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Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia

Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the very beautiful Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia.

In the center of Hervey Bay sits the Great Sandy Strait, an estuary that connects the Australian mainland with Fraser Island.

The city of Hervey Bay is located on the mainland, 180 miles north of the Queensland capital of Brisbane.

As of 2015, the city had an estimated population of 52,288.Hervey Bay is also know a city in the Fraser Coast Region of Queensland, Australia. The city is situated approximately 290 kilometres (180 mi) or 3½ hours’ highway drive north of the state capital, Brisbane. It is located on the bay of the same name open to the Coral Sea between the Queensland mainland and nearby Fraser Island.[5] The local economy relies on tourism which is based primarily around whale watching in Platypus Bay to the north, ferry access to Fraser Island, accessible recreational fishing and boating and the natural north facing, calm beaches with wide undeveloped foreshore zones. In October 2019, Hervey Bay was named the First Whale Heritage Site in the world by the World Cetacean Alliance, for its commitment to and practices of sustainable whale and dolphin watching.

This image was taken by an astronaut on board the International Space Station.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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