Hervey Bay, Australia

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Our feature photo for this post isn’t really Hervey Bay, but it is a view of the sunset over Hervey Bay seen from Fraser Island. Hervey Bay is the starting point for most travellers embarking to Fraser Island. It’s a small little town on the coast, and doesn’t boast anything special. We were travelling through Australia at a torrid pace, and were anticipating another tiring couple days on Fraser Island during our Cool Dingo tour, so we took the day in Hervey Bay to rest and recuperate. The hostel we stayed in was awesome, and we just watched movies and hung out there for our day in Hervey Bay. It was just what we needed! 

How to Get There

We used our hop on/hop off Greyhound Bus pass to get to Hervey Bay from Airlie Beach. The trip took about 13.5 hours. There are two stops in Hervey Bay. Pialba is the main one, but Torquay is the one that we got off at because it’s closer to the hostels. Cool Dingos picked us up right from our hostel on our way to Fraser Island.

We also travelled between Hervey Bay and Surfer’s Paradise which took just under 7 hours on the Greyhound.

Where to Stay

  • The Friendly Hostel – This was one of our favourite hostels in Australia, because it herveybaypic1was so homey! It was basically a house transformed into a hostel. Everyone got their own bedroom, and all the bedrooms joined onto a main living room and kitchen. The kitchen was stocked with everything you needed to create a great meal (or a frozen pizza…) and you could borrow DVDs from reception to watch on the tv in the living room. They also have an awesome fenced in garden out front where they let their pet guinea pigs roam! We could’ve used the free bike rentals the hostel offered, but we were wiped so we took advantage of the DVD player and lounged around for the day instead. The hostel staff was really awesome, and provided us with a map of Hervey Bay upon our arrival, highlighting some attractions to check out as well. You can book online here.

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