Welcome to the Fraser Coast
Where Nature Comes Alive
Only one stretch of Queensland's treasured coastline unites two of the world's most precious natural wonders. Only one place offers the opportunity to get closer to nature than you have ever been before. Only one place is simply where nature comes alive.... There's so much to explore in the Fraser Coast……
World heritage listed Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and is a haven for adventure. There are cool ancient rainforests, over 100 beautiful fresh water lakes, huge sand blows to climb, crystal clear fast-flowing streams, 'Champagne' rock pools and an amazing 75 mile beach highway complete with a shipwreck and cliffs of stunning coloured sands. Take a self-drive getaway, join a guided tour, or explore the island on foot. Bordered by kilometres of pristine beaches, the popular tourist centre of Hervey Bay offers the world's closest encounters with humpback whales as well as easy access to Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island.
Its sheltered waters make it an aquatic paradise perfect for year round swimming, diving, sailing, water sports and fishing. Dotted along the Bay's 14km Esplanade are cosmopolitan and alfresco cafés, shops, parklands, picnic areas, playgrounds, piers and a vibrant marina.
Short drives from Hervey Bay are the picturesque villages of Burrum Heads and Toogoom where one can eat fresh local seafood in a café, stroll on the unspoiled beaches, or fish from the shore or tinny. The townships of Howard and Torbanlea are relics of the bygone coal mining era, filled with old fashioned country charm, historic homes, and a museum depicting the olden days.
Settled on the Mary River in 1847, Maryborough was once one of colonial Australia's largest and busiest ports. Soak up living history at Portside, the original port district, with its streets of gloriously preserved colonial buildings, sensational riverside parks, outstanding museums, historic pubs, steam trains and river cruises. Experience the magic of Mary Poppins in the birthplace of her creator. Visit the famous weekly inner city market. Take a tour to hear 19th century costumed guides spin fascinating tales of this old port town.
Great Sandy Strait
Located between the mainland and Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait is a diverse mix of marine and coastal wetlands, crystal clear turquoise water, white sandy beaches, native woodlands and dense rainforest. Nestled on the water's edge are the charming fishing villages of Poona, Boonooroo, Tuan and Tinnanbar. The Great Sandy Strait rivals the Whitsundays with its ideal sailing conditions and stunning scenery, while its sheltered bays, sand flats, beaches and mangrove-lined creeks are perfect for fishing. See rare shorebirds as they use the strait as their summer breeding ground. Watch dolphins play off the shore and dugong graze on sea beds in this declared sanctuary.
Northern Hinterland and Beyond
Further north is the bustling rural and historic township of Childers. This is a fascinating place to stroll around or visit the local wineries and cafes, and sample famous local ice-cream. Roadside stops provide marvelous wood-fired pizza and exotic home-made jams for the hungry traveller. Woodgate Beach is a seaside township where you can watch the surf roll in or stay at one of the many superior accommodation places.
On the western rim of the Fraser Coast Hinterland lies the district of Woocoo, the aboriginal name for echidna, and small settlements such as Oakhurst, Mungar, Aramara, Brooweena and Teebar. This is the heart of cattle country, set among the rolling green countryside, rugged bushland, national parks and massive granite outcrops and cliffs.
The Fraser Coast also abounds with pineapple and sugar cane plantations growing in the rich red soil. Even further west lies the small townships of Goomeri, Kilkivan, and Murgon - hidden gems where restaurants, eateries and wineries dot the verdant landscape.
Southern Hinterland and Beyond
Further afield is the small town of Glenwood, the old railway siding of Gundiah and historic bridge crossing.
For lovers of nature and adventure, Rainbow Beach is a hive of activity all year round. The colored sands, ancient sand dunes, surf, fishing, camping and many other activities can be enjoyed by families and backpackers alike. Let the pace ease back a few notches at the seaside village of Tin Can Bay where you can hand feed dolphins or visit the historical city of Gympie and ride the Valley Rattler Steam Train through the beautiful Mary Valley.
The Fraser Coast offers diverse experiences to suit all tastes and budgets so take the time to Explore the Fraser Coast, Where Nature Comes Alive…..
Just two hours' drive from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane or Fraser Coast, the South Burnett is an area rich in history, agriculture, wineries and welcoming country towns. It is also the home of the majestic Bunya Mountains.
The South Burnett is a scenic patchwork of deep red soils and vivid green crops, which produce a variety of fruits, nuts, vegetables, cheeses and other gourmet foods. It is also one of Australia's award winning wine producing regions with many vineyards and olive groves.
Activities in the South Burnett are plentiful and varied. From world-class freshwater fishing to forest walks; breathtaking rainforests of the Bunya Mountains National Park to gold fossicking; farm and produce tours to museums, historic houses and antique and craft shops.
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Useful Contacts & Things to See & Do
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Freedom Whale Watch
Ph: 07 4125 1996
Whale watching day tours from July to late October, Private Charters, Mother Shipping for fishing.
Tasman Venture II - Hervey Bay
Ph: 07 4124 3222
Whale Watch Cruises (in season), Fraser Island cruises, fishing charters and extended charters to Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliott Islands.