The diverse and naturally beautiful Fraser Coast encompasses the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the whale watching capital of Hervey Bay, plus the towns of Maryborough, Tiaro, old gold mining hub Gympie, Cooloola National Park and the Great Sandy Strait.
When in Hervey Bay, whale watching is a must. Freedom III offers fabulous whale spotting opportunities, backed up with luxurious surroundings, sumptuous home-cooked goodies for morning and afternoon tea, and a delicious tropical lunchtime buffet.
If whale watching is a bit sedate, older thrill-seekers (aged 14 and over) can take the plunge on tandem skydives with Hervey Bay Skydivers. Operating daily, the skydives offer unbeatable views of the entire Fraser Coast and Fraser Island. Out on the water there is kite surfing at Enzo’s on the Beach or a wide range of watersport thrills Aquavue Cafe and Watersports, from jet-skis and catamarans to sea karts and sausage rides.
In the Great Sandy Straits, get the wind in your hair speeding around the bay on the 12.5-metre rigid inflatable called That’s Awesome. The three-hour cruise includes lunch and a stopover at the award-winning Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island. Alternatively, you can join a dolphin-watching tour with Blue Dolphin.
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and the largest island on Australia’s East Coast. Small and intimate Fraser Experience tours are perfect for a family of four, such as the one day Hummer Tour. Fraser Experience can also arrange scenic flights with Air Fraser Island taking off and landing from the famous beach highway.
For more information visit www.frasercoasttourism.com.au.
(by Roderick Eime)