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Fraser CoastLooking for a beach holiday? Throwdown your towel and welcome to the Fraser Coast. Home to World Heritage-listed icons, some of the best diving in the country, stellar beaches, untouched rainforest, and a humpback whale or two!
Queensland's Fraser Coast unites two World Heritage icons - Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef - and offers some of the best natural experiences on earth including amazing encounters with humpback whales. Walk through untouched ancient rainforests growing out of the sand and swim in pristine freshwater lakes on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. Take a scenic flight to the start of the Great Barrier Reef and step off the beach into an unrivalled, magical world of coral and marine life as you snorkel alongside giant manta rays and turtles. The calm, protected waters of Hervey Bay are a natural playground for thousands of majestic Humpback Whales - providing the world's best, and closest, whale encounters. Hervey Bay is also an aquatic paradise - perfect for year-round swimming, diving, water sports and fishing. Soak up the wonderful vintage feel of Maryborough where fascinating heritage comes to life in stunning architecture, museums, costumed guides, quirky tours, boutique cafes and antique stores. Experience the diverse marine life and beauty of the Great Sandy Strait, with a stunning coastline of pristine, white sandy beaches and charming seaside villages stretching from Burrum Heads to Rainbow Beach. Discovery the tranquil natural beauty of the Fraser Coast hinterland with its national parks, rainforests and the beautiful Mary River. Visit quaint townships such as Howard, Tiaro and Bauple - the original home of the Macadamia Nut. As part of the UNESCO recognised Great Sandy Biosphere, the Fraser Coast's unique and diverse natural attractions are officially recognised in the same class as the Galapagos Islands and Central Amazon. With incredible eco-experiences, heart racing adventures, fascinating history, inspiring art and culture, and tantalising local food and wine - the Fraser Coast truly is where nature comes alive.
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Go Diving with Hervey Bay Dive Centre
The Hervey Bay Dive Centre is Hervey Bay's premier marine and dive tour operator. -Tourism Australia "Best of Queensland" operator. -5 Star PADI Dive Centre. -2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Owned and operated by a local family with years of experience in the marine industry the centre prides itself on personal experience, passionate and professional crew and a strong environmental approach. The dive centre provides guided ex-HMAS Tobruk dives, PADI diver training and Hervey Bay's dedicated swim with whales tour.
Sea Explorer Fraser Island
Embark on an unforgettable eco-adventure aboard their new custom-built fast boat, the ‘Osprey’. Discover unique wildlife, vast coastlines and explore the remote surrounding islands within the Great Sandy National Park, with immersive, nature-based experiences exclusive to Kingfisher Bay Resort. Guided eco cruises and sunset experiences depart daily from Kingfisher Bay Resort, led by the Sea Explorer skipper and onboard marine expert, showcasing the pristine western coast of Fraser Island. Transfers between River Heads and Kingfisher Bay Resort are also available.
Go whale watching on a Fraser Island Whale Watching Cruise
Experience an unforgettable up-close wildlife encounter with the majestic humpback whales, on a Fraser Island Whale Watch Cruise. Regarded as the whale watching capital of the world, the calm, clear and protected waters of Hervey Bay marine park offer excellent viewing, due to the number of whales in the region, and from being sheltered by Fraser Island. Between August and October each year, over 1,500 whales take time out from their migration to spend anywhere from a day to two weeks relaxing, playing and nurturing their calves. During this time, Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island offers daily whale watching cruises to get you out amongst the whales very quickly. Operating in conjunction with Quick Cat 11, the qualified skippers provide extensive commentary on the whale's behaviour. The whales are curious about the whale watch boats and often come in close to dive under the boats and swim around. They often provide spectacular action. Witness these gentle giants rise out of the water in a spectacular breach, wave their pec fins or make a splash with their tail flukes, for the thrill of a lifetime.
Stay on Fraser Island
Visit Fraser Island to be dwarfed by ancient rainforests growing out of only sand and to explore the freshwater lakes and spectacular sand formations on one of the most incredible islands on earth. World Heritage-listed Fraser Island has the absolute best that one island can offer - cool towering rainforests to walk through; more than 100 freshwater lakes to swim in including the iconic Lake McKenzie, huge sand blows to climb, and an amazing 120-kilometre beach highway, complete with the shipwreck of the Maheno and cliffs of stunning coloured sands. Lying off the coast of Hervey Bay and just south of the last of the Great Barrier Reef's coral cays, Fraser is the world's largest sand island and stretches for 123 kilometres. Unforgettable island eco-adventures include cruises to discover the untouched beauty of the remote western side and guided or self-drive tours. Though surrounded by untamed wilderness and rugged terrain, Fraser Island boasts luxurious, relaxing and natural accommodation experiences. Fraser Island also offers some of the best beach fishing experiences in the world and provides options for young novice anglers and seasoned fishing professionals. Whatever adventure you are looking for, Fraser Island has you covered.
See Fraser Island from the sky
A relaxing and stress-free way to explore Fraser Island on your terms in a private late model hire four-wheel drive including return scenic flights. Departing Sunshine Coast or Hervey Bay airports daily, guests enjoy a fantastic scenic flight over the majestic Great Sandy Straits, Kingfisher Bay Resort, Lake Mckenzie, Central Station and Lake Wabby. Guests have the opportunity to spot resident dugongs, dolphins, turtles, rays and migratory humpback whales before landing on the beach of spectacular World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. After a quick briefing, including suggested itineraries and current beach and track conditions, guests depart in their hire car to explore the island at their pace. Beat the crowds to the major attractions like Lake Mckenzie, Central Station, Maheno Shipwreck and Eli Creek. Visitors experience the exhilaration of driving along the world-famous 75 Mile Beach with ample time to swim, bush walk or fish at their leisure. Lunch and snacks are available at one of the many food outlets on the island. Guests are also welcome to bring their picnic lunch. Depart Fraser Island in the afternoon for a nice relaxing flight back to Hervey Bay or the Sunshine Coast.
Have an adventure with Fraser Explorer Tours
Experience the diverse landscapes of the world's largest sand island, for a fun and relaxing adventure with Fraser Explorer Tours. Appealing to all types of travellers - singles, couples, families and small groups, there are one and two-day tours on offer, departing daily from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach. Discover the island's pristine environment, and immerse yourself in the World Heritage surrounds, as your experienced guide navigates the sand tracks, and shares the island's history. Explore Fraser's top attractions, such as the crystal clear Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, Maheno Shipwreck, and ancient sub-tropical rainforests. Stay right on Fraser Island's renowned 75 Mile Beach at Eurong Beach Resort, with a range of accommodation styles to suit. Guided four-wheel-drive day tours also have the option to start in one location and end in the other if you are travelling along the coast. The two-day tour includes all major Fraser Island sites, accommodation and meals at Eurong Beach Resort, as well as ferry transfers and National Park fees. Join a Fraser Explorer Tour and experience the breathtaking, natural beauty of this World Heritage-listed wonder!
Maryborough
Maryborough tells the tales of a captivating colonial past. Stories of loss, triumph and spirit spread throughout the town in its heritage buildings, striking public art, statues and memorials. A short stroll through heritage-listed Queens Park leads to Cheery Tree Lane and a statue of Mary Poppins perched beside the 135-year-old bank building where her creator, Pamela Lyndon Travers, was born in 1889. The world's most famous nanny typifies the heritage charm and creative talents that rock the cradle of modern life in Maryborough. In the historic Wharf St Precinct is Australia's finest military museum outside of Canberra. Across the street, a tippler tells tales of tasting the liquor content of kegs at the old Bond Store; the Customs House museum faces the street where 22,000 immigrants trudged from berthed sailing ships, taking their first steps on the new land they would call home. Once you've had your fill of history and art for the day, why not say hello to some cute and cuddly friends at the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary? Located in West Maryborough this is the perfect spot to finish a family day out!
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