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Fraser Coast Map..........................................................................................4

STEP INTO OUR PARADISE

Getting Here........................................................................................................ 5 Fraser Coasting................................................................................................6 Fraser Island.........................................................................................................8 Royal Visit, Tobruk Dive......................................................................16 Whale Watching...........................................................................................18 Lady Elliot Island.........................................................................................24 Hervey Bay........................................................................................................26

Escape, explore, discover and relax

Maryborough..................................................................................................32 Hinterland Adventures........................................................................38 The Great Sandy Strait.......................................................................40 Burrum Coast.................................................................................................42 Markets..................................................................................................................43 Fishing....................................................................................................................44 Family Fun..........................................................................................................46 Top 10 Adventures...................................................................................49 RVs, Caravans & Tents.........................................................................50 Pets On Holiday............................................................................................52 2019 Event Highlights..........................................................................54 Events......................................................................................................................56 Eat, Drink & Relax......................................................................................58 Partner Directory.......................................................................................64 Plan Your Escape.......................................................................................66 © Copyright Fraser Coast Tourism & Events Ltd The Fraser Coast Official Holiday Planner 2019 is published by: Fraser Coast Tourism & Events, 166 Old Maryborough Rd, Hervey Bay, Queensland, 4655. 07 4191 2600 visitfrasercoast.com

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Visit Fraser Coast on Facebook #visitfrasercoast on Instagram COVER PHOTO: Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island by Jason van Miert PHOTO LEFT: Eli Creek, Fraser Island by Places We Swim Disclaimer: This Planner is a guide for visitors. Maps show key locations and are not to scale. While every effort has been made to check all facts, Fraser Coast Tourism & Events Ltd accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions. Advertised prices and information are subject to change. Contributions from Tourism & Events Queensland, many operators and advertisers have enhanced this publication.

FRASER COAST VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES Hervey Bay 227 Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd, Urraween. P: 1800 811 728 Maryborough Maryborough City Hall, 388-396 Kent St, Maryborough. P: 1800 214 789 Tiaro Mayne St, Tiaro. P: 1800 214 789 Hervey Bay Airport – (not staffed) Don Adams Drive, Urangan. P: 1800 811 728

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he Fraser Coast stands out in a tourist-rich State where sunshine, the beach and surf are synonymous with the relaxed lifestyle of one of the best addresses on earth.

Great icons of Queensland are on our doorstep – World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and the exclusive coral cay of Lady Elliot Island at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Hervey Bay, at the heart of the region and centrally located within the UNESCO recognised Great Sandy Biosphere, rightly claims the title as whale watching capital of Australia, if not the world. This is the home of big nature experiences – where you can stand dwarfed by centuriesold trees with three-metre girths in the rainforests or paddle in cool perched lakes on Fraser Island and swim with giant humpbacks as they play along the Hervey Bay coast or in the company of hundreds of manta rays off Lady Elliot Island. It is also a place of simple pleasures, offering families a wide choice of relaxing activities, without the stress of crowds often present at larger tourist centres.

SOAK UP THE SERENITY The tranquil waterways of the Great Sandy Strait are havens for all kinds of

aquatic adventures and the quaint coastal townships frame a wetland area of profound international significance. Inland, the heritage city of Maryborough, one of Queensland’s oldest provincial cities and for a time its industrial powerhouse, augments the natural attraction of the coast with its authentic Australian country charm. With wide stretches of coastline, islands and a hinterland covering more than 7000 square kilometres, there is time and space to drink in the beauty here without feeling crowded or rushed. The region offers affordable island, bay, beach and heritage experiences in an unrivalled natural environment. Going to the beach, swimming in the safe waters of the Bay in the lee of Fraser Island and eating out have stood the test of time and remain the most popular activities for visitors to the region. The Great Sandy Biosphere, which circles the coast, Fraser Island and the wetlands of the Sandy Strait, is one of the best fishing

nurseries on the nation’s east coast and a mecca for anglers who visit year-round.

CRUISE CONTROL The Fraser Coast is an intrinsic part of a Queensland motoring holiday for road trippers. We are RV friendly and a comfortable three-hour drive from the State capital of Brisbane. This proximity to the major population centres of the south-east corner of Queensland, including the Gold and Sunshine coasts, makes the Fraser Coast an essential element of a southern Queensland holiday experience. All the eastern state capitals are also within easy reach via the non-stop, daily jet services from Australia’s largest city, Sydney, which is only 90 minutes away by air.

This is a boon for the increasing number of international travellers from the United Kingdom, Germany, Europe, the United States and New Zealand, who come here to experience the Fraser Islan d and the co reef, the world’s largest ast which has adopte d its name h as long bee sand island and share a special pla n ce. Indigen ous Butchu close-up encounters with people live lla d on the isla nd for at leas humpback whales. 5000 year t

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GETTING HERE

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Self-drive: The Fraser Coast is a comfortable three-hour drive, 260km north of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, along the Bruce Highway (A1), with dual carriageway as far as Gympie. Maryborough is just off the main highway,

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Bus: Greyhound and Premier coach lines operate several north and southbound services each day to Maryborough and Hervey Bay. Greyhound also offers daily services to the Sunshine Coast via Rainbow Beach. Along with Greyhound, private shuttle transfers operate between the Fraser Coast, Brisbane Airport (domestic and international), Brisbane CBD and Sunshine Coast Airport. For more information, phone the Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre on 1800 811 728.

Climate: The Fraser Coast is blessed with a sub-tropical climate providing spectacular sunshine all year round. We recommend travellers apply sunscreen and wear hats, sunglasses and suitable clothing when spending time outdoors. The average summer temperature is 30°C, with winter a mild 22°C.

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Rail: Queensland Rail operates regular daily services from Brisbane, Rockhampton and Cairns to Maryborough West train station on the Fraser Coast. Hervey Bay tickets include coach transfers to and from the bay.

RV friendly: Free 48-hour RV camping sites are available at the Alan and June Brown Car Park near Maryborough’s CBD and behind the Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre. Low-cost longer stay options with dump points are provided at the Doon Villa Soccer Grounds near Maryborough Airport and at the Maryborough showgrounds. The region also boasts quality caravan parks, many with direct beach access.

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Air: QantasLink offers multiple 35-minute daily flights between Brisbane and Hervey Bay Airport, while Virgin Australia operates

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with Hervey Bay a further 30km north-east on the coast. The region is the gateway to Fraser Island and the main air access point for Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

the 90-minute daily direct jet service from Sydney. Both airlines offer convenient connections from most Australian capital cities. Seair Pacific offers daily 40-minute flights between Hervey Bay and Lady Elliot Island on the southern Great Barrier Reef.

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MAKE EASY CONNECTIONS VISIT US SOON! Enjoy fast, direct travel to the Fraser Coast, gateway to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. The Hervey Bay Airport offers daily flights to and from Sydney (Virgin) and Brisbane (Qantaslink). Frequent chartered flights also operate to and from Lady Elliot Island. Airport facilities include a café, ATM, Visitor Information Centre and free WIFI.

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REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

FRASER COASTING Find your bliss

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xplore the transcendent World Heritage-listed Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world. Stand next to the colossal, furrowed trunk of an ancient tree more than 1200 years old as you explore one of the most awe-inspiring islands on earth with its beautiful blue-hued, freshwater lakes and coloured sand dunes.

WHALE WATCHING Hervey Bay is the only place in Australia where humpback whales stop to rest and play for up to 10 days. The calm waters are used as a nursery during September and October where mothers teach their calves life skills and glide in for a closer look at the passengers aboard whale watching vessels.

LADY ELLIOT ISLAND Explore the Great Barrier Reef with a scenic flight from Hervey Bay to the southernmost coral cay on the reef. Swim with manta rays and turtles in an unrivalled, nature experience. It’s one of the few places on the Queensland coast where it is possible to step off the beach directly onto the reef.

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HERVEY BAY

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Experience eco-adventures and amazing aquatic action at Hervey Bay, a coastal delight with one of the most protected and stunning coastlines on the eastern seaboard. Build sandcastles and paddle at safe beaches, listen to youngsters squeal with delight at water and adventure parks, ride horses or go-karts or get close to sea creatures at the aquarium.

Fish or paddle along the Mary River, walk the bush track to Utopia Rock Pools west of Maryborough, grab a bite to eat at historic country hotels, catch a glimpse of the past at museums in Howard, Brooweena and Bauple and find out more about the ancient Queensland lungfish and bottom-breathing Mary River Turtle.

MARYBOROUGH Stroll through the heritage-rich streets and uncover some of the fascinating stories which shaped one of Queensland’s oldest cities; see the building where P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books, was born and be moved by the new, interactive Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial.

GREAT SANDY STRAIT Get away from it all and unwind in the coastal hamlets of Maaroom, Boonooroo, Poona and Tinnanbar. Enjoy the unspoilt environment, boating in the protected turquoise waters and a spot of bird watching – the Great Sandy Biosphere has almost half of Australia’s bird species.

BURRUM COAST Fish off the beach or rock walls, motor offshore, explore the river systems or make seasonal catches of crabs and prawns at Burrum Heads, where you can also spot turtles while walking along the beach. Learn about the region’s coal mining history in Howard and take a ride in old coal wagons once a month on market day.

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FRASER ISLAND {K’GARI} Add our paradise to your bucket list

GETTING AROUND...

Dingoes: Particular caution should be taken with the island’s dingoes. Do not feed, provoke or encourage the dingoes and stay close to children. If approached, face the dingo and retreat calmly. Heavy fines apply for interacting with dingoes. Fraser Island Great Walk: Explore Fraser’s exceptional landscape on foot with more than 90km of walking tracks between Happy Valley and Dilli Village. Follow the pathways of the island’s original inhabitants and see some of the hidden treasures like the Valley of the Giants.

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Another thrill for visitors to the World Heritage-listed island is zooming along 75 Mile Beach – which doubles as a fourwheel-drive highway and a landing strip for light aircraft. It’s one of the rare places in the world where commercial planes take-off and land on the beach. This ancient place, the largest sand island in the world, offers incredible experiences. Sitting alongside modern resorts and attractions, carefully managed to preserve the island’s pristine beauty, Fraser Island (K'gari) is home to relics from 200 million years ago, including the magnificent giant King Fern which reputedly has the largest fronds of any fern on earth.

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The clean air and smell of the ocean belie its strength, with the corroding wreck of the hospital ship Maheno a silent and constant reminder.

BE INSPIRED Even the most experienced traveller will be inspired by this place, lying just south of the Great Barrier Reef and off the coast of Hervey Bay, stretching for 123km and up to 22km wide. The island has been built up over 800,000 years of tidal action – the world’s largest and oldest dune building sequence. The traditional owners, the

Butchulla people, named the island K’gari which means paradise. Birds are the most abundant form of animal life seen on the island with more than 350 migratory and coastal species recorded. Visitors may also spot the famous Fraser Island dingoes, humpback whales off its coast, wallabies, possums, flying foxes, soldier crabs, turtles, dolphins, manta rays and dugongs. There are many ways to experience the island’s exceptional landscapes – take a self-drive getaway, join a guided tour, go on a camping safari, book a room at a resort or explore the island on foot through part or all of the 90km Fraser Island Great Walk.

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Accommodation: National Park campgrounds are located at Waddy Point, Dundubara, Wathumba, Central Station, Lake Boomanjin and Lake Allom. Beach camping is allowed where signed. Fraser Island also offers excellent private accommodation options from holiday houses and units at

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Crystal-clear, freshwater streams fed by the water table and rainforest trees literally growing out of the sand are matched with an, at times, alien landscape created by huge sand blows from winds belting across the Pacific.

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There are many shorter walks along the way. Visit nprsr.qld.gov.au/fraser to plan your trip and check for any track closures. ou’ll never forget the wonder you feel when you let your eyes drink in the beauty of the blue hues of Fraser Island’s Lake McKenzie, watch the waves break over rocks at Champagne Pools or gaze for the first time at the tops of the towering ancient trees in the Valley of the Giants.

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Vehicle & Camping Permits: All vehicles require an access permit and National Park campers must have a pre-purchased camping permit attached to their tent. Camping and vehicle permits can be obtained: Online – nprsr.qld.gov.au/fraser Phone – 13 74 68 Visitor Information Centres – for full list: https://recreation.npsr.qld.gov.au/bookingoffices

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ACCESS

Air: Air charters and transfers to Fraser Island depart from Hervey Bay Airport with fly-drive packages available. All air charters and transfers should be pre-booked.

Self-drive: A four-wheel-drive vehicle is essential on Fraser Island as all roads are sand tracks. Reasonable under-vehicle clearance is necessary. 4WD hire vehicles are available from Hervey Bay, Eurong and Kingfisher Bay Resort. Off-road camper trailers are allowed on Fraser Island, however caravans are discouraged.

Barges: Barges take vehicles and passengers each day from River Heads to Kingfisher Bay and Wanggoolba Creek; and Inskip Point (Rainbow Beach) to Hook Point. Private boats can moor off the island with jetty facilities dotted around the island’s shores. Bookings are essential for barges departing from River Heads.

Orchid Beach, Happy Valley and Eurong to the award-winning Kingfisher Bay Resort.

FRASER ISLAND BARGES

Convenient daily access from River Heads to both Kingfisher Bay Resort and Wanggoolba Creek. Pre-booking recommended during peak season. • One way and return fares • Operates 365 days/year • Vehicle and passenger ferries reservations@fraserislandferry.com.au Freecall: 1800 227 437 | www.fraserislandferry.com.au

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REMEMBER THE TRADING DAYS In the early days of European settlement, Fraser Island was a major centre for timber logging and sand mining. Many of the older homes in Maryborough were built with kauri pine, taken during the 128 years the island was logged between 1863 and 1991. Found to be resistant to marine borers and sold as pylons, satinay trees from Fraser Island were used to build the Suez Canal and Urangan Pier as well as rebuild the London Docks after World War II.

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raser Island is the region’s most iconic tourist drawcard, enticing nature lovers and adventurers from around the country and across the world. With rainforests growing out of sand, abundant birdlife and wildlife, stunning rain-fed freshwater lakes, ancient ferns and striking sand blows, this sculptured natural masterpiece has amazing sights for all lovers of nature.

To get amongst it, visitors can go four-wheel driving, including zipping along 75 Mile Beach, hop on guided bus or four-wheel-drive tours, pick up a rod for a spot of sport fishing, step out onto more than 90km of hiking trails or jump aboard a scenic flight to get a bird’s eye view of the fascinating environment. Accommodation options range from the basic – camping in national park campgrounds and beach campsites – to enjoying all the trappings of resorts on both the eastern and western side of the island. Tourists can also rent holiday houses surrounded by trees and the plentiful bird and animal life.

IT’S STILL EVOLVING The universal value of the largest sand island on the planet was formally recognised in 1992 when UNESCO inscribed it on the World Heritage List. This massive sand mass has been evolving for thousands of years, well before Europeans arrived in the mid-1800s. Anthropologists believe it was the traditional homeland of the Butchulla people for at least

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Sand mining began in 1949 and was stopped in 1976 in what was then a controversial move with environmentalists taking their case to the Australian High Court – not before an estimated 200 hectares of dunes were removed from the island.

NATURAL TOURIST MAGNET 5000 years. The first written record of the region is from explorer James Cook’s discovery voyage of Australia’s east coast in 1770. Originally called K’gari (pronounced ‘gurri’) by the Butchulla, it was Great Sandy Island for a short time and then renamed Fraser Island after Captain James Fraser, who beached his lifeboat on the island with his wife Eliza and the remnants of his crew in 1836, after his ship, Stirling Castle, foundered on Swains Reef more than 200km north. Captain Fraser died in mysterious circumstances a short time later and Eliza was eventually rescued after spending time with several tribes. There is no record of when the island officially became Fraser Island, but the first mention of its association with Fraser was likely to have been in the British press, telling the ordeal of the captain and his wife.

WALK ON ANCIENT DUNES Like Fraser’s awe-inspiring beauty today, the history of the formation of the island is just as fascinating. Fraser Island is believed to be a remnant of old sand masses formed in the past two million years as ocean currents and waves swept sand north from the continental shelf of New South Wales and southern Queensland. Major dune building continued as sea levels fluctuated forming the world’s oldest recorded sequence of overlapping dune systems of different ages – some more than 700,000 years old.

The waters around Fraser Island have been hazardous to mariners over the years, with 23 wrecks recorded between 1856 and 1935 – the last being the Maheno (pictured opposite page) which is a landmark attraction on the island’s eastern beach. The phenomenon of mycorrhizal fungi, which liberate nutrients in the sand, has made it possible for plants to grow on the island. Today, Fraser’s diverse natural environment boasts tall eucalypt forests, mangroves and what is believed to be the only reticulated (leopard) patterned fens, or peat swamps, in the world near Moon Point. The island has the second highest concentration of freshwater lakes in Australia behind Tasmania. Fraser has half of the world’s freshwater perched lakes – Lake McKenzie covers 80 hectares – and they are some of the cleanest. The Butchulla named the island K’gari after the legendary spirit princess who helped in its creation. Butchulla people lived by three lores: 1. What is good for the land comes first 2. Do not touch or take anything that doesn’t belong to you 3. If you have plenty, you must share. Their heritage is still evident in archaeological sites, middens, ceremonial bora rings and stone implements. Efforts are being made to find, recognise and manage the Butchulla cultural sites so future generations can learn, understand and respect their way of life. The Butchulla’s non-exclusive rights over 164,958 hectares of land and waters on K’gari were recognised by the Federal Court of Australia in 2014.

K’gari was also used for cattle and sheep grazing in the 1890s and the brumby legacy that still exists today is a hangover from the time horses were used for transport and industry. The island is now a world-class tourist attraction, coordinated by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and managed day-to-day by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Visitors are encouraged to take only photographs and leave only footprints to preserve the unique environment.

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untouched beauty of the western side of Fraser Island where you can go bushwalking, snorkelling, kayaking and swimming.

• Float down Eli Creek, a freshwater stream pouring 4.2 million litres of water into the ocean each hour.

• Relax in the frothy bubbles of the Champagne Pools – naturally formed pools of volcanic rock.

• Take a scenic flight in a plane that takes off and lands on the beach – one of the few places in the world where you can.

• Snap amazing shots for your photo album at Fraser Island’s most popular spots in just one day on a bus or four-wheel-drive tour or book a personalised expedition.

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Kingfisher Bay Resort

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Nestled amongst World Heritage-listed surrounds, Kingfisher Bay Resort is the perfect base for ecotourism adventures and fun for the whole family.

Hit the tracks and head to Eurong Beach Resort for the ultimate beachside break - it’s an unbeatable location for 4WD’ing and fishing heaven!

• Four swimming pools

• Air-conditioned superior rooms

Explore the best of Fraser Island in a one or two day tour with our expert guides from the comfort of a 4WD coach. Sit back, relax, and let us navigate the tides and sand tracks to show you the island’s iconic sights!

• Award-winning restaurants

• Bakery, general store and restaurant

• Swim in Lake McKenzie

• Ranger-guided activities

• Lagoon-style pool - perfect for the kids

• Discover the Maheno Shipwreck

• 4WD tours depart daily

• Easy beach access

• Walk through World Heritage-listed rainforest

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UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES CENTRAL STATION

ELI CREEK

Home to a community of more than 100 people in the 1920's timber logging days, Central Station showcases its history along with several forest walks to peaceful Wanggoolba Creek and Basin Lake.

Pumping 4.2 million litres of water into the ocean every hour, Eli Creek is the largest freshwater creek along the east coast.

LAKE McKENZIE White sand and sparkling blue water — Lake McKenzie is one of the best-known freshwater lakes and a popular swimming spot. To see one of the world’s rare barrage lakes also consider visiting Lake Wabby.

THE PINNACLES These cliffs of coloured sands were permanently stained, according to Butchulla legend, when the gods brushed up against them.

INDIAN HEAD This distinctive rocky cliff is a natural grandstand for absorbing captivating views of crystal clear water dotted with manta rays, dolphins and other marine life.

CHAMPAGNE POOLS Swimmers flock to this location where waves crash over rocks lining sandy pools with a froth reminiscent of champagne bubbles.

75 MILE BEACH This spectacular stretch of beach running along the eastern side of Fraser Island is officially a national highway and one of the few beaches in the world where light aircraft land and take off.

THE MAHENO SHIPWRECK Once renowned for the fastest transatlantic crossing and formerly a World War I hospital ship, the Maheno succumbed to a cyclone, foundering on the shores on the eastern side of Fraser Island in 1935 while being towed to Japan to be scrapped.

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he secluded white sandy beaches, sparkling clear tranquil waters and abundant marine life of the almost-untouched, remote western coastline of Fraser Island have only recently been opened up through jetski and boat tours.

Until recently, only confident boaties, experienced four-wheel-drive aficionados and self-sufficient campers have tackled travelling to the western side under their own steam. But tourists on jetski tours now have the chance to see the sights including turtles, rays, fish, dolphins, birds, dugongs and dingoes as well as the chance to go snorkelling and explore parts of the island while passengers on boat tours get the added bonus of extra stops on the west coast and kayaking.

Only a portion of the western beach is open to four-wheel drives.

areas on the western side of the island do not offer these facilities.

Even in the areas open to drivers, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service advises the best beach driving times are two hours either side of low tide, to take care crossing creeks and to travel with at least one other vehicle. Everchanging weed banks lie buried under the sand which can trap immediately the unwary and deceive even experienced drivers.

On top of the fishing and crabbing opportunities, it’s the isolation and beauty that attracts visitors, and in many areas, theirs will be the first footsteps on the beach in the morning.

LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS Campers are encouraged to leave no trace, take their rubbish off the island with them and take a portable toilet as most camping

AIR FRASER ISLAND Air Fraser Island is a family operated airline offering premier air services Australia wide specialising in scenic flights and daily transfers to Fraser Island from Hervey Bay and Sunshine Coast airports. Our new exciting Fly / Drive Fraser Island packages include return scenic flights to and from Fraser Island including beach landing and takeoff and a 4x4 hire car. Our new low mileage modern 4x4s are equipped with cold air conditioning, power steering, automatic transmission, reverse cameras, Bluetooth audio and other luxuries our guests would expect from a premium package.

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DIY travellers will need the usual vehicle and camping permits. Mobile coverage is intermittent and visitors should not forget to pack insect repellent! Western Fraser is a remote destination and proper preparations are necessary for selfdrive adventures.

TASMAN VENTURE – REMOTE FRASER ISLAND EXPERIENCE | Get on board Hervey Bay’s Ultimate Fraser Island Day Tour.

Be one of the few to see the untouched and unique west coast of stunning World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

With Tasman Venture you have ample time to explore the hidden and remote parts of Fraser Island in a comfortable and relaxing way. You will not just see the island, but experience it while bushwalking, snorkelling, kayaking and swimming in crystal clear fresh water creeks. Our friendly and experienced staff will provide you with expert commentary and show you a diverse range of wildlife including dolphins, dingos, turtles, sea eagles and fish.

Fly / Drive Fraser Island package from $250 per person, minimum of two. Group prices available. Private 4x4 guided packages also available.

As an added bonus, during the Hervey Bay whale season, be on the look out for Humpback whales and experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with these majestic creatures.

1300 172 706 info@airfraserisland.com.au www.airfraserisland.com.au

Freecall: 1800 620 322 info@tasmanventure.com.au www.tasmanventure.com.au

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ROYALS VISIT FRASER ISLAND

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Making Fraser Island holidays ‘perfect one day, magic the next’ with 4WD hire, barge transfers and National Parks permits. Camping and accommodation packages also available.

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rince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle walked hand-in-hand along a timber jetty when they visited Fraser Island in October 2018 to dedicate the island to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative.

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natural features have been protected by World Heritage listing for 25 years.

QUEEN’S COMMONWEALTH CANOPY Prince Harry said the island had been recognised for its exceptional beauty, biodiversity and cultural significance and he dedicated the site to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative. “The program is committed to raising awareness of the value of indigenous forests and to saving them for future generations,” he said.

Fraser Island was the only stop for the royals in Queensland on the Australian leg of their Pacific tour.

“K’gari means ‘paradise’ and that is certainly what we’ve experienced today surrounded by towering kauri pines, 1000-year-old satinay trees and ancient giant ferns.

Prince Harry boarded a ferry at River Heads and Meghan stepped aboard a cruiser at the Great Sandy Straits Marina in Urangan. The pregnant Duchess of Sussex rested during the day, leaving the island’s bumpy sand tracks to her husband who travelled to Lake McKenzie, McKenzie’s Jetty and Pile Valley near Central Station. Known as K’gari by the traditional owners, the Butchulla people, the island’s unique

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Departs Bundaberg Experience the Southern Great Barrier Reef from the closest accessible departure point being only a short 45 minute flight or 4 hour drive from Brisbane. • Snorkelling with In-water Guides • Guided Island Tour • Glass Bottom Boat Tour • Scuba Diving • Gourmet catering of morning tea, buffet lunch and afternoon tea

FRASER EXPERIENCE TOURS

1 day guided tours with guaranteed small group sizes providing personalised service from experienced guides. Visit freshwater lakes and creeks, the famous 75 mile beach, ancient rainforests, and much more. Tours include all national park fees, transfers, meals and beverages. 2/28 Southern Cross Circuit, Hervey Bay | 07 4124 4244 info@fraserexperiencetours.com.au www.fraserexperiencetours.com.au

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The world’s media trained their cameras on the photogenic couple as they greeted locals and visitors along the Kingfisher Bay Jetty on the afternoon of October 22.

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“It is up to us now to protect this paradise together – not just because it looks beautiful – but because it is an essential part of our existence and will continue to be for our children and their children’s children.” Prince Harry unveiled a plaque in the rainforest then joined his wife for an afternoon stroll on the Kingfisher jetty.

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PADI dive courses and training centre ex HMAS Tobruk dive tours Swim with Whales (July to October) Local wreck dive tours on the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef

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FRASER DINGO 4WD ADVENTURES Fraser Island’s Best Valued Experiences At Fraser Dingo 4WD Adventures, we specialise in creating tailor-made Fraser Island experiences with our 4WD Hire, 4WD Tagalong Tours and Fraser Island Hiking. • All-inclusive packages, from one day options – barge transfers and permits • No prior 4WD experience required – personalised briefing and itinerary • Knowledgeable and professional service 6 Southern Cross Circuit, Hervey Bay info@fraserdingo4wdhire.com.au | 07 4125 6386 www.fraserdingo4wdhire.com.au

TOBRUK DIVE WRECK A new sunken treasure awaits

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With dive depths ranging from 12m to 30m, both open water and advanced divers will feel comfortable and challenged in the phenomenal environment.

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A 127m heavy-lift former navy ship, the exHMAS Tobruk was scuttled in June 2018 before final work to prepare it for divers commenced.

Situated midway between Burrum Heads and Fraser Island’s Rooney Point, enthusiasts are expected to return year after year.

The ship settled on its starboard side, resulting in a strikingly unique experience on an awe-inspiring scale for divers of all levels.

Once the ship’s structures are colonised, divers will see underwater marine life common to the region’s most vibrant reefs and early reports are the new residents have already begun moving in.

Beginner-level divers will be able to access more of ex-HMAS Tobruk including the propeller and rudder, which previously would have required greater levels of training and experience to see. The ship’s stern doors are open creating a colossal cave underwater allowing divers to swim the full length of the former tank deck.

The site can be accessed through approved commercial dive companies or via a booking system for private divers. For more details, go to visitfrasercoast.com/ experiences/ex-HMAS-Tobruk

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COOL DINGO TOURS | Fraser Island Fun and Adventure for 18-35s

Be one of the first to dive the recently sunk Ex HMAS Tobruk. For an exciting experience exploring this massive ex navy ship you need to dive with us. We are the most experienced Dive company in Hervey Bay, with over 35 years’ experience under our belts.

See all of the iconic spots of Fraser Island from the comfort of an airconditioned coach and enjoy your island adventure in style! Cool Dingo Tours are safe, all-inclusive, and fun with like-minded travellers without the fuss of camping or cooking – let us do the work while you soak up the sun by day and party in the Dingo Bar by night!

DIVE THE TOBRUK: Includes 2 dives, cylinders, weight belt and dive guides. Our brand new CRUISECAT is first class with a 25 passenger capacity. LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE: Beginner to advance courses, Specialty courses, Leadership courses, Divemaster Internships. BOAT AND JET SKI LICENCES: No better place to learn than the beautiful waters of Hervey Bay. Also Radio Operators Licence. FIRST AID COURSES: A variety of courses taught by a paramedic with 30 years’ experience (also our dive master). We are your number one choice for all the above experiences. Join our highly professional, experienced team to show you exactly what the pristine waters of Hervey Bay have to offer. 07 4125 8175 or 0409 472 629 tobrukdivecentre@gmail.com www.tobrukdivecentreherveybay.com.au

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WHALE WATCHING

WHALE WATCHING Humpbacks stay and play in Hervey Bay

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WHALE FESTIVAL JUL 27 – AUG 11 Jul 27 – Blessing of the Fleet Aug 3 – Illumination Parade and Concert Aug 4 – Paddle Out for Whales Aug 10 – Kite Karnival Aug 11 – Hervey Bay Seafood Festival

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he Hervey Bay whale fleet is the most professional and advanced in Australia, helped by its location in the Great Sandy Marine Park.

Not only was Hervey Bay the first location in the country to offer commercial whale watching by boat, in 1986, but the industry was instrumental with the State Government, conservation organisations and researchers in setting up the Hervey Bay Marine Park (now Great Sandy Marine Park) in 1989, partly to protect the migrating humpback whales. The humpback population had diminished because of large-scale whaling and poor conservation practices and Fraser Coast whale watch operators were at the forefront of the recovery campaign. This is still the case today where the industry operates under a strict set of regulations developed in partnership with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and conservationists, all aimed at ensuring the thousands of whales that come into Hervey Bay each year are protected – and that they keep coming back in greater numbers. The Fraser Coast is identified as one of the most important destinations in Australia for migrating whales, because unlike all other areas of the coast it is a place where whales break their 5000km migration journey

between the tropics and Antarctica to rest for up to 10 days, supporting their young calves.

ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME? And this is what makes whale watching in local waters so special. Because the whales are rested, relaxed and inquisitive, more often than not they come right up to boats or swimmers in what the locals call ‘mugging’. There are few life-changing experiences more profound than being ‘mugged’ by one of the largest mammals on earth, eyeballing you from a metre’s distance. Of an estimated east coast population in excess of 24,000, about 30% to 40% of them stop at Hervey Bay and their numbers are growing about 10% annually. It’s on their journey, between late July and early November, that juvenile whales and proud new parents with the cutest calves on earth make Hervey Bay their temporary home. Ten whale watching boats operated out of Hervey Bay and Fraser Island last season, offering sightseers everything from a fast three-hour excursion on the water to a halfday or a full-day sojourn in Platypus Bay. And whether you prefer to travel in a big group on a vessel with multiple decks, use glass viewing platforms or join a small number of passengers on a sailing catamaran, Hervey Bay has it covered. The earliest departures are at 7am but other vessels allow tourists a bit more of a sleep-in with the latest morning tour leaving at 11am. And for those who don’t do mornings, a wide choice of tours leave the harbour after lunch.

Whale behaviours Tail Fluke Diving down into the water, the humpbacks will throw their tails up and bring them down hard and fast onto the water to make a loud slap. Fin-Slap The humpbacks love rolling around and frolicking in the water. You’ll often see them splashing about, slapping their fins on the water to create a splash. Spy-hop They’ll poke their heads out of the water to take a good look at what you’re doing. They love watching you just as much as you love watching them. Breach The humpbacks will show off by launching themselves out of the water and landing with a massive splash!

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WHALE WATCHING

FREEDOM WHALE WATCH & CHARTERS

WHALESONG | Experience the BIGGEST show on earth!

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TASMAN VENTURE – WHALE WATCHING TOURS

Premium 3/4 Day Whale Watch Encounters • 9.30am - 3.30pm - maximum 46 passengers • Courtesy transfers from hotel accommodation • Includes delicious morning tea, tropical buffet lunch, cheese and fruit platters for the trip home. Licensed bar available. • Plenty of time with the awesome humpbacks • Hydrophone for tuning into possible whale songs • Three levels of viewing plus water level platform for real close encounters • Expert commentary from the experienced skipper • Eco-accredited • Locally owned and operated with experienced and friendly crew Freedom is also available for private charters and mother-shipping outside whale season.

Fun, educational, interesting, inspirational, awesome and amazing are just some of the ways to describe a Whale Watch with Whalesong.

Luxury Whale Cruise at the Best Value for Money

For Hervey Bay’s supreme whale watching experience, cruise aboard the Tasman Venture.

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Whalesong’s experiences include: • Fraser Island Beach + BBQ Cruise • Guaranteed Whale Watching Cruise • Dolphin Watch + Whale Search • Hervey Bay Sunset Cruise

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Let the humpback whales amaze you with their close encounters, spectacular breaching and their ultimate display of trust. Travelling with the Tasman Venture guarantees you a fast and comfortable journey, giving you more time with the whales. The luxurious 20 metre catamaran is designed for the ultimate whale watching experience, offering clear viewing decks, underwater viewing windows and a unique water level viewing platform giving you the ultimate up close and personal experience. Our friendly, experienced and accredited staff will ensure you have an amazing experience that you will never forget! Freecall: 1800 620 322 info@tasmanventure.com.au www.tasmanventure.com.au

HERVEY BAY WHALE WATCH Join our experienced team for a fun, informative Whale Watch Cruise aboard Quick Cat II, a purpose built vessel for Whale Watching. With 3 different levels & spacious, unobstructed decks you’ll be sure to get a good view & capture that perfect shot! Experience close encounters with the Humpbacks, watch them breach, tail & pec slap and spy hop. • Family owned and operated for over 30 years • Eco accredited • Courtesy bus transfers to/from local accommodation Marina Berth A1 (below the Red Harpoon) Freecall 1800 671 977 | whales@bigpond.net.au www.herveybaywhalewatch.com.au

rn trip! Guaranteed sightings or a free retu Luxury air conditioned departure lounge & coffee shop. Free courtesy bus pick up within Herv ey Bay. **

Dedicated, Free customer Car Park. 3 Specialised Viewing Decks with an unobstructed 360° view of marine life. Morning / Afternoon Tea served on-board. Fully licensed.

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Sharing the beauty of the Great Sandy Marine Park Join the search for dolphins, turtles, dugong and all marine and seabird life as you gently cruise the Great Sandy Straits. Snorkel the beautiful coral reef or view from the Milbi’s glass bottom panels. Walk in the steps of a local Butchulla man as he shares with you his culture of over 50,000 years old. Join us today!

Whales + Tour + Fraser with 3rd night FREE ... Stay where the whales play, on this two-wonders-in-one bucket list adventure! Enjoy guaranteed close encounters with the whales in the bay, tour the famous sights of World Heritagelisted Fraser Island, and relax in style at Kingfisher Bay Resort – plus stay an extra night in paradise for free! $599 per person twin share.

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Holiday with the Humpbacks

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Information for members & guests. *One free child (under 14yrs) per paying adult. **Conditions apply.

Pricing: Adults $140 | Seniors, Students & YHA $120 Child 4-14 yrs $100 | under 4 years FREE Family (2 adults 2 children) $400, extra child $50

Come out with Whalesong Cruises and experience the BIGGEST show on earth! Our 1/2 day morning or afternoon cruise will leave you with cherished memories to last a lifetime.

Feel the excitement and anticipation scanning the horizon for our first splash or blow from the mighty humpback. Loud tail and pec slaps, spectacular breaches, curious spy hops and close encounters are just some of the antics the whales display to keep us captivated. Join us for an exciting time on the water with our friendly, professional crew and of course our amazing whales. ADDED EXTRAS • Waterline viewing platform, reach out and touch a whale • Underwater viewing windows to watch them in their underwater world • Listen to them singing through our Underwater Hydrophone • 6 viewing decks, no grappling for personal space FREE • Whale souvenir DVD • Kids activities • Wi-Fi connection • Transfers between accommodation & marina 1/2 Day Cruise – 8:30am to 1:00pm OR 1:30pm to 5:30pm Includes morning or afternoon tea FARES – From $100 Adult, $60 Child Fraser Island & Whale Watch packages available

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LADY ELLIOT ISLAND

with up to 95 different species of seabirds, land birds and shorebirds. Perfect for twitchers! Divers can enjoy the surrounding reef with a fascinating mix of hard and soft corals and more than 18 different dive sites, including wreck dives and a blow hole. And recently introduced clear-bottom kayak tours give visitors a different perspective on the reef. Prince Charles visited Lady Elliot Island in 2018 for a Reef Roundtable, meeting leaders from industry and government to discuss the protection of the critical habitats and species. The eco resort has been recognised for its dedication to the protection and preservation of the natural asset, winning bronze in the ecotourism category of the 2018 Australian Tourism Awards.

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GOING UP? Hervey Bay is the busiest access point to Lady Elliot with three return flights carrying up to 19 passengers each day. The island is an exclusive destination, only serviced by Seair Pacific with boat access impractical.

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ncovering the mystery of Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is within a short 40-minute scenic flight from the Fraser Coast to magical Lady Elliot Island.

Experiencing the wonders of healthy coral reefs and an abundance of turtles, dolphins, manta rays and reef sharks is as simple as stepping off the beach and into the ocean with an average visibility of about 25m-plus all year round. Lady Elliot Island is a 45 hectare coral cay at the southern tip of the reef, 130km northeast of Hervey Bay. The flight over the Fraser Coast, the Great Sandy Strait and Fraser Island is a mini-adventure in itself. Lady Elliot Island is in a highly protected Green Zone and is a sanctuary for more than 1200 species of marine life. The island is known as home of the manta ray with more than 1000 recorded in the vicinity.

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DIVE INTO MANTA RAY TERRITORY Lady Elliot Island has also been named as one of the top five destinations in the world to scuba dive with manta rays and is among the best locations on the Great Barrier Reef

to dive and snorkel. The manta rays are more active between May and August but can be seen all year round.

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Lady Elliot Island home of the Manta Ray

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is located on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, just north of Fraser Island. The island is situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ of the Marine National Park and is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life. Lady Elliot is regarded as one of the best diving and snorkelling locations on the Great Barrier Reef and is renowned for its healthy coral reef and abundance of turtles, manta rays, reef sharks and the entire cast of ‘Finding Nemo’.

Turtle Nesting Season Oct - Feb Turtle Hatching Season Feb - April Whale Migration Season July - Oct Daytrips & Overnight Stays available with direct flights from Hervey Bay/ Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, Gold Coast & Brisbane (Redcliffe) to Lady Elliot Island.

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to see how tough and resourceful early settlers needed to be to survive. Explore 21 buildings from those days, examine 12,000 items and take part in interactive demonstrations.

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WE’RE A FAMILY-FRIENDLY HAVEN For the young and young-at-heart, making a splash at WetSide Water Park on Hervey Bay’s foreshore at Pialba is another fun adventure. The park has recently opened two new waterslides and also has a wave rider.

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You can also test your mettle by climbing up the nets or ladder to the 7.3m-high sky towers and slipping down the slides at the new Pialba Adventure Playground. Hervey Bay boasts a range of accommodation options – from five-star luxury to beachfront caravan and camping sites. The Bay’s splendid natural setting, wide range of accommodation choices and attractions combine to ensure it offers something for just about everyone.

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Initially stretching 1107m out to sea, the pier was partly dismantled in the 1980s when more than 200m of the structure was removed. A public outcry helped retain the 868m still remaining today and it is now a much-loved spot for tourists and locals for fishing, strolling and sightseeing.

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Encounters with humpback whales, turtles, dolphins and dugongs are possible through organised tours and by chance while out sailing or cruising on the water and also from the beach. Pods of dolphins are often spotted playing off the shoreline or at the end of the Bay’s iconic Urangan Pier, where you can also see schools of fish and rays in the clear waters below.

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ervey Bay has an abundance of riches. It’s the stepping off point to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, home to some of the world’s best whale watching encounters and it has arguably the safest, family-friendly beaches on the Queensland coast.

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Where the Beach is our front door The Beach Motel; a well-established property located on the beach front at Shelly Beach, the best beach on the Esplanade. Embedded amongst the Fraser Coast history and a boat trip to Fraser Island lies The Beach Motel Hervey Bay. With the beach at our front door and newly opened onsite Restaurant, we provide the ultimate stay for a stopover, getaway, family holiday, business trip or large groups. Accommodation ranging from budget and standard motel rooms to studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments.

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ervey Bay is blessed with beautiful beaches and usually calm waters sheltered by Fraser Island – perfect for family holidays and those hankering for a relaxing dip in the ocean.

The beaches welcome long walks and if you’re lucky, you might spot one of the resident dugongs poking its snout out of the water periodically as it swims close to the shore, or a school of dolphins gliding through the sea. Beyond building sandcastles, the beaches provide sandy bases for fun activities such as cricket, kite flying and throwing frisbees. Parks, playgrounds and barbecues line the 16km beachfront Esplanade – also known as Charlton Esplanade – from Urangan Boat Harbour in the south-east to Gatakers Bay in the north-west, so even those with no intention of getting sand in their shoes or dipping their toes in the sea can enjoy the stunning bay vistas.

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Shelly Beach is a favourite of swimmers for its regular depth and also a great place for a stroll to admire the shells washed up on the shore. A variety of accommodation is nearby along with a handful of cafés, restaurants, shops and bicycles for hire. Torquay beach hosts the only patrolled swimming area in Hervey Bay with life savers on duty between September and April. The timber jetty at Torquay beach is also popular for a short stroll or fishing. It has a boat ramp, mostly used by the sailing club, beachfront caravan park, shops, cafés, restaurants, water sports equipment for hire and a hotel.

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Scarness beach is popular with swimmers and it also has a jetty which attracts keen anglers. It has a timber boat ramp, mostly used by outrigger crews to launch their craft, along with a beachfront caravan park, shops, cafés, restaurants and a hotel.

The Ramada is ideally located on the Esplanade near Urangan Marina. It features 90 studio rooms, one bedroom suites or dual key apartments all with free Wi-Fi and movies. We are one of the only resorts in Hervey Bay that has an onsite restaurant and bar. Smokey Joes Cafe Bar & Grill is open daily for full buffet breakfast and à la carte dinner. Ring our friendly staff for some great bed and breakfast deals all year round.

A walking and bike path traverses almost the full length of the Esplanade from Urangan to Point Vernon and attracts scores of walkers, runners, cyclists, skateboarders and scooter riders. Urangan is defined by its 868m pier, which celebrated its centenary in 2017, and was originally built for the export of sugar and coal. The historic structure is popular with anglers and also walkers who can spy schools of fish, rays and dolphins in the water or watch the windsurfers and kite surfers on a breezy day. It’s close to cafés, shops, restaurants, a

Point Vernon has tidal rock pools to explore, abundant birdlife to watch, off-leash dog walking areas and the opportunity to go snorkelling off the beach at Gatakers Bay where it’s possible to see healthy reef, rock ledges and a variety of sea creatures including turtles and reef fish. There are also boat ramps at Gatakers Bay and The Gables.

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166 Urraween Rd, Hervey Bay | 07 4124 5500 www.emeraldene.com.au

371 The Esplanade, Hervey Bay | 07 4194 1118 info@thebayapartments.com.au www.thebayapartments.com.au

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hotel and accommodation. There are major boat launching facilities at the boat harbour.

Pialba beach is a quieter spot that entices anglers to throw in a line from the beach and includes dog walking areas. The foreshore hosts a beachfront caravan park, WetSide Water Park, an adventure playground, a café, a restaurant and a hotel.

Multi-award winning boutique Eco-Resort. 14 Modern self-contained suites hidden within 2 acres of quiet & tranquil gardens. Huge 12m pool and BBQ area. Expert local advice and tour packages. Renowned for excellence in service and unbeatable value.

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Book direct with us for the best price available. • Affordable, clean accommodation • Motel rooms, spa suites and 1 to 4 bedroom apartments • Located on the Esplanade • Lagoon pool with two BBQ areas LARGE • New beds in most rooms GROUPS • 10 channels of Foxtel WELCOM E • Tour desk and bike hire • Beachside restaurant

Whether you stay overnight or for a few months ... the friendly staff at The Bay Apartments are waiting to help you settle in and enjoy the gorgeous apartments and resort facilities.

Book Now! This is luxury

627 The Esplanade, Urangan | 07 4197 0500 stay@ramadaherveybay.com.au www.ramadaherveybay.com.au

AQUA AQUA | Luxury Penthouses ... Indulge Yourself Located above The Vinyard Wine Bar, The Aqua Aqua luxury penthouses boast majestic views of Hervey Bay, right across to Fraser Island. Each penthouse occupies the entire floor, comprising 3 bedrooms, master with full ensuite including plunge bath and shower, a second full bathroom and powder room. The oversized open living area has a fully equipped state of the art kitchen, generous dining areas inside and out, luxurious 8 seater lounge, curved screen TV with Foxtel and free WIFI. The unique location of our penthouses is one of the few places in Australia to capture full sunrises and sunsets. For the exclusive use of Aqua Aqua guests is the rooftop terrace with infinity pool and spa and 360 degree views. Guests can enjoy use of a rooftop spa, infinity pool and sun terrace with sun lounges all with outstanding views in all directions. For additional indulgence, full in-room dining service is also available directly from the award-winning The Vinyard restaurant. Cnr Esplanade & Elizabeth St, Hervey Bay 07 4125 6982 bookings@aquaaqua.com.au www.aquaaqua.com.au

RIVIERA RESORT |

Fully self-contained beach side apartments

Positioned within 1.5 acres of beautiful tropical gardens, Riviera Resort will make your stay in Hervey Bay a memorable one. • Free Wi-Fi • Large, north facing balconies • Best heated swimming pool in Hervey Bay • Large spa and sauna • BBQ facilities • Tennis court • Children’s playground • Free parking 386 The Esplanade, Hervey Bay | 07 4194 1984 rivieraresort@outlook.com www.rivieraresort.net.au

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BEST WESTERN PLUS QUARTERDECKS RETREAT

Located within the marina precinct. Spacious villas set this retreat apart with privacy away from the busy tourist strip but in close proximity to shops, restaurants and adventure of the Fraser Coast. Pool, spa, sauna and BBQ. Selected villas pet friendly. Welcome! 80 Moolyyir St, Urangan | 07 4197 0888 stay@quarterdecksretreat.com.au www.quarterdecksretreat.com.au

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WHITE CREST LUXURY APARTMENTS |

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Ideally located in the middle of the Esplanade and surrounded by many fine cafes, restaurants and shops. White Crest has spacious 4 Star 1, 2 & 3 bedroom self-contained airconditioned apartments. • Fully appointed full kitchen and laundry • Large TV & free Foxtel • High speed internet • Secure underground carpark & lift to all floors • Solar heated swimming pool/spa • Full size day/night tennis court • Games room & tour desk 397 Charlton Esplanade, Torquay Freecall: 1800 100 808 | E: managers@whitecrest.net www.whitecrest.net

BEST WESTERN AMBASSADOR MOTOR LODGE Best Western Ambassador Motor Lodge is a family friendly motel that offers a range of well-presented spacious rooms. Each room features comfortable beds, large bathrooms, free high-speed wi-fi, air conditioning, 32” TVs, Foxtel, refrigerators and tea/ coffee making facilities. 296 Esplanade, Pialba | 07 4124 0044 ambassadormotorlodge@bigpond.com

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SHELLY BAY RESORT |

Affordable, spacious, clean and comfortable accommodation in the heart of Pialba, Hervey Bay. Walking distance to the RSL, major shopping centres and beach! Attractive corporate rates, fast check in/express checkout, parking direct to your door and Wi-Fi access. Dining discounts with the RSL and The Clubhouse Bar & Grill. 66-68 Main St, Hervey Bay | 07 4128 3666 www.comfortinnherveybay.com.au Best beach, Best views, Best value

Affordable ★★★★ self-contained 1 and 2 bedroom apartments overlooking the safe and calm swimming beach. • Open plan lounge, dining and kitchen + laundry • Pool, half court tennis and BBQ • Lift to all floors • Tour bookings / Packages / Wi-Fi • Kayak, bicycle and SUP hire • Onsite restaurant, nearby cafes and shops • Secure undercover parking 465-466 Esplanade, Hervey Bay | 07 4125 4533 info@shellybayresort.com.au www.shellybayresort.com.au

AKAMA RESORT • • • •

Spacious, fully equipped self-catering apartments BBQ area and heated pool and spa Close to the marina and restaurants Tour Desk Specialist

625 Charlton Esplanade, Urangan 07 4197 0777 | book@akamaresort.com.au www.akamaresort.com.au www.fraserisland-tours.com.au

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UNFORGETTABLE TOURS & TALES

MARYBOROUGH See art, history and military memorabilia combine in this Heritage City

Bubbling through the community is the spirit that rose from a bawdy river port to create a powerful 20th century city.

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Bronze statues of Duncan Chapman and Mary Poppins illustrate the contrasts of Maryborough’s turbulent and enchanting history.

Nearby on Richmond Street, also known as Cherry Tree Lane, stands the statue of Mary Poppins beside the 136-year-old bank building where her creator, Pamela Lyndon Travers, was born in 1889.

Discover where the Mary Poppins magic began on the self-guided Magical Mary Trail starting in Richmond Street, or take a private tour and have morning tea with your own Mary Poppins-inspired character.

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Maryborough was Queensland’s industrial powerhouse in the final decade of the 19th century, producing naval ships, sugar milling equipment and railway rolling stock. It was also the centre of significant agricultural endeavours including timber milling and sugar growing.

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aryborough’s world-class Walk With the Anzacs Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial is of such significance to the country that the nation’s Prime Minister joined the Queensland Premier and local Mayor to open it in 2018.

At the heart of the tribute to Australia’s involvement in World War I is a bronze, lifesize statue of Maryborough’s son Duncan Chapman – the first Anzac ashore at Gallipoli. The interactive memorial along the edge of Queens Park includes towering, rusted steel columns, as high as 8m, representing the cliffs of Gallipoli; sleek, ironbark representations of the boats that landed; the sounds of marching boots and the softly told personal stories of soldiers.

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uns in the park overlooking the Mary River hold stories of the naval brigades formed hastily in the 1880s to counter the Russian fleet. They are one of the stops on the new Fraser Coast Military Trail which winds through the region.

WALK THE MURAL TRAIL The recently launched Maryborough Mural Trail includes 30 murals and installations dotted throughout the central business district. The walls of buildings have been used as canvases to tell the great and quirky stories of the city’s past through art. The first mural, of Saint Mary MacKillop and Maryborough’s first Catholic parish priest Father Tissot, was completed in 2015. Other murals tell of the city’s role as Australia’s first regional telephone exchange in 1882, the shooting of a crocodile in the Mary River in 1903 and the graciousness of Lady Mary Fitzroy, who the city and river were named after in 1847 by the Governor of the time. Pick up a map at the Maryborough Visitor Information Centre to follow the mural trail or go to visitfrasercoast.com/destinations/ Maryborough/mural-trail

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HEAR THE TIPPLER’S TALES In Wharf Street, you’ll find a tippler telling tales of tasting the liquor content of kegs at the old Bond Store – a place where liquor imports were impounded until the government duty was paid. Bookings for Tipples and Tales are essential. The nearby Customs House museum faces the street where 21,000 immigrants trudged from berthed sailing ships at one of Australia’s major ports of entry between 1862 and 1890, taking their first steps on the new land they would call home. Their lives

are chronicled at the Maryborough Family Heritage Centre, with help available for your own family history searches. Past atmosphere-soaked shops and hotels is a fountain dedicated to heroic nurses who sacrificed their lives to care for dying children, saving Australia from being ravaged by pneumonic plague. From there, it’s a short walk to St Paul’s Anglican Church boasting a bell tower holding nine rare bells which ring out for the love of early pioneer Maria Aldridge. But that’s another story...

It is one of the highlights of the new Fraser Coast Military Trail which weaves an intriguing tapestry of tales from Fraser Island to Brooweena.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM One of the ‘must see’ features of the trail is the Maryborough Military and Historical Museum, considered the best outside Canberra. The $17 million museum complex is packed with more than 10,000 artefacts including

an original Victoria Cross medal group for Gallipoli. The museum was established by Maryborough’s John and Else Meyers in memory of their teenage children who died in a car crash in 1982. Their son, 18, was serving in the military at the time and their daughter was just 16.

OTHER TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS: • the magnificent, life-size bronze statue of a horse and rider from the 5th Light Horse Regiment in full charge during the October 1917 Battle of Beersheba, erected in Freedom Park, Pialba by the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch in 2014, paying tribute to the soldiers and the 160,000 horses that went to war

• the training ground of Z Special Unit on Fraser Island, where the forerunner to Australia’s Special Air Service regiments trained for the daring 3000 nautical mile raid in the 21m wooden-hulled MV Krait from Sydney to Singapore harbour to destroy Japanese ships

• the wreck of the hospital ship Maheno, now lying in the sand on the eastern side of Fraser Island, but once a beacon of hope for soldiers wounded in the Gallipoli campaign. The Maheno, later a merchant ship, stood off Anzac Cove the day after the Gallipoli landing and treated casualties from the Battle of Hill 60 For more information, log on to visitfrasercoast.com/military-trail

McNEVIN’S MARYBOROUGH

McNevin’s Maryborough provide a quality accommodation and dining experience to suit all travellers. The motel features spacious spa suites and deluxe rooms, the fully licensed Sail’s Restaurant and the poolside Glasshouse Breakfast Cafe. 188 John St, Maryborough | 07 4122 2888 maryborough@mcnevins.com.au www.mcnevins.com.au

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aryborough is a fantastic spot to explore on foot or behind the wheel.

The city’s walking and driving trail maps have been given a fresh new look and people can pick them up at the Maryborough Visitor Information Centre inside the magnificent City Hall in Kent Street.

GATAKERS ARTSPACE | Be inspired This creative hub was once robust warehouses for the bustling port of Maryborough. The warehouses are among the oldest in Maryborough and have been sensitively restored to preserve the historic value of the buildings, while creating a contemporary exhibition space. • Four galleries with new exhibits each month of local and visiting artists. • Don’t miss Gatakers By Night when the courtyard is transformed with free live music, food stalls, drinks and art. • Choose a special gift or souvenir from the gallery gift shop. • Program of creative workshops.

311 Kent St, Maryborough | 07 4190 5723 Facebook.com/OurFraserCoast www.ourfrasercoast.com.au

The grand, heritage-listed hall, built in 1908, is the first stop on each of the trails. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes if you plan to visit all 47 points of interest on the walking tour which includes historic buildings, memorials and parks. Check out the Bauer and Wiles Memorial Fountain on the grounds of the City Hall. It is a tribute to nurses Cecilia Bauer and Rose Wiles who volunteered to nurse victims of Australia’s only outbreak of the pneumonic plague in 1905. They also died of the disease. Stroll along Wharf Street’s Walk of Achievers in the Portside Heritage Precinct to read plaques set into the footpath in celebration of the accomplishments of more than 80 current and former Maryborough residents.

IMMERSE YOURSELF in history against a backdrop of glorious colonial architecture and riverside parklands as you explore Maryborough’s original port district.

The best military collection after the Australian War Museum in Canberra Book a Tipples & Tales experience Saturdays at 2.30pm $30 pp

Explore its fascinating variety from the cafés, museums and historical collections, to inspiring art and culture and beautiful Queens Park, one of Australia’s first botanic gardens. Purchase a PORTSIDE PASS at $15 for combined discounted entry to:

Bond Store Customs House Customs Residence Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum Travel back in time with interactive exhibits and activities for all ages

Wharf Street, Maryborough | OPEN daily 9.30am | (07) 4190 5722 | ourfrasercoast.com.au

Pioneers, Olympians, Rhodes scholars, inventors, war heroes and others whose endeavours have led to outstanding success along with national and worldwide recognition are honoured.

Discover the magic of Mary Poppins

The driving discovery trail takes motorists further afield to reveal the unique character of the Heritage City. Ululah Lagoon, once a favoured spot for aboriginal corroborees and now a lovely park, is one of the highlights of the 51 stops on the tour along with the former Walkers Shipyards, where 70 ships, barges and dredges were built between 1870 and 1974.

in the birthplace of her author PL Travers

Both trails take about one-and-a-half hours to complete. The Visitor Information Centre stocks at least 10 more trail maps which guide travellers to various attractions around the region so take your pick and go exploring!

Capture your very own Magical Mary moment! Take a happy snap alongside Mary Poppins themed artworks. Cross the street at the world’s only Mary Poppins traffic lights.

BROLGA THEATRE AND CONVENTION CENTRE

Kick up your heels at the annual Mary Poppins Festival.

Situated on the banks of the Mary River in Maryborough, the Brolga Theatre is the entertainment heart of the Fraser Coast.

Learn about the life of PL Travers and her magical nanny. Discover the art of storytelling at The Story Bank, opening 2019.

One of Queensland’s best regional theatres, the Brolga presents a diverse program choice of performing arts featuring comedy, dance, drama and music.

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• On-site restaurant with river views • Regular Sunday Riverside event with free live music, lawn games, food stalls and bar • Special screenings of live theatre and film • Function room hire for weddings, corporate and special events

5 Walker Street, Maryborough | 07 4122 6060 brolga@frasercoast.qld.gov.au www.brolgatheatre.org

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MARYBOROUGH MILITARY & COLONIAL MUSEUM The unusual, the quirky and eclectic are amongst 10000+ items of military and colonial memorabilia, which form displays of exceptional quality at the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum. Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9.30am to 3.30pm and Sat/Sun 9.30am to 12.30pm. 106 Wharf Street, Maryborough | 07 4123 5900 mbhmus@bigpond.net.au www.maryboroughmuseum.org

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the origins of the nut as well as learn about the history of the whole hinterland. For your chance to see macadamias being processed, book a tour at the award-winning Macadamia House (by appointment only). You can also visit other local producers – Barenuts, Bauple Bloom’s gerbera farm and Burbank Orchid Nursery (on Talegalla Drive, Talegalla Weir) but phone for appointments. Free overnight camping is allowed for self-contained caravans and RVs at Bauple, Rossendale Park, Petrie Park and in the heart of Tiaro. The quaint, former rail sidings of Gundiah and Theebine are both home to grand old hotels. Stop for a picnic at historic Munna Creek, or head to Miva to find the picturesque Dickabram Bridge.

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Glenwood Park south of Bauple is another great picnic spot and is home to a variety of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies and goannas. About an hour’s drive west of Maryborough are the Waterfall Creek Rock Pools, known locally as Utopia Rock Pools, in the Mount Walsh National Park. It’s about a 1.5km hike to the pools which are best visited after rainfall.

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DRINK IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS • Take a quiet canoe or boat trip down the wide

The mighty Mary River defines the southern hinterland and provides many brilliant spots for picnics, camping, fishing and canoeing. The Mary River is the southernmost natural habitat of barramundi and they can be found in the ponded area above the barrage with the nearest boat ramp at Tiaro’s Petrie Park. Take a moment to breathe in the fresh, clean air and listen for the bird calls.

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The ancient Queensland lungfish, which makes a sound like a small bellows when it chooses to breathe on the surface, is also only found naturally in the Mary River and nearby Burnett River systems. Settled in 1867, Tiaro is the perfect place to stock up on local knowledge. Tiaro township began life as an overnight stopping point for coaches transporting

GO NUTTY Stop in at nearby Bauple, and savour the rare experience of eating macadamia nuts near where they were first discovered by the Butchulla people an estimated 30,000 years ago. The mountain and its surrounds were a sacred place while the nuts – called bopple nuts – were used for food, trade and gifts. The small village of Bauple is nestled into the foothills of the mountain and its wonderful museum offers the opportunity to delve into

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The remarkable Mary River turtle has a distinctively long tail and can use its backside to suck in water and extract oxygen. Sold as a tiny ‘penny turtle’ in pet shops during the 1960s and 70s, it is now one of the most endangered turtles in the world.

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The coastal communities of Tinnanbar, Maaroom, Boonooroo, Tuan and Poona are at its heart and can be accessed via the MaryboroughCooloola Road.

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isconnect from the hustle and bustle and find an easier way of life and a slower pace in the Great Sandy Strait. Its calm, clear turquoise waters and varied countryside lay the foundation for a laid-back getaway.

The Great Sandy Biosphere covers 874,000 hectares of land and 540,000 hectares of marine park. It was designated by UNESCO in 2009 and is in the same class as the Galapagos Islands, the Central Amazon and Uluru. The waters of the biosphere, sheltered by Fraser Island and Hervey Bay, rival the Whitsundays, providing unique sailing conditions and stunning scenery. They are home to dugongs, turtles and rare IndoPacific humpback dolphins.

SAIL AWAY You can sail this marine sanctuary and explore the remote western side of Fraser Island, explore the many fishing and diving options or discover the quaint heritage-listed lighthouses on Woody Island.

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The Roy Rufus, Simpson and Hardie artificial reefs at the northern point of the strait, sustaining a wide variety of marine life, are sheltered from ocean currents and offer exciting fishing and diving opportunities. When heading out to explore, fish or even water-ski, a stopover at Pelican Bank is a highlight. You can swim in the shallow turquoise waters or walk along the sparkling white sands of this isolated gem.

ENVIRONMENTAL TREASURE The biosphere adjoins the Noosa Biosphere Reserve accepted in 2007. Although both regions share some common characteristics, the inclusion of Fraser Island, Great Sandy Strait, the humpback whale watching area of Hervey Bay and the Woongarra fringing coral reef sets the northern biosphere apart. The Great Sandy Biosphere also includes endemic species such as the Queensland lungfish and the Mary River turtle that do not occur in Noosa, and its land area of large coastal sand masses, perched lakes and ancient dune chronosequencing also do not occur at Noosa. The traditional owners of this region were the Butchulla, Kabi Kabi, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, Djak-unde Jangerie Jangerie, Wakka

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They offer caravan and villa accommodation and are made for relaxing and fishing – from the shore or from mangrove-lined creeks and sheltered waterways.

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Yachts, catamarans (pre-bookings required) or even the humble tinny can all be hired in Hervey Bay.

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Wakka, Wulli Wulli and Taribelang Bunda groups. Their ancestors believed they belonged to the land, cared for the flora and fauna and had a spiritual affiliation to the country. Their descendants believe they must continue their duty of ‘care of country’. The Great Sandy region is an important site for conservation on a regional and global scale. It has the world’s tallest and most complex rainforest system growing on sand, has 40% of the world’s perched lakes and contains a major feeding and roosting location for migratory wading birds. In total, it provides habitat for half of the bird species found on the Australian continent and is a critical habitat for more than 7000 species of flora and fauna, some of which are rare or endangered. The biosphere covers the communities of Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Gympie. The Noosa, Mary, Susan, Burrum, Isis and Cherwell rivers either flow through it or into it. The original UNESCO application was to include Bundaberg but the regional council voted in September 2008 not to be included because of concerns about the effect on agriculture.

P: 4129 8167 | enquiries@poonapalms.com.au | www.poonapalms.com.au Situated right on the waterfront and surrounded by 100,000 ha of forestry in beautiful Poona is the Poona Palms Caravan Park. Our park features new waterfront villas, holiday units and large powered sites. Each site has its own dump point. There is a well-stocked shop on site, a boat ramp right in front of the park and full digital TV reception to all sites. Pet Friendly Camp Kitchen/BBQ Dog Wash

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BURRUM COAST

BURRUM COAST Experience the variety – from coal to coastal havens

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Just a short 17km drive along the coast from Hervey Bay is the township of Toogoom which boasts incredible fishing and boating, plus a restaurant located right on the water.

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It’s a terrific place for an adventure, such as riding the Toogoom Mountain Bike Trails, or just relaxing on the beach.

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Some 94 shafts and tunnels were dug and the Howard Power Station, which operated between 1951 and 1980 and generated electricity for GYMPIE the entire region, was exclusively supplied by Burrum coal. To Brisbane

BAMBOO LAND NURSERY & PARKLANDS Bamboo Land is a well-established bamboo and tropical plant nursery with 20 acres of landscaped botanic garden style display gardens. The gardens are located on the beautiful freshwater Burrum River which gives the gardens an almost oasis-like feel. The production side of Bamboo Land supplies tropical plants Australia wide – both retail and wholesale. The retail business and display gardens are open 7 days a week – admission is free. 87 Old Coach Road, Torbanlea | 07 4129 4470 sales@bambooland.com.au www.bambooland.com.au

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The Burrum District Museum at Howard houses an impressive collection of memorabilia and the annual Coalfest celebrates the area’s early history. On most market days in Howard, held on the first Saturday of the month, visitors can take a ride on wagons pulled by ‘Rusty’ the restored local coal locomotive which runs along a reconstructed track and tunnel system. Another big feature on the country calendar is the yearly Torbanlea Picnic Races which incorporates tug of war competitions, wood chops and fashions on the field as well as horse racing.

And that’s just the start. There’s also entertainment and characters in period costume every Thursday at the weekly Maryborough Markets. A vintage time cannon booming across the city is another of the highlights for shoppers and visitors in the Heritage City’s central business district.

MARYBOROUGH • Maryborough Markets Adelaide and Ellena streets – every Thursday 8am–1pm

• Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary Markets 31 Mungar Road, Oakhurst – third Sunday of the month 7am – noon

HERVEY BAY • Urangan Pier Park Community Markets Pier Street, Urangan – every Wednesday and Saturday 7am–1pm

• Torquay Beachside Markets 415 Charlton Esplanade – every Saturday 7am–1pm

• Nikenbah Markets Corner of Nikenbah-Dundowran and Maryborough–Hervey Bay roads – first, third and fifth Sunday of the month 6am–noon

• Koala Markets Kruger Court, Urangan – second and fourth Sunday of the month 6am–noon

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• Tiaro Markets Corner of Mayne Street and Forgan Terrace – second Saturday of the month 7am–noon

• Bauple Markets Band Hall Road – fourth Saturday of the month 7am–noon

• Brooweena Museum Markets Smith Crescent – March 24, June 22, September 22 and November 24 8am-noon For more information, visit frasercoastmarkets.com.au.

• Hervey Bay Boat Club Arts & Craft Market Day Buccaneer Drive, Urangan – third Wednesday of the month 9am–2pm

REGIONAL • Howard Country Markets 56 Steley Street – first Saturday of the month 7am–noon from February to December

• Burrum Heads Markets Corner of Burrum Heads Road and Howard

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FISHING

The Hervey Bay flats are world famous among fly fishers and sport fishers alike with a huge variety of species on offer. These flats are greatly influenced by the adjacent creeks on the western side of Fraser Island creating a unique fishery that includes prized species such as Hervey Bay’s iconic golden trevally, longtail tuna and juvenile black marlin. The marlin can be sight fished to in less than 2m of water – one of the only places in the world where this is possible.

FISHING So many species, so little time

Not to be outdone, the eastern side of Fraser Island is described as the ‘holy grail’ of beach fishing and throughout the winter months it draws crowds of anglers for the annual run of tailor. Spectacular catches of Spanish mackerel are common during the summer months as well as the everyday staples of whiting, dart and flathead. Great Sandy Strait Between the Fraser Coast’s mainland and Fraser Island lies the Great Sandy Strait, about 70km of crystalline waters, white sandy beaches, a network of shallow lying flats and a maze of creeks. The wildlife and fish-rich waters in this area present anglers with a huge diversity of species from whiting and flathead, barra

and threadfin salmon to prawns and mud crabs. Hervey Bay For land-based anglers, the 868m Urangan pier is the ultimate fishing platform accessing a diverse fishery of garfish, whiting and flathead in the shallower waters of the first channel and larger predatory species such as mackerel, tuna, trevally and queenfish patrolling the deeper waters of the outer channel. These larger predators are drawn in by the huge schools of herring, hardyhead and pike that congregate around the pylons of the pier seeking protection. Mary River The Mary River is the largest estuary system in the region and boasts one of the most remarkable barramundi and threadfin salmon fisheries on the Australian east coast. With what feels like a never-ending system to explore, there are endless areas to fish with some form of structure to be found around every corner. Mud crabs are a year-round option in this river and each wet season spawns a significant banana prawn fishery producing exceptional-quality prawns.

The upper reaches of the Mary above the causeway not only provide a picturesque backdrop but a healthy Australian bass fishery. Inshore islands and reefs The Fraser Coast is blessed with an excellent inshore reef fishery comprising many inshore islands, shallow natural reef flats, deeper natural and artificial reefs and ledges of coffee rock. The Roy Rufus artificial reef at the top of Great Sandy Strait off the eastern side of Big Woody Island is one of the largest in the southern hemisphere and consists of sunken barges, boats, car bodies and pipes creating a diverse ecosystem for a variety of fish. With an endless list of species to target and places to explore in the Bay, the relatively protected waters offer fantastic bait and lure fishing year round.

HOOK A PRIZE CATCH The diverse range of fish that can be caught on the Fraser Coast include barramundi, threadfin salmon, bass, blue and black marlin, sailfish, bream, flathead, golden trevally, longtail tuna, reef fish, snapper, Spanish mackerel, tailor and whiting.

MISTRESS SPORTFISHING CHARTERS

Fish one of the world’s most productive Blue Marlin Grounds aboard the state-of-the-art 50 foot Custom Charter boat “Mistress”. Available for min. 3 day Charters (up to 4 anglers) in luxury air conditioned surroundings and comfort. Everything except Liquor provided. Facebook: Mistress Sportfishing Charters 0417 766 734 | captainbrettalty@bigpond.com www.fishingmistress.com

PRINCESS II FISHING CHARTERS HERVEY BAY Princess II is a 45ft purpose built fishing vessel catering for individuals and group bookings suitable for the whole family. Berth B3, Great Sandy Straits Marina Buccaneer Drive, Hervey Bay | (07) 4124 0400 mvprincess2@bigpond.com

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he maze of intertwining creeks and rivers, vast sand flats, inshore islands, deep reefs and gin-clear waters of the Fraser Coast deliver one of the most diverse fisheries in Australia, with an overlap of both northern and southern species.

With its sheltered waters, protected by the largest sand island in the world, it’s no wonder the Fraser Coast is one of the most renowned fishing destinations in the country.

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Some of Australia’s most iconic sportfish species can be targeted successfully here, including blue and black marlin, sailfish, longtail tuna, golden trevally, GT, snapper, coral trout, barramundi, threadfin salmon and mangrove jack. The options are almost endless, from worldclass beach fishing on the eastern side of Fraser Island and outstanding pelagic fishing in Platypus Bay, to one of the best blue marlin fisheries in Australia and the Mary River – home to some big barra and threadfin salmon.

FISHO’S TACKLE WORLD – HERVEY BAY • Open 7 Days – Find us on Facebook • The Fraser Coast’s Premier Fishing Tackle Store • Bait, Ice, Tackle, Lures • Fly Fishing Gear • Spear & Snorkelling gear • Apparel • Rod & Reel Repairs 59 Torquay Road, Pialba | 07 4128 1022 info@fishostackleworld.com.au www.fishostackleworld.com.au

Don’t just take our word for how great the fishing is, grab your fishing gear and find out for yourself. A word of warning though – you’ll be hooked.

PICK YOUR SPOT Fraser Island Platypus Bay is responsible for putting Hervey Bay’s pelagic fishing scene on the map, making it the ‘go-to’ destination for all enthusiasts. With the crystal clear, baitrich, sheltered waters of the bay, it is an international drawcard for lure and fly anglers.

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BOAB BOATS HERVEY BAY |

Enjoy a great day on the water being professionally guided around beautiful Hervey Bay • Full/Half Day trips • All weather options • Pick up/drop off from your accommodation • Pick up from Kingfisher Bay Resort (Fraser Island) • Mother shipping at northern end of Fraser Island (minimum 3 nights) • Group bookings available

Enjoy the best parts of boating without the stress of towing, launching/retrieving or cleaning. Just like a rental car only on the water. We have a range of boats and jetskis to choose from, we can even supply fishing and water sports gear. Full or half day hire options available. The only hire vessel in Hervey Bay that can operate in open waters, this opens up so many more options for offshore fishing. For those without a licence we have guided sightseeing, fishing and water sport tours as well.

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See Hervey Bay your way

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FAMILY FUN

artefacts forming the largest display of war memorabilia outside the national capital, and the nearby statue recognising Lieutenant Duncan Chapman, the first Australian ashore at the Gallipoli landing on April 25, 1915.

FAMILY FUN

ROMP AROUND Make a splash at Hervey Bay’s WetSide Water Park on the Pialba foreshore, with two new waterslides and a board rider. Test your courage by climbing up the nets or ladder to the 7.3m-high sky towers and slipping down the slides at the new Pialba Adventure Playground. Let your children’s imaginations run wild at Wook-Koo Park on the outskirts of Maryborough, which features a lagoon, lots of statues of pioneers and animals. Climb through one of Australia’s oldest and largest Banyan figs in Maryborough’s Queens Park.

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HEAD INDOORS For the occasional wet day on the Fraser Coast, there are loads of activities to keep the kids entertained including an indoor skate park, cinemas, ten-pin bowling centres, a jump park, video arcades and entertainment centres where you can play mini golf, laser tag, skirmish, drive the latest gaming console or take to the ice rink.

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ith the world’s largest sand island, incredible encounters with wildlife, adventure playgrounds, safe beaches and marvellous heritage – Queensland’s Fraser Coast is bound to engage, entertain and delight the whole family.

DON’T MISS FRASER ISLAND This natural wonder was named Australia’s best family camping spot in Out and About With Kids magazine’s 2018 Best of Family Travel Awards. The list of kid-friendly activities is long but includes walking along the boardwalk at Eli Creek then hopping into the water to drift back with the current, sinking your toes into the sand at Lake McKenzie before sliding into the sparkling blue water and wandering through the rainforest growing out of sand at Central Station.

MEET THE ANIMALS Feed kangaroos and wallabies, interact with dingoes, wander in the aviary and wrap Muscles, the diamond python, around your neck if you dare at the wildlife sanctuary on the outskirts of Maryborough. Feed the turtles at the aquarium in Hervey Bay, hop on a horse and ride through the bush at Susan River or from late July to early November, head out on

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a whale watching adventure aboard one of the vessels in the Hervey Bay fleet.

GET CLOSER TO NATURE To get out on the water, jump aboard a luxury catamaran, a glass-bottomed vessel, motorboat, jet-ski, stand-up paddle board or kayak. Alternatively, you could bait a hook and try to catch a fish from the beach, off the 868m Urangan Pier and other jetties off Hervey Bay or head offshore in a boat. From coastal villages along the Bay and Great Sandy Strait look out for dolphins playing, turtles surfacing and dugongs grazing. Go nuts in Bauple and check out the original home of the macadamia. Explore the serene Wongi

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See Nala, a life-size whale sculpture, and learn about her many journeys to Hervey Bay waters at the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere. Pat a dingo, cuddle a kangaroo and get up close and personal with reptiles and

year. Discover the wonders of Fraser Island and learn about the local Butchulla people. Become immersed in the incredible world of the humpback whale with an underwaterstyle exhibit and listen to them sing.

Waterholes north-west of Maryborough where you’ll find a beautiful picnic and camping spot fringed with paperbark trees and surrounded by forest. Unwind in the Hervey Bay Botanical Gardens where you’ll find a green sanctuary of 26 hectares growing out of sand.

DELIGHT IN MARY POPPINS On the Magic Mary Trail take a selfie with the Mary Poppins statue outside the author’s Maryborough birthplace, pose with metal cut-outs of her umbrella and carpet bag nearby, cross at the special pedestrian lights with the green and red Mary Poppins silhouettes and each Thursday, visit the Maryborough markets and ride the Mary Ann – a replica of Queensland’s first steam engine built in Maryborough in 1873. Between June 28 and July 6, join in the fun of the Mary Poppins Festival.

QUENCH YOUR THIRST FOR HISTORY Unlock Maryborough’s unique, quirky character through its wonderful old buildings and street art. Discover at your own pace, or on a guided heritage walk, the colourful past of the town when it was the industrial powerhouse of the new colony, a port of entry for 21,000 migrants from the UK and Ireland and the staging point for Gympie gold. Don’t miss the Maryborough Military and Historical Museum with its 10,000-plus

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1. FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE ON THE WORLD’S LARGEST SAND ISLAND Motor along Fraser Island’s 75 Mile Beach, a gazetted highway, or increase the speed with a joy flight which takes off and lands on the sand.

REEFWORLD AQUARIUM HERVEY BAY

Showcasing the natural beauty of the Hervey Bay waters and the largest living coral display in Australia, Reefworld is one of the longest running tourist attractions on the Fraser Coast and encourages everyone to get up close and personal with nature. Open 7 days a week from 9:30am to 4pm. On the Beach, Dayman Park, Cnr Kent & Pulgul St, Urangan 07 4128 9828 | reefworldherveybay@gmail.com

2. DIVE INTO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF Don a mask and snorkel to swim with the resident manta rays on Lady Elliot Island and check out the other amazing marine life including turtles, sea stars, colourful coral, tropical fish, sea cucumbers and clams.

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3. SWIM WITH THE WHALES (LATE JULY AND AUGUST)

A unique Australian native wildlife experience. Hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus. Pat a dingo. Handle snakes, interact with cockatoos and admire our colourful birds. 31 Mungar Rd, Maryborough West | 07 4122 2080 info@frasercoastwildlifesanctuary.org.au www.frasercoastwildlifesanctuary.org.au

WETSIDE | Free family-friendly water park on the beach

HISTORICAL VILLAGE & MUSEUM This multi award winning venue is a treasure trove of history. Join our volunteers on Sundays, make your own souvenir rope or help shell the corn using 100-year-old machinery. Open all QLD school holidays. 13 Zephyr St, Scarness | 07 4128 4804 webmaster@herveybaymuseum.com.au www.herveybaymuseum.com.au

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WetSide is a fun, zero-depth water play park located on the picturesque foreshore of Hervey Bay. Free entry includes TotSide (a special area for under 5s), hundreds of fountains, a tipping bucket and small water slides. Light Show Spectacular operates every Saturday at 7pm during our operational season. For just $6 you can ride the FlipSide BoardRider wave machine and $5 for 10 slides on our NEW 8.8m water slides (min. height 1.2m). Soak up some water education with hundreds of messages drip-fed to you along the seaside boardwalks. There are plenty of areas for a family gathering with a huge fig tree providing shade on the main deck. Food and drinks are available from the fish and chip shop and café. WetSide’s opening hours vary so check the website for more information. Private Hire options are available, contact WetSide for more information. Cnr Main St and Esplanade, Hervey Bay 0406 451 472 | Facebook.com/WetSideWaterPark www.wetside.com.au

Be swept up in the surreal experience of being in the ocean right next to majestic humpback whales and experience Australia’s best up-close and personal whale encounter in Hervey Bay.

4. HOOK INTO SOME SPORTS FISHING Experience the thrill of catching marlin, golden trevally or a barramundi. The region’s fishing experiences are amongst the most diverse in Australia thanks to an overlap of northern and southern species.

5. SKYDIVE OVER FRASER ISLAND Take in a bird’s eye view of Fraser Island as you jump into one of the most beautiful skydive locations imaginable and land on the beach! Flights leave from Hervey Bay Airport.

6. GO FOR A STAND-UP PADDLE Hervey Bay was made for stand-up paddle boarding with the protected beaches offering the chance to explore around a number of piers. Keep an eye out for aquatic creatures with a friendly turtle not uncommon.

7. SLIDE DOWN NATURAL WATERFALLS Take a drive into the hinterland about an hour west of Maryborough to discover the Waterfall Creek Rock Pools, known locally as Utopia Rock Pools, near Boompa. It’s dirt road along the final section and about a 1.5km walk to the pools where you can refresh with a swim or a slide down the waterfalls after rain.

8. GET TO KNOW THE AUSSIE BUSH Abseil, kayak, canoe, ride horses and mountain bikes or have a run at the military-inspired

obstacle course. Our Visitor Information Centres will point you in the right direction.

9. TAKE ON THE HIKING TRAILS OF FRASER ISLAND Be prepared for the epic and traverse Fraser’s Great Walk, which stretches 90km and takes six to eight days through open dune country and rainforest, or take one of the shorter options. Head to the National Parks website (nprsr.qld.gov.au/fraser) for more information.

10. JET SKI TO FRASER ISLAND Experience the thrill of a one-of-a-kind jet ski tour and discover the idyllic Pelican Bank in the heart of the Great Sandy Biosphere before venturing on to the gorgeous western coast of Fraser Island.

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RVs, CARAVANS & TENTS

DISCOVERY DISCOVERY PARKS PARKS FRASER STREET FRASER STREET

The The world’s world’s largest largest sand sand island island awaits awaits you you at at the the beautiful beautiful Hervey Bay. Discovery Parks – Fraser Street is Hervey Bay. Discovery Parks – Fraser Street is minutes minutes away away from from the the departure departure point point to to World World Heritage-listed Heritage-listed Fraser Fraser Island Island – – long long uninterrupted uninterrupted white white beaches, beaches, sand sand cliffs, cliffs, over over 100 freshwater lakes and ancient rainforest. When 100 freshwater lakes and ancient rainforest. When you you are are not not exploring exploring the the great great outdoors outdoors enjoy enjoy the the facilities facilities in in our our park. park.

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he Fraser Coast has an abundance of space to park an RV, pull up a caravan or pitch a tent.

Relax and put your feet up by the beach, rivers or parks, then get amongst it when you’re rested and ready to explore. The region has fantastic beaches, national parks and areas set up for short and long-term stays. For RV travellers, Maryborough is an RV Friendly Town, meeting the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia’s criteria of having access to a general shopping area, provision of low-cost overnight parking for self-contained vehicles and access to water and a free dump point. Short-term free parking and low-cost sites are available at Maryborough’s Alan and June Brown Car Park near the CBD, Doon Villa Self-Contained RV Park, the Maryborough showgrounds off the Bruce Highway, Tiaro Memorial Park, Petrie Park and behind the Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre (VIC). Dump points for self-contained RVs are located at the Maryborough showgrounds, Maryborough Airport, Hedleys camping area at Tinnanbar and Hervey Bay VIC. The VIC facility is locked and the key can be collected from the centre between 9am and 5pm, seven days a week. A new, pet-friendly RV park at River Heads is set on 75 acres and features a bush kitchen, big fire pit, 4km of walking trails and plenty of wildlife in the bushland including kangaroos and birds.

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Commercial and council caravan parks are dotted around the region and range from sites beside rivers and parklands to a number of prime beachfront positions. Only experienced off-road drivers should take caravans or trailers on Fraser Island (K’gari) because beach tracks contain long stretches of deep, loose sand where vehicles can get bogged. The Fraser Coast hosts a number of bush and basic noncommercial camping grounds and permits are available from the VICs in Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Tiaro. Camping enthusiasts have 45 camping area options on K’gari alone. The camping grounds have capacity limits and may be booked out during peak holiday periods so it’s wise to apply for permits at least six weeks in advance. Vehicle access and camping permits must be bought before travelling to the island. Book via qpws.usedirect.com/qpws or at the Hervey Bay or Maryborough VICs.

FRASER COAST RV PARK

• 75 acres for big rigs, motor homes and vans • Gateway to Fraser Island – 3 minutes • 40 acres of walking trails, pet friendly • Birdwatching nature reserve, camping • Mango Lodge wheelchair access 54 Bengtson Rd, River Heads | 07 4125 7119 frasercoastrvpark@gmail.com www.frasercoastrvpark.com.au

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Some are 24-hour havens for hounds while others have certain hours set aside for pets such as 3pm to 8am. Not only can your bow-wows stretch their legs racing along the sand, fossick around rock pools and take cooling dips in the ocean, you can enjoy the picturesque surroundings and breathe in the refreshing sea air. But if your hound prefers the green grass, there are also plenty of off-leash parks around the district including in Maryborough and River Heads.

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At most off-leash exercise areas you’ll find doggy-doo-bag dispensers and drinking water.

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f your holidays include furry friends, the Fraser Coast offers fun and relaxation for the whole family. The region has extensive off-leash areas for dogs along with pet-friendly accommodation and cafés.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council’s website has details of all of the sites, so visit frasercoast.qld.gov.au/dog-offleash-areas.

While many options are available for tourists travelling with pets, not every spot welcomes fur babies so double check when you make your booking.

When you feel the need to park up for a coffee or a bite to eat, the region has a range of dog-friendly cafes which welcome your tail-waggers on leashes in outdoor eating areas.

If it’s sun, sand and sea you’re chasing, Hervey Bay, Dundowran Beach, Toogoom and Burrum Heads all have beach areas set aside for pooches.

If you need help finding the perfect petfriendly accommodation for your needs, phone or call in at one of our Visitor Information Centres.

Spacious award winning homes

Fraser Coast Beachfront Tourist Parks Four absolute beachfront locations

Amazing receational facilities

If you’re looking for the ultimate in caravan and camping pleasure... you’ve come to the right place. Take a superb location, just 3.5 hours north of Brisbane and throw in the perfect blend of life’s little pleasures and you have an affordable holiday hideaway that’s second-to-none.

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Close to shops, restaurants and attractions Powered/non-powered/drive thru sites Ideal for swimming, fishing, boating and watersports Fraser Island views From $30 per night

Pialba .........................................07 4128 1399 Scarness ................................07 4128 1274 Torquay ..................................07 4125 1578 Burrum Heads ..............07 4129 5138 Please note that all Parks are pet free. www.beachfronttouristparks.com.au

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FRASER COAST TOP TOURIST PARK |

4* multi award winning

100% tourist only! This boutique, peaceful, immaculately clean, tidy and securely gated caravan park has a fantastic central location close to the beach (200m), alfresco dining and entertainment. Relax and indulge yourself in our luxurious heated therapeutic mineral health spa and pool then cook up a feast in our wellequipped camp kitchen with BBQs and a pizza oven! Our rec room, on-site café, free wifi and tour booking service will ensure an incredible stay every time! 21 Denmans Camp Road, Scarness | 07 4124 6237 info@frasercoasttoptouristpark.com.au www.frasercoasttoptouristpark.com.au

Blue Care Help at Home Services Close to shops, doctors and hospitals

Visit 58 & 100 Nissen Street, Hervey Bay Email info@frasershores.com.au www.frasershores.com.au

Our quality award-winning two and three bedroom homes allow you to entertain family and friends while having the time to pursue your hobbies and interests with a year round social calendar. Fraser Shores has everything you need for a wonderful lifestyle. Centrally located with easy access to shopping, the bay, beaches, boat harbour, sporting clubs and state of the art health precinct.

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FRASER COAST

2019 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

For a full list of the region’s events and the most up-to-date information, visit

frasercoastevents.com

and follow Fraser Coast Events on Facebook.

JANUARY & FEBRUARY

AUGUST

6 Jan 11-13 Jan 12 Jan 26 Jan 26-28 Jan 9 Feb 10 Feb

3 Aug 4 Aug 10 Aug 11 Aug

Sunday Riverside at Brolga Theatre National Junior Sedan Titles at Maryborough Speedway Gatakers By Night in Maryborough Kondari BBQ Festival Kingfisher Bay Resort Regatta Gatakers By Night in Maryborough Fraser Coast Sports Expo

MARCH & APRIL 3 Mar Sunday Riverside at Brolga Theatre 7-9 Mar Queensland School Sport Junior State Triathlon Championships 9 Mar Gatakers By Night in Maryborough 6-7 Apr Bay Break Multisports Festival 7 Apr Sunday Riverside at Brolga Theatre 13 Apr Gatakers By Night in Maryborough 19-21 Apr Burrum Easter Fishing Classic 19-21 Apr Hervey Bay Sailing Club hosts Queensland Nacra titles 19-22 Apr Australian Street Rod Federation Nationals at Maryborough showgrounds

Whale Parade and Concert Paddle Out for Whales Kite Karnival, Gatakers By Night in Maryborough Hervey Bay Seafood Festival

SEPTEMBER 1 Sep Hervey Bay Pier 2 Pub swim 7 Sep Bauple Nut Bash 13-15 Sep Fraser Coast Technology Challenge 14 Sep Gatakers By Night in Maryborough 21-22 Sep Maryborough Open House & Open Garden 29 Sep-5 Oct Model T Ford National Tour – Pop into Maryborough 30 Sep-4 Oct Joeys Mini World Cup in Hervey Bay

OCTOBER 5 Oct 7-11 Oct 12 Oct 26 Oct

Kondari Oktoberfest in Hervey Bay World Whale Conference Gatakers By Night in Maryborough Torbanlea Picnic Races

MAY & JUNE 5 May World’s Greatest Pub Fest 11 May By The C concert in Hervey Bay Gatakers By Night in Maryborough 23-24 May Fraser Coast Show 1 Jun Relish Food and Wine Festival 2 Jun Sunday Riverside at Brolga Theatre 15 Jun Teebar Rodeo and Campdraft 28 Jun-6 Jul Mary Poppins Festival

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 9 Nov Fraser Coast R.U.M. Fest, Gatakers By Night in Maryborough 14-17 Nov Hervey Bay Game Fishing Classic 23-24 Nov Hervey Bay 100 30 Nov-1 Dec Offshore Superboat Championships 8 Dec Carols in the Park 14 Dec Hervey Bay RSL Carols by Candlelight 31 Dec New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks

JULY 6 Jul Mary Poppins Festival Day in the Park 11-13 Jul Queensland Touch Football Junior State Cup in Hervey Bay 19-21 Jul Burrum Coal Discovery Festival 20-21 Jul FraserPop! Pop Culture Festival 27 Jul-11 Aug Whale Festival 27 Jul Blessing of the Fleet

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EVENTS Celebrate Mary Poppins, whales and everything in-between

Mary Poppins Festival

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amily entertainment, food, beer, fishing, sport, music, community and culture – the Fraser Coast has events to celebrate all of them.

The region has fantastic natural assets bathed in year-round sunshine and a temperate climate backed by a wonderful range of accommodation, from the beach to the hinterland, and great cuisine. We’re also handy to the large population centres in south-east Queensland, which has boosted our profile as a venue for state and national sporting competitions. The growth of sports tourism is bringing thousands of people to the Fraser Coast, many sampling the region for the first time, and after seeing the great way of life we have here and the natural attractions on offer, they are voting with their feet and coming back for extended holidays. FOOD: A new event on the Fraser Coast calendar this year is Food 'n' Groove Fridays at City Park in Pialba. This celebration of music and multicultural food runs during spring and summer. Among our signature events is the Relish Food and Wine Festival in Maryborough in June where you can eat your way through fine local fare then let out a notch on your belt and unwind on the grassy banks of the Mary River. This is followed up in August by the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival, celebrating the region’s amazing wild catch.

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MARY POPPINS: Another major event is the quirky Mary Poppins Festival in late June which has been buoyed by the release of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns movie and the planned new Story Bank interpretive centre in the building where the author was born. The nine-day storytelling festival, which culminates with A Day In The Park, honours author of the Mary Poppins books Pamela Lyndon Travers who was born in Maryborough on August 9, 1899. She grew up in the Australian bush before attending boarding school in Sydney and going on to international fame. WHALES: Hervey Bay celebrates the return of majestic humpback whales each year. The signature Whale Festival includes a Blessing of the Fleet in July followed by the Fraser Coast Kite Karnival, Whale Parade and Concert, Paddle Out for Whales and Seafood Festival in August.

Whale Festival

head to the Teebar Rodeo and Campdraft in June, celebrate the region’s mining history at the Burrum Coal Fest in July and soak up the atmosphere at the Torbanlea Picnic Races in October. Tap your toes at the Munna Creek Country Music Festival, also in October or watch the action at the rodeo in November. SPEED: Feel the need for speed? Cruise to the Maryborough Speedway to see some of the best young drivers in Australia at the National Junior Sedan Titles in January or head to the track for one of their regular meets. Then in November-December, hit the beach for the high octane thrills of powerboat racing as Hervey Bay hosts the Offshore Superboat Championships.

MUSIC: Our annual By The C concert returns in May this year headlined by rocker Jimmy Barnes. More great acts perform in pubs, clubs and other venues across the Fraser Coast throughout the year.

SPORT: The region’s first marathon will be run in April as part of the Bay Break Multisports Festival. This new addition to the sporting calendar builds on the Junior State Touch Football Carnival in July, the Hervey Bay Pier 2 Pub swim in September, the Joeys Mini World Cup junior football tournament in October along with the Barge to Beach Swim and Hervey Bay 100 triathlon in November.

FISHING: The Fraser Coast capitalises on its reputation as one of the country’s premier fishing destinations by hosting a range of contests for anglers including the Burrum Heads Easter Fishing Classic in April and the Game Fishing Classic in Hervey Bay in November.

BEER: For those who prefer to exercise their elbows, Hervey Bay hosts the Kondari BBQ Festival on Australia Day in January while Maryborough is the spot for the colourful World’s Greatest Pub Fest in May and the Kondari Oktoberfest happens in October!

OUT OF TOWN: If you want a dose of country hospitality, you can stroll through the gates of the Maryborough Show or

ON WHEELS: If the spectacle of brilliantly turned-out vehicles puts a smile on your dial, check out the Australian Street Rod

Relish

Federation Nationals at Easter and the Model T Ford National Tour in SeptemberOctober. Life is eventful on the Fraser Coast with a jam-packed calendar of festivities all year round but many of our major events are held in the balmy winter sunshine! For a complete list of what’s happening, visit frasercoastevents.com and follow Fraser Coast Events on Facebook.

RELISH FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Maryborough’s heritage streetscapes and stunning riverside parklands serve as the splendid backdrop to savour the tastes on offer at this showcase of regional wines and fine local produce. Sip beer and wine in tasting sessions and sample fine dining from local chefs as part of the tantalising program. Live entertainment creates a dynamic vibe around Maryborough’s Portside area, which dates back to being a significant port of entry for early European migrants to Australia between 1862 and 1890.

By The C concert

HERVEY BAY WHALE FESTIVAL Celebrating the region’s connection with the sea and annual return of humpback whales, the festival includes the Blessing of the Fleet on July 27 featuring fireworks over the boat harbour. A highlight of the Whale Parade and Concert on August 3 is watching the colourful illuminated floats roll along the esplanade. The Paddle Out for Whales on August 4 includes a minute of silence for humpback whales. Massive kites will float over Urangan beach at the Fraser Coast Kite Karnival on August 10 and sumptuous seafood will be on offer at the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival on August 11.

BY THE C Our major concert event of the year returns to Hervey Bay in May with rock legend Jimmy Barnes headlining the show. Also appearing on the open-air stage will be much-loved Aussie acts Baby Animals, Mark Seymour, Killing Heidi, Mental as Anything and Boom Crash Opera. The celebration of live music, food and community will give

concert-goers the opportunity to feast and drink at pop-up bars and food stalls and browse market stalls. Thousands are expected to attend the gig which will be held at Fraser Coast Park beside the USC Pialba campus on Old Maryborough Road.

MARY POPPINS FESTIVAL Celebrate the art of storytelling and discover the magic and history of Maryborough during the nine-day celebration that’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! P.L. Travers, creator of the beloved nanny, was born in the Heritage City and her connection is remembered with all kinds of activities and performances. The major celebration is A Day in the Park on Saturday, July 6, which includes fun nanny races, chimney sweep challenges, art bursting in the streets and a grand parade to boot! The magic and wonder of this festival is infectious. This is just a taste of what the region has to offer. For more information, visit frasercoastevents.com and follow us on Facebook.

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for centuries as food and medicine and are celebrated by local operators. Menus across the Fraser Coast are crafted to showcase our fresh regional produce and support our local growers and fishing industry.

ENJOY FIRST-CLASS CUISINE The Vinyard boasts a fantastic view and staff with a passion for the world’s best wines; matching them with delicious local produce is their specialty. Hervey Bay scallops and local fish are among the heroes on The Vinyard’s seasonal menu.

EAT, DRINK & RELAX

At Kingfisher Bay Resort’s signature Seabelle Restaurant on Fraser Island, innovative chefs are drawing inspiration from the island’s Butchulla people and using the distinctive flavours of native ingredients to create unique taste sensations.

Mmm, we have lots of tasty choices

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ake your tastebuds on a delicious journey of discovery, sampling the full spectrum of food and wine experiences on offer across the Fraser Coast.

Fresh produce, succulent seafood and tantalising tipples such as regionally-crafted lychee liqueur – there is much to relish on a relaxing escape to this food-lover’s paradise. From the hinterland to the Great Sandy Strait, the Fraser Coast has a delightful range of fresh produce, locally made food products and exquisite dining experiences. The famous Hervey Bay scallops are prized by seafood connoisseurs worldwide for their superior appearance, texture and taste while juicy Fraser Island prawns are a favourite across the region.

FEAST IN HISTORIC SURROUNDINGS In Maryborough, sip regionally-crafted port underneath the floors of an old Bond Store, among rum barrels dating back to the 1800s when liquor was impounded (bonded) until the government duty was paid. Discover a charming boutique café at the historic Customs House Residence by the Mary River, just down the street from the former bank building where P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins was born.

Picturesque Maryborough provides a backdrop of heritage and culture, delivering a memorable food experience where visitors can enjoy the old world charm of coffee shops and ice cream parlours in heritage-listed buildings.

Rosella sauce, lime and pepperberry aioli, lilly pilly salsa and paperbark-wrapped barramundi are part of the wonderfully crafted menu. Plus, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by cocktails inspired by bush tucker to refresh your palate.

local produce – especially Fraser Coast seafood. The creation of memorable meals is the secret to the success of this multiaward-winning venue, which has earned an exclusive one hat rating.

SEE SPECTACULAR VIEWS

Coast Restaurant & Bar on the Esplanade at Torquay continues to stand out through its focus on quality ingredients and showcasing

Local prodigy Jason England is the head chef at Coast. He started as an apprentice at the restaurant in 2010 and has worked

Sophisticated café-style food and fantastic views across the bay are on offer at modern beach-side complex Enzo’s on the Beach

overseas with Rick Stein but Nick StreetBrown, former head chef at Coast, has been a massive influence in his career.

TASTE BUSH TUCKER DELIGHTS On Fraser Island, enjoy Australian bush tucker and discover the rich history of the original inhabitants, the Butchulla people, through the unusual ingredients. Native plants across the island have been used

RESTAURANT & BAR Local Produce -  Shared Plate Dining  Cocktail & Wine Bar - Craft Beers 469 Esplanade , Hervey Bay , QLD www.coastherveybay.com.au (07) 4125 5454

Alfresco restaurants and coffee shops are dotted along the Hervey Bay Esplanade, most with stunning views of the ocean. The Hervey Bay culinary scene has reached a high level of refinement in the past decade with the city welcoming luxuriously classy dining establishments where staff enjoy sharing their passion for local produce and outstanding wines, beers and spirits. At premium locations overlooking the ocean, diners can indulge in sumptuous meals, full of inventive flavours created by masterful local chefs.

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The bustling Hervey Bay RSL offers mouth-watering meal options at its Sandy Bay Restaurant with nightly specials and plenty of tempting à la carte choices. Poppies Lounge Café offers light meals and refreshments but if you’re chasing something a little bit fancy, groups of four or more can book in for a high tea.

ORDER YOUR FAVOURITES

in Scarness. Seating options range from traditional chairs at dining tables, bar stools at high tables and colourful beanbags on the sand. An expansive view of the ocean and Urangan Pier can be enjoyed from the huge verandah at the Bayswater Bar & Grill which recently updated its kitchen and menu. The venue serves a delightful buffet breakfast every Saturday and Sunday from 7am until 10.30am.

DINE AT THE CLUBS The club scene is thriving on the Fraser Coast and happiness is assured whether you enjoy a meal overlooking the stunning marina at the Hervey Bay Boat Club, a perfectly cooked steak to follow a round of golf at The Clubhouse Hervey Bay or have a flutter and enjoy the super service provided at the Hervey Bay RSL Club. For something a little exotic, head to the Hervey Bay Boat Club’s El Puerto Restaurant

which offers an explosion of Brazilian flavours traditionally infused into a variety of smoked and grilled meats served rodizio style. But if you’re after more traditional tastes, Sinbad’s Bistro and Stay Sail Café serve scrumptious Aussie favourites. Monthly chef’s creations, steak night, schnitzel night and kid’s eat free nights are all part of the dynamic dining experience at The Clubhouse Hervey Bay. The venue offers terrific food in a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the picturesque golf course in Pialba.

Enjoy meals on the verandah or savour the flavours in air-conditioned comfort at the Beach House Hotel which is open for lunch and dinner each day and also for breakfast on the weekends. Watch the activity in the kitchen as pizzas glide in and out of the eye-catching pizza oven or cast your gaze outdoors to admire the view past Scarness Park to the jetty and ocean. Bringing together all of your pub favourites plus an extensive list of modern Australian dishes, the Carriers Arms Hotel in Maryborough offers a comfortable and relaxing dining experience. Check out the new coffee shop and dining room while you sample the local produce chefs use to create top-quality meals. Wherever you go on the Fraser Coast, there are restaurants, hotels and cafés to tantalise your tastebuds!

SAVOUR INSPIRED OFFERINGS BY THE SEA Cnr The Charlton Esplanade & Elizabeth Street, Hervey Bay enquiries@thevinyard.com.au www.thevinyard.com.au (07) 4125 6982

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DOW N BY T H E UR A NG A N MA R I N A

Information for members and guests.

Your complete

Harbour view dining

and Entertainment package

Buccaneer Dr. Urangan • (07) 4128 9643 • boatclub.com.au

Fraser Island views & exceptional value.

Great coffee & meals.

Multiple daily screenings of the latest releases.

Authentic flavours served churrasco style.

BAYSWATER BAR & GRILL | Alfresco Dining at its Best Boasting the biggest alfresco dining area in Hervey Bay, the Bayswater Bar & Grill is one of the area’s most exciting venues, open seven days a week. Overlooking the iconic Urangan Pier and offering breathtaking views to go with their extensive menu. The weekly events keep the fun rolling, providing a fabulous view and the perfect place to unwind. Our extensive beverage menu embraces the pick of Australian wines, foreign and domestic beers, and delicious cocktails to suit every occasion. The Bayswater is dedicated to serving a great range of high quality modern Australian cuisine. The Fraser Coast’s finest seafood and fresh produce is paired with steaks, gourmet pizzas, burgers and so much more. A delicious full buffet breakfast is available every weekend (Sat & Sun) from 7am – 10.30am, perfect with a morning walk along the beach. Lunch specials and nightly specials are also available, and are very popular with the locals. Whether you are a local or a visitor make sure you enjoy a visit to the Bayswater – delicious menu, a great bar and with the best view in the Bay! 571 Esplanade, Urangan | 07 4194 6444 info@thebayswater.com.au www.thebayswater.com.au

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ENZO’S ON THE BEACH

• Absolute beachfront restaurant and bar offering a unique, casual beach dining experience – open for breakfast, lunch and dinner • Enjoy stunning views and sip on a cocktail as you lounge on a bean bag with your feet in the sand 351a Esplanade, Hervey Bay | 07 4124 6375 info@enzosonthebeach.com.au www.enzosonthebeach.com.au

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PARTNER DIRECTORY

PARTNER DIRECTORY PLATINUM PARTNERS Hervey Bay RSL Club

Poona Palms Caravan Park www.poonapalms.com.au

Torquay Beachfront Tourist Park www.beachfronttouristpark.com.au

Pialba Beachfront Caravan Park www.beachfronttouristparks.com.au

Scarness Beachfront Caravan Park www.beachfronttouristparks.com.au

Windmill Caravan Park www.windmillpark.com.au

Aussie Trax 4x4 Rentals www.fraserisland4wd.com.au

Fraser Dingo 4WD Hire www.fraserdingo4wdhire.com.au

Hervey Bay Rent a Car Pty Ltd www.herveybayrentacar.com.au

Fraser Magic 4WD Hire www.fraser4wdhire.com.au

Seega Rent a Car www.seega.com.au

Hervey Bay Airport www.frasercoastairport.com.au

Queensland Rail www.queenslandrail.com.au

Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce www.herveybaychamber.asn.au

Reliable Hire www.reliablehire.com.au

Latitude 25 www.visitlatitude25.com.au

Stockland Hervey Bay www.stockland.com.au

Mitchells Realty www.mitchellsrealty.com.au

Torquay Progress Association www.torquay.org.au

QANTAS www.qantas.com

Wide Bay Crane Hire www.widebaycranehire.net.au

Alowishus Café www.alowishus.com.au

Café Balaena www.cafebalaena.com.au

Maryborough RSL Club www.maryboroughrsl.com.au

Arkarra Gardens Café Restaurant www.arkarra.com.au

Cake Bake Brew Ph: 4124 7509

Santini Pizza Ecucina www.santiniherveybay.com.au

Aquavue Café Watersports www.aquavue.com.au

Carriers Arms Hotel www.carriersarms.com.au

Salt Café www.saltcafe.com.au

Bayaroma www.bayaroma.com.au

Coast Restaurant & Bar www.coastherveybay.com.au

Seaside Café Restaurant Ph: 4194 6206

CAR & 4X4 RENTAL

Persal & Co www.persal.com.au

SeaLink Fraser Island www.kingfisherbay.com

Akama Resort www.akamaresort.com.au

Eurong Beach Resort www.eurong.com.au

Aqua Aqua Luxury Penthouses www.aquaaqua.com.au

Flora Alba Accommodation www.floraalba.com.au

Oaks Resort & Spa Hervey Bay www.oakshotels.com/en/oaks-resort-and-spahervey-bay

Budget Car & Truck Rental www.budget.com.au/en/locations/au/ql/ hervey-bay/hv8

Arkana Motel www.arkanamotel.com.au

Fraser Island Holiday House – Waiuta Retreat www.waiuta-retreat.com.au

Palace Adventures www.palaceadventures.com.au

CORPORATE

Pialba Motor Inn www.pialbamotorinn.com.au

AATEC Office Technology www.aatec.com.au Bell Dixon Butler Lawyers www.bdblawyers.com.au DSA Images www.dsaimages.com.au Fisho’s Tackle World Hervey Bay www.tackleworld.com.au G & D Ross Bus Charters www.ganddrossbuscharters.com Handy Hire www.handyhire.com.au

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ACCOMMODATION

Arlia Sands Apartments www.arliasands.com.au

Fraser Island Holiday Lodges www.fraserislandholidaylodges.com.au

Plantation Resort at Rainbow www.plantationresortatrainbow.com.au

Fraser Island Retreat www.fraserislandretreatqld.com.au

Ramada Hervey Bay www.ramadaherveybay.com.au

Grand Mercure Allegra Apartments www.allegra-herveybay.com.au

Riviera Resort Hervey Bay www.rivieraresort.net.au

Hervey Bay Colonial Lodge www.herveybaycoloniallodge.com.au

Shelly Bay Resrort www.shellybayresort.com.au

Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay www.ingeniaholidays.com.au/herveybay

Shelly Beach Motel www.shellybeachmotel.com.au

Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island www.kingfisherbay.com

The Bay Apartments www.thebayapartments.com.au

Kondari Hotel & Resort www.kondari.com.au

The Beach Motel www.thebeachmotel.com.au

Cara Motel www.caramotel.com.au

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort www.ladyelliot.com.au

The Grange Resort www.thegrange-herveybay.com.au

Carriers Arms Hotel Motel www.carriersarms.com.au

Le Piaf on Treasure Bed & Breakfast www.piaftreasure.com.au

The Hub Hervey Bay www.thehubherveybay.com.au

Colonial Village Resort www.colonialvillageresort.com.au

Lisianna Holiday Apartments Ph: 07 4124 2950

Urangan Motor Inn & Pier Restaurant www.uranganmotorinn.com.au

Comfort Inn Hervey Bay www.comfortinnherveybay.com.au

Main Street Motel www.mainstreetmotel.com.au

Villa Cavour Bed & Breakfast www.villacavour.com.au

Eco Queenslander www.ecoqueenslander.com

Mantra Hervey Bay www.mantraherveybay.com.au

White Crest Luxury Apartments www.whitecrest.net

Bay Central Tavern www.baycentraltavern.com.au

Enzo’s on the Beach www.enzosonthebeach.com.au

The Clubhouse Hervey Bay www.theclubhouseherveybay.com.au

Emeraldene Inn & Eco Lodge www.emeraldene.com.au

McNevins Motel Maryborough www.mcnevins.com.au

Woolshed Backpackers www.woolshedbackpackers.com.au

Bayswater Bar & Grill www.thebayswater.com.au

Hervey Bay Boat Club www.boatclub.com.au

The Dock Hervey Bay Ph: 41946477

Beach House Hotel www.beachhousehotel.com.au

Hervey Bay RSL Club www.herveybayrsl.com.au

The Vinyard Wine Bar & Restaurant www.thevinyard.com.au

1770 Larc! Tours www.1770larctours.com.au

Hervey Bay Dive Centre www.diveherveybay.com.au

Rattler Railway Company Ltd www.maryvalleyrattler.com.au

Portside Heritage Precinct www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/portside

Air Fraser Island www.airfraserisland.com.au

Spirit of Hervey Bay www.spiritofherveybay.com.au

Gatakers Artspace www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/gatakers-artspace

Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours www.herveybayecomarinetours.com.au

Story Bank www.storybankmaryborough.com.au

Blue Dolphin Marine Tours www.bluedolphintours.com.au

Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort www.susanriver.com

Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum www.herveybaymuseum.com.au

Z-Pac Theatre www.zpactheatre.com

Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing www.herveybaysportfishing.com.au

Boab Boat Hire Hervey Bay www.boabboats.com.au

Hervey Bay Whale Watch www.herveybaywhalewatch.com.au

Best Western Ambassador Motor Lodge www.bestwestern.com.au/hervey-bay Best Western Plus Quarterdecks Retreat www.quarterdecksretreat.com.au Blue Shades Motel Maryborough www.blueshades.com.au Boat Harbour Studio Apartments & Villas www.boatharbourresort.com.au Bottlebrush B n B www.bottlebrushbnb.com.au Breakfree Great Sandy Straits www.breakfree.com.au/great-sandy-straits

ATTRACTIONS Alpha 31 Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden www.alpha31artgallery.com.au

Elfotography Hervey Bay www.elfotographyherveybay.com.au

Into The Wild Photography www.intothewildphotography.com.au

Bamboo Land www.bambooland.com.au

Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere www.frasercoastdiscoverysphere.com.au

Bond Store Museum www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/portside/bond-store

Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary www.frasercoastwildlifesanctuary.org.au

Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum www.maryboroughmuseum.org

Brolga Theatre www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/brolga-theatre Fraser Coast Cultural Centre www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/Cultural-Centre Customs House www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/Portside/ Customs-House

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/regional-gallery

Australian Adventure Park www.australianadventurepark.com.au

Burrum River Caravan Park www.burrumrivercaravanpark.com.au

Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park www.frasercoasttoptouristpark.com.au

Harbour View Tourist Park & Campground www.caravanparkherveybay.net.au

Discovery Parks - Fraser Coast www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/caravanparks/queensland/fraser-street-hervey-bay

Fraser Coast RV Park www.frasercoastrvpark.com.au

BIG4 Point Vernon Holiday Park www.pvhp.com.au

Discovery Parks - Hervey Bay www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/caravanparks/queensland/boat-harbour-hervey-bay

Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay www.ingeniaholidays.com.au/ herveybay

Burrum Heads Beachfront Caravan Park www.beachfronttouristparks.com.au

Fraser Coast Beachfront Tourist Parks www.beachfronttouristparks.com.au

Lazy Acres Caravan Park www.lazyacres.com.au

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Cool Dingo Tours www.cooldingotour.com

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Palms Caravan Park www.palmsherveybay.com.au

Fraser Experience Tours www.fraserexperiencetours.com.au Fraser Explorer Tours www.fraserexplorertours.com.au

Lady Musgrave Experience www.ladymusgraveexperience.com.au Marloo Twin Cinema www.boatclubcinema.com.au/ Mistress Sportfishing Charters www.fishingmistress.com/

Tasman Venture – Remote Fraser Island www.tasmanventure.com.au Timezone Australia www.timezone.com.au Tobruk Dive Centre www.tobrukdivecentreherveybay.com.au Unique Fraser Tours www.uniquefraser.com

Pacific Whale Foundation Eco Adventures

WetSide Water Park www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/wetside

Fraser Island Hiking www.fraserislandhiking.com

Australia www.pacificwhale.com.au

Whalesong Cruises www.whalesong.com.au

Freedom III Whale Watch & Charters www.freedomwhalewatch.com.au

Princess II Fishing Charters Hervey Bay Ph: 07 4124 0400

Zero Alpha Paintball www.zeroalphapaintball.com.au

Fraser Island Barges www.fraserislandferry.com.au

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ith an abundance of natural riches, big nature experiences, magical hinterland trails and towns and cities that offer a glimpse into a captivating colonial past, there is much to discover all year round on the Fraser Coast!

FRASER ISLAND | K'GARI Even if your time is limited, you simply must spend at least a day or two to explore the beauty and mystery of this natural wonder. The more time you have the better as you could spend weeks exploring this unique paradise. • Stand dwarfed by centuries-old trees in the rainforests of Central Station or Pile Valley • Drink in the beauty of the blue hues of Lake McKenzie • With half of the world's freshwater perched lakes on the island, there are many more to see as well, including Lake Wabby, Lake Birrabeen and Lake Allom • Enjoy a scenic flight in a plane that takes off and lands on a beach runway. One of only two places in the world and the only place in Australia where you can experience this • Float down Eli Creek, a freshwater stream pouring 4.2 million litres of water into the ocean each hour • Experience the thrill of zooming along 75 Mile Beach, the 4WD highway • Step out onto more than 90km of hiking trails on the Great Walk • Relax in the frothy bubbles of the Champagne Pools – naturally formed pools of volcanic rock. • Stay at one of the resorts, holiday homes or cabins on the island. Or take a selfdrive, camping getaway

• Staying on the mainland? Not a problem – there are daily guided tours from Hervey Bay that have one, two or three-day options available.

HERVEY BAY The gateway to Fraser Island is also a humpback whale playground, a haven for anglers and has kilometres of safe swimming beaches. It's the perfect place to relax and unwind or base yourself to explore all the Fraser Coast region has to offer.  • Bask on sandy beaches and take a dip in the usually calm waters of the bay • Cast a line into creeks, river and vast sand flats, around inshore islands and off beaches or jetties to hook a prize catch in one of the most diverse fisheries in Australia • Walk or ride a bicycle along the 16km pathway that runs beside the ocean • Motor out of the marina to spot turtles and other wildlife on a morning voyage, head across to Fraser Island on a beach and bbq tour or sip champagne on a sunset cruise • Dive on the Australian Navy's first purposeamphibious heavy lift ship, the ex-HMAS Tobruk, which was scuttled in June and set to open for diving in early 2019 • Stroll along century-old Urangan Pier, one of the longest in Australia at 868m long • Jump on a jet ski and zip across to Fraser Island or Pelican Bank and its brilliant white sand surrounded by sparkling clear water • Between July and November, hop aboard one of 10 whale watching vessels for breathtaking, up close and personal interactions with whales that stop in the bay to rest and play

LADY ELLIOT ISLAND Board a plane in Hervey Bay for a 40-minute scenic flight to Lady Elliot Island and step off

JUMP ABOARD THE TILT TRAIN FOR A TRIP TO THE FRASER COAST Skip the traffic and take the Tilt Train to your next Queensland getaway. With regular services operating between Brisbane and the Fraser Coast each week. Enjoy hassle-free travel, while conveniently avoiding navigating the highway. You can take a relaxing trip to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, do a spot of whale watching in Hervey Bay, explore the Heritage-listed wilderness of Fraser Island or simply stop off and visit friends and family along the way. Sit back in reclinable Economy Seats or upgrade to the comfort of a Business Seat, before visiting the Galley for a selection of meals and refreshments with a focus on Queensland produce. While our team does the driving, you can plug into our onboard wi-fi or simply enjoy watching the world outside your window. Let our friendly staff take care of everything and the stress of everyday life melts away.

Economy Seat to Hervey Bay inc RailBus Coach Connection

81

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ex Brisbane Per Adult One-Way

Business Seat to Hervey Bay inc RailBus Coach Connection

101

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ex Brisbane Per Adult One-Way

the beach into the southern Great Barrier Reef. • Investigate healthy coral reefs • Swim with manta rays, turtles, reef sharks and colourful fish • Encounter an amazing array of birdlife

MARYBOROUGH Just a 30-minute drive from Hervey Bay, this historic city was an important immigration port in the early days and is on the world map as the birthplace of Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers and nationally significant as the hometown of Duncan Chapman, the first Anzac ashore at Gallipoli. • Pose for a photo with the statue of Mary Poppins outside the historic bank building where the author was born or with the quirky pedestrian lights featuring silhouettes of the famous nanny • Listen to marching feet and hear the whispered stories of soldiers at the worldclass Walk With the Anzacs Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial in Queens Park • Delve further into military history via the Fraser Coast Military Trail which includes a stop at the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum housing one of the world's largest collections of war memorabilia, especially the Gallipoli campaign • Hear captivating tales of the city’s colonial past while nibbling on a tasting plate and sipping liqueurs in an 1850's spirit warehouse built in the early colonial days when Maryborough was one of the busiest immigration ports in Australia • Join a guided walk of the central business district or uncover unusual and colourful stories about the Heritage City along the self-guided Maryborough Mural Trail

visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au or see your local travel agent *Conditions apply. Prices are per person based on BQuick fare conditions, subject to availability. RailBus Coach Connections are included in the fare price where applicable. Other concession discounts are available for applicable card holders. Queensland Rail Travel reserves the right to make changes without notice, for full booking terms and conditions visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au QRT3007.1_Fraser Coast RTO_Full Page Ad

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