Brisbane To Hervey Bay By Car – We’re often asked what’s the easiest or cheapest way to get to Hervey Bay – so here’s the insider info and top tips… Getting there is easy and cheap (if you plan!) …
Hervey Bay is located approximately 2 hours drive north of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, and approximately 3 ¼ hours drive from Brisbane Airport. Access is available by train (Queensland Rail Tilt Train), air (Qantas and Virgin Australia), or road.
Brisbane To Hervey Bay By Car
Qantas flies to Hervey Bay from Brisbane with 4 convenient flights a day on weekdays and 3 on weekends. If you are coming from other destinations, be sure to search for flights from your port of origin to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast), as the price is three times cheaper than booking separate legs.
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Sydney to Hervey Bay (via Brisbane) flights start around $150 and offer the best arrival times (first flight from Sydney leaves 6am to 9am).
Melbourne to Hervey Bay (via Brisbane) starts at $220, with the first flight leaving at 6am and arriving at 9am (good connection to Lady Elliot).
Virgin Australia flies direct from Sydney to Hervey Bay. There is only 1 flight per day arriving and departing during the day (11:55 arrival in winter, 10:55 in summer). Flights start at $110.
Flights to the Sunshine Coast are also worth considering, especially if you plan to visit Noosa as well as Hervey Bay. Virgin has flights from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast from $89 and from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast for $125. Then hire a car for the trip to Hervey Bay.
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I always recommend looking into car hire if you are coming from or coming through Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast. It is an easy 3 1/4 hour drive from Brisbane or 2 hours from the Sunshine Coast. Australia Zoo is about half way and a must see if you are driving from Brisbane.
Hervey Bay itself is a large town, 18 kilometers from one end to the other. There is no CBD or real town, so it is difficult to explore and navigate without a vehicle. Renting a car is very cheap these days. You can rent a car for between $40 and $50 per day with unlimited miles. I use www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au to compare prices and make reservations (and to avoid one way shipping charges the rental company will try to meet you if you don’t come back to the same place). Be sure to tell me you’re coming by car so I can take you to cool places to see along the way!
Tilt train is a good choice for going north. If you are coming by plane to Brisbane you can connect the airport train to Rome Street station where the Tilt train departs.
There are 2 trips a day from Rome Road Station in Brisbane (except Saturdays). The 11:00am event arrives in Hervey Bay at 3:30pm, and the 4:55pm event arrives at 9:30pm. On Saturday there is a single service that departs at 1:10 pm and arrives at 6:45 pm. One-way fares for adults are $86.50 (includes rail link bus from Maryborough to Hervey Bay). You can often save 20% on this with a pre-purchase discount. The train has very comfortable seats (allocated) there are shops where you can buy food, drinks, newspapers etc… very civilized!
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The Inn is an agent for Queensland Rail and can help you book tickets for rail travel. It is best to book the airline and rental car directly.
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Choose between 3 hours and 8 hours, morning or evening, most include return transfers, tea, three lunches on board are included. The 290 km road trip from Brisbane to Hervey Bay in Queensland takes about 3 hours and 24 minutes. If your plan is to visit Fraser Island, you may be better off taking a boat from Inskip Point near Rainbow Beach. The 254 km drive from Brisbane to Inskip Point takes about three hours and four minutes.
The Queensland town of Hervey Bay is a great stop on the classic east coast route from Sydney to Cairns. The main reason for this is that it is the main gateway to Fraser Island / K’gari – the largest sand island in the world. But whale watching is still available. Many whale watching tours out of Urangan Bay.
This is a mistake, as you will miss out on the Sunshine Coast by driving straight from Brisbane to Hervey Bay. That’s no boat trips in Mooloolaba, no markets in Eumundi, no Kondalilla National Park walk from Montville and no koalas in Noosa National Park. You’re missing out on some of the best experiences and cities in Queensland. If you have time, drive from Brisbane to Noosa, and spend a few days in Queensland’s best beach town before moving north. That being said, the Australia Zoo and Aussie World theme park are just off the Bruce Highway if you want to find some animals or go wild.
However, time constraints may mean you need to drive from Brisbane to Hervey Bay in one go, or as the first leg of a road trip from Brisbane to Cairns. According to Google Maps, the drive from Brisbane to Hervey Bay is 290 km long. This is mainly along the Bruce Highway, through Gympie and Maryborough. This makes Brisbane to Hervey Bay a three hour 24 minute drive.
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However, if the plan is to go straight to Fraser Island, you don’t want to go to Hervey Bay itself. Fraser Island Ferry, which carries 4WD vehicles across the island, departs from Riverhead. This is just south of Hervey Bay. The bad news is that you have to swing around the edge of Hervey Bay to get to Riverhead Road, and the trip takes longer. The drive from Brisbane to Riverhead is 301 kilometers long, and should take approximately three hours and 34 minutes.
Not all cars will return from Fraser Island, it seems… Photo by David Whitley / Travel Questions Australia
However, there is another access point to Fraser Island. If your plan is to leave Brisbane, drive up, and then head to Fraser Island, you should head to the Manta Ray boat at Inskip Point. These ships reach the southern tip of Fraser Island.
Inskip Point is located north of the small town of Rainbow Beach, the colorful sand is worth seeing. Staying at Rainbow Beach instead of Hervey Bay is also the right choice. There are a number of hostels, caravan parks and a number of apartments. Some tours depart from Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach.
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The drive from Brisbane to Inskip Point is 254 kilometers long, and should take approximately three hours and four minutes. The weather in Hervey Bay is best outside of summer. I always recommend that the best way to get to Hervey Bay is to drive. (See previous article here.) Hervey Bay is an easy 3 ¼ hour (290 km) drive from Brisbane, with lots of good parking and things to see and do along the way, making it a great trip.
From the north, it is 125 km / 1 ½ hours from Bundaberg, or 425 km / 5 hours from Yeppoon, which is half of the Whitsundays / Airlie beaches. (Yeppoon is a better place to stay than Rockhampton if you’re driving from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay – trust me! I’ll cover the trip north in a future blog post.)
When in Hervey Bay, having a vehicle is a definite plus, as the town is larger than expected – 16 kilometers from one end to the other. Without a CBD or real urban center, Hervey Bay is essentially 5 suburbs or villages that have come together over time, with many shops and amenities.