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 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.
It is one of Queensland's most renowned national parks, around 98 per cent of Fraser Island is protected. The 165,280 hectare park was named K'Gari in local Aboriginal language, or "paradise".
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 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 Fraser Coast region offers a change of pace – serene national parks and pristine coastlines. It is the perfect destination for those who appreciate nature and marine life, with many opportunities to get up close and personal on offer.
Bordered by 40 kilometres of pristine beaches, Hervey Bay is one of Queensland's best holiday destinations offering convenient access to World Heritage Listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world and Lady Elliot Island, the first coral cay on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Hervey Bay is Australia's hub for whale watching. The vast calm water is sprinkled with a few smaller islands at the southern end and bordered to the east by Fraser Island.
Great Sandy Strait
The tranquil waterways of the Great Sandy Strait are home to fish, dugong, turtles and dolphins. Townships along the Great Sandy Strait include Rainbow Beach with its surf and sandy white beaches and Tin Can Bay, a peaceful seaside town for fishing and boating. Heritage town Maryborough offers a change of pace.
Visit the Wharf Street precinct or view the classic Queenslander homes, built of local timber. There are graceful tree-lined streets and you'll be able to picture yourself at home on the broad verandas of these high-stilted homes. Maryborough was settled in 1847 by Europeans and is one of Queensland's oldest provincial cities. At one time a major immigration port, you can see the past at Brennan and Geraghty's Store, the Bond Store Museum or Custom's House.