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Humpback whales 'people watching' in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia!
Unforgettable Hervey Bay Whale Watching And Breathtaking Fraser Island Tours. Be one of the few to see the untouched side of this stunning island. As an added bonus, during the Hervey Bay whale season, be on the lookout for Humpback whales as they frolic in the calm waters off Fraser Island.
The Fraser Coast region is located approximately a three and a half hour drive north of Brisbane, and encompasses the areas of Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, and the southern hinterland townships of Tiaro, Bauple and Gympie. The Fraser Coast has been blessed with the most pristine beaches, superb fishing, tranquil hinterland and a laid back coastal lifestyle, providing the ultimate nature getaway. Hervey Bay is the hub of the Fraser Coast and is world famous for its whale watching. Each year between June and November over 10,000 humpback whales travel through the bay as part of their annual migration to the Great Barrier Reef, where they give birth and mate in the warmer waters. A number of cruises operate from Hervey Bay which provide the closest encounters with these magnificent creatures. Outside of whale watching season, Hervey Bay is a relaxed and friendly coastal town with a wide variety of leisure and sporting activities on offer. Its safe sheltered waters make it perfect for year round swimming, diving, sailing, watersports and fishing.
Just off the coast of Hervey Bay is the World Heritage listed Fraser Island; the largest sand island in the world and one of the few places where rainforest grows on sand. Stretching over 120 kilometres long, the island features a wide range of natural attractions and activities including freshwater lakes and swimming rock pools, crystal clear creeks and 1000 year old rainforest trees. Fraser Island is home to 350 species of birds, wallabies, possums, echidnas and Australia’s purest dingoes. The surrounding and warm waters attract dugong, dolphins and turtles. At Seventy Five Mile Beach on the island’s east side, "The Maheno" shipwreck has rested on the sands just north of Happy Valley since 1935. Fraser Island accommodation is varied from eco friendly resorts to self contained cabins and beach houses scattered along the eastern beach. Camping in one of the many National Parks is a popular option for thiose who truly want to get back to nature. Fraser Island is accessed daily by ferry from Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay. A four wheel drive vehicle is essential unless you are part of a tour group, as the island has no sealed roads and uses the beach as a main thoroughfare.
Stepping away from the coastline, take time to explore the region’s green pastures, rural heritage and historic towns. The facinating city of Maryborough presents rich heritage and culture, featuring beautifully preserved colonial streets, lovingly reinvented pubs, restaurants, museums and art gallery. Maryborough is widely recognised for the number of examples of colonial and Queenslander architecture, which have been preserved in these classic buildings. Gympie is a picturesque, historic, rural town surrounded by beautiful countryside, and well known for Australia’s favourite Country Music Festival - the Gympie Music Muster.