Being situated in the Fraser Coast of Queensland only 290 km away from the state capital of Brisbane, Hervey Bay is an easily accessible holiday destination from Brisbane by air in only 45 minutes or through a scenic drive north of Brisbane which takes about 3.5 hours. Harvey Bay with its subtropical climate is reputed for having pleasant weather year-round. The cool sea breeze helps keep the temperature down preventing extremes.
Best Backpacker Hostels in Hervey Bay
The Woolshed is a unique hostel built along the theme of an Aussie Woolshed. Being a clean friendly, quiet, family-run hostel, it has won multiple awards. Being located right in the center of Hervey Bay with only a 400m walk to the beach makes it all the more popular among backpackers. Additionally, free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hostel.
Flashpackers Hervey Bay
With clean rooms and a great pool area, Flashpackers hostel is another favorite among money-conscious backpackers. Additional to the dorms and private rooms with various sizes, all with attached bathrooms, an all-female version is also available.
Among the famous places in Harvey Bay, the Urangan Pier takes a very important place. Being one of the longest piers in Australia, it stretches into the ocean for almost 1 km providing spectacular views of the Hervey Beach as well as schools of fish, stingrays, and pods of dolphin just swimming near the pier. In addition, it is one of the best fishing spots in Australia.
The main attraction of Hervey Bay is Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. In accessing the Fraser Island, you can take a ferry at River Heads, which is about 20 minutes away from Hervey Bay. The ferry ride to Fraser Island will take about 50 minutes. Although the cost for the ferry ride is on the expensive side, the experience gained in visiting Fraser Island is well worth the money.
Heritage-listed in 1992 by the UNESCO, Fraser Island stretches over more than a whopping distance of 120 km. The island reeks of exceptional natural beauty including miles of picturesque white beaches, a myriad of sand cliffs colored with striking hues, virgin rainforests, sheltered mangrove areas as well as perched dune lakes. Besides, the island is home to a large number of animals as well as birds including the famous dingo. The waters around the island are teeming of aquatic animals including dugongs, dolphins, manta rays, sharks as well as migrating humpback whales.
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