Sitting just a few hours north of Queensland's state capital Brisbane, the Fraser Coast is an area of extraordinary beauty. With white sandy beaches, World-Heritage listed parks and such iconic natural wonders as Fraser Island (also known by its local indigenous name K'gari), Hervey Bay and Lady Elliot Island, the Fraser Coast is truly one of the planet's most breathtaking destinations.
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Blessed with a stunning subtropical climate that offers sunny days and warm nights, the Fraser Coast & Hervey Bay region is a nature lover's paradise. The world's largest sand Island, Fraser Island/K'gari, sits within the region and is considered by many to be one of Australia's top bucket list destinations for locals and international travellers alike.
What are the must-see attractions in Fraser Coast & Hervey Bay?
There's so much to see and do in the Fraser Coast & Hervey Bay region that it could take months or even years to fully cover it. For those without that kind of time, here are some major highlights.
From the pure white sand of Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora) and deep green hue of Lake Wabby to the naturally formed Champagne Pools, the stunning waters of Eli Creek and the wreck of the SS Maheno, Fraser Island is a destination worthy of taking a large slice of any holiday.
Got a four wheel drive and looking for something different? Take a long drive down what is generally considered to be Australia's most spectacular national highway - 75 Mile Beach. As the name suggests, the beach stretches for 75 miles and offers spectacular views, though be sure to check your tide times and hire car conditions (not all hire companies allow driving on beaches) before you set off.
Officially recognised as one of the world's best destinations for whale watching, Hervey Bay is the planet's first Whale Heritage Site and the perfect place to see these majestic creatures up close between July and November.
Looking for something more mainland based? Then be sure to allocate some time to explore the markets, museums, parks and military history of Maryborough - a coastal town that is far more than just a starting point for your Fraser Coast & Hervey Bay experience.
Last but not least, the Fraser Coast & Hervey Bay region includes the stunning Lady Elliot Island, the most southern coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef. Within a highly protected 'Green Zone' that forms an environmental sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life, Lady Elliot Island is the perfect place to marvel at manta rays, turtles and some of the planet's most beautiful and majestic ocean creatures.