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WELCOME

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Welcome to the Fraser Coast from the General Manager Welcome to Queensland’s Fraser Coast - one of the best regions in Australia for `big nature’ attractions and experiences. Each year thousands of international and domestic tourists visit us to get up close with humpback whales and tour World Heritage-listed Fraser Island (the largest sand island in the world) where you can swim in freshwater lakes, walk in rainforest literally growing out of the sand and drive a 4WD or land via light aircraft on the beach. Our region, nestled to the north of Brisbane and within a short flight of Lady Elliot Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef, is renowned for its unspoilt beauty in its natural state. It’s relaxed, family friendly and yet sophisticated, with quality resorts and accommodation to meet the expectations of today’s savvy traveller, where value for money and quality of experience counts most. The Fraser Coast has world-class drawcards and has a proud history of working with the international tourism community. We look forward to connecting with you at ATE and assisting wherever possible to ensure that international travellers continue to enjoy the authentic experiences our region provides.

Martin Simons General Manager Fraser Coast Tourism & Events

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Destination information The Fraser Coast is known for its perfect weather just about all year round, with sunshine for more than 300 days a year. The average rainfall from December to March is 160mm and for the remainder of the year it’s 55mm.

Seasons: Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb) Spring (Mar, Apr, May) Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug) Autumn (Sep, Oct, Nov)

Avg Max°C 30 27 22 25

Avg Min°C 20 15 9 15

Holiday Season: Qld School Holidays 8th April - 22nd April 1st July - 12th July 23rd September - 7th October 16th December - 27th January Nature’s Seasons: Whale Season Mid July to End of October

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TOP 10 ADVENTURES

Top 10 adventures 1. 4WD on the world’s largest sand island Why just drive on Fraser Island’s 75 Mile Beach, a gazetted highway, when you can also take a joy flight off the beach for a spectacular view of the scenery.

2. Dive into the Great Barrier Reef Swim with the resident mantra rays on Lady Elliot Island, where they swim in unison creating a spectacular scene!

3. Swim with the whales (July - August) Come face to face with a majestic humpback whale and enjoy the best up-close and personal experience in Australia.

4. Hook into some sports fishing Experience the thrill of catching a black marlin, golden trevally or a barramundi. The region’s fishing offering is among the nation’s most diverse and draws anglers from all over the world.

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.

6. Go for a stand up paddle Hervey Bay was made for stand up paddleboarding with the protected beaches offering the chance to explore around a number of piers. Keep an eye out for aquatic friends with a friendly turtle not uncommon.

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7. Slide down natural waterfalls Take a drive into the hinterland to discover the Utopia Rock Pools and revitalise with a swim in a local favourite.

8. Get to know the Aussie bush Abseil, kayak, canoe, ride mountain bikes or have a run at the military-inspired obstacle course. Our Visitor Information Centre will point you in the right direction.

9. Take on the hiking trails of Fraser Island Make sure you prepare for the epic great walk which stretches 90km and takes six to eight days but there are shorter options also available. Head to the National Parks website (www.npsr.qld. gov.au) for more information.

10. Jet ski the Great Sandy Strait to western side of Fraser Island Experience the thrill of a jet ski tour like no other and discover the idyllic Pelican Bank in the heart of the Great Sandy Biosphere.


DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

Fraser Island You’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, or gaze for the first time at the tops of the towering ancient trees in the Valley of the Giants or experience the thrill of zooming along 75-Mile Beach – which doubles as a four-wheel-drive highway and a landing strip for light aircraft. Fraser Island marked the 25th anniversary of its World Heritage listing in December, 2017 and is was visited by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. This ancient place, the largest sand island in the world, offers incredible experiences. Sitting alongside modern resorts and attractions, carefully managed to preserve its pristine beauty, the island 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.

for 123km and 22km broad at its widest part. 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 but 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. Daily barge services run to the island from Hervey Bay with a trip to the main resort taking about 50 minutes while the journey for four-wheel-drive enthusiasts to Wanggoolba Creek is about 30 minutes.

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. 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. 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

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DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

Hervey Bay Hervey Bay has an abundance of riches outshining many other tourist destinations in Australia. It is the stepping off point to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the location of some of the world’s best whale watching encounters and it has arguably the safest, family-friendly beaches on the Queensland coast. Add its proximity to Lady Elliot Island, the southernmost coral cay at the start of the Great Barrier Reef, world-class fishing, year-round swimming and boating and you can understand why hundreds of thousands of visitors flock here each year. Hervey Bay has five great beaches along its 16km Esplanade foreshore - each with tracts of beautiful sand looking out to calm, protected waters sheltered by Fraser Island. If you want to unwind, Hervey Bay has a laid-back lifestyle that welcomes barefoot walks along the beach, bicycle rides beside the ocean and eating fish and chips out of the paper wrapping with your fingers. In the Bay, life is built around the stunning esplanade dotted with parks, playgrounds, piers, picnic areas, barbecues, alfresco cafés, restaurants and shops.

The pier, which stretches almost a kilometre seaward, is one of Australia’s oldest and longest, celebrating its centenary in March 2017. In years gone by, the pier was a major point of departure for the region’s coal and sugar, and incoming fuel and manufactured goods. 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. Walk through a doorway into the past at the award-winning Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum to see how tough and resourceful settlers needed to be to survive. Explore 21 buildings from those early days, examine 12,000 items and take part in interactive demonstrations. The Bay’s splendid natural setting, wide range of accommodation choices and attractions combine to ensure it offers something for just about everyone.

This water lover’s paradise is made for swimming, fishing, water sports and fun beach activities, no matter what the season. Encounters with humpback whales, turtles, dolphins and dugongs are possible through organised tours and by chance while out It’s the ideal family getaway, a wonderful romantic escape and an 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 eco-adventure mecca. After coming here, you won’t want to say goodbye. the Bay’s iconic Urangan Pier, where you can also see schools of fish and rays in the clear waters below. 6 | visitfrasercoast.com


DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

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

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. The island has the second-highest diversity of bird species on the Great Barrier Reef with up to 95 different species of seabirds, land birds and shorebirds. Perfect for twitchers!

Experiencing the wonders of healthy coral reefs and an abundance of turtles, dolphins, manta rays and reef sharks is as simple as Divers can enjoy the surrounding reef with a fascinating mix of stepping off the beach and into the ocean with an average visibility hard and soft corals and more than 18 different dive sites, including of about 25-metres–plus all year round. wreck dives and a blow hole. Lady Elliot Island is a 45 hectare coral cay at the southern tip of the reef, 130km north-east of Hervey Bay. The flight over the Fraser Coast, the Great Sandy Strait and Fraser Island is a mini-adventure in itself. Daily flights also operate from the Gold Coast, Redcliffe and Bundaberg.

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort was recognised for its dedication to the protection and preservation of the natural asset, winning gold the Steve Irwin Award for Eco-tourism at the 2017 Queensland Tourism Awards and bronze in the ecotourism category of the 2018 Australian Tourism Awards.

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. Lady Elliot Island has also been named as one of the top five destinations in the world to scuba dive with manta rays

Getting there Hervey Bay is the busiest access point to Lady Elliot with three return flights. The island is an exclusive destination, only serviced by Seair Pacific with boat access impractical.

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DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

Maryborough

Dining Out

Maryborough ‘wears on its sleeve’ the tales of its captivating colonial past mixed with an artistic exuberance. Stories of loss, triumph and unbreakable spirit are dispersed throughout the town via its heritage buildings, striking public art, statues, memorials and museums.

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

A short stroll through Queens Park leads to Cherry Tree Lane and the statue of Mary Poppins perched beside the 136-year-old bank building where her creator, Pamela Lyndon Travers, was born in 1889. Crammed with intriguing tales and people who love to tell them, Maryborough is friendly, quirky and an architectural gem of Australia’s colonial era. A story trail with animated yarns and bronze statuettes winds through city streets that are lit into night displays where an image of Mary Poppins floats over rooftops.

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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. 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. 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.


SIGNATURE EVENTS

Events

The Fraser Coast has built an events portfolio focused on family entertainment, food, beer, fishing, sport, music, community and culture. Life is eventful on the Fraser Coast with a jam-packed calendar of festivities! For a complete list of what’s happening, head to frasercoastevents.com. We’ve selected just a few of the highlights.

Relish Food & Wine Festival The annual Relish Food & Wine Festival, has great food, local wine and live music. The 2019 program showcases the best the Fraser Coast has to offer whether you’re looking to wine and dine, wander the heritage streetscapes tasting what’s on offer or groove to some soulful tunes, Relish Food & Wine Festival has something for you. Celebrity chef Matt Golinski will also be attending the festival in 2019.

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28 June - 6 July

Mary Poppins Festival Watch as Maryborough’s riverside parks and heritage streetscapes transform into Cherry Tree Lane for the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious festival. The event is guaranteed to delight both young and the young at heart, with chimney sweep and nanny races and a grand parade. Vintage styling and costumed characters will take you back in time to a magical place. Be swept up in the magic of Mary Poppins.

Whale Festival

Seafood Festival

Hervey Bay celebrates the return of the majestic humpback whales each year with the signature Whale Festival, which will run across three weekends in 2019. The Whale Festival kicks off with the annual Blessing of the Fleet, the Whale Parade & Concert will keep the whole family entertained on Saturday 3 August, followed by the Paddle Out for Whales on Sunday 4 August. The Kite Karnival is back by popular demand on Saturday 10 August, so keep your eyes peeled over Urangan for ocean creatures.

Enjoy the flavours of the sea with a tantalising range of seafood dishes from some of the best restaurants and from the fishermen’s own stalls for that unique fisherman to festival plate experience. The story of local seafood is told like nowhere else in the land. Taste the sea and be immersed in the provenance of every dish with the Wide Bay’s hero fish, prawns, scallops, bugs, cuttlefish and more being plucked from the net by salty weather-beaten hands of true professional fishermen.

27 July -11 AUG

11 AUG

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RV and TOBRUK

RV

Tobruk

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.

The new dive site honours the 35-year service history of ex-HMAS Tobruk and the men and women who served on it. The wreck will quickly host a thriving marine ecosystem and once the ship’s structures are colonised, divers will see underwater marine life common to the region’s most vibrant reefs.

For RV travellers, short-term free and low-cost parking is 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 and behind the Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre. Commercial caravan parks are dotted around the region and range from sites beside rivers and parklands to prime beachfront positions.

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The Tobruk’s final resting place is midway between Burrum Heads and Fraser Island’s Rooney Point. The dive site caters for divers of all levels and abilities with depths ranging from 12m to 30m. 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 dive site can be accessed through approved commercial dive companies or via a booking system for private divers.


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THE GREAT FRASER TRAIL

The Great Fraser Trail Set your sights for the Fraser Coast on this itinerary that covers just some of the region’s many highlights.

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

Day 1 - Maryborough to Hervey Bay

Day 2 - Lady Elliot Island

Day 3 - Fraser Island

As you drive into the Fraser Coast, you will arrive at Maryborough, Queensland’s Heritage Capital. As one of the state’s oldest cities, it is rich in history, and the birthplace of the author of Mary Poppins. Maryborough has a strong connection to our colonial past, best experienced with a visit to the Bond Store Museum, followed by a stroll through beautiful Queens Park on the Mary River. Make your way to Hervey Bay and check into your accommodation (30-minute drive).

Make your way out to the Hervey Bay Airport for your Great Barrier Reef experience - a short 40-minute flight to Lady Elliot Island. The coral cay is located at the southern tip of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Situated within a highly protected ’Green Zone’ the island is a sanctuary for more than 1200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays and turtles, plus an amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef. Spend a good seven hours snorkelling the reef before making your way back to Hervey Bay at 4pm.

Today, explore the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island! There are plenty of options including vehicle hire, tag-along tours or guided tours. Don’t miss the key sites Central Station, Lake McKenzie, 75 Mile Beach, Eli Creek and the Maheno shipwreck. Stay on Fraser Island for the evening in accommodation, or camp in one of the designated camping areas.

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THE GREAT FRASER TRAIL

The Great Fraser Trail

DAY 4

DAY 5

Day 4 - Fraser Island/Hervey Bay

Day 5 - Hervey Bay

Spend the morning at Kingfisher Bay Resort, enjoying fishing from the pier or discovering McKenzie’s Jetty on the southern side of the resort. Return to Hervey Bay for a half-day whale watching tour in the whale watch capital of Australia. From July to November each year, you’ll have an incredible time on a tour with one of the local whale watching fleet observing magnificent humpback whales. Spend the night in Hervey Bay.

Spend a relaxing morning on the Esplanade lapping up all there is to offer, including alfresco cafés, water sports and the stunning 16km path from one end of town to the other. All year round, you can expect Queensland’s best fishing experiences, and there is an endless list of locations to land you a prize catch.

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West coast, Fraser Island


PREMIUM PRODUCT

Kingfisher Bay Resort

Eurong Beach Resort

If you travel in search of five-star outdoor experiences, memories to last a lifetime, and the ultimate Australian adventure you’ll find it all at Kingfisher Bay Resort, nestled along the western bay of Fraser Island.

Stay surf side on the world’s largest sand island, on a 4WD’ing adventure you’ll remember forever!

+61 7 3032 2824

kingfisherbay.com

sales@kingfisherbay.com

@kingfisherbayresort

Kingfisher Bay Resort is the leading tourism operator in the region, providing easy access to Fraser Island’s iconic sites, a fully immersive ecotourism experience, and natural encounters with style. The resort offers 4WD island tours that depart daily, whale watching cruises (Aug-Oct), ranger-guided activities, and indigenous dining experiences. Rooms: Hotel, king, spa & bay view rooms, 2 & 3 b/room villas, houses. Facilities: 4 swimming pools, 4 restaurants, night club, village store, conference facilities, range guided activities, WiFi available.

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eurong.com.au

sales@kingfisherbay.com

@eurongbeachresort

Eurong Beach Resort is perfectly positioned for family holidays, beach fishing, and off-road adventures on Fraser Island. Hit the sand tracks and discover secret swimming spots, a shipwreck, and stunning natural locations – in the ultimate island experience unlike any other. 4WD packages include accommodation, vehicle hire and driving permits. Rooms: Hotel rooms, 2 bedroom apartments. Facilities: 1 swimming pool, restaurants, village store, WiFi available charges apply.

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ACCOMMODATION

Aqua Aqua Luxury Penthouses

Emeraldene Inn & Eco Lodge

A Hervey Bay experience like no other, Aqua Aqua offers 2 versatile 3 bedroom penthouses with comprehensive, state-ofthe-art facilities in a setting characterised by tranquility, comfort and perfection.

The Emeraldene Inn & Eco-Lodge is located in the peaceful Urraween region of Hervey Bay and offers impeccably presented accommodations set within 2 acres of natural rainforest and landscaped gardens.

+61 7 4125 6982

aquaaqua.com.au

bookings@aquaaqua.com.au

+61 7 4124 5500

@aquaaqualuxurypenthouses

Boasting panoramic ocean-front views and spacious, artfully designed living areas, Aqua Aqua is designed to sleep 6 in style. Each penthouse has a master bedroom with full ensuite including plunge bath and a fully equipped kitchen. With direct lift access to both the exclusive rooftop infinity pool and acclaimed restaurant and wine bar, The Vinyard, Aqua Aqua provides an offering that perfectly combines form, function and luxury for the ultimate holiday experience. Rooms: Penthouse. Facilities: Rooftop terrace with BBQ facilities, rooftop infinity pool & spa, restaurant on ground floor, luxury fittings, lift entrances, room service, fully equipped rooms. Rating

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$489 AUD p/n

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emeraldene.com.au

relax@emeraldene.com.au

@emeraldene

This modern and eco-friendly resort presents 14 oversized and self-contained ground floor rooms all with balconies overlooking lush gardens. Facilties include a 12m pool set amongst the trees, a guest BBQ and entertaining area, laundry, extra parking for boats and trailers, and free Wi-Fi. A comprehensive tour booking and information desk is available and can ticket all tours including Fraser Island, Lady Elliot Island and Whale Watching tours. Rooms: Studio. Facilities: 12m pool, guest BBQ area, guest laundry and free parking.

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14

$130 AUD p/n

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ACCOMMODATION

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

Mantra Hervey Bay

Lady Elliot Island is located on the Southern Great Barrier Reef and is a sanctuary for more than 1,200 species of marine life. It’s renowned for its healthy coral reef and abundance of turtles, manta rays, reef sharks and the entire cast of ‘Finding Nemo’.

The region’s only absolute marina-front accommodation, offering direct access to the Great Sandy Strait as well as being one of the best places in Australia for whale watching.

+61 7 5536 3644 ladyelliot.com.au vmullins@ladyelliot.com.au @ladyelliot Lady Elliot Island is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving destinations on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a Glass Bottom Boat/Guided Snorkel Tour, join a Snorkel Safari or snorkel straight off the beach. Discover Scuba Diving, take a guided Kayak Tour or join a guided Reef Walk. Lady Elliot is only accessible by plane. Flights depart daily from Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Enjoy a daytrip or stay for a few days to explore this incredible marine eco-system. Rooms: Low-key Eco Resort featuring 2 Bedroom Island Suites, Glamping Tents, Reef Units, Garden Units & Eco Cabins Facilities: Beachfront Dining Room, Café and Lagoon Bar; PADI Dive Shop; Reef Education Centre; Kids Club (QLD & NSW public school holidays), Beach Volleyball; Pool Table; Table Tennis; Saltwater Pool; Range of free guided activities/tours. Rating

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$190 AUD p/n

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Limited

+61 7 5664 4183

mantrahotels.com

sales@mantragroup.com.au

@mantrahotels

Only 3.5 hours north of Brisbane or 5 minutes from the Fraser Coast airport, Mantra Hervey Bay offers a range of accommodation perfect for your Fraser Coast holiday. All rooms include private balconies and cable TV, with most rooms featuring a spa bath, while 1 & 2 bedroom apartments have a kitchenette or full kitchen and laundry facilities. The 3-bedroom dual key apartment offers a full kitchen and 2 bathrooms, some with spa bath. Rooms: Hotel, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom spa, 2 bedroom, 2 bedroom dual key and 3 bedroom dual key. Facilities: Exercise room, BBQ facilities, large heated outdoor pool, sauna, bike hire and tour desk, WiFi available - charges apply.

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$179 AUD p/n

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ACCOMMODATION

Oaks Resort & Spa Hervey Bay

Ramada Hervey Bay

Oaks Resort & Spa Hervey Bay offers 80 rooms of luxury accommodation opposite the Urangan Pier in beautiful Hervey Bay.

Located on the Esplanade opposite Urangan harbour, Ramada Hervey Bay boasts a large pool with heated spa, a restaurant and free WiFi and movies. There are a range of executive studios and luxurious self-contained suites.

+61 7 4194 9700

oakshotels.com.au

+61 7 4197 0500

foherveybay@theoaksgroup.com.au Located on Hervey Bay’s picturesque Esplanade - just a pebble’s throw to renowned, family friendly beaches, the resort offers every guest an unforgettable stay for all the right reasons. Explore expansive resort grounds, beautifully-appointed accommodation and indulgent onsite facilities including a day spa, bar and restaurant, lagoon-style pools, and dedicated conference and event spaces. Located on the waterfront in the heart of Hervey Bay, the resort is an easy stroll to boutiques, restaurants, bars, tours, and local attractions. Rooms: 1, 2 & 3-Bedroom Suites and 2 & 3-Bedroom Penthouses. Facilities: 2 huge lagoon pools, kids pool play area, function centre, day spa, hairdresser, lobby cafe, 2 restaurants on-site. Rating

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80

$179 AUD p/n

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Yes

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ramadaherveybay.com.au

manager@ramadaherveybay.com.au

@ramadaherveybayhotel

The luxurious hotel rooms are ideal for business travellers or couples on a romantic escape. The self-contained, one-bedroom suites are perfect for a longer getaway. Smokey Joe’s Cafe Bar & Grill is open daily for breakfast and dinner with an enticing menu and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Urangan is a great choice for travellers interested in whale watching, fishing and relaxation. Rooms: Hotel room (sleeps 2) & onebedroom suite (sleeps up to 4). Facilities: Pool, restaurants, bar

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$149 AUD p/n

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ACCOMMODATION

Discovery Parks Fraser Street

Discovery Parks Boat Harbour Drive

Set on 8 acres of subtropical gardens, Discovery Parks - Fraser Street, Hervey Bay is a secluded oasis near the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island.

Discovery Parks - Boat Harbour Drive, Hervey Bay has excellent facilities to suit all tastes and budgets.

+61 7 4124 9999

discoveryholidayparks.com.au

trade@discoveryparks.com.au

@discoveryparks

Our backyard is your playground, featuring a tennis court, playground, gigantic bouncing pillow, two swimming pools and heaps of communal spaces such as a camp kitchen, games room, picnic spots to bring the whole tribe together and kids club (school holidays). Rooms: Standard 1-bedroom cabin and superior 2-bedroom cabins. Facilities: Activity room, BBQ, bouncing pillow ,camp kitchen, family bathroom, hire equipment, laundry, playground, sports facilities, swimming pool, tour desk, WiFi.

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+61 7 4128 2762

discoveryholidayparks.com.au

trade@discoveryparks.com.au

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@discoveryparks

Set amid 6 acres of beautiful tropically landscaped gardens, the park offers quiet and secure accommodation options. All cabins are fully self-contained, ensuited, immaculately clean and have their own balcony to enjoy the peace and serenity on offer. Take a stroll to the beach, shops, cafes, entertainment, bowls and restaurants. It is also within easy access of the Boat Harbour. Rooms: Superior 2 Bedroom Cabins. Facilities: Activity room, BBQ, camp kitchen, kiosk/store, laundry, swimming pool, WiFi.

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26

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ACCOMMODATION

Palace Hostel

Woolshed Backpackers

Ideally located in Hervey Bay and perfect a base to organise a trip on Fraser Island or some whale watching!

Family owned and operated, our rooms are spread out over 4 buildings, situated on 1 acre of lush tropical gardens with a fish pond, gum trees and palms which attract a variety of local wildlife.

+61 7 1800 063 168

palaceadventures.com.au

herveybay@palaceadventures.com.au

@palaceadventures

Palace Hostel is a backpacker hostel located in Hervey Bay and nested 50m away from Torquay beach. Enjoy a walk on the esplanade or just witness one of the most beautiful sunsets. Fully air-conditioned with free high-speed WiFi, Palace Hostel offers all the facilities needed to have a great and affordable stay in Hervey Bay. Rooms: 4/6/8 and 10-bed dorms and private ensuited rooms. Facilities: Common kitchen, TV room, computers, laundry and storage room.

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16

$18 AUD p/n

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+61 7 4124 0677

woolshedbackpackers.com.au

info@woolshedbackpackers.com.au

@woolshedbackpackers

To socialise and eat, check out our truly unique kitchen/common room resembling an Aussie Woolshed. It’s built of wood and oozes character and atmosphere. The Woolshed Backpackers is located in the centre of Hervey Bay and only a 5 minute walk to the beach, supermarket, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Rooms: 3, 4, 6 & 10-bed dorms, twin & double room with/without ensuite. Facilities: Shared kitchen/common room, shared bathroom, covered outdoor cooking area, BBQs, free bus station transfers, board games & darts, garden hammocks, free snorkelling equipment, off-street parking, laundry facilities, free DVDs, free bike hire, free Saturday night sausage sizzle, movie & pizza nights. Rating

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ACCOMMODATION

Comfort Inn on Main Street

Quarterdecks Harbour Retreat

Comfort Inn Hervey Bay offers affordable, clean and spacious accommodation in the heart of Pialba. Situated within walking distance of the RSL, major shopping centres, Wetside Water Park and the beach!

We offer large accommodation Hervey Bay (1, 2 and 3-bedroom villas) with plenty of space, close to the beach and Urangan Harbour.

+61 7 4128 3666

comfortinnherveybay.com.au

bookings@comfortinnherveybay.com.au

@comfortinnherveybay

Newly renovated, the Comfort Inn offers parking at your door, WiFi, family rooms and corporate rates. The Comfort Inn offers dining discounts with the Hervey Bay RSL and The Clubhouse Hervey Bay to all guests. Whether for business or leisure, we can offer you spacious rooms at great rates. Our friendly staff can also organise local tours and places to dine. Rooms: Executive queen (1 x queen, 1 x single) family suites (1 x queen, 3 x single). Facilities: Swimming pool, all ground floor units, air-con, cable TV, breakfast available.

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+61 7 4197 0888

quarterdecksretreat.com.au

stay@quarterdecksretreat.com.au

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28

$109 AUD p/n

Limited

Yes

@quarterdecks-harbour-retreat

The perfect base to explore the Fraser Coast, Fraser Island, whale watching, Lady Elliot Island at the Great Barrier Reef, excellent fishing spots and much more. Hervey Bay offers the best whale watching in the world and the season 2019 is predicted to be the best ever. Rooms: 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-contained villas. Facilities: Outdoor swimming pool, heated spa, sauna and BBQ area.

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20

$194 AUD p/n

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ACCOMMODATION

Akama Resort Akama Resort offers spacious, self-catered one, two, threebedroom and penthouse apartments, which include modern amenities in a vast, contemporary layout not often seen in holiday accommodation. +61 7 4197 0777

akamaresort.com.au

book@akamaresort.com.au

@akamaresortherveybay

Entertain with ease in large open-plan living, where concertina glass doors open onto private, sunny balconies with stunning views across the Great Sandy Straits to Fraser Island. Our apartments are fully self-catered with a full chef’s kitchen, laundry, a full-sized bathroom with walk-in shower, as well as an ensuite off the main bedroom. Whether you are looking for a relaxing, a romantic or a fun family getaway, Akama Resort is the place to be. Come and see the whales and Fraser Island. We are within walking distance of the marina and restaurants and situated in a quiet area. Rooms: 1,2, 3-bedroom apartments and 3-bedroom penthouses. Facilities: Outdoor swimming pool (Seasonally heated), heated spa, BBQ area, Free Wifi, free secure parking and lift to all levels. Rating

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WiFi

22

$189 AUD p/n

limited

Yes

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PREMIUM PRODUCT

Fraser Explorer Tours

Cool Dingo Tours

Fraser Explorer’s 1 and 2-day off-roading tours on World Heritagelisted Fraser Island offer a fun experience for all types of travellers, with a choice of accommodation styles to suit.

Adventures abound on this all-inclusive tour for 18-35s! Tick all of the must-do Instagram moments off the list in the ultimate Fraser Island experience for the youth market.

+61 7 3032 2824

fraserexplorertours.com.au

sales@kingfisherbay.com

@fraserexplorertours

+61 7 3032 2824

cooldingotour.com

sales@kingfisherbay.com

@cooldingotour

All tours include meals, accommodation and transfers so the only thing you need to bring is your camera and a sense of adventure! Get ready to see some of the best scenery this side of the east coast as we head out on Fraser Island’s famous sand tracks and explore pristine rainforest, crystalclear freshwater lakes, visit the historic Maheno Shipwreck and paddle in freshwater creeks. Tours depart from Hervey Bay and Rainbow Beach.

With two and three-day options, the Cool Dingo Tour provides exceptional value for travellers – with comfy shared lodge accommodation, hearty buffet meals, air-conditioned 4WD tours, and return transfers to the island. All of the fun of an island adventure and plenty of new friends without any of the hassle: no tents, no cooking, no sleeping bags, no driving and no worries. Tours depart from Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach and Brisbane.

Operating hours: Daily from both ports Disabled facilities: No Tour details: 1 and 2 day, all inclusive tours. What to bring: Water, sunscreen, camera and towel.

Operating hours: Daily from both ports Disabled facilities: No Tour details: 2 and 3 day, all inclusive tours. What to bring: Water, sunscreen, camera and towel.

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TOURS

Hervey Bay Whale Watch

Palace Adventures

Hervey Bay Whale Watch invites you aboard Quick Cat II, a purpose-built vessel for whale watching.

Come and explore the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island - the biggest sand island in the world.

+61 7 4128 9611

herveybaywhalewatch.com.au @herveybaywhalewatch

whales@bigpond.net.au

Our team offers the best experience on the beautiful waters of Hervey Bay, playing with the majestic Humpback Whales, Hervey Bay Whale Watch offers 2 half-day cruises daily. Morning cruise: 8am - 12:30pm (July only), 7am - 12:30pm (August to October). Afternoon cruise: 1pm - 5pm (July to October). Come aboard Quick Cat II for a fun and educational experience with the beautiful humpback whales. Enjoy our optional exclusive offer of a morning whale watch cruise and lunch at Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island - ask us how! We also offer a once in a lifetime experience of swimming with the whales - AMAZING! *conditions apply*. Operating hours: 6am - 6pm Disabled facilities: Yes What to bring: Sunscreen, hat, waterproof camera, swimmers, sense of adventure.

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+61 7 4124 9500

palaceadventures.com.au

herveybay@palacehostels.com.au

@palaceadventures

Join our Tag Along tour and follow our experienced guides to the wonderful places of Fraser Island and stay at our exclusive campsite to experience some of the best night skies and sunrises you will ever see. Sit behind the wheel and enjoy driving on the sand and go for an adventure. Operating hours: 6am - 7:30pm Disabled facilities: No Tour details: 3 days/2 nights Tag Along Tour on Fraser Island. What to bring: Sunscreen, hat, waterproof camera, swimmers, sense of adventure.

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Adults from $110 AUD

Adults from $519 AUD


TOURS

Freedom Whale Watch Charters

Spirit of Hervey Bay

Freedom III’s full-day eco-accredited whale watch tours include delicious morning tea, buffet lunch and afternoon tea while you experience awesome whale encounters with a friendly skipper and crew alongside World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

For the ultimate whale watching experience, jump aboard the Spirit of Hervey Bay for an exhilarating interactive adventure with the mighty humpback whales!

+61 7 4125 1996

freedomwhalewatch.com.au

admin@freedomwhalewatch.com.au

@whalesherveybay

Cruise the sheltered waters of Hervey Bay to the Great Sandy Marine Park which is renowned as the playground for visiting humpback whales as they migrate south to the Antarctic waters. Enjoy expert commentary from your skipper to educate about the unique aspects of whale watching in Platypus Bay which is formed by Fraser Island and the mainland. Max of 45 pax. Operating hours: 9:30am - 5pm July - Nov Disabled facilities: No What to bring: Hats, sunscreen, camera

+61 7 4125 5131

spiritofherveybay.com

info@spiritofherveybay.com

@spiritofherveybay

Our tour takes us cruising past the beautiful white sandy beaches of Fraser Island as we venture into the whales’ playground. Feel the excitement as we scan the waters for our first splash or blow from a whale. Loud tail and pectoral slaps, spectacular breaches, curious spy hops and close encounters are just some of the antics the whales display to keep us captivated. • Five levels of viewing decks • underwater viewing windows • waterline platform • free souvenir dvd • hydrophone equipped • 30-year family run business. Operating hours: 6:30am - 6pm Disabled facilities: No Tour details: am tour: 8:30am - 1pm, pm tour 1:30pm - 5:30pm. What to bring: Camera, sunscreen, sunglasses.

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Adults from $140 AUD

Adults from $100AUD

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TOURS

Air Fraser Island

Guided ex-HMAS Tobruk

Air Fraser Island is a family-operated air service provider into its third generation of ownership. Air Fraser Island specialises in scenic flights, air transfers and four-wheel-drive hire on Fraser Island.

Explore Australia’s latest and largest dive wreck, the unique ex-HMAS Tobruk with Hervey Bay’s PADI certified Dive Centre.

+61 7 4125 3600

airfraserisland.com.au @AirFraser

info@airfraserisland.com.au

The company’s fleet of modern, fixed-wing aircraft are perfectly suited to taking off and landing on the beach. The aircraft have high wings and big windows so the guests can enjoy the awe-inspiring views of Fraser Island and the surrounding areas. Air Fraser also have a fleet of luxury-model 4x4s available to hire on Fraser Island as part of their Fly Drive Fraser Island packages. Operating hours: Office hours 6:30am - 7pm Disabled facilities: Limited access What to bring: Swimming gear, sunscreen, cameras, optional food & drinks

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+61 0481 776 001

diveherveybay.com.au

manager@herveybaydive.com.au

@herveybaydivecentre

The ex-HMAS Tobruk rests on her starboard side, 18m deep, just a short cruise from Hervey Bay. This colossal vessel boasts a number of unusual features making her a sought-after bucket list destination for many divers. Given her depth and orientation, the Tobruk is perfectly suited to challenge all divers from beginner to advanced. Want to learn to dive? Our highly qualified PADI Master Diver Instructors provide comprehensive dive courses year round for all levels. Disabled facilities: No Tour details: 2x guided dives of the ex-HMAS Tobruk, tank & weight belt, tea/coffee & refreshments, equipment hire available. What to bring: Your diving certification info, gear & towel, warm jacket & hat, camera/GoPro and sense of adventure.

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From $208 AUD


TOURS

Exclusive Whale Watching Encounters Fraser Island Eco Sailing Adventure Blue Dolphin Marine Tours offers a comprehensive whale watching tour in Queensland aboard a comfortable, multi awardwinning sailing vessel, where guests are placed front and centre in the humpback whales’ playground. +61 7 4124 9600

bluedolphintours.com.au

info@bluedolphintours.com.au

@bluedolphinherveybay

Cruise the calm waters of Hervey Bay and get ready for tail-slapping, breaching, pectoral slapping or spy-hopping performed by the majestic humpback whales. These magnificent creatures will take your breath away as you get up close and personal and create memories that will last a lifetime. Operating hours: 7:30am - 4pm Disabled facilities: Very limited, call to discuss Tour details: Full day, small numbers, eco-friendly sailing vessel, whale watching & whale immersive experience. Suitable for children aged 8 & above. What to bring: Camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, swim wear, towel & sensible non-slip shoes.

Blue Dolphin Marine Tours offers an unbeatable marine and adventure tour in Queensland aboard a comfortable, multiaward-winning sailing vessel. +61 7 4124 9600

bluedolphintours.com.au

info@bluedolphintours.com.au

@bluedolphinherveybay

Cruise the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait and explore the untouched west coast of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and the pristine Pelican Bank on the Fraser Island Eco Sailing Adventure. With a focus on discovering the abundant marine life, guests may encounter Bottlenose dolphins, Australian humpback dolphins, dugongs, fish and turtles. There is also ample time to swim, try out the boom net or test your balance on the exclusive aqua mat. Operating hours: 8:30am - 12:30pm Disabled facilities: Very limited, call to discuss Tour details: 1/2 day Eco Sailing Cruise, Great Sandy Strait & Pelican Bank. What to bring: Camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, swim wear, towel & sensible non-slip shoes.

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Adults from $160 AUD

Adults from $85 AUD

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TOURS

Pacific Whale Foundation

Fraser Island Jetski Tour - Aquavue

Go with the experts on Hervey Bay’s ultimate whale watch and enjoy an exciting small-group ecotour with certified marine naturalists and whale researchers from Pacific Whale Foundation conducting scientific studies onboard every trip.

The Fraser Island Safari departs Aquavue daily to explore Fraser Island and surrounds aboard state-of-the-art Yamaha, low emission, environmentally-friendly, 4-stroke jetskis.

+61 7 4124 9641

pacificwhale.com.au @pacificwhalefoundation

herveybay@pacificwhale.org

The tour features expert interpretation of whale behavious based on more than 30 years of whale research in Australia, underwater hydrophones to listen to live whale songs, an onboard, Jr. Naturalist Programme for children, free snacks & softdrinks, and a Whalewatch Guide. Cruise in comfort on Ocean Defender, with up close water-level views, forward facing seats, shade & a full-size toilet. Whale sightings are guaranteed. All profits support whale research in Australia. Operating hours: Office hours 6:30am - 6pm Disabled facilities: No Tour details: 3 daily at 7am, 11am and 2:30pm. What to bring: Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat/beanie, jacket & warm clothes.

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+61 7 4125 5528 team@aquavue.com.au

aquavue.com.au @aquavueCW

Most visitors will not see the western side of Fraser Island in any detail, so Aquavue’s jetski tours & safaris are designed to show visitors the pristine environment and plentiful wildlife that exists in this protected area of the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park. View dolphins, turtles, stingrays, a variety of seabirds and dugongs that inhabit this unique stretch of spectacular, unspoilt waterways. Learn about the history of Big Woody Island and the largest artificial reef in the Southern Hermisphere from friendly tour guides. Operating hours: 7am - 5pm Disabled facilities: Can cater for most Tour details: Tours from 1.5 hours to 4 hours. What to bring: Photo ID, swimmers, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses & hats.

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Adults from $89 AUD

From $208 AUD


TOURS

Whale swim and watch

Tasman Venture Whale Watching

Experience the encounter of a lifetime, swimming with and watching the Humpback whales that frequent Hervey Bay’s tranquil waters each winter.

For Hervey Bay’s ultimate whale watching experience, cruise aboard the Tasman Venture. The humpbacks will amaze guests with their close encounters and spectacular breaching.

+61 0481 776 001

diveherveybay.com.au

manager@herveybaydive.com.au

@herveybaydivecentre

This exclusive tour is a special opportunity to watch & swim with one of nature’s most majestic mammals, the humpback whale, a curious, gentle and trusting creature. Guest numbers are strictly limited making for a personal and fun day on the water. Each sighting is different and every whale swim unique and personal. People who have swum with whales often describe the experience as “life changing”. Operating hours: 7am - 5pm Disabled facilities: No Tour details: Swim with whales (when conditions permit, Jul - Oct) up-close half-day whale encounter, guaranteed sightings, morning tea, snorkelling gear & wetsuits provided. What to bring: Towel, swimmers, sunglasses, hat, warm jacket & camera/ GoPro.

+61 7 4124 3222

tasmanventure.com.au

info@tasmanventure.com.au

@tasmanventure

On a half-day tour, enjoy up-close and personal encounters with majestic humpback whales & marvel at their size & athleticisim. The friendly staff will provide expert commentary as well as serve a delicious morning or afternoon tea. The luxurious 20m catamaran “Tasman Venture” is a purpose-built vessel, offering clear viewing decks, underwater viewing windows and a unique water-level viewing platform for the ultimate upclose and personal experience. Office hours: 24 hours. Tour details: Half-day cruise (8:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 5:30pm) during whale season 13 Jul - 27 Oct 2019. What to bring: Sunscreen, hat, camera and jacket. Disabled facilities: Limited, please call to discuss.

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Adults from $160 AUD

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TOURS

Remote Fraser Island Experience

Hervey Bay Eco Marine

The Remote Fraser Island Experience allows guests to be one of the few to explore the hidden beauty and untouched remoteness of the west coast of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

Join us on a 4-hour eco tour and discover the wonders of the Great Sandy Marine Park. Snorkel the coral reef and view the tropical fish, search for sea turtles, dolphins, dugongs, sea birds and more.

+61 7 4124 3222

tasmanventure.com.au @tasmanventure

info@tasmanventure.com.au

Cruise the Great Sandy Strait to Fraser Island spotting dolphins, turtles & dingoes while enjoying morning tea. Transfer via an amphibious watercraft to Fraser Island and enjoy crystal clear waters of Wathumba, Bowrarrady & Awinya creeks. Snorkelling with turtles, kayaking, tubing, hiking, beach walks and swimming, as well as a buffet lunch, are included. Bonus - Experience an intimate whale encounter during whale season. Office hours: 24 hours. Disabled facilities: No. Tour details: Full day tour 7:30am - 4:30pm (whale season 13 Jul - 27 Oct 2019). 8am - 5pm all other days. What to bring: Swimwear, towel, sunscreen, hat, camera and jacket.

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+61 7 4125 6888

herveybayecomarinetours.com.au

bookings@hvbecomarine.com.au

@herveybayecomarinetours

A one of its kind experience, aiming at connecting guests with the natural environment of the Great Sandy Straits and bridging our local culture with the modern world. We snorkel our healthy coral reef, explore the local islands, search for turtles, dugongs, rays & dolphins. The tour includes a spectacular cultural experience with our local Indigenous Butchulla guide. Includes all snorkelling equipment, a healthy lunch & tropical fruit platter. Operating hours: 10:30am - 2:30pm Disabled facilities: Wheelchair friendly What to bring: Hat, towel, sunscreen, swimming attire, water bottle, sunglasses and camera.

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Adults from $115 AUD


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Whalesong Beach + BBQ

Fraser Island Hiking

Enjoy half a day on a remote west coast beach of K’gari (Fraser Island) - kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, fishing, relaxing or a thrill seeking tube ride.

Fraser Island’s only supported hiking company, the group has permits to support hikers along the Fraser Island Great Walk track system and walkers camps, providing a range of tailor-made packages to suit all types of hikers.

whalesong.com.au

+61 7 4125 6222 info@whalesong.com.au

@whalesongcruises

Visit a side of Fraser Island only a few are lucky to visit, the beautiful west coast between Coongul Creek and Moon Point.  We enjoy a delicious morning tea looking for our resident dolphins, turtles and dugongs, as we cruise out to Fraser Island. It’s your choice how you spend your time on the island - we provide all the equipment and you simply use it. Enjoy an Aussie BBQ lunch back on board. Filtered water, tea, herbal tea, coffee and milo are complimentary all cruise. We have a fully licensed bar and offer a courtesy hotel pick up and drop off. Office hours: 8am - 8pm. Disabled facilities: Yes. Tour details: Half day tour (9am - 2pm), November-June.  Morning tea, lunch and use of all equipment included. What to bring: Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, swimwear, towel and camera.

+61 7 4125 6386

fraserislandhiking.com

hiking@fraserdingo4wdhire.com.au

@fraserislandhiking

At Fraser Island Hiking we believe that everyone should have the chance to experience Fraser Island on foot. Through our three different tiers of hiking, we offer a range of packages for small groups, max 6, which offer a diverse niche product that traverses the ever-changing landscapes of Fraser Island. We offer adventure hiking, which entails carrying your own equipment (tents and food) and guided pack-free hiking, with camping and accommodated (including luxury) options. What to bring: Water, sunscreen, hat, camera and towel.

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Adults from $110 AUD

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TOURS

TOURS

Fraser Dingo 4x4 Hire

Whalesong Whale Watching Experience

Fraser Island’s best valued experiences.

On board Hervey Bay’s premium mid-sized boat, Whalesong, our guests enjoy a humpback whale watching experience they will rave about for years to come.

+61 7 4125 6386

fraserdingo4wdhire.com.au

info@fraserdingo4wdhire.com.au

@fraser_dingo

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 • Unforgettable and safe adventure! Contact us for the perfect Fraser Island holiday. Disabled facilities: No. What to bring: Water, sunscreen, hat, camera and towel.

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+61 7 4125 6222

whalesong.com.au

info@whalesong.com.au

@whalesongcruises

Specifically designed for the best whale watching experience, Whalesong provides multi-level outdoor viewing decks and large windows to capture the views from the comfort of the modern interior. Our friendly, multilingual crew give expert, engaging and real-time commentary.  Listen to the whales ‘sing’ through the hydrophone. Kids activities. Lunch is included on both trips (morning and afternoon tea also).  Filtered water, tea, herbal tea, coffee and milo are complimentary all cruise. We have a fully licensed bar and off a courtesy hotel pick up and drop off. Office hours: 6am - 8pm. Disabled facilities: Yes. Tour details: Half day cruise (8am-1pm and 2pm-6pm) What to bring: Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, jacket and camera.

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From $115 AUD for AM cruise, $105 AUD for PM cruise


AUSTRALIA’S NATURE COAST

Australia’s Nature Coast

The Great Beach Drive

Spanning Queensland’s Sunshine and Fraser coasts, Australia’s Nature Coast offers authentic and immersive natural experiences in some of the world’s most diverse and pristine National Parks, rainforests and waterways. From the Sunshine Coast hinterland with the majestic Glass House Mountains, through Noosa with its sophisticated beach culture, and Rainbow Beach with its iridescent coloured sands, the unrivalled whale watching and aquatic playground of Hervey Bay, to the Great Sandy Strait leading to iconic Fraser Island - you’ll fall in love with some of the most pristine places to visit in Australia.

The Great Beach Drive, located in Queensland’s stunning Australia’s Nature Coast, provides a road trip like no other. Offering the experience of driving on some of the world’s most stunning beaches, through some of the most idyllic National Parks and World Heritage-listed areas, this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime drive holiday experience.

Australia’s Nature Coast features numerous unbeatable natural encounters including two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves side by side - the Great Sandy Biosphere and Noosa Biospheres; World Heritage-listed K’gari (Fraser Island); Lady Elliot Island - the most southern island on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef; 47 State and National Parks, Reserves and Forests; more than 200 kilometres of pristine beaches, calm rivers and waterways with an abundance of flora and fauna.

The Great Beach Drive connects the Sunshine Coast with the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island (K’gari) and the Fraser Coast - forming a large part of the Australia’s Nature Coast. This region is home to an abundance of wildlife including kangaroos, whales, turtles, dingoes, dugongs, platypus and the world’s largest variety of bird species. The drive route, about 380 kilometres long, also travels through landscape steeped in culture and etched in Australian history, covering two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, a World Heritage Marine Park and the largest sand island in the world.

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