Transport Options Include the Following:
Arrive by air transport option
The extended and refurbished Hervey Bay airport opened in mid 2005, after the existing airfield underwent an $11.5 million upgrade. This included the construction of a new terminal building and the extension of the existing 1500m runway to 2000m to allow jet services from Jetstar and Virgin Blue ex Sydney. Flights from Melbourne are a future possibility, with further airport upgrades planned.
The airport is situated off Booral road, Urangan and is an easy drive from the city centre.
Jetstar and Virgin Blue fly to Hervey Bay from Sydney and QantasLink from Brisbane. Virgin Blue currently has daily flights from Melbourne that take approximately 1hr50mins.
Air services to Fraser Island are via Air Fraser Island from Hervey Bay and Maryborough to airstrips on the island or beach landings. Lady Elliot provides direct flights from Hervey Bay to Lady Elliot Island.
Arrive by train transport option:
To reach Hervey Bay from Brisbane by rail, take the Tilt Train (modern, fast and smooth) to Maryborough West. This departs from Brisbane's well known Roma St Station.
Although the train track between Maryborough and Hervey Bay was unfortunately ripped up there is a connecting Trainlink (WideBay Transit) bus to Hervey Bay Bus Terminal (Bay Central), stopping only at Maryborough on the way.
The journey by train to Maryborough West takes 3½ hours and the bus ride from Maryborough West station to Bay Central takes 45 minutes.
Arrive by bus transport option:
Many daily bus services operate from Brisbane to Hervey Bay. Some stop at numerous towns along the way and take for ever while others take a more direct route. The key operators are Greyhound Australia, Premier Motor services and Suntours Express; both long-distance buses and Trainlink, arrive and depart from the Bay Central Bus Terminal. This is right in the Centro shopping centre, Pialba, Hervey Bay. This shopping complex has a Target, IGA Super, Leonards Deli, Warehouse, Dimmies, Food Court and many other stores that will meet your initial shopping needs.
Regular city wide bus services operate from here. Also most of the Back Packer accommodation services offer courtesy pick up mini-bus shuttles that meet the intra and interstate bus services. Bottom line is that you will never be stranded.
Arrive by self drive transport option:
Hervey Bay will take approx 3.5hrs. from central Brisbane by road, assuming you travel off peak, otherwise add an additional 30 minutes.
Over one hour of this is along high quality four lane highway, much of it has a speed limit of 110km/hr. The highway is known as the Bruce Highway.
The highway reduces to two lanes from around the Noosaville turn-off, from here it takes about 30 minutes to get to Gympie and then another 1 hour to get to Maryborough. The road from Gympie requires a bit more attention and concentration as they lack shoulders and are not quite upto State Highway standard, considering the number of large trucks that use the highway.
The directions from Maryborough are well signposted, and this last section of the trip will take approximately 30 minutes.
There are plenty of eating places along the entire Bruce Highway so there is no fear of starvation. As well there are numerous petrol stations along the way. We generally stop at the Matildas Petrol Station complex, not too far south of Gympie for a break and a coffee and or food.
Arrive by sea transport option
Hervey Bay has an excellent boat harbour that is about to undergo a major redevelopment. If you own a yacht then Hervey Bay has the facilities.