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Along the Bruce Highway: Hervey Bay

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The Bruce Highway. The seemingly never ending 1,679km stretch of road that has been connecting Queenslanders between Brisbane and Cairns since it was completed in December 1986. It has become a regular companion in the great Queensland Road trip.

With so many great places to stay, things to do and places to eat the possibilities are endless. In this regular travel feature, we will be taking our audience on the ultimate road trip, ‘Travel along the Bruce Highway’. Starting from Brisbane, we are going all the way up to Cairns! Featuring a new city or region every couple of months – along the way showcasing local attractions, places and hidden gems that everyone should experience at least once.

All aboard for the second destination: Hervey Bay!

Situated 3 and a half hours drive north of Brisbane, Hervey Bay is a natural bay between the mainland and World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. It is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway! Get yourself to Hervey Bay for a serving of sun, sand, seafood and soulfulness.

We’ve put together some suggestions for your road trip itinerary:

Start nice and early for your drive up to Hervey Bay. The drive itself is incredibly therapeutic. Pass through stretches of dense pine forests and pineapple fields, and make a pit stop at in the quaint country town of Gympie for coffee and cake. Why not stop at Maryborough, the birthplace of Mary Poppins. Take a walk around the city that inspired PL Travers to pen the infamous nanny’s story.

First things first on a weekend getaway trip in Hervey Bay; fuel up at the Hervey Bay Boat Club. Savour a speciality coffee, quick meal and a decadent dessert at their gourmet coffee shop or dine on the Coffee Shop Deck and enjoy balmy sub-tropical breezes and views of the passing marina traffic. Why not experience sensational ala carte dining for lunch and dinner with stunning views over the marina and Fraser Island. Tailored to suit all tastes, offering the freshest of local seafood, tender meats and crisp seasonal fruit and vegetables.

After lunch, try something spectacular and take an unforgettable journey in the skies as you soar above Hervey Bay on a magical helicopter ride with Great Ocean Helicopters. Get ready to appreciate some of Hervey Bays’ best scenic locations from a unique perspective.

Now it’s time to check in to your accommodation. Located only a 2-minute walk from the beach, you can’t go past Quarterdecks Retreat. This luxurious accommodation has 1,2 and 3 bedroom spacious villas available and offers multiple facilities; with a full kitchen and laundry available, it is perfect for everyone from couples to families.

After a well-deserved night’s rest, you’re awake ready and raring to go. No weekend to Hervey Bay is complete without a whale watching experience. Known as the whale watching capital of the world, Hervey Bay is a hot spot to experience the majestic animals. Get up close and personal to wonder at the magnificence of humpback whales on board the Freedom III Whale Watch and Charters.

To finish your trip with a cherry on top, a visit to World Heritage-listed K’gari (Fraser Island) or Lady Elliot Island is a must. While there’re plenty of ways to see these sites in a day, Fraser Island Tours takes it up a notch; showing you the best of what the region has to offer and witnessing the beauty of these world heritage listed paradises.

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Emily Stack
Emily Stack
Editorial Team
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