Travelling to Hervey Bay
So you’re thinking of travelling to Hervey Bay but you’re not sure of the best way to get here? Well thousands of people come to Hervey Bay every year so I can assure you that getting to Hervey Bay isn’t hard.
You can get to Hervey Bay by car, bus, train, air … and even by sea if you want to be a little different.
Two major airlines service Hervey Bay with direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane.
If you’re starting point is Sydney then Jetstar has a direct flight from Sydney three days a week. Jetstar’s daily flight arrives in Hervey Bay during the morning but check the Jetstar website for times because departure times from Sydney and arrival times in Hervey Bay vary depending on the time of year.
If you’re starting point is Melbourne then you’ll need to get to Sydney to pick up the Virgin flight or to Brisbane connect with QantasLink but check the prices because you may find that catching the direct flight from Sydney will be cheaper than flying to Brisbane and switching to Qantas Link.
If you’re starting point is Brisbane then QantasLink has you covered every day of the week and with a number of flights every day. The exact number varies depending on the Covid situation.
Travelling by car to Hervey Bay is quite simple. Hervey Bay is approximately 3.5 to 4 hours drive north of Brisbane. You leave Brisbane on the Bruce Highway and stay on that highway until you reach Maryborough.
From Maryborough it’s simply a matter of following the signs and allowing 30 to 40 minutes for the trip from Maryborough to Hervey Bay.
If you’re travelling from Brisbane you will find that there are several service stations with relatively cheap petrol between Brisbane and Gympie … but it’s easy to miss them. North of Gympie there are at least 3 service stations that sell relatively cheap petrol and they are much easier to spot.
Travelling to Hervey Bay from the north of the state is just as simple. All you have to do is follow the Bruce Highway south until you see signs directing you to Hervey Bay.
The first signs will take you through the small town of Howard and from then on the route you need to take is clearly sign-posted.
Whether you’re coming from the north or south you’ll find that the road is quite good and the traffic usually flows quite well … but do stick to the speed limits and if you’re coming from the north watch those cane train crossings during the crushing season between May and December each year.
Flashing lights at cane train crossings usually mean that a train is not far away and, like any train, they can’t stop quickly … even under emergency braking.
However, not all of the coach services are direct and some do wander off to places like Rainbow Beach on their trips north and south. So, unless you want to take the scenic route to Hervey Bay be sure to check on which buses operate on the direct route.
Queensland Railways operate daily services into Hervey Bay from Brisbane and from the north of the state. They do that despite the fact that the railway line into Hervey Bay was closed many years ago.
To achieve the seemingly impossible Queensland Rail have an airconditioned coach that meets the the north and southbound trains at Maryborough and conveys passengers to Hervey Bay. The train service is quite popular and bookings are essential.
Once you’re here in Hervey Bay travelling around the city is also quite simple. There are regular bus services connecting most parts of the city and catering for tourists along the beach front. There is a small fleet of taxis and an inexpensive limousine service too.
Both the RSL and Boat Club have a small fleet of courtesy buses to pick you up from your accomodation if you want to visit one of the clubs and they’ll also take you home again.
All major and several of the smaller car rental companies have offices here but rental cars are always in demand so it’s advisable to book well in advance of your visit.
Bike hire and motor scooter hire is also available on a daily basis here in Hervey Bay and they are a great way to get around and see the sights. You can usually book them through your accommodation.
If you fly into Hervey Bay and don’t wish to hire a car there is an airport shuttle bus that will bring you in from the airport and drop you at your accommodation. On your return journey it will also pick you up from your accommodation and take you out to the airport.
Last updated 29 May, 2021