It has fantastic weather and consequently draws 'sea-changers', backpackers and those who don't like living in houses. Its offshore protection provides beaches almost free from waves.
The large bay is formed by Fraser Island and the coast. Hervey Bay is not so much single town, as a few seaside towns merged along the bay, Urangan, Torquay, Scarness, Pialba and Point Vernon each have their own shopping precinct, parks and playgrounds.
It is pronouced Harvey Bay.
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.
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.
About 3-4 hours drive north from the Sunshine Coast, and 4-5 hours drive north from Brisbane .
A coach service connects with the Brisbane to Rockhampton tilt train, that runs to Pialba and Urangan.
Coach services running north from Brisbane stop in Hervey Bay.
Can rental facilities are easily available. Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget all have car rental depots.
Taxis are available. Call the national 131 008 taxi number for service.
There is 18km of waterfront cycleway, starting from Urangan and going to Point Vernon, and there is never a need to cycle on the Esplanada. If you want to make better time the backstreets tend to be wide, flat and quiet. A bicycle is quite an ideal way to see Hervey, because with the towns spread over abour 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.
There are a number of restaurants and take-away places situated in town and along the esplanada. 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.
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.
There are many apartments for rent along the esplanada. 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.
The resort tag on the end of the names of hotels and motels in Hervey Bay can be misleading. It seems a small backyard swimming pool is all that is required for a fairly standard motor inn to call itself a resort. Check the facilities carefully, so you know what you are in for.
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