How to get to Hervey Bay

Located at the Southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, Hervey Bay is fast gaining a reputation as the adventure capital of the Fraser Coast. It’s also the gateway to Fraser Island, a mecca for four-wheel-drivers, backpackers, and nature lovers.Map of Queensland with Hervey Bay Marked


There are many ways to get to Hervey Bay, but these are the most popular.

By Coach
Greyhound Australia is just one coach company that services the Fraser Coast region. With several daily services arriving from both the north and south. The coach stop is also across the road from the Palace Backpacker’s Hostel.

By Air
Fraser Coast / Hervey Bay Airport is located just ten minutes from Hervey Bay’s Esplanade and is serviced daily by Qantas and Virgin BlueFlights – with connections from major capitals. This regional hub is also home to Air Fraser Island (charters to Fraser Island and beach joy flights) and to a flight service to Lady Elliot Island.

By Rail
Queensland Rail operate regular train services from Brisbane (in the south) and Cairns (in the north). The nearest station to Hervey Bay is Maryborough West, with connection transfers into Hervey Bay town available. To book your tickets (and don’t forget to book your connection transfer) by calling 13 16 17.

By Road From Brisbane Airport
The Bruce Highway (A1) runs north from Brisbane to Hervey Bay and is very well signed. Approximate traveling times include:

  • Brisbane Airport to Maryborough – approximately 3hrs (allow an additional 20 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD)
  • Brisbane Airport to Hervey Bay – approximately 3.5hrs (Hervey Bay is approximately 34km from Maryborough).

These roads are patrolled, so travel safe.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay is not just the gateway to Fraser Island, it’s also jammed-packed with adventures of it’s own. Check out our list of top things to do.