Queensland’s Fraser Coast is the home two World Heritage-listed natural gems, Fraser Island and the Coast is also the first Whale Heritage Site in the world. The Fraser Coast stretches from Rainbow Beach in the south to Bundaberg in the north, which also marks the southernmost access point for the Great Barrier Reef. The area is defined by spectacular landscapes, unique diving experiences, safe and secluded beaches and whale watching.
The world’s largest sand island, K’gari or Fraser Island is a World-Heritage listed natural paradise. Located just 360km north of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, and just a short 40-minute boat ride from the mainland town of Hervey Bay. You can explore Fraser Island’s unspoilt coastline and beaches, bathe in the natural spa at Champagne Pools, touch the powdery sands and crystal-clear waters of Lake McKenzie, and be dwarfed by nature with a walk-through ancient Valley of the Giants rainforest.
Situated 3 and a half hours drive north of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, Hervey Bay is a natural bay between the mainland and Fraser Island. Renowned for its visiting humpback whales, and up close and personal Whale Watching experiences, Hervey Bay is a popular Queensland holiday destination. Hervey Bay’s golden beaches stretch for approximately 14 kilometres along the Bay’s foreshore offering families a safe haven to swim or to just enjoy the sand.
Between the Fraser Coast’s mainland and Fraser Island lies the Great Sandy Strait, about 70km of turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and a maze of shallow flats and creeks. This area is the heart of The Great Sandy Biosphere. The Biosphere covers 540,000 hectares of marine park and was highlighted by UNESCO in 2009 in the same class as the Galapagos Islands, the Central Amazon and Uluru.
The Butchulla\Batjala people, are the Traditional Owners of the land that is today called the Fraser Coast. Living in harmony with the seasons the Butchulla have a distinctive connection to the land, sea, straits and lakes of the area. The regions complex environment has created a unique culture from The Dreaming to hunting, fishing and harvesting practices highlighting the central concept of the Butchulla living in balance with Country, spirituality, community and family connections.