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
18 – 23 November 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 21 November 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.

Beach House Hotel Hervey Bay 100

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
23 – 24 November 2019
The Beach House Hotel Hervey Bay 100 is a long course triathlon consisting of a two kilometre swim, 80 kilometre bike and 18 kilometre run. It takes place along the beautiful foreshore of the protected waters of Hervey Bay and is run by the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club.

WetSide Light Show Spectacular

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 23 November 2019
Now showing every Saturday night at 7pm during their operational season (last show the first Saturday in May 2019 - next season commences 4 September). Why not make an evening of it and have dinner (Fish n Chips and Italian restaurant on site)!

Tipples and Tales

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$30 - 30
Weekly from 23 November 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.

Barge2Beach

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$50 - 50
23 November 2019
Barge2Beach is a two kilometre Open Water swimming event with a difference! Get dropped off of a Kingfisher Bay Resort vehicle barge two kilometres offshore from Scarness beach in the middle of the crystal clear waters of Hervey Bay.

Gatakers Artspace Exhibition Openings

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 29 November 2019
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.

Offshore Superboats Championships

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
30 November – 1 December 2019
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:

Sunday Riverside

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 1 December 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.

Art After Dark

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 6 December 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.
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