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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Fishing

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.

History

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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Maryboroughs Guns

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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The Maryborough's Guns represent the rich history of the Fraser Coast region. The beginning of the First World War saw the Royal Australian Navy begin the process of updating its armoury. They presented the three guns, located in Queens Park overlooking the Mary River, as a gift to the City of Maryborough.

Band Rotunda and Fairy Fountain

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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Miss Janet Melville bequeathed the Fairy Fountain and Band Rotunda in memory of her brother Andrew who was Mayor of Maryborough in 1863. The entire structure was imported from Scotland in 1890 after the Hon.

Bird Watching - Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area
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The Cooloola Coast is part of the Great Sandy Strait, which is an internationally important wetland. It is an area of tidal swamps and intertidal sand and mud flats. The vegetation includes beds of seagrass, mangrove forests and saltmarsh wetlands.

264 Kent Street

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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264 Kent Street is another great addition to the variety of historically significant buildings to be found in Maryborough on the Fraser Coast. This building at 264 Kent Street was erected in 1875 and was occupied by J H Bliss, a watchmaker and jeweller, who specialised in the supply and repair of maritime chronometers, barometers, sextants and navigational instruments.

Maaroom Picnic Ground

Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Coast Area
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Maaroom is a small, friendly peaceful fishing village on the waterfront of the Great Sandy Strait looking over to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Situated just 20 kilometres south of Maryborough, (off the Cooloola Coast Highway), and 50 kilometres from Hervey Bay.

Nikenbah Markets

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
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The Nikenbah Markets are held at the Hervey Bay Animal Refuge on the first, third and fifth Sundays of each month. Items for sale at these very popular Markets include arts and crafts, fresh produce, trash and treasure, cakes and jams and much more.

The Cathedrals

Fraser Island, Fraser Coast Area
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The Cathedrals on Fraser Island are coloured sand cliffs that have been sculpted by the wind and rain blowing in off the Pacific Ocean. The colours - red, brown, yellow and orange - are spectacular and are best viewed in the early morning light.

Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
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Inskip Peninsula is a narrow, sandy finger of land built up by wind and waves, forming a natural breakwater at the entrance to Tin Can Inlet and Great Sandy Strait. Close to Rainbow Beach, Inskip is a gateway to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

Carlo Sand Blow

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
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Carlo Sand Blow is a unique "moonscape" sand mass covering over 15 hectares and overlooks the towering coloured sands and the coastline from Double Island Point to Inskip Peninsula and the southern tip of Fraser Island.

Anchor Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island,
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Lady Elliot Island has many wonderful dive sites, but one of its most impressive is Anchor Bommie. This tower of coral sits on the sandy sea floor at 21 metres and stands 10 metres tall, a very imposing sight.
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