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Winter on the Fraser Coast

Escape the Cold - Holiday on the Fraser Coast this Winter!

Visiting Queensland’s Fraser Coast is the perfect way to escape the cold and enjoy incredible experiences this winter. It’s one of the best places in the world for whale watching – see the humpback whales play up close between July and November. Explore K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) – the world’s largest sand island, snorkel and dive at coral cay Lady Elliot Island, or relax on the safe, secluded beaches in Hervey Bay. The mild temperatures and abundant sunshine also make winter a great time to get out on the water for fishing and sailing. 

The Fraser Coast also celebrates winter with incredible food and cultural festivals to complement the range of arts and historic sites to visit. With direct flights to Hervey Bay running from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne (starting June 2024), now is the time to book a quick getaway, or enjoy a long relaxing stay. 

World Famous Kingfisher Bay Resort

Discover everything K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) has to offer from your base at the award-winning Kingfisher Bay Resort. Revel in an immersive, nature-based eco retreat surrounded by native flora and fauna, bush-tucker-inspired fine dining experiences and breathtaking sunsets along the calm western beach. Eco marine cruises, sunset sails, ranger-guided activities and guided 4WD tours depart the resort daily (with whale watching August to October).

With a variety of accommodation styles including resort hotel rooms, villlas and a suite of executive houses, Kingfisher Bay Resort is the ideal island escape. Relax with a cocktail by one of the four lagoon swimming pools, indulge in a soothing treatment in the Island Day Spa and savour a range of Modern Australian cuisine at the three resort restaurants.

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Experience the Best Whale Watching in the World

Each year, thousands of east coast humpbacks break their migration journey from the Antarctic to the northern tropics in the calm, shallow waters off Hervey Bay by K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) to rest, play and socialise. Hervey Bay was accredited in 2019 as the world’s first Whale Heritage Site and has been scientifically recognised as a rare stopover site for these migrating humpback whales. This makes it an eco-experience uniquely different from any other whale watching destination along the east coast of Australia (and the world).

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.

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Hervey Bay Dive Centre

The Hervey Bay Dive Centre is Hervey Bay's premier marine and dive tour operator. The Hervey Bay Dive Centre is a "Best ...

K’gari – Our World Heritage Listed Paradise

Discover everything K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) has to offer this winter and explore the world’s only ancient rainforest that grows from the sand. There are many ways to experience the island’s exceptional landscapes – take a self-drive getaway, join a guided tour, go on a camping safari, book a room at a resort or explore the island on foot through part or all of the 90km Fraser Island Great Walk. With so much to explore ranging from Eli Creek, the Maheno Shipwreck and The Cathedrals in the East, to Wathumba Creek, Moon Point and Kingfisher Bay in the West, and our inland gems Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby and Central Station – even the most experienced traveller will be inspired by this paradise.

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Explore Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef (north of K’gari – formerly Fraser Island). The island is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving destinations in Australia and is famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of spectacular marine life! The Great Barrier Reef Day Trip to Lady Elliot Island provides guests with a unique opportunity to explore the reef from the air, a glass bottom boat and the water, all in one day!

The Great Barrier Reef Day Trip departs daily from Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast and Bundaberg.

Due to the limited access to the island, we encourage you to book directly with our Visitor Information Center who can help create your perfect itinerary to see the natural wonders of Lady Elliot Island! Call 1800 811 728 or email [email protected]

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Looking for More Winter Fun, Adventure, Relaxation (or all three?)

Once you’ve seen the whales, there’s plenty more to do on the Fraser Coast this winter – whether it’s getting out for more sunshine and fun on the water, relaxing along Hervey Bay’s Esplanade, checking out the latest festivals or exploring Maryborough’s arts and historical sites. Whether you’re here for a weekend, a week or more, there’s so much to do and explore.

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Fraser Island Boat Charters

Explore the remote western coast of K'gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) with a unique sailing holiday onboard Frase...

Mary Poppins Festival - June 30, 2024

At the annual Mary Poppins Festival Maryborough’s beautiful Queens Park, riverside parklands and heritage streetscapes come to life in scenes reminiscent of the Mary Poppins stories. This free event is guaranteed to delight both young and the young at heart, with festival favourites, Chimney Sweeping, Nanny Races and the Grand Parade along with characters from the novel such as Mary Poppins, and Admiral Boom firing his cannon, plus street food vendors, market stalls, rides, pavement art and live entertainment.

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Hervey Bay Whale Festival - June 20 & August 1-4, 2024

The annual Hervey Bay Whale Festival returns in 2024. There are few places in the world that compare to the awe-inspiring, soul-stirring, up-close whale watching encounters that you will find in Hervey Bay. Between July and October, thousands of humpback whales travel the ‘humpback highway’ and arrive in the calm, protected waters of Hervey Bay. This unique relationship gives reason to celebrate each year with the Hervey Bay Whale Festival. An eclectic event to recognise the importance of the ocean to Hervey Bay and promote the conservation of the marine environment and animals that are unique and important to our region.

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Fish on the Fraser Coast this Winter

Queensland’s Fraser Coast is home to one of the most diverse fisheries in Australia due to an overlap of both northern and southern species. The fishing options are never-ending, from beach fishing on the eastern side of Fraser Island and outstanding pelagic fishing in Platypus Bay, to one of the best blue marlin fisheries in Australia. Sheltered waters thanks to the protection of the world’s largest sand island, K’gari Fraser Island, are just one of the many reasons the Fraser Coast is one of the most renowned fishing destinations in the nation.

Bring your own gear, rent from a local business and fish off the pier, or go out with the experts on a charter for the ultimate experience - there are so many options for a great day out fishing on the Fraser Coast!

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Winter Sailing

The Fraser Coast boasts mild temperatures, calm seas, and a plethora of natural beauty that makes it a prime destination for winter sailing. Whether you're an experienced sailor or a novice looking to explore, our local operators are here to help make your stay unforgettable. Whether you're gliding through the calm waters of Hervey Bay or exploring the natural wonders of K'gari (Fraser Island), a winter sailing adventure on the Fraser Coast promises unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the beauty of nature.

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Travel Tips & Inspiration

Looking for more ideas when planning your Winter getaway? Check out our latest blogs for more travel tips and inspiration.

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