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Hervey Bay isn't a particularly interesting place in it's own right - but it is a particularly useful jumping off point for two big attractions:
The presence of these 2 nearby backpacker attractions has led to a range of budget accommodation options being available. The official YHA option, Colonial Village, is a safe bet and is particularly close to the port.
Two trains stop in Hervey Bay:
|Aussie Woolshed||181 Torquay Road||Hostel||86|
|Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park||21 Denmans Camp Road Scarness||HOSTEL||-|
|Fraser Roving||412 The Esplanade||Hostel||-|
|Mango Tourist Hostel||110 Torquay Rd Scarness||Hostel||87|
|Next Backpackers||Po Box 5676 Torquay 10 Bideford St Torquay||Hostel||-|
|Palace Backpackers Hervey Bay||184 Torquay Rd Hervey Bay||Hostel||-|
|Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort||Hervey Bay Road, (PO BOX 516 Maryborough)||Guesthouse||-|
|The Friendly Hostel||182 Torquay Rd||Hostel||88|
|Alexander Lakeside Bed & Breakfast||29 Lido Place Urangan||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Colonial Village YHA||820 Boat Harbour Drive Urangan||Hostel||85|
|Akama Resort||625 Esplanade||Apartment||-|
|Kingfisher Court||374 The Esplanade Scarness||Apartment||-|
|Flashpackers Hervey Bay||195 Torquay Terrace Torquay||Hostel||87|
|Australiana Top Yourist Park||295 Boat Harbour Drive||Campsite||-|
|Coconut Palms on the Bay||335 The Esplanade||Hotel||-|
|The Beach Motel Hervey Bay||475 Esplanade Torquay||Hotel||-|
Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
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