Facebook readers offer theories on tourism decline

WHY is Hervey Bay no longer a tourist attraction? People go to Fraser Island but now bypass the Bay?

The Chronicle posed the question to its Facebook friends on the weekend after a suggestion by a reader and one of the most repeated responses was there was nothing to do in Hervey Bay.

But Jodie Lynch disagreed, commenting there was plenty to do in the Bay. 

"After speaking to backpackers that have been to Rainbow Beach and then come to Hervey Bay, they can't believe how big Hervey Bay is and that it has so much to offer over Rainbow," she said.

Ms Lynch said the backpackers were told it was cheaper to get to Fraser from Rainbow and that the Bay was full of oldies.

"They are so pleasantly surprised when they get here," she said.

"They do however seek out the cheapest option.

"This is why Agnes is popular too as it is the cheapest (place to) learn to surf on the east coast and that is an out-of-the-way location with not much else to do.

"So I don't believe it is the lack of things to do here."

Others agreed that cost was a factor along with not being able to catch a ferry to Fraser Island from Hervey Bay anymore since the operation moved to River Heads.

"Hervey Bay isn't the gateway to Fraser Island any more," Toni Osborne-Johnson said.

Joy Oliver said her children would love to go on a whale watching trip but she didn't have the $450 it was going to cost.

"I'd also love to do the tour on Fraser Island - again we don't have the $550 it's going to cost," she said.

More comments

Di Cox: 

  • Because the beautiful country town that Hervey Bay was is now now an overdeveloped mini city.

John N Deb Clark:

  • I don't think Hervey Bay was or ever will be a tourist attraction. When u look at the Gold/Sunny Coasts and their continued advertising and efforts to maintain and create new adventures we are not even close to being in their league. We are a little seaside town that definitely needs some work done - but done for the locals before we look at entertaining visitors or tourists.

Joan Flynn:

  • Apart from eating out at some pretty nice restaurants and the scenery, there isn't a great deal to do if you are a tourist. Lots to do for locals though.

Graham Wong-Kam:

  • There are things to do. Just that HB is promoted for whales and Fraser Island , the few operators that do have attractions or wish to start one are punished by high permit fees and ... small town mentality from opposition instead of promoting the assets we have.

Gavin Bun Young:

  • Hervey Bay has lost it's "sleepy old fishing village" charm that holiday makers crave. Holiday time in the Bay is chaotic and not what I would call relaxing. There are so many more quiet, and less expensive beaches to stay at within the same region. Even for a Hervey Bay resident a stay at Toogoom, Woodgate, Burrum Heads, Bargara, Elliot Heads, Burnett Heads, Mon Repos, Innes Park, etc is so much more relaxing then being in HB itself. It's no wonder people are not coming here when there is really no point. I would much rather stay at Rainbow Beach and catch the ferry from Inskip Bay to Fraser if I was a tourist. Come on Gerard, we are not the Gold Coast. Stop trying make it feel like it is. It won't work.

Robert Wayne Parker:

  • First get flights from Melbourne even just on weekends people down there want to come up here as I would travel at least once a month. Second we are missing half the grey nomads and the free campers by the thousands and they do spend money. I buy fuel and food and will look at tourist attractions. We spend money in towns who make us welcome and I'm telling you, Fraser Coast Council does not. Two public dump points in the area both in Maryborough, nearest free camp Tiaro or Bauple.

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