The weather may be cooling down, but here at the Fraser Coast, we are just warming up! Our endless summer means you don’t have to savour your next beachside holiday for the start of December. Soak up our world-class outdoor adventures 365 days a year, and discover our top 6 ways to avoid getting cold feet this winter…
1. Whale watching at the world’s first Whale Heritage Site
Winter blues hit different here in Hervey Bay, aka the world’s first Whale Heritage Site. Like tourists, thousands of east-coast humpback whales choose to holiday within the subtropical waters off K’gari (Fraser Island) each year. During the cooler months, from July-October, an estimated 8,000 of these gentle giants utilise the warm, sheltered waters of Platypus Bay as their stopover site, nursery and breeding ground until the warmer months return and they venture back down to Antarctica.
Experience some of the very best nature has to offer, get up close and personal with some of the largest animals on earth and hop onboard one of our eco-experiences this winter. Our friendly fleet eagerly await to share their wealth of knowledge and passion for these incredible mammals and our stunning backyard with you. Support conservation and responsible whale watching at the world’s first Whale Heritage Site, Hervey Bay. To find out more, click here.
2. Year-round summer
Walking in a winter wonderland on the Fraser Coast, means braving our balmy ~20.6 degrees Celsius days, whilst strolling our unlimited stretches of pristine beaches and eye-catching natural attractions. Winter is just another 6-letter word on the Fraser Coast, with our collection of watersport activities and family-orientated attractions offered year-round. From jetskiing to stand-up paddleboarding, sunset cruises, and some of the best snorkelling and diving sites at your fingertips – seas the day (everyday) on the Fraser Coast. To start planning your winter getaway, click here.
3. The Fraser Coast’s great outdoors
The cooler months are the perfect time of year to head out of town and explore the Fraser Coast’s great outdoors – and boy is ours great! The brisk, starry evenings, coupled with our glorious sun-soaked days, are ideal conditions to head to K’gari (Fraser Island) for some camping or to tackle the Fraser Island Great Walk and explore this World Heritage-listed wonder at your own pace. Short for time? Why not jump onboard a day tour. This is also a great time of year to head inland and conquer Mount Walsh, located about an hour west of Maryborough. Or perhaps it’s time to start horsing around, and book your trail ride and campout at Susan River Homestead this winter. To start planning your visit, click here.
4. Swim with the Manta Rays at Lady Elliot Island
Our love affair with mega-fauna continues, with winter being the best time of year to island-hop over to Lady Elliot Island and encounter the manta ray. Just in case you needed further coaxing into our winters water, these gentle filter feeders congregate in large numbers during the cooler months. Lady Elliot Island also happens to be home to the world’s only known pink manta ray, Inspector Clouseau! While you’re there, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the other locals, including marine turtles, rays, healthy coral reef, dolphins and sharks. To find out more, click here.
5. Cast a line
Luring fisherman to the Fraser Coast during winter cod not be any easier. From snapper, bream and diver whiting, to various reef species, swallowtail dart fishing, and the annual run of tailor – there are plenty of reasons why we are known as one of the year-round fishing hotspots in Australia. Winter is a great time for catching larger fish, and night fishing particularly effective (if you don’t mind a cool breeze!). Regardless, whether you are a budding amateur or serious angler, fishing remains a popular activity to visitors and locals alike.
The west coast of K’gari (Fraser Island) is a popular spot to throw a line in, from Moon Point to Arch Cliff and Wathumba Creek as some of our personal favourites. Alternatively, if you are looking to stay on the mainland, you can’t go wrong with the spots along the Mary River in Maryborough, or the endless stretches of coastline along the foreshore in Hervey Bay, including: Urangan Pier, Gatakers Bay, River Heads or Shelly Beach.
6. Festival season is in full swing
From June to September, the Fraser Coast’s social calender is bustling with our major annual events, including Relish Food & Wine Festival, Mary Poppins Festival, the Hervey Bay Whale Festival and Seafood Festival. Visitors can experience all the very best our region has to offer, from cultural experiences and heritage, to mouth-watering foodie moments and some good ol’ fashioned family-fun.
Live like the locals do, and sample local cuisines and produce, learn about our unique connection to the world’s favourite nanny, and celebrate all the reasons why the Fraser Coast was crowned the world’s first Whale Heritage Site. To find out more about what’s coming up on the Fraser Coast, click here.