Waves of fun at Hervey Bay Ocean Festival

Thursday, 10th August, 2017

Visitors can jump on a paddleboard to raise awareness of whale conservation as part of Paddle Out for Whales.

THE Fraser Coast will be a feast of flavours as the annual Hervey Bay Ocean Festival kicks off this weekend.

Events featuring succulent seafood, colourful parades, fireworks, music and marine experts will be coming in waves from August 11 - 20.

Some of the highlights include the festival opening by environmentalist Tim Flannery on August 11, the Blessing of the Fleet on August 12 where visitors can explore whale watch vessels before wandering through the markets, the delicious Hervey Bay Seafood Festival on August 13, the Whale Parade and Concert on August 19 and conservation event Paddle Put for Whales on August 20.

"Once again a fabulous program of events has been arranged providing a great drawcard for locals and visitors alike,'' said Fraser Coast Tourism and Events general manager Martin Simons.

"The event continually grows in popularity with people enjoying fresh local seafood and great entertainment.

"The event also highlights important conservation messages needed to sustain the famous humpback whale migration patterns so beneficial to our region," he said.

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