Hervey Bay is located on the Fraser Coast between Brisbane and Bundaberg. It is a short 3.5-hour drive from Brisbane and 1 hour 30 minutes from Bundaberg. Although it is a short car drive some do prefer to take the quick 1-hour flight from Brisbane to get here.
Many commutes from the area into the major cities, as it’s cheaper to live in Hervey Bay and you get all the splendours of a big town. With the airport only being 10 minutes out of town and with Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin airlines all using the airport as a port of call.
Hervey Bay makes a good stopover point for many holidayers or to make it their holiday destination.
Hervey Bay By Car
The majority of visitors to the Fraser Coast come here by car which some find a lot easier and more relaxing. The Bruce Highway runs by this region making it easily accessible by private vehicle which for some is more comfortable.
The comprehensive Motoring Holiday Guide to South East Queensland is a must for all travellers to the region it makes your trip a lot less stressful if you have the step by step guide which features detailed maps, as well as travel tips, major towns and points of interest in an easy process so it is a must-have when travelling the great south-east.
To check the best petrol prices in town or along your travels click here.
Coach Trip To Hervey Bay
Greyhound Pioneer and Premier Motor Services are the way to travel if you don’t have a car or just don’t feel like driving.
The coaches operate several services each day through Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Childers, so sit back and relax and let someone else do the driving for you while you enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of the coaches on offer.
Suncoast Pacific operates daily services from Brisbane via the Sunshine Coast so if you need to get somewhere and want to do it in comfort they are the way to go.
Flights Into Hervey Bay
Qantas operates direct daily flights from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast while Virgin Airlines have daily flights from Sydney.
So if you’re looking for a quick and comfortable way to travel Qantas and Virgin are the way to go. ‘
With convenient connections from most Australian capital cities, it will be a breeze to travel by plane and in style with TVs on most flights, so it won’t be a problem with the little ones.
There are several daily flights from Brisbane to Hervey Bay and Maryborough if you’re looking for an easy way to travel. See Hervey bay airport schedules here.
Train Fare To Hervey Bay
Queensland Rail operates regular services from Brisbane, Rockhampton and Cairns into Maryborough West. Booking is simple, easy and direct. Transfers to The Bay can be included via the Train link bus service, which connects with every train. The Tilt Train will also stop at Howard for pre-booked passengers.
Below is a chart of the types of fares that may be accessible to you depending on circumstance, they have available great value fares, pension, senior, student, and backpacker fares. A Choice fares you pick your seat and on B Quick Fares your seat is chosen for you.
|Fare Type||Departure Time||Cost Of Fare One Way|
|B Quick||11 AM||$63.75|
|A Choice||11 AM||$75.00|
|B Quick||4:55 PM||$45.00|
|A Choice||4:55 PM||$75.00|
|A Choice||11 AM||$25.00|
|A Choice||4:55 PM||$25.00|
|A Choice||11 AM||$37.50|
|A Choice||4:55 PM||$37.50|
|Tilt Train and Rail Bus |
Departs from Stocklands To
Maryborough West and
Onto Brisbane Roma Street
|9:45 AM||$80.25 Economy |
All prices of fare are subject to change and time of the season so it’s best to check the Queensland rail site which you can reach here. Also will need to go to their page to book your travel with them and to check all accurate timetables or rail closures.
Is There A Train From Brisbane to Hervey Bay?
There is no direct train to Hervey Bay using the train link as there are no longer any train stations in Hervey Bay. You can, however, catch the tilt train as far as Maryborough West and from there you hop on the bus that is waiting to continue onto Hervey Bay which is a short 25-minute trip. The bus will drop you at Stocklands Hervey Bay.
We have taken this route before when going on a cruise and it’s a fairly effortless trip to take and very straightforward. Once you board the bus they take care of all your luggage and transfer it onto the train for you unless you choose to carry your own bags.
There are only a few stops on the morning bus to catch the train from Stocklands back to Maryborough but rest assured the bus keeps in communication with the train and does not leave until you have arrived. So no chance of missing your train.
The best is an extra fare cost but very reasonable.
From Brisbane Roma Street, you catch the tilt train usually on Platform 13 but this is subject to change, you can check in your luggage early if you wish to do a bit of shopping before catching the train or getting a bite to eat.
Meals on board the train are reasonably priced and their curries and morning tea and scones are a lovely choice.
The Tilt Train is fully wheelchair accessible and has a lowering platform creating a ramp to fill the gap between the train and the platform. For a full layout of the tilt train, you can click here. Below is a chart of the timetable for both Southbound Trains and Northbound Trains.
|Brisbane Roma Street To Maryborough West Northbound||Monday & Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday||Evening Train Runs Everday Except for Saturday|
|Brisbane To Maryborough West Departs||11 AM |
3 Hours 40 Minutes
|4:55 PM |
3 Hours 33 Minutes
|Brisbane To Maryborough West Arrives||2:40 PM||8:28 PM|
|Maryborough West To Brisbane Roma Street||Everyday||Morning Train Runs Everday |
Except for Wednesday & Sunday
|Maryborough West To Brisbane Departs||10:58 AM|
3 hours and 52 Minutes
3 hours and 54 Minutes
|Maryborough West To Brisbane Arrives||2:50 PM||9:55 AM|
How To Get To Hervey Bay Within The Region
This airport now boasts a cafe, and a larger booking area as well as plenty of parking and easy access areas for those acquiring taxis, limousines and for those needing disabled parking.
Jetstar and Virgin Blue are now regular air crafts that fly in and out of the city directly to Sydney many times a day.
Hervey Bay Taxi Service
Providing taxi service for all of the Bay.
Ph: (07) 5561 2670 or 131 008.
Hervey Bay Limousine Service
Provide an excellent travel service for The Bay.
Ph: 07 41245855 or M: 0408 078344.
Maryborough Hervey Bay Coaches
Provide bus services for all of The Bay
Ph: 07 4121 3719.
Getting To Fraser Island
Once you arrive in The Bay you only need to travel about 15 minutes, to get to River Heads from here you can book a barge and travel over to the Island.
Fraser Island is very easy if you use one of the local tour operators or you may choose to book online with our website.
Hervey Bay is also the main stepping off point for Fraser Island barges and they provide access to Fraser Island. All vehicles travelling to Fraser Island must have an official permit.
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