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Marine Mecca

Experience the Fraser Coast Marine Mecca

With one of Australia’s best climates, mild winters, warm waters and plenty of sunshine, anytime is a great time of year to experience our Marine Mecca here on the Fraser Coast. Home to World Heritage-listed natural gems, unique diving experiences, safe and secluded beaches, and the number one place to watch humpback whales play, the Fraser Coast is located around 250 kilometres north of Queensland’s capital Brisbane. 

The Fraser Coast spans a spectacular coastal and hinterland landscape that includes the world’s largest sand island, K’gari (Fraser Island), coral cay Lady Elliot Island, a popular favourite Rainbow Beach, the whale-watching capital Hervey Bay, and the city of Maryborough with its fascinating military history all ready to be discovered. With direct flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, it’s easy to pack your swimmers and get out on the water for adventure or relaxation all year round!  

 

Whale Watching (July - October)

There is no place like Hervey Bay for incredible up close and personal encounters with majestic humpback whales. The world’s first Whale Heritage Site, Hervey Bay is scientifically recognized as a rare stopover site for migrating humpback whales, making it an eco-experience uniquely different from any other whale watching destination along the east coast of Australia (and the world). These intelligent and inquisitive creatures utilise the calm, subtropical waters of Platypus Bay to rest, relax and nurse their young, before heading back to their feeding grounds in Antarctica for summer.

With a fleet of specially designed vessels offering eco-certified, intimate encounters during the annual season between July and November you can have an up-close encounter with these incredible creatures that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

More Marine Tours

Board a comfortable marine vessel for a cruise along the coast of the Great Sandy Strait in search of our resident marine life. Look out for pods of dolphins, turtles, dugongs, seabirds and other marine life.

Aquatic adventure

K’gari Salty Safaris offer small group marine tours cruising the World Heritage site of western K’gari (Fraser Island) and the Great Sandy Strait. Offering two main tours, ‘Island Hopper’ and ‘Funset’, you will experience the best of the Bay with beautiful scenery, wildlife and exhilaration as you cruise from hotspot to hotspot.

On the Island Hopper, be amazed by the swirling white silica sands, coloured sand cliffs and the crystal clear waters in the northern Great Sandy Marine Park, into Platypus Bay on the western side of the world’s largest sand island, K’gari (Fraser Island). Explore the wonders by making a splash and snorkelling the pristine waters amongst vibrant marine life and enjoy some beach activities. For your chance to see Hervey Bay’s Humpback Whales in one of the world’s first Whale Heritage Sites, travel between mid July- mid October.

Funset offers a fun, unique way to enjoy the magic of a sunset across the ocean. Music on, drinks cold, remote island stopover, incredible views, with a little bit of an exhilaration as you go from thrill to chill.

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Wreck Diving Ex-HMAS Tobruk

The ex-HMAS Tobruk is a former Australian Navy ship that was decommissioned in 2015 and subsequently scuttled in 2018. It is now an artificial reef and dive site that has quickly become one of the most popular attractions for divers in the Fraser Coast. The Tobruk is located approximately 25 kilometres off the coast of Hervey Bay and is easily accessible by boat.

Diving the ex-HMAS Tobruk is an experience like no other. The ship is home to an array of marine life, including schools of fish, giant gropers, and sea turtles. The Tobruk is also covered in colourful corals and sponges, making it a haven for macro photography enthusiasts.

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Remote K’gari Fraser Island

Experience the untouched remote west coast of World Heritage listed K’gari- Fraser Island and be one of the few to explore parts of the island only the locals know about. Explore the island by bush walking, snorkelling, kayaking and swimming.  Full and half day tours run from the mainland and include water activities, transfers and food.

Bareboat Sailing

The Fraser Coast region has incredible sailing conditions thanks to ideal weather conditions, calm waters and a diverse range of anchorages. The coast is also home to the world’s first Whale Heritage Site at Hervey Bay. Hiring a sailing catamaran offers an intimate and exclusive opportunity to sail the waters in style and at your own pace.

Fraser Beach and Barbecue

Depart the marina to a secluded beach to explore, look for resident dolphins, turtles, dugongs and seabirds.  Enjoy a delicious morning tea. Once on island take a swim, kayak, fish, walk, and partake in beach activities, or take tube rides and explore a stunning and secluded remote West Coast Fraser Island Beach. Great for solos, families, seniors, groups.

Skippered Charters

Join a private day charter in the waters between Hervey Bay and Fraser Island for a full skippered boating experience. Locations travelled include Round Island, Big Woody Island lighthouse and Pelican Bank and views of Fraser Island.

Reef Snorkelling at Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Day trips to Lady Elliot Island include return scenic flights to the Island, orientation tour, a glass bottom boat/guided snorkelling tour, snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel & fins), full use of day guest facilities, a buffet lunch and an afternoon of snorkelling, leisure or joining our experienced guides for a guided tour.

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Sunset Sailing & Cruising

Soak up the panoramic views of Hervey Bay and World Heritage listed K’gari (Fraser Island) and watch a spectacular sunset in Hervey Bay from one of the region’s marine operators. Many tours include drinks and food platters so guests can sit back and enjoy the views. Perfect for couples, families, adventurers, and seniors.

Sportfishing

Hervey Boat Fly and Sportfishing operates in one of the most unique fisheries on Australia’s east coast and is a Tourism Australia Great Fishing Signature Experience.  The sheltered waters of Fraser Island are one of the few places in Australia that has an overlap of southern and northern fish species. Owned and operated by Andrew Chorley, tours target the diverse range of species in the Fraser Coast waterways using many different techniques. Great for high income travellers, small groups, adventurers.

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First nation Tours

Glass bottom boat The Milbi navigates the beauty of the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park, before reaching a small island where visitors are offered a warm Welcome to Country from a local First Nations Butchulla guide. Swim or snorkel in crystal clear waters, play beach cricket or relax on the island’s sandy beaches. A chance to learn about the Butchulla  culture with a local Indigenous guide.

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