You can get to Hervey Bay by car, bus, train, air. Often you will see Hervey Bay listed under Wide Bay Burnett Region, or the Fraser Coast.
Two major airlines service Hervey Bay with direct flights from both Sydney and Brisbane.
If you are coming from outside Australia, you can fly direct into Sydney International Airport (SYD), NSW and Brisbane International Airport (BNE), Queensland.
If you’re starting point is Sydney then Virgin Blue has a direct flight from Sydney every day of the week. Fares vary but Virgin Blue is very reliable and their daily flight arrives in Hervey Bay during the morning. Check the Virgin site 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 withQantas Link but check the prices because you may find that avoiding Qantas Link will save you money.
If you’re starting point is Brisbane then Qantas Link has you covered every day of the week and with a number of flights every day.
Travelling by car to Hervey Bay is a pleasant and easy drive. 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 then it’s recommended that you fill your fuel tank in the northern suburbs because the price of fuel does rise the closer you get to Hervey Bay.
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 watch those cane train crossings during the crushing season.
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 around 14 years ago.
To achieve the seemingly impossible Queensland Rail have an air-conditioned coach that meets the north and southbound trains at Maryborough and conveys passengers to Hervey Bay. The train service is quite popular and bookings are essential.