There are numerous places to visit both in Hervey Bay and nearby. Firstly, the Esplanade is fast becoming very popular both with tourists and travellers alike, due to close proximity of the water (across the road) and restaurants/cafes. A word of warning, not all high rise balconies have seaviews, as there are trees planted between the beach and the Esplanade roadway. However, having said that, places like "The Bay Apartments" with prices starting at $285 per night or "Peppers Resort" at $210 per night (the latter near the suburb of Urangan) should provide excellent views.

Tourists standing on balconies of units overlooking the Esplanade, do in fact, experience both people & traffic noise.  Starting from just outside of the esplanade, we have the Ramada Resort, near the Arkama Apartments, these are situated near the Marina & Boat Club (nice place for a coffee & a wrap, whilst looking at the boats in the marina)  There are hotels near the marina - The Mantra and Great Sandy Straits Resort while for the budget conscientious, Hervey Bay Motel and Shelly Beach Motel.

The best way to see the Esplanade, is to rent a bicycle and ride to the Marina, then back along the esplanade cycleway,  stopping at Peppers Resort for a drink/meal or coffee/cake (great views of Urangan Pier & Woody & Fraser Island).  The next stopping point would have to just below Dayman Park, at the Aquarium & Seafood Restaurant (built out over the water...well at high tide).  Further along the cycleway, we come to Shelley Beach (nice swimming), and the new Allegra Resort, nearby is the Santini Italian Restaurant, and Beach Motel. 

As you approach the beachside suburb of Torquay, you will see heaps of cafes, restaurants, pub, nice park, and overlooking the beach is Aquaview Cafe & Water Sports. Say hello to Larry & his family. Good coffee & food, not mention the hire side of things, eg. quad bikes, single bikes, catamarans, jet skis, etc.

As you ride further along the Esplanade, you may happen to notice the various exercise devices beside the cycleway.  Further along you will pass Hoolihans Restaurant, Black Dog Restaurant, then Indian Restaurant & Thai Restaurants, even a French Patteserie, one Pub, and a nice park. This area is called Scarness. Quieter than Torquay, but nice dining.  Our favourite cafe is directly on the beach, below two coconut trees, called "Enzo's" ( a german chap who decided to stay in Australia).  When we sit & sip a coffee at this cafe, overlooking the azure blue waters of Hervey Bay, on a sunny day, you will hear me say, "Life doesn't any better than this"

The esplanade or should I say, the Cycleway continues all the way around to Point Vernon, and what a lovely area, to take a picnic lunch, bottle of wine, or a good book, and sit or swim on the beach not far from the eagles nest.  You will see a large pole with a timber platform, and heaps of branches (put there by the white bellied eagle), and a platform for the eagles to stand on. If your lucky you may get to see a chick putting its head out of the nest. 

There are many other things to do in Hervey Bay, like sailing in a catamaran in the Bay to Pelican Sand Bank, then diving off the coral reefs in the Bay.  Then there is the great barrier reef a bit further north, or the surf beach of Rainbow Beach south of here, but then thats another travel chapter in its own right.