The Fraser Coast region is a rare destination, filled with natural wonders and some of the world's most unique attractions. It boasts World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, and the Great Sandy Strait with its calm protected waters and abundant marine life. And then there's Hervey Bay, the whale watching capital of Australia and a popular access point to the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
This is nature at its awe-inspiring best. Four wheel drive along the 75 mile highway of sand on the ocean beaches or explore the sandy tracks that lead through thick forest to secret lakes, hidden in subtropical rainforest, their glassy surfaces reflecting the vegetation and deep blue sky.
Home to possums, gliders, wallabies and dingoes, Fraser supports rainforest trees such as satinay and brush box, some more than 1000 years old. There is resort accommodation and camping facilities on the island and tours available to see the breathtaking sites including the Wreck of the Maheno, Central Station, Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, Champagne Pools, Indian Head (the perfect viewing spot for tiger sharks, dolphins and whales) and The Cathedrals.
Around 7000 Humpback whales migrate through the Fraser Coast each year - a 6000 kilometre journey from Antarctica. There is no better place to experience their antics and their awesome size than close up on a whale watching cruise in the protected waters of Hervey Bay. Pods of humpback whales seek out the haven of Hervey Bay's calm seas from July – November, in Hervey Bay’s designated Marine Park zone.
The Great Sandy Strait
The Great Sandy Strait is a haven for fishing and boating with its calm protected waters and abundant marine life. The area is a naturalists wonderland - dugongs, turtles and dolphins inhabit the tranquil waterways, while mangroves, seagrass pastures and wildflowers are among the region's unique flora.
Australia’s whale watching capital, Hervey Bay is the best place in Australia to watch and admire humpback whales, and see these majestic creatures play in the clear warm waters of the bay (July - October). Hervey Bay also offers easy access to Fraser Island and many other smaller islands and sandy cays of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. With its domestic airport, Hervey Bay is the perfect gateway to experience the beauty of this magnificent environment.
A peaceful historical city, Maryborough is one of Queensland’s oldest provincial cities. Once a major immigration port, the Bond Store Museum, Brennan and Geraghty Store and Custom’s House offer an interesting insight into the stories of migrants who came to Queensland for a better lifestyle.