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Our pick of the Best Accommodation in Hervey Bay

If you’re planning a trip to Fraser Island – and you really should be – the chances are you’ll be visiting Hervey Bay. This tropical little town is, alongside Noosa, one of the main hubs for tours to Fraser Island. But Hervey Bay isn’t just a transport hub, between July and November it’s also one of the best places in Australia to go whale watching, and has a relaxed tropical atmosphere along with 14km of white sand beaches. 

So if you’re searching for the best accommodation in Hervey Bay, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top three places to rest up if you are heading this way to do some Whale Watching.

Unfortunately our Drop Bear Adventure tours only depart from Noosa & Rainbow Beach, we do not offer pick up in Hervey Bay.

Top Pick of Accommodation in Hervey Bay

Woolshed Backpackers

Just a 5 minute walk from Scarness beach, the Woolshed is another excellent choice. It’s cute dining area has an Aussie woolshed theme and there are top facilities on offer such as a TV and DVD player in each room (a DVD!) laundry facilities and kitchens, a well equipped BBQ area, and both snorkelling and sports equipment for rent. Tropical gardens surround the property where you’ll find hammocks for a well earned afternoon nap. This is the place to choose if you want to be close to the beach and various hiking trails nearby.

YHA Hervey Bay

This multi award winning hostel has all the quality comforts you’d expect from a YHA, plus a few extras, which ultimately solidifies its place on our top pick of accommodation in Hervey Bay. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens the dorms are spotless and if you’ve grown tired of clambering up and down bunk beds you’ll be glad to find all dorm beds are singles. There is a gorgeous pool, a bistro, bar, tennis and basketball courts and a games room. Decent WiFi is offered in both dorm rooms and private rooms, and you can choose to pay a few more dollars for an ensuite bathroom or fast WiFi.

There is an excellent tour desk offering trips to Fraser Island and beyond. This place is a solid choice.

Flashpackers Hostel

This family owned gem of a place is a friendly, resort style hostel with amazing facilities including palm shaded courtyards and pool. Choose from comfy four to eight bed dorms, or splash out on a private room with your own bathroom. Facilities include a free daily breakfast, free WiFi, a courtesy bus to town and free pick ups from coach stops, fully equipped kitchens along with board games, a pool table and even a cinema with loads of free movies. The Flashpackers Hostel is certainly a fine choice if you are seeking accommodation in Hervey Bay.

If you haven’t already booked your Fraser Island trip or fancy heading out to spot some whales, their friendly staff can point you in the direction of the best tours on offer.

Written by Kate Moxhay at