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Spend your days exploring the western coastline of K’gari [Fraser Island] on your own time …Read More
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!
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.
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.
This tour is suitable for all levels of experience and is the ultimate way to experience what the Fraser Coast has to offer!
This tour is suitable for all levels of experience.
Tailored for beginners, Sweet Escape Yacht Charters will have you an expert in no time!