Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Published May 8th 2014
Whale watching, fishing, relaxing, wining/dining at Urangan
The area of Urangan in Hervey Bay is a wonderful long weekend escape from the city.
Just 3 1/2 to 4 hours from Brisbane, the drive to Urangan is an easy trip up the Bruce Highway. Along the way roadtrippers pass the gorgeous towns of Caloundra, Noosa and Gympie, each of which are destinations in their own right.
The Ettamogah Pub makes an interesting stopover on the way to the Hervey Bay area as does the lovely Eumundi area. Maryborough is a good place to stop, stretch your legs and refill the coffee before starting the final half hour to the Hervey Bay area. There are plenty of service stations as well as a McDonalds and Hungry Jacks here to keep the kids happy.
Once you get to Urangan, there is plenty to do even if it isn't whale watching season. Late July through to November is the best time to see the unforgettably majestic humpback whales frolic and play during their annual migration to Antartica. There are plenty of whale watching tours to keep the family happy - see the Discover Hervey Bay website for more information on these tours.
However, if whale watching is not your scene or is outside your budget, don't write off this beautiful area of the Queensland coastline as a holiday destination!
The area of Urangan is a fantastic spot for a long weekend away to relax, unwind and recouperate. A comprehensive list of Urangan accommodation for all budget types is available here. We stayed at Santalina on Hervey Bay and there was definitely no cause for complaints. These mid range holiday apartments were large and spacious with fully equipped kitchen and 2 big bedrooms. Only a few have ocean views but many have pool views, so if ocean views do matter to you, make sure you put in a special request when you book. The Pepper Pier Resort next door is extremely large and luxurious and offers room service.
Both of these motels, as well as the majority of other Urangan accommodation are situated along the Esplanade, with the gorgeous Pacific Ocean across the road.
Weekend Warriors, Glampers and Grey Nomads will be happy with the variety of caravan parks in this area. There is a good choice of parks according to your preference, all of which are close to the water.
For those of you looking for rolling surf, you won't find it in Urangan. But what you will find is calm beaches which are great for walks along the sand, paddling in the water and lazy swims. This area is good for young children to swim and play on the sand.
The historic Urangan Pier is over 800m long and a lovely place for a stroll at sunrise or sunset. The local Council have kindly supplied a variety of really useful seats and table areas along the boardwalk around the Pier area, making it a good place to have a picnic.
The Urangan Pier was originally built to facilitate the export of sugar, timber and coal via ships. The pier had a railway line running down it and served by the extension of the railway line from Pialba. The construction of the pier was finished by 1917, and originally its total length was 1107 metres. After the pier was closed in 1985 due to it falling into disrepair, 239 metres of it was demolished. However, due to public outcry, 868 metres of the pier was left, and the land was handed to the Hervey Bay City Council.
By 2009 the pier had been fully restored.
Nowadays the Urangan Pier makes a beautiful place to take a walk and the fishing off the pier must be great, as most days you will see many fisherman spaced along its length lazing their day away. On the morning we were there, fisherman seemed to be doing well with many of them displaying their catches proudly. It was refreshing to see a lot of young kids fishing here - boys reviving images of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer with cut off jeans and no shoes walking along the pier with their fishing rods to try their luck at their favourite spots.
In this area, across the road from the Pier, are a few takeaway shops, restaurants and hotels which give good options at a variety of price ranges to buy a meal.
Markets are on in the Hervey Bay area most weekends and the main town area, Pialba and surrounds make for good shopping and swimming.
Of course, the whole Hervey Bay area is close to Fraser Island, Rainbow Beach and the Cooloola National Park.
The area is well worth a weekend trip and has enough sightseeing, water sports and other activities to occupy the family for a week or two.