Queensland's Fraser Coast is an exciting place to visit . It is home to the magnificent world heritage listed Fraser Island, as well as the coastal city of Hervey Bay which is popularly known as the whale watch capital of the world. The Fraser Coast is about three and a half hours drive north from Brisbane and there is a regional airport in Hervey Bay that has direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane. Hervey Bay is the largest city on the Fraser Coast and has lots of holiday accommodation in many different styles. The backpacker industry is well catered for with numerous hostels and most international backpackers want to spend a few days exploring Fraser Island and Hervey Bay is the main departure point for the island.
At the other end of the scale there is also plenty of Fraser Coast hotel, resort and family accommodation as Hervey Bay is an important family holiday destination for Australians. During the months from July through to November, thousands of southern humpback whales swim through Hervey Bay whale watching waters and thousands of avid whale watchers flock here to see this fantastic spectacle. Visiting Fraser Island from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach is made easier by the number of organised tours that depart from both towns. Vehicular barges operate from Inskip Point at the southern end of the Fraser Coast and from Hervey Bay at the northern end. Day tours and extended tours are both popular.
Only four wheel drive vehicles are allowed on the island as there is nothing but sand tracks and beaches to drive on. If you don't have your own, you can hire one from Hervey Bay or on the island itself. There are some beautiful resorts on Fraser Island and it is also a popular place to go camping and fishing. In the north of the Fraser Coast is the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Beautiful Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay which can be accessed by air from Hervey Bay and you can do a day trip or you can fly there for an extended stay. It is a fantastic place to go snorkeling or diving.
Maryborough lies twenty minutes drive inland from Hervey Bay and is full of historical buildings, art galleries and museums. It is a great place to take the kids to play in the parks or ride on the historical steam trains.
This travel guide to the Fraser Coast will take you to one of the most scenically attractive regions on Australia's east coast.
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