hervey Bay?

The total amount of beaches for Hervey Bay is 10 beaches including surrounding areas like Toogoom and Burrum Heads that are safe for swimming, walking and relaxing on your holidays.

You will find many of the beaches located in Hervey Bay along the esplanade offering great views of the ocean and a place to relax and get away from the stress of day-to-day life.

1. Pialba Beach Front

Pialba, one of the coastal cities in Hervey Bay, is known for its beach that sits close to its caravan park. Caravan parks are huge in the Bay Area as they offer the perfect area for campers or RVs to set up camp right near its beach.

Not only will guests to this beach have access to one of the most popular caravan parks but also to the simple beauty of the beach itself.

2. Scarness Beach

The caramel-coloured sands at Scarness Beach are a sight to see, however, its waters are also calm like the other Hervey Bay area beaches.

One of the most popular reasons that the beaches in Hervey Bay are highly sought after by visitors is due to them being stinger-free. This means safe swimming, boating, jet skiing, etc.

Scarness Beach is a hot spot for a small reef system that is a gorgeous sight to see while snorkelling. Aside from snorkelling, the waters here are ideal for all other notorious beach activities.

This beach is also near local shops and eateries for guests to indulge in as well.

3. Torquay Beach

Torquay Beach isn’t far from Scarness Beach and also offers its own small section of the reef for snorkelling adventures. This beach is also known as a great spot for fishers, swimmers etc.

With just about 800 metres of beach to explore, there is plenty of room for guests to enjoy this sandy area. The beach also lines the esplanade, so those looking to dart back and forth between the esplanade and the beach will find it super easy.

4. Urangan Beach

Urangan is mostly known for its historical pier that stretches about 868 metres.

The beach is northeast-facing and specifically runs from the rocky area bordering Torquay Beach down to the Urangan Boat Harbour. It can be classified as two beaches and safe swimming, it’s best to swim during high tide, though with caution.

While most Hervey Bay beach areas can be safe for swimming, some are more suitable for strolls along the sand or fishing. Fishing near the harbour walls is said to be the best at this beach.

5. Point Vernon

 Point Vernon rocks

A small suburb of Hervey Bay offers more of a rocky beach area than sand. Point Vernon is well known for its great sea views and its beach fishing from the rocks. You will find many parks and BBQ areas along this beachfront area.

6. Gatakers Bay


This part of the Bay offers sandy beaches mixed between rocky outcrops these rock pools make for great exploring for kids and adults alike. Gatakers Bay also has a boat ramp for the keen fisherman the waters here make for great sunsets late in the afternoon

7. Dundowran Beach

This beach is about 8km stretching between two creeks, Eli Creek and Oregan Creek. Because of its location, it is known for being a bit secluded and private which is desirable for those looking for a more personable beach experience.

Its location also draws in fishermen looking for a private catch. While is a bit outside of Hervey Bay (sitting about 5km just outside of Hervey Bay specifically), it is still considered a part of the bay area.

8. Craignish Beach

Within close proximity to Dundowran Beach, Craignish Beach is another small beach that is ideal for small strolls, picture opportunities, and fishing.

Craignish itself is a very small town and its small slice of the beach is a joy for many visitors. Exploring the area and this small beach is the perfect way to spend time in Craignish.

9. Toogoom Beach

Toogoom Beach is another calm beach that is ideal for swimming or fishing for its guests. This beach sits near Beelbi Creek and stretches for approximately 7km from the creek to Oregan Creek.

While it is unpatrolled, Toogoom Beach is a swimmable beach, except for the areas near the creek mouths. Some creeks are known for strong currents and can pull people under.

Swimming should be done at high tide away from these areas. Low-wave bodyboarding is also possible as well as fishing.

10. Burrum Heads Beach

burrum heads
Burrum Heads Beach

This small beach town is roughly 20 minutes from Hervey Bay here you will find some amazing beaches with practically no one around. Burrum Heads is also well known for its fishing and boating with many choosing to stay at the local caravan park right on the beachfront.

Google Map Of Hervey Bay Beaches

Beach view from the jetty

Can You Drive On The Beach At Hervey Bay?

With over 17km of pristine beaches, you might be thinking I just can’t wait to drive on these beaches right? Unfortunately, that does not happen in Hervey Bay as the beaches here are protected by the local council.

There are a total of 10 beaches in Hervey Bay including the surrounding areas of Burrum Heads and Toogoom, but as a general rule driving on these beaches is not allowed due to the safety of the public beachgoers and the foreshore environment.

So Much More Than Just The Beach

The variety of beaches in the Hervey Bay area is such a treat for visitors and residents alike. With calm waters to swim, fish, or partake in other notorious beach activities, the beaches are more than just beaches.

The beaches in the Bay Area are also known for being safe to swim in. The reasoning behind this can be attributed to the waters being protected by being close to the world-famous Fraser Island, a world heritage listing that is naturally protected as well.

The stinger-free waters in Hervey Bay are yet another attractive reason to visit the beaches.

The waters in the bay also attract humpback whales in July. Humpback whales make a stop during their migration to frolic in the calm waters in the Fraser Coast Region.

There are boating tours that offer guests a prime view of these creatures, which is another perk to the beach areas and waters around the bay area.

Beach View

Hervey Bay Beach Water Temperatures

The water temperatures on the beaches off of the Hervey Bay coast will vary depending on the season.

Mostly, the waters are comfortable year-round but on average, they are 27 degrees Celsius in winter, 25 degrees Celsius in spring, 19 degrees Celsius in summer, and about 23 degrees Celsius in autumn.

The temperatures are not much different, making the beaches great to visit year-round.

Where Can I Swim In Hervey Bay?

Between the coastal villages and towns to visit, the beaches are another great way to enjoy Hervey Bay. However, as expressed before, the esplanade stretches along with these areas as well.

Is a walking great way to soak in the natural beauty of the beaches and the local culture as well. The esplanade is also popular among those who want to exercise with spectacular views of the beach along the way!

While the beaches listed above are mostly unpatrolled, they can still be enjoyed for swimming. It is important to stay alert on unpatrolled beaches. While there aren’t stingers in the water, practising some caution is always suggested.

Swimming with caution is recommended as well as staying alert. No matter what, the beaches in the Hervey Bay area are an exclusive way to enjoy pristine waters, prime fishing opportunities, and more!

With villages to visit and small reef systems to snorkel in, there is simply a lot to do. Aside from these things, the beaches in Hervey Bay can offer some spottings of marine life as well.

Quite Beaches Of Hervey Bay

While the spotting of marine life isn’t always guaranteed, it can be possible, which makes the experience at the beaches in Hervey Bay even more exclusive!

Visiting Hervey Bay is an adventure in itself, but visiting its beaches is even more of a treat. Not only are they relaxing in some areas but also exciting as well for those looking to fish, boat, or swim.

Daniel Clarke

The website is run by myself Daniel Clarke, I’m lucky enough to have been living in Hervey Bay, for 31 years so I’m classed as a local I have seen many changes over this time. Read more about us here

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