Hervey Bay

Travel Guide Oceania Australia Queensland Hervey Bay

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Introduction

Hervey Bay is a string of beachside towns located in south east Queensland, around 5 hours drive north of Brisbane. It has become something of a hippy hangout in recent years. The town (population approximately 50,000 and growing fast) is a centre for whale watching. People flock to Hervey Bay every Whale season, which starts late July and goes through to early November. It is also a gateway to Fraser Island and the southern Great Barrier Reef. Hervey Bay was discovered by Captain James Cook in 1770 while he was travelling the east coast of Australia. He wrongly assumed that Fraser Island was joined to the Australian mainland and the sheltered waters behind it were a bay. The waters of the Great Sandy Strait are very shallow and he did not proceed far enough south to find the passage between Fraser Island and the coast. He named the bay "Hervey's Bay" after Lord Augustus Hervey an admiral of the Blue, the Earl of Bristol and Captain Cook's boss.

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Weather

The area has a mild, sub-tropical climate with an average 30 °C in summer and 23 °C in winter. The coast is predominantly affected by the south east trade winds which keep a cool breeze throughout the summer.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max30 °C30.1 °C28.9 °C26.9 °C24.2 °C21.9 °C21.6 °C22.5 °C24.8 °C26.5 °C27.8 °C29.3 °C
Avg Min22.1 °C22.2 °C20.4 °C17.9 °C14.1 °C11.9 °C10 °C10.6 °C14.4 °C17.2 °C19 °C21.2 °C

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Getting There

By Plane

Hervey Bay Airport (HVB) airport is around 4km from Urangan, or a few minutes drive. It is only about an hours walk, so it would be possible if you were enthusiastic. It is certainly an easy cycle if you box your bike on the plane.

The airport is called the Fraser Coast airport, by some airlines. Qantaslink fly to Brisbane. Virgin Australia and Jetstar operate services to Sydney. Often flights to Hervey Bay from Sydney are cheaper than flights to Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast. There are also flights to Lady Elliot Island (you could fly there from the Gold Coast or Bundaberg spend a day or two, and then fly back to Hervey Bay if you wished to.

Shuttles are available from the Airport into town, or as far as Bundaberg.

Taxis from the airport into town cost $15-$20 depending on destination.

The airport has an ATM, and a cafe restaurant. The terminal buildings are air-conditioned. There is no aerobridge access to planes, and you must use the stairs.

By Train

Two trains stop in Hervey Bay:

By Car

About 3-4 hours drive north from the Sunshine Coast, and 4-5 hours drive north from Brisbane. Take the Bruce Highway (driving north from Brisbane) until you reach the town of Gympie, where you take the road to Maryborough.

By Bus

Coach services running north from Brisbane stop in Hervey Bay.

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Getting Around

By Car

Can rental facilities are easily available. Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget all have car rental depots.

Hervey Bay Rent A Car. 5 Cunningham Street, Hervey Bay. (07) 4194 6626. Rent small, medium and large vehicles, motor scooters and bicycles. All vehicles are automatic, power steering, and have air conditioning. Short and long term rentals are available.

Taxis are available. Call the national 131 008 taxi number for service.

By Bike

There is 18 kilometres of waterfront cycleway, starting from Urangan and going to Point Vernon, and there is never a need to cycle on the Esplanade. If you want to make better time the back streets tend to be wide, flat and quiet. A bicycle is quite an ideal way to see Hervey, because with the towns spread over about 10km, it is a little far to walk, and a car seems unnecessary. The two bike hire places make prices competitive.

The layout of the cycleway should inspire even the most lycra-averse to get on a bike, with possibilities of stopping for coffee, ice-cream, a swim or a beer, every couple of kilometres along the path.

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Eat

There are a number of restaurants and take-away places situated in town and along the esplanade. You will have no difficulty finding Thai, Italian, Chinese and Mexican restaurants.

There are kiosks, fish and chips, bakeries and cafes located near the beach.

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Drink

Some of Hervey Bay's pubs are on the Esplanade. The Torquay Hotel, Hoolihan's, and the Beach House, all of which are across the road from the beach and perfect people-watching locations.

There are other pubs on Boat Harbour Drive.

Morocco's is as good as Hervey Bay's night-clubbing gets. Seven also exists.

Hervey Bay Boat Club is a large club near the marina and Fraser Island ferry wharf. It serves meals, and has live music country style.

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Sleep

There are many apartments for rent along the esplanade. The esplanade is a road that runs along the waterfront, but there are no buildings on the ocean side of the road. All the apartments, motels, etc. look over the road, and then a park, and then the water. You have to cross the road to the beach.
There are numerous backpacker's hostels in the Bay.

You can use the form below to search for availability (Travellerspoint receives a commission for bookings made through the form)

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

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.[1]. 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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References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -25.287661
  • Longitude: 152.838257

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