Hervey Bay has some great cycling opportunities – follow the links below:
Downloadable maps are also provided. Successful and happy riding!!
Maryborough to Hervey Bay
Bicycles can be transported on the bus service. Phone Wide Bay Transit on 07 41214070 beforehand to check availability at desired time. The Maryborough-Howard service does NOT carry bicycles.
Ride the Foreshore shared path from Gatakers Bay to Urangan Boat Harbour.
This wonderful track winds along the foreshore giving breathtaking views of the Bay and providing access to many facilities along the way such as swimming beaches, barbecues and picnic spots; jetties at Scarness, Torquay and Urangan; and countless eateries and coffee shops.
The CBD at Pialba is only a block away from the beach and path and has coffee shops and other eateries as well as facilities such as ATMs.
Torquay has superb beach facilities just off the shared path. Bike racks are available for bike parking and sailing boats often cruise the water. Torquay also has an excellent commercial district across the Esplanade which offers good dining and shopping.
You will also cycle through Scarness which has always been a popular beach and, with great picnic amenities and plenty of eateries, is a cyclist's mecca.
A railway line which once brought life and transport between Pialba and Urangan is doing so again in its new role as the Links Corridor.
In the 1890's the seaside village of Pialba became a mecca for weekend picnickers when the railway line was opened from Maryborough. In 1916 this line was extended to Urangan to service the new cargo wharf and several generations of holiday-makers visited the seaside on this train line. The line closed in recent times due to dwindling rail traffic - and now a portion of the rail corridor has been converted to a first class shared path between Elizabeth St and Old Maryborough Rd.
The corridor is popular with cyclists, walkers and others and with increasing vehicular traffic on Hervey Bay roads provides very safe access to areas close to the beach between Elizabeth St and Main St.
Ride the western beaches - Dundowran, Craignish, Toogoom and Burrum Heads - as well as Torbanlea and Howard. Hervey Bay is known far and wide for its beautiful long beaches lining the Bay, and several of these are found in these suburbs. A pleasant ride through town and country with minimal main roads riding as far as Toogoom.
Ride descriptions and maps in PDF format in 5 sections starting at the end of the Hunter St end of the links corridor in Pialba.
Revisit the past on an easy weekend cycling trip through Tiaro, Bauple and Theebine in the Wide Bay hinterland.
Fifteen kilometres south of Maryborough on or near the Bruce Highway are the historic towns of Tiaro, Bauple, Theebine, Gunalda and Gundiah. Tranquil country roads, historic hostelries and great scenery are all part of this ride.
Things to see:
Bauple Museum has a superb collection of memorabilia including old PMG equipment, books and photos; and a great picnic area outside with electric barbecues.
Instantly recognisable, the old Tiaro Railway station has a new home and new lease of life on the Bruce Highway as the new information centre.
The historical Theebine pub.
Dickabram Bridge, one of very few combined road/rail bridges.
Gunalda Hotel is beside the Bruce Highway and would be another good starting point or drop-off point for a ride.
Bicycle Paths in Hervey Bay
Map of key Hervey Bay pedestrian and cycle facilities (courtesy Fraser Coast Regional Council)
Pialba to Dundowran, Craignish, Toogoom, Burrum Heads and Torbanlea
You can download maps of this ride in PDF format by clicking here [3.3MB], or read more about each section below.
Overview: This map shows most of the coastal area of Hervey Bay from the River Heads Rd to Burrum Heads with the main roads.
Downloads: Ride Description [PDF 86KB] High Res Colour Map [PDF 295KB] B&W Map [PDF 197KB]
Section 1: End of links corridor (Hunter St) to Dundowran beach. A leisurely ride through town and country. Approximately 13 km one way. Couple of hills. An easy hour of riding.
Downloads: Ride Description [PDF 41KB] High Res Colour Map [PDF 557KB] B&W Map [PDF 201KB]
Section 2: Dundowran Beach to Sawmill Rd beach and Peterson Rd Beach. Ride through quiet seaside suburbs to tea gardens, shops and beaches with barbecues and toilets - also a small remnant rainforest park. Maximum of another 5kms and another half hour.
Downloads: Ride Description [PDF 37KB] High Res Colour Map [PDF 471KB] B&W Map [PDF 172KB]
Section 3: A short ride on the main road before turning into Toogoom. After a hilly end to section 2, this section adds another 10 km and another leisurely hour's riding. Restaurant, shops, caravan park and more beaches with barbecues and toilets are easily accessible.
Downloads: Ride Description [PDF 41KB] High Res Colour Map [PDF 336KB] B&W Map [PDF 147KB]
Section 4: To Burrum Heads on the main road. For the keener cyclists, this ride adds approximately 20kms. Accomodation incl caravan park, tavern, fast food, beaches and barbecues.
Downloads: Ride Description [PDF 49KB] High Res Colour Map [PDF 324KB] B&W Map [PDF 147KB]
Section 5: To Torbanlea and Howard. Add approx another 35 kms from Toogoom- accomodation incl caravan park, pub, fast food. McCafferty's Coaches could pick you up here with your cycle.
Downloads: Ride Description [PDF 41KB] High Res Colour Map [PDF 356KB] B&W Map [PDF 147KB]