Destination Guide: Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Blessed with abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery, Hervey Bay is the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

Tours & Experiences

From late July to early November, Hervey Bay is known as the whale watching capital of Australia. It’s also the perfect place to base yourself for a trip to beautiful Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world!


2 Day Guided Fraser Island 4WD Tour

from $385

  • Return transfers from Hervey Bay
  • Guided 4WD tours
  • Meals & accommodation included

Accommodation in Hervey Bay

Our buses are just the beginning. We’ve teamed up with the best hostel providers in Australia to offer flexible passes and packages that make it a breeze to secure quality accommodation that won’t break the bank, no matter where your journey takes you!

Popular accommodation options in Hervey Bay include the YHA backpacker hostel. Bookings can be made directly on partner websites.

YHA Dreamcatcher Pass

Available from 7 to 28 nights, the Dreamcatcher Pass allows you to pre-purchase your accommodation without locking in the dates. It can be used to book dorm-style accommodation at Hervey Bay YHA and more than 70 other YHA hostels around Australia.

Hervey Bay YHA
820 Boat Harbour Dr,
Urangan QLD 4655


Travel & Accommodation Packages

Want more travel and accommodation options? Packaging our Whimit Travel Pass with two of the best hostel providers in Australia, we’ve created the perfect Travel & Accommodation packages for any traveller!


How to get to Hervey Bay

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With over 180 stops across the country and services in all mainland states and territories, Greyhound is Australia’s largest coach network. Here are our most popular routes to Hervey Bay!

How to get around Hervey Bay

The Greyhound bus to Hervey Bay will drop you at the Transit Centre at Stockland on Central Avenue.

Once you’ve arrived in Hervey Bay, you’ll find that the area is fairly spread out – it’s best not to think of Hervey Bay as a single city and more as a string of small seaside towns (Urangan, Torquay, Scarness, Pialba and Point Vernon), each with their own shops and parks.

Fortunately, Hervey Bay’s wonderful subtropical climate and mostly flat geography makes walking and cycling attractive options, especially with 18km (11mi) of waterfront cycleway stretching from Urangan to Point Vernon. Bikes can be hired from a number of local businesses.

There are regular bus services, run by Wide Bay Transit, that connect Hervey Bay’s coastal suburbs. The full timetable for these services is available online.

Taxis can be hailed on the street or pre-booked by phone (13 10 08) from the Hervey Bay Taxi Service. If you’d prefer to drive yourself around town, you should have no trouble finding a car, with numerous car hire companies operating in Hervey Bay.

Many visitors to Hervey Bay also like to visit Fraser Island, known for its crystal-clear lakes, lush rainforests, miles of sandy beaches and unique eco-system. Getting to Fraser Island from Hervey Bay is a breeze. You can book a spot on one of the fantastic tours listed above, or simply travel about 15 minutes south of Hervey Bay to River Heads, where ferries run from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island.

Keep in mind that Fraser Island is strictly four-wheel-driving territory – if you plan on driving a 4WD on Fraser Island outside of a tour group, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the rules for 4WDs on the island.

Whale-watching tours operate out of Hervey Bay every day in season (between late July and early November). Because of the popularity of whale-watching in Hervey Bay, there are a large number of local operators – visit the Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre at 227 Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road for more information on the various tours available.

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