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Hervey Bay in top 10 best-value destinations

Bill McNamara likes the region so much that he's been here for the past four months at the Happy Wanderer Village.
Bill McNamara likes the region so much that he's been here for the past four months at the Happy Wanderer Village. Alistair Brightman

TOURISTS get more bang for their buck in Hervey Bay with the whale city ranked No. 10 on a list of Australia's best-value destinations for 2015.   

The destinations were judged on their average hotel price and average rating, in a survey by travel group Trivago.  

Topping the list were Yamba and Merimbula in New South Wales with Halls Gap in Victoria taking third place.  

Grey nomad Bill McNamara has been all around the country in his van but when he got to Hervey Bay he found it so affordable and enjoyable that he's been here for the past four months at the Happy Wanderer Village.   

Happy Wanderer Village proprietor Chris Reeves said he was pleasantly surprised by Hervey Bay's ranking on the list.  

"I knew we'd get a high rating," he said.  

"But I didn't think it would be that high."  

Fraser Coast Opportunities acting marketing manager Bradley Nardi said the result showed the significance of tourism in the area.  

"This just reinforces that tourism isn't the killer of the community," he said.    

"It also shows that people want to come here and that we're doing a good job."  

Mr Reeves said Hervey Bay did a fantastic job at squeezing every bit of value out of every marketing dollar.  

"We've still got expenses and bills to pay but we try to keep the prices fair," he said.  

"Considering tourists have a great choice of places to go in Australia this is so exciting for us."  

Mr Nardi said Hervey Bay provided great holiday services with a humble attitude.  

"We offer that old-style family holiday with great value for money," he said.  

"The place is great for those people who want to connect with their loved ones on a holiday because of the wonderful beaches, fishing and lifestyle we have here."  

Mr Nardi said the Bay's natural beauty went a long way to put it above areas that would be considered more up-market.  

"This is a well-balanced area with good-quality entertainment and restaurants plus genuine highlights like Fraser Island where you can go to rest and relax," he said.

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