Whether you have a baby, a toddler, young kids, teens or all of them at once, it’s normal to worry about safety or even doubt of how enjoyable a tour will really be for you. We get you! Luckily, Hervey Bay is a family friendly destination and you’ll be delighted to find many tour options for parents to unwind while allowing the kids to build an awesome holiday memory.
Here’s everything you need to know to choose the perfect tour for you and your beautiful family, so take note:
Turtle Discovery Tour (0+ yo)
This is THE Hervey Bay turtle tour. The journey on the Milbi, a glass bottom boat, is perfect for all family members; there’s options for everyone! The boat is spacious and only navigates smooth waters, the itinerary is so chill as it follows what nature has to offer on the day; yet there’s plenty of island space to run, a friendly Indigenous guide your kids can interact with, and a beautiful reef to snorkel and relax. It won’t disappoint!
Options to sit and enjoy the scenery, see the reef through the glass bottom, listen intently the Welcome to Country and the Butchulla stories, search for marine wildlife, take a stroll on an island, swim-swim-swim! Or just do nothing. How does it sound? Even #thisisqueensland approves!
Djinang Cultural Walking Tour (3+ yo)
Are you a blessed parent with a very curious kid? This walking tour is PERFECT to satiate all those questions and use up that morning energy that doesn’t seem to end.
Join a fun Butchulla guide on a 90 min walk around town and learn all about the plants around you, but really, you could learn anything from whatever is around you! If you kid throws out a question, no worries, plenty of stories to listen to. You might get to try bush tucker, create a smudge stick, paint up your face, dance, touch wildlife, or just listen to the stories. Read this blog from Joanne Tracy to know what to expect.
It’s fun, unique and add this to it: a-ffor-da-ble.
Escape to Round Island (0+ yo)
This is a “do it yourself” tour option and an affordable one. Simple: take a transfer to Round Island, spend as much time as you want, take your preferred picnic food and gears, lay down and relax. And of course… let the kids be!
You’ll be surprised how private this island feels, and you’ll see how good it’ll be to have space and privacy as compared as to visiting any beach. Weenandin (Round Island in Butchulla language), is pure relaxation and the best spot for a family sunset!
Horse Riding (3+ yo)
This option is perfect for families at any time, but especially if weather is not favourable for a boat tour (eg. windy).
Just a 30min drive from the beach area, you’ll find the 1,600-acre Susan River Homestead. Here you can spend the entire day not only horse riding, but also doing fun aquatic activities at their lake and pool such as water skiing & tube riding, or why not, jumping on their olympic size trampoline. Kids got energy? Let’s see by the end of the day kiddos!
This place feels like home and kids will love it!
Day Away at Kingfisher Bay Resort (all ages!)
A visit to Fraser Island (K’gari) with a big family can be pricey or just too difficult to follow. A ‘Day Away’ at Kingfisher Bay Resort is easy and will give you the perfect opportunity to visit K’gari at an affordable price, take a guided walk around if you like but have all the comfort of a resort.
It’s not a bad option at all, it’s perfect to relax and unwind, and you’ll be able to say that you did visit K’gari with your kids on your last holidays!
Whale Watching Cruise with Kids’ Corner (0+ yo)
If you happen to visit on whale watching season in Hervey Bay (Jul-Oct), you need to know that not all cruises suit families with kids. Luckily, there’re options that offer kid’s corner entertainment and incredible underwater views for the little ones to encounter the majestic humpback whales safely.
What’s great about it, is that you can go out and enjoy the whales while the crew entertain the kids. And all of them are only half-day, all what kids can take. Here they are:
1) Spirit of Hervey Bay (kids activities & underwater viewing)
2) Whalesong Cruises (kids activities)
3) Tasman Venture (kids corner & underwater viewing)