Tourism....

Hervey Bay normally hosts a large number of sports events every year, usually accommodation around the Bay is fully booked during these times. Recent figures show that despite Covid restrictions putting all sports events on hold, accommodation is at maximum capacity with some operators reporting the highest figures they’ve had in 5 years!

Figures also show the Fraser Coast is now the #5 Queensland holiday destination with our proximity to world heritage listed K’gari-Fraser Island, the best whale watching on the planet, the safest beaches on Australia’s east coast, amazing wreck and reef diving, fishing, and the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef (check out Lady Musgrave & Lady Elliot Islands… stunning!) and our rich military and industrial heritage drawing more tourists every year, Hervey Bay is accessible, clean, green and pristine!

In the period up to December 2019, Fraser Coast had 1.833 million visitors and from January to March 2020 we’ve already had 1.31 million visitors, it’s so nice to hear that we’re definitely not slowing down.

Our summertime events are starting up again in September/October. Things are of course a little different to the past, but we’re still allowed to have fun! Local markets are open every weekend, and although we couldn’t hold the usual Seafood festival this year, we’re having a Sunday by the Sea market day on Sept 20 (a – ‘taster’ for 2021 Seafood Festival) is booked in and we’re very happy to see the Food ‘n Groove Fridays Summer season, starting again on October 2nd. Things could be a whole lot worse, don’t you think?

Whale watching season runs from July to November, we are pretty lucky here as they like to stay for several days at a time and they come in large numbers. Usually they have mostly migrated before the end of October, and the best time to see them is August until late September, so if it’s on your to-do list… the time is now.

Real Estate...

Hervey Bay hasn’t had a lot of growth (like the Sunny Coast) over the last few years, but it sure feels like we’re growing now!! I’ve been speaking with some RE Agents and Mortgage Brokers recently and they report a surge in sales, there is very limited stock available in the under $400,000 range and a lot of buyers floating around.

One agent reported selling 11 blocks of land in 9 days!!

Others tell me that many properties are now selling sight unseen to interstate buyers – this is the new norm! The region has always been a Retirees paradise. With property prices being very reasonable for a coastal area we are experiencing a surge in first home owners and families all wanting to escape to the relaxed beach side vibe of Hervey Bay.