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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Free Guided Maryborough Heritage Walk Tour

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
20 – 25 May 2019
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 23 May 2019
Every Thursday, Maryborough's city centre undergoes an amazing transformation into a colourful outdoor heritage bazaar. Wander around over 120 stalls with an amazing array of farm fresh produce and unique wares.

Tipples and Tales

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$30 - 30
Weekly from 25 May 2019
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.

Relish Food and Wine Festival

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$10 - 15
1 June 2019
Maryborough's heritage streetscapes and riverside parks are the setting for the Relish Food and Wine Festival which is a delicious feast of culture and cuisine serving up celebrity chefs, gourmet tastings, cooking workshops, live music and art.

Sunday Riverside

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 2 June 2019
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.

Night Horse Ride and Dinner

Susan River, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$35 - 130
Monthly from 15 June 2019
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.

Art After Dark

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 21 June 2019
Art, Music, Drinks. Be inspired. Listen to free live music and enjoy some drinks while you peruse the latest exhibitions at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery exhibition opening night. Free entertainment, live music, nibbles and a cash bar is available.

Mary Poppins Festival

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
28 June – 7 July 2019
This year’s Festival presents a two week 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.

Hervey Bay Whale Festival 2019

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
10 – 18 August 2019
There is no other place in the world that compares to the awe-inspiring, soul-stirring, up-close whale watching encounters that you will find in Hervey Bay. Between July and November, thousands of humpback whales travel the ‘humpback highway’ and arrive in the calm, protected waters of Hervey Bay.

Gatakers by Night

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 10 August 2019
Enjoy live music, delicious food and the best of local art and culture in the magical ambience of Gatakers by Night. Bring your own folding chairs or picnic rug . Casual meal options and delicious desserts available.
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