Located on Queensland's east coast, Hervey Bay is the gateway to Fraser Island with an easy 50 minute ferry crossing from Hervey Bay on the Fraser Coast. To help you plan, you can simply print directions and choose the best route for your trip with Hervey Bay Google Map.
By road - Self-drive
Hervey Bay is just a 4 hour drive north of Brisbane City. Travel north on the Bruce Highway to Maryborough, then follow the signs to Hervey Bay. Stay on the main road which becomes Boat Harbour Drive and follow the signs to Hervey Bay. Note: Kingfisher Bay Resort's mainland terminal is situated at River Heads.
By road - Daily bus service from Brisbane: $99 adult one way
This scheduled daily service drops you straight to Hervey Bay where you will be transferred to meet the ferry to Fraser. Pick ups available from Brisbane Airport. Book with Kingfisher Reservations.
|Tory's Coaches departure time/s |
Bay 27. Level 3, Roma Street Transit Centre, Brisbane City
|Transfers and ferry departure time/s |
The bus drops off at Urangan Boat Harbour's Marina kiosk, where passengers are met by the Kingfisher Bay Resort
Shuttle and transferred to the Ferry departure point.
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Catch the 7.50am Kingfisher Ferry to meet the 9.30am bus service from the Harbour (arriving back in Brisbane at approximately 1.45pm).
Timing no good?
If you can't meet the scheduled departure times, an 'On Demand' service is available from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Bundaberg. Contact Kingfisher Reservations for details.
Greyhound, Oz Experience or any of the major coach operators have daily services to and from Hervey Bay. Transfers are available from Bay Central Coach Terminal to Urangan Boat Harbour (except for the 6.45pm ferry). In order to meet this ferry, please make your own way from Bay Central to Urangan by 5.45pm and a bus will transfer you to the River Heads ferry departure point.
Virgin Blue flies direct from Sydney to Hervey Bay, with easy connections from Melbourne, Adelaide and New Zealand. Qantas Link operates several daily services from Brisbane to Hervey Bay. Coach transfers are available between Hervey Bay Airport and Urangan Boat Harbour - book with Kingfisher Reservations (cost applies).
Tilt Train from Brisbane (from the south) or Rockhampton (from the north) to Maryborough Station with Queensland Rail coach connection direct to Urangan Boat Harbour. Visit www.traveltrain.com.au for up-to-date timetables and check out the Rail Pass options.
Pick up from Hervey Bay
Let us know where you're staying (minimum 24 hours notice) and we'll pick you up between 7.00 and 8.00am, nice and easy! Courtesy coach transfers are also available from Bay Central Coach Terminal to the boat harbour. A cost applies for transfers to and from Hervey Bay Airport.
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town - situated 75km east of Gympie - in South East Queensland, with a population around 1000. This little town provides access to Inskip Point and ferry across to the bottom end of Fraser Island. To help you plan, you can simply print directions and choose the best route for your trip with Rainbow Beach Google Map.
Self Drivers - By Car
From Brisbane, travel by car to Gympie on the Bruce Highway, about two hours north of Brisbane. From Gympie, travel east at Brisbane Road, to Tin Can Bay Road and follow the signs to Rainbow Beach on the Cooloola Coast.
By Coach, By Train
From your departing destination, you can travel by train or by coach to Gympie. The Tin Can Bay / Rainbow Beach bus stop is located near Gympie's Picture Theatre or at Gympie Centro Shopping Centre and offers one morning transfer service to Tin Can Bay and to Rainbow Beach per day. There is one return service, which leaves Rainbow Beach each afternoon - for more information contact 1800 444 222. If you are travelling by coach, please check with your coach provider - some companies, like Greyhound, travel via Rainbow Beach.
An airport shuttle services from both the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane airports.
From Rainbow Beach: Cool Dingos Tours depart at 07.30am from your hostel at Rainbow Beach and travel to Inskip Point for the journey across to Fraser's bottom end.
From Hervey Bay: Cool Dingo Tours depart at 9.00am daily on the Kingfisher Ferry - make sure you check in at the Kingfisher Bay Mainland Terminal by 8.15am.
The cruise to Fraser takes around 50 minutes. Your Cool Dingo Ranger-guide will meet you at the Kingfisher Bay Resort's jetty and after the introductions and a quick briefing, your 4WD adventure begins! If you're staying an extra night before or after your Cool Dingo Tour, the Kingfisher passenger ferry has five return services each day.
|Daily Ferry Transfer Timetable|
|Ferry Departs River Heads||06:45||09:00||12:30||15:30||18:45|
|Ferry Departs Kingfisher Jetty||07:50||10:30||14:00||17:00||20:30|
You'll need to have a day-pack ready when you check in at the Mainland Reception (River Heads), as your 4WD adventure begins as soon you get to Fraser. Don't forget to pack your swimmers, towel, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes or sandals, insect repellent, essential medication and of course a camera to click all the action! Cold water is available on tour however it's a good idea to take your own bottle.
Your main backpack or other luggage will be delivered to the Wilderness Lodge storage area for you to collect in the afternoon.
Although Cool Dingo Tours are all-inclusive, don't forget money for souvenirs (an ATM is available at the resort) and drinks at the bar. The resort's Village Store sells resort wear, groceries, drinks and snacks, alcohol, sun-screen, insect repellent, batteries, film etc.
Average summer temperature 29C (86F), average winter temperature 22C (72F). Make sure you bring warmer clothing for cool winter nights.
ADVICE FOR PREGNANT TRAVELLERS AND PEOPLE WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS
As this tour is off-road on sand tracks and conditions can be rough at times, we advise all pregnant travellers and people with medical conditions to seek medical advise before booking this tour.
Forget fidgety nights with tents and sleeping bags... our comfy Wilderness Lodges promise a good night's rest on Fraser! The modern timber lodges are surrounded by gum trees, bush plants and native birds, so you'll still get your nature fix!
Each lodge has twin, double and quad-share bedrooms, all fully insect screened. Bedrooms have ceiling fans to keep you cool during summer and heating for those chilly winter nights. Linen, blankets and bath towels are provided and there's separate male and female bathrooms, each with two showers. Lodges have an open lounge area (perfect for socialising) and kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities. Ironing facilities are also available, and there's a coin-laundry and pay phone nearby.
The Wilderness Lodges are located on the hill north-east of Kingfisher Bay Resort's main complex (and just across from the Dingo Bar... very handy!!) There's a regular shuttle service between the lodges and resort - check transfer times with your guide.
You won't go hungry on a Cool Dingo Tour with great buffets served on the Dingo Bar deck and hearty picnic lunches to enjoy on tour. No tinned camping fare, powdered milk or warm drinks, and the best thing... no cooking or washing up!
Breakfast - kick-start for the day's action with a full cooked and continental buffet at the Dingo Bar. Includes bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, baked beans, toast & spreads, cereals, fruit, tea/coffee and juice.
Lunch - On Day 1 we conjure up an ‘al fresco' buffet with fresh bread rolls, chicken, cold meats and a variety of salads. Day 2 - tuck in to a lunch pack of roast chicken, salad and mini baguette. Picnic lunches also include muffins, cookies and cold drinks. On Day 3 we head to Eurong Beach Resort for a relaxed buffet lunch in the restaurant including cold meats, chicken and hot selection, bread rolls and a variety of salads with tea, coffee and juice.
Dinner - buffet dinners at the Dingo Bar alternate between Pizza/Pasta, Mexican and Asian themes, both with vegetarian options and salad bar - plenty to eat after a big day! After dinner, party on at the bar and nightclub with great music, games and drink specials.
Dietary requirements? Our kitchen can cater for vegetarians and other special dietary needs (gluten free etc) as long as we're given sufficient notice... please advise when booking.
At the Dingo Bar, adjacent to the Wilderness Lodges, you'll find internet access, pool tables and a coin operated laundry. At night the bar comes alive with great music, drink specials, games and prize give-aways. At the main resort you will find payphones, an automatic teller machine (ATM). You're also welcome to use the facilities at Kingfisher Bay Resort, including the other bars, swimming pools and spas, massage & beauty clinic, tennis courts and water sports. You might be tempted to book an extra night or two!
Smoking is prohibited inside all buildings.
Optional activities may incur an additional cost and extra nights accommodation. Please see your Ranger-guide for details.
- Air Fraser Scenic Flight (available during Day 2, weather and tide permitting)
- Whale Watching - half-day cruises depart from the Kingfisher Jetty at 7.15am daily (August to October)
- Ranger-guided nature walks, slide shows and talks.
Your guide is a true Fraser guru and will not only take you to the island's most incredible spots, but also wow you with fascinating facts about the island's history, fauna and flora. Your guide stays with you for the entire tour - we guarantee a fun and entertaining time or the cool dingo eats his hat!
The credentials - our team of interpretive rangers comprise the largest privately-operated ranger team in Australia, which hold Eco Guide Certification from Ecotourism Australia. Rangers provide Aboriginal and European history, general information and an environmental ethic on guided walks and 4WD tours exploring Fraser's significant natural and geological features, and on marine cruises to see dolphins, dugong, and humpback whales.
Ecotourism is tourism in a natural area that offers interesting ways to learn about the environment with an operator that uses resources wisely, contributes to the conservation of the environment and helps local communities.
Advanced Ecotourism is awarded to Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products which provide an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving Best Practice by using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.