Best Bike Paths in Hervey Bay
Planning an active and budget-friendly Australian holiday? Hervey Bay, located three and a half hours from Brisbane, is the place to go. The city has great cycling opportunities, featuring over 17 kilometres of foreshore bike paths to cruise through that stretch from Urangan to Point Vernon.
Not only that, but the views along the paths are beautiful. Hervey Bay also makes bicycle transportation simple, as it's possible to carry them on public transport and easy to hire them. Keep reading to learn about the best bike paths around Hervey Bay.
1. Foreshore shared path
Also known as the Hervey Bay Recreational Trails, the Foreshore shared path cycleway runs the full length of the Esplanade from the Urangan Pier to Point Vernon in Hervey Bay. Start with a walk along the iconic Urangan Pier and check out the spectacular sights from the Matthew Flinders Lookout at Dayman Point if you're heading from south to north. If you'd like to spend some time on the water before biking, drop by AquaVue, a cafe in Torquay where you can hire equipment for water activities.
The Pialba-Point-Vernon circuit is 13.4 km (around 40 minutes at 20 km/h). The shorter Scarness (4.24 km, around 13 minutes at 20 km/h) and Urangan (7.3 km, around 22 minutes at 20 km/h) routes are also scenic paths to try if you're looking for a shorter ride. Ride through lots of trees and picnic areas, and take in the breathtaking coastal views as you pedal away. The Foreshore shared path is well-lit (as there's generally no twilight in these areas, colonial-like street lamps provide safety if you're caught cycling at dusk) and has several water fountains spaced regularly throughout the whole track.
The good thing about the Foreshore shared path is that it's not just a cycleway; it can actually be a full-on exercise circuit thanks to the various outdoor gym equipment spaced along the track. You'll find a rowing machine, sit-up bench, fly workout and even a stepper. So get off the bike and train other parts of your body as a break from cycling! There's also the possibility to take part in a group workout that's set up along the cycleway, such as Tai Chi, walking, and aerobics.
In addition, the cycleway passes many cafes along the way, making it perfect for when your workout is done and you need some well-deserved coffee or a treat. You'll also find several shopping centres and stores to cover every need, including Woolworths, Australia Post, Pialba Place Shopping Centre, Big W and ALDI.
Don't forget that away from the shared path, Torquay has an amazing beach. Leave your bikes parked on the many bike racks provided and take the rest of your adventure to the ocean. For a refreshing ocean dip, head to the popular Scarness beach.
Depending on which trail you choose, you could pass up to 15 parks offering public amenities like toilets. You'll want to make time for the WetSide Water Park, a beachside park with water slides, a water play arena, and eateries.
2. The Links Corridor
There's no reason to stop with a ride along the Esplanade cycleway! While the path seems to end near the Botanical Gardens, if you keep cycling away, you'll find another segment of the Hervey Bay cycle path that follows the route of the old Maryborough railway that terminates at the pier. This railway line was once brought to life=to connect the cities of Pialba and Urangan, however, it was shut down recently due to dwindling train traffic. While the railway no longer operates, it's now a paradise for bike rides between Elizabeth St and Maryborough Rd - with traffic increasing on Hervey Bay Rd the corridor provides safe access to the beach areas.
You could make time to explore the Discover Sphere and Regional Art Library and the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum during your route. The Historical Village and Museum has 19 original buildings housing more than 8,000 local historical items. Stop by Pialba Place for a quick bite to eat and for some shopping. The Links Corridor circuit covers a distance of 8.8 km (around 26 minutes if you're riding at 20 km/h).
Cycling through the hinterland is also an amazing way to discover Hervey Bay while getting some exercise. Visit Tiaro, Bauple, Gunalda, Gundiah and Theebine, located in the Wide Bay hinterland. These historic towns feature quiet country roads, traditional hotels and breathtakingly beautiful scenery.
In Tiaro, don't miss the old Tiaro Railway Station. In Bauple, make a quick stop at the Bauple Museum, where you'll find incredible memorabilia featuring old equipment, photos and books, in addition to a picnic area with barbecues outside. Lastly, in Theebine, don't forget to visit the restored Theebine Hotel, a well-known tourist attraction and historical hotel with plenty of relics to see, great atmosphere and amazing food. If you're up for an adventure, visit the Mary River, where you might get lucky and get a glimpse of the endangered Mary River turtle.
One inland or hinterland trail to try is the Hervey Bay Rail Trail (also known as the Mary to Bay Rail Trail) from Maryborough to Hervey Bay or the reverse. With flat terrain, this 18 km trail is a great one for casual riders. There's a shelter on Chapel Road and plenty of others along the way, some with water fountains. Check out the Hervey Bay Cultural Centre (marked by the statue of a humpback whale), Pialba Place Shopping Centre, Migaloo's Cafe, The Depot Espresso Bar, and end or start with a walk along Urangan Pier.
Since you'll be deciding on your own riding trail in the hinterland, it can be as short or long as you choose.
Once you've cycled the hinterland, take it to the seas. At the end of the Links Corridor in Pialba, the western beaches are a must-do while cycling through Hervey Bay as the town is infamous for its mesmerising infinite, long beaches. Beaches such as Dundowran, Craignish, Toogoom, Burrum Heads, Torbanlea and Howard are perfect to do as a circuit because of the minimal contact with main roads, which will give your journey a priceless beach and country feel.
Make the most of your cycle
Cycling enthusiast? A trip to Hervey Bay is just what you need. This beautiful Queensland city and natural bay between the mainland and Fraser Island offers beautiful cycleways that stretch along and away from the whole city. Whether you'd like to pedal through the hinterland, coast or the town itself, Hervey Bay offers all the facilities you need to make your next holiday an adventurous one.
Remember to stop by Pialba Place Shopping Centre, an everyday shopping convenience for locals and visitors.