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Sail the Fraser Coast

Uncover a Sailing paradise and experience the Family Friendly sheltered waters of the Western Side of Fraser Island. See World Heritage Wonders through a Unique Lense, Get UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL with marine life and the world’s Largest Sand Island, K’gari Fraser Island. Live Picturesque sunsets, Magical moments and intimate experiences on the water of the World Heritage Marine Park

A sailing destination without the crowds 

A sailing destination without the crowds and minimal restrictions on where to anchor means that you can enjoy paradise without the worry! Sail around the sheltered waters of the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island. Known as K’gari (meaning paradise) by the traditional owners, the Butchulla people, this World Heritage-listed island’s diverse landscapes and unique wildlife entices thousands of tourists to its shores each year. Located just 360km north of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, and just a short 40-minute boat ride from the mainland of Hervey Bay. Built over hundreds of thousands of years, beyond K’gari’s ancient sand dunes and long stretches of beautiful beaches boasts crystal clear creeks, lush rainforests and an abundance of native flora and fauna to be seen.

With the array of experience available here on the Fraser Coast we can guarantee that all sailors, whether it is their first time on the water, or the most experienced sailor, you will be left wanting more!

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Explore K’gari-Fraser Island’s West Coast – A Sailing Paradise

Welcome to your pristine, safe, sheltered, charter area: The smooth and partially smooth waters of the Great Sandy Strait and north into Platypus Bay.

Offering visitors, the opportunity to uncover the untouched World Heritage wonders without the crowds and at your own pace and in the sheltered waters. Be transformed by the experiences that are like no other on Earth – only accessible by boat, on the West Coast of K’gari Fraser Island.

Whether you’re looking to discover this paradise at your own pace with a self-drive (bareboat charter) experience, or a fully guided group sailing tour, or a private skippered charter, our operators have a variety of options available.

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Eco Friendly

Experience the World Heritage Listed K’gari Fraser Island and Hervey Bay centrally located within the UNESCO recognized Great Sandy Biosphere. Claims the title as whale watching capital of Australia – Accredited in 2019 as the first whale heritage site in the world. Our region and operators maintain the highest standard of commitment to our regions.

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Variety of Anchorages

With a variety of anchorages means a variety of stunning views. From large sandy cliffs to crystal clear waters and pure white sand to nature filled rainforests and premium fishing, there is an anchorage for everyone! The best part is that there are minimal restrictions on where to anchor meaning that you can enjoy paradise without the worry!

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Safe Calm Waters

Fraser Island protects the waters of the Great Sandy Straits which is one of the reasons why the Fraser Coast has some of the most ideal boating conditions. Our safe seas provide excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities, with most of our beaches being family-friendly and welcoming for all.

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Un-spoilt Destination

Discover the pristine environment of the Fraser Coast – with lush rainforests and crystal-clear waters to towering sand cliffs and bustling coral reefs, what more could you ask for? Picturesque and unspoilt, the beauty of our region is ineffable.

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Marine Life

As part of a world recognized biosphere, the waters of the Great Sandy Strait provide a unique opportunity to spot stunning scenery and the wildlife that inhabit the area. On any given day you could get up and close and personal with dugongs, turtles, rare Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and a large variety of sea birds.

How To Experience a Unique Boating Holiday

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A Bareboat experience is the term used to describe a charter vessel (a boat you can hire) that is supplied without a crew. Also referred to as a ‘skipper yourself’ bareboat charter, you are the captain and choose your own path. The best part is, you don’t need a licence to hire as you will undergo a briefing on the vessel’s operations, charter area and safety prior to departure. 

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If you are wanting that extra bit of exclusivity without the hassle of planning and organizing the logistics, then a private skippered charter is for you. The skippered charter options include half day, full day and overnight which will have you feeling completely relaxed, refreshed, and catered to like you are royalty…

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Blue Dolphin Champagne Sunset Sail
Blue Dolphin Champagne Sunset Sail

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Blue Dolphin Fraser Island Eco Adventure Sail
Blue Dolphin Fraser Island Eco Adventure Sail

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Watermark Sailing

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Sail The World’s First Whale Heritage Site

Hervey Bay is justly proud of the fact it was the first location chosen as a Whale Heritage Site by the World Cetacean Alliance. Hervey Bay pipped Durban in South Africa, which was the second site chosen, in a field of candidate sites including Vancouver Island in Canada, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, Mosaic Jurubatiba, Brazil and Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

The World Heritage Site accreditation scheme for whale-watching destinations was initiated by the London-based World Cetacean Alliance in 2016, to recognise the best global destinations for responsible whale and dolphin watching.

To qualify, a Whale Heritage Site has to show active engagement by their communities and tourists with marine life through art, music, science, education and celebratory events, while at the same time recognise the culture and heritage surrounding cetaceans in the local habitat.

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Explore the Great Sandy Strait

The strait is part of the Great Sandy Biosphere which covers 874,000 hectares of land between Gympie and Bundaberg and 540,000 hectares of marine park, incorporating Fraser Island and Ramsar-listed wetlands.

It was designated by UNESCO in 2009 as a reserve of cultural and ecological significance 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 this marine sanctuary and explore the remote western side of Fraser Island, fish and dive to your heart’s content or stop off at the small islands and sandbanks that dot the strait – a favourite is the quaint heritage-listed lighthouses on Woody Island.

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.

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Getting Here

Once you’ve decided the Fraser Coast is the place to be, it’s time to start planning that holiday. We’ve got all the resources you could need to get started including how to get here, the best public transport options while you’re in the region and a number of driving itineraries to give you some inspiration.

When it comes to weather, the Fraser Coast is very blessed with a sub tropical climate year round. This warm and sunny weather allows both visitors and locals to enjoy our amazing outdoor and natural assets, no matter what month of the year it is.

Check out our guide to the Fraser Coast below and start planning! Remember – if you need any help booking accommodation, tours and activities, you can contact our Visitor Information team.