Fraser Coast | Things to do

Get ready for an adventure on the Fraser Coast. Swim alongside humpbacks in the whale-watching capital of the world, Hervey Bay, spot wild dingoes on the world’s largest sand island and buckle up for four-wheel driving along the beach.

Fraser Island

The world’s largest sand island is bursting with family-friendly activities. Swim in sparklingly clear freshwater lakes and creeks, like Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek, or go sand dune hiking around Lake Wabby. Go four-wheel driving through rugged bush tracks or along the beach, then pitch your tent and camp right on the sand. Swim in the fizzing waters of the Champagne rock pools, spot wild dingoes and inspect the rusting hulk of the 80-year-old Maheno shipwreck.

Whale watching

In Hervey Bay, you can cruise alongside migrating humpbacks as they make their way from Antarctica. Hear their clicks, whistles and pulsed calls with the help of special microphones and witness spectacular displays of breaching and tail flipping. For a truly unforgettable experience, find a tour where you can jump in the water and swim with them.

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Track trevally in the flats of the Sandy Straits, fish on artificial reefs created by shipwrecks or tackle the open ocean with a deep-sea fishing charter. Show me more fishing options.


Step back in time and into the birthplace of a literary classic. Maryborough dates back to the mid-1800s and was the birthplace of P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins. The town hosts an annual festival dedicated to the beloved nanny each June/July.

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Free Guided Maryborough Heritage Walk Tour

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
25 – 30 May 2020
Take a guided walking tour of the city with one of our local guides. Dressed in period costume, the guide will help you discover Maryborough's colourful past and take you back to a time when Maryborough was a thriving port, and the place where about 22,000 free settlers took their first steps on Australian soil.

Maryborough Markets

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 28 May 2020
Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Maryborough Markets have been cancelled, to keep up to date with all events for 2021 please follow their Facebook page @FraserCoastEvents. Every Thursday, Maryborough's city centre undergoes an amazing transformation into a colourful outdoor heritage bazaar.

Tipples and Tales

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$30 - 30
Weekly from 30 May 2020
Enjoy a Tipple and a Tale in the historic Bond Store. Meet The Gauger and hear his stories of the Bond Store's past as you enjoy a tantalising experience of regional ports, liqueurs and tasting platters.

Gatakers Artspace Exhibition Openings

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 5 June 2020
Meet the artists and discover the inspiration behind their artworks. Enjoy a drink from the licenced bar and nibbles as you wander through the gallery's latest works. Free entry. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Night Horse Ride and Dinner

Susan River, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$35 - 130
Monthly from 6 June 2020
Experience their award winning trail ride in the late afternoon. Upon arrival at the river you will be served piping hot soup and garlic bread beside the bonfire before returning to the Homestead by the light of the moon or stars where a two course barbecue meal will reward your taste buds in their dining room or alfresco area.

Sunday Riverside

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 7 June 2020
Relax by the river and take in the sounds of free live music. This free, laid back afternoon by the river includes giant lawn games and family-friendly, fun activities, food stalls and a licensed bar. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Offshore Superboats Championships

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
13 – 14 June 2020
Come along to the final round of the 2019 Offshore Superboat Championships. The pit area and public boat ramp is on Jetty Road, Urangan, Hervey Bay. The race viewing is from the Hervey Bay foreshore. Saturday 30 November:

Mary Poppins Festival

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
2 July 2020
This year’s Festival presents a four-day program of storytelling for all ages through all art forms. From music concerts backstage and onstage at the Brolga to pop up performances in the Bond Store Basement.

Heritage City Quilt and Craft Extravaganza 2020

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
4 – 5 July 2020
The Heritage City Quilt and Craft Extravaganza in Maryborough is an annual weekend of craft hosted by the Rotary Club of Maryborough–Sunrise. A premiere regional event for crafters, it draws crafters and suppliers from across south-east Queensland for displays, demonstrations and workshops, providing opportunities to learn new crafts, techniques, or to sit and admire the works of others.

Fraser Coast Expo 2020

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$10 - 12
14 – 16 August 2020
The Fraser Coast Expo is the region’s largest outdoor adventure, home and lifestyle event! Over three massive days in August, the Maryborough Showgrounds will be filled with the latest caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, 4x4's, accessories, boats and more!
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