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Marine Mecca

Welcome to Queenslands Best kept Secret

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 ciyty of Maryborough with its fascinating military history all ready to be discovered.

Experience the Fraser Coast Marine Mecca

Fraser Coast’s Marine Mecca partners each offer visitors an unforgettable, up-close encounter with the region’s natural marine wonders. Following is an introduction to the key Marine Mecca experiences and our valued partners who deliver them.

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.

West Coast Explorer Tours

Introducing Kingfisher Bay Resort’s new custom-built fast boat, the ‘Osprey’. Explore the untouched paradise of the remote surrounding islands of the Great Sandy National Park. Perfect for couples, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.

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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.

Jetski Tours

Explore the breathtaking waters of the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park by jetski. Zoom across the bay and cruise the coastline of magnificent K’gari-Fraser Island for an adrenaline packed adventure. Great for solos 18+, adventurers and thrill seekers, families with teens.

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.

Wreck Diving Ex-HMAS Tobruk

The Ex-HMAS Tobruk rests on the seabed in an area just north of Hervey Bay. She came to rest on her starboard side and does not disappoint as Australia best dive wreck. The dive depth ranges from 12 to 30 metres with plenty for open water and advanced divers to feel comfortable and challenged.  Divers can explore the ship and her surrounds to encounter a bounty of fascinating marine life. Great for divers and adventurers

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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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Dolphin and 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

Operating two marine tours daily, the Salty Safaris team take guests on an adventure to experience some of the Fraser Coast’s most remote destinations on board the vessel ‘Wipeout’ which can travel speeds of up to 30 knots.

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Sandy Strait / Mary River Cruises

Join a cruise for an experience of the internationally protected Great Sandy Marine Park. Each operator offers a different experience, from half day adventures with activities to sightseeing cruises with refreshments. Join Spirit of the Bay for a cruise from Hervey Bay up the mighty Mary River to Maryborough. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea, lunch, commentary and raffles on this picturesque cruise.

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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Whale watching (in season)

Hervey Bay is a stopover site for humpback whales, a place whales choose to stop, stay and play during the cooler months of their annual winter migration. Famous for up-close encounters, Hervey Bay was named the world’s first whale heritage in 2019 by the World Cetacean Alliance. Join a dedicated whale fleet operator for a first-hand experience during the whale watching season from July to October

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