The protected beaches and pleasant climate of Hervey Bay make this an appealing seaside resort. It stretches along a large beach lined with a promenade, Charlton Esplanade. The city itself holds little of particular interest, but you will need to pass through it to get to Fraser Island or if setting out to see the whales. Hervey Bay is renowned for being the best place on the east coast to observe humpback whales. Between July and October, they stop off in the strait between Hervey Bay and Fraser Island.