Discover the Fraser Coast
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—including the iconic Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby—huge sand blows to climb and an amazing 120km beach highway, complete with the Maheno shipwreck 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, stretching 123km and spanning 166,000 hectares.
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.
Hervey Bay is one of Queensland’s best natural holiday destinations offering the world’s closest whale watching encounters with humpback whales as well as easy access to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island.
Hervey Bay’s safe, sheltered waters make it an aquatic paradise perfect for year-round swimming, diving, sailing, water sports and fishing.
Dotted along the Hervey Bay Esplanade are cosmopolitan and alfresco cafés, shops, parklands, picnic areas, playgrounds, piers and a vibrant marina.
In perfect, stinger-free water enjoy kayaking, yachting, diving, water and jet skiing, windsurfing and snorkelling. Boating and fishing enthusiasts can enjoy estuary, beach, jetty, reef and game fishing. Join a tour or charter your own vessel, yacht or houseboat.
Enjoy a bicycle ride along the picturesque foreshore, visit places such as the Orchid House within the beautiful Botanical Gardens, the Marina area or one of the many restaurants and cafés situated along the Esplanade.
Visitors to Hervey Bay can choose from a range of accommodation styles, catering for all tastes and budgets. Several of the accommodation houses, attractions and general facilities are also accessible for people with disabilities.
A town steeped in history, Maryborough boasts a relaxed atmosphere and is nestled upon the Mary River.
With beautifully preserved colonial streets, visitors have the chance to soak up some of Queensland’s richest history and heritage architecture.
Once one of Australia’s largest ports, and now voted one of Queensland’s “Must Do” experiences, the original wharf district is home to vintage restaurants, pubs, museums and art galleries.
Maryborough is also the birthplace of Pamela Lyndon Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins. Jump into the magical world of Mary Poppins and visit the heritage-listed building where she was born.
Great Barrier Reef
The wonder of the Great Barrier Reef is undeniable.
The Fraser Coast gives access to the southern end of this stunning natural wonder in some of the clearest waters on the entire reef.
Exploring the Great Barrier Reef from the Fraser Coast starts with how you get there. The 40 minute scenic flight from Hervey Bay to the reef will probably be one of the shortest but most visually stunning you will ever take.
Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Islands are stepping stones to an unrivalled reef experience. Amazingly, this southern Great Barrier Reef destination is still comparatively unknown ensuring you experience this great wonder of the world without the crowds.
If your trip falls between November and March you could find yourself captivated by the green sea turtles during egg laying and hatching. This up close encounter will be almost impossible to stop watching.