Like all the hostels in Hervey Bay, HI - Hervey Bay - Colonial Village YHA Hostel is located about an hour's walk away from the bus drop-off, however there is a hostel-provided, free shuttle bus service, which is very useful! The hostel has quite a relaxed feel and the staff are very welcoming -- you even get free muffins and juice on arrival!
The hostel is quite a distance from the bus dropoff and the main shopping area of Hervey Bay, however there is a supermarket (and a few other shops) about twenty minutes' walk away from the hostel. The marina is about five minutes away, but there isn't much there, and the pier is almost an hour's walk away but there are a number of restaurants and shops here too as well as the beach. The beach is mainly rocky but there is a small section of sand where you can catch some sun.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Small share dorms (four to five beds) are available, as well as private doubles, and tent pitches. We stayed in a private room, which was very nice, but basic with literally just a bed in the room. However the bed is very comfortable and we had a good night sleep, apart from the fact that the doors on the adjoining rooms are very noisy!
The bathrooms are clean, well looked-after, and never busy (there are three toilets and three showers per gender). There were signs requesting that you only spend four minutes in the shower (due to water saving) but this is not managed in any way so there are no problems if you are a bit slow!
There are two kitchens, although we were only able to access one, it seemed. This kitchen has all the expected equipment (although there is a distinct lack of normal knives!); an eight-burn hob, microwave, and toaster. There is plenty of storage space available, including in the fridge, and everyone seems to respect other guests' food, which is always nice.
The bar area is very nice and relaxed -- food is served between 6 to 8 p.m., although there is a limited menu also available in the day (we recommend the nachos!). Just outside the bar there is a pool area, which is kept clean and tidy. As well as the usual pool table, there are a number of other games available in the bar including Jenga, Monopoly, and chess. There are also two tennis courts available to guests onsite.
Overall this is a very nice hostel and we had a pleasant stay. If we were going to return to Hervey Bay we would stay here again -- however Hervey Bay itself didn't give us a reason to return.