Kayaking though the crystal clear waters of the mangrove forest, gliding around the zig-zag system of dense foliage is another perfect Fraser Island experience. But it's not the only one.
Fraser Island might be the main attraction in this region of abundant natural wonders, but it's far from the only star shining brightly in this remarkable part of the world.
Located three hours drive north of Brisbane, the Fraser Coast is one of Australia's premier nature based destinations and home to two World Heritage listed areas – Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island and Lady Elliot Island, the start of the Great Barrier Reef.
Hervey Bay is the whale watching capital of Australia; nowhere better can you experience the majestic humpback whales up close as they stop on their annual migration to take time out to rest and play in the calm waters.
Hervey Bay's Urangan Marina is the hub for all things island and nautical – from here you can join charters to world class game fishing, take the launch to Fraser Island or join an afternoon cruise on the Bay to witness one of the famed stunning sunsets of the Great Sandy Strait.
Before you hit the water, though, it's very wise to take a stroll down the 15km stretch of Hervey Bay Esplanade – running parallel to the beach, it is dotted with boutiques, cafes and restaurants, all overlooking the ocean and all offering great reasons to watch the world go by.
Scarness Beach in Hervey Bay offers humpbacks of a different kind – camel safaris plod up and down the white sands, providing visitors with yet another unusual adventure.
And adventure nuts don't stop there – this region has everything you'll ever need for an adrenaline hit; from skydiving, to kite surfing, parasailing, kayaking, horse trail rides and jet ski hire to diving the reef's magic off the pristine waters of Lady Elliot.
The region's main centre is the historic port city of Maryborough, one of the best places to find authentic examples of gracious Queenslander homes and colonial architecture.
Maryborough is also the birthplace of P.L. Travis, creator of Mary Poppins, so expect to take a journey into the world of the much-loved flying nanny, especially if you hit town around Mary Poppins Festival time.
Maryborough's historic steam train takes visitors through the scenic Mary Valley, while a cruise on “The Mary” along the Mary River is a perfect way to relax over a cuppa as you float past stately homes and heritage buildings.
Inland, you'll find the remarkably rich agricultural region of the South Burnett where it's all about good food, good wine and good times. Dotted with great farm stays and wineries, there's everything from wide open space to the remarkable Bunya Mountains to explore.
But inevitably, it's Fraser Island that will demand your attention – and rightly so. From the stands of ancient forests to the fresh water crater lakes and amazing sand blows, Fraser grabs you by the soul and doesn't let go. Don't rush– this is a place that deserves the respect of time to fully weave its magic.
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Author: Tourism and Events Queensland
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