HERVEY BAY QUEENSLAND
Hervey Bay Queensland
WELCOME TO THE FRASER COAST & THE SOUTH BURNETT
The Fraser Coast is one of Queensland's most attractive holiday destinations and being only a three and a half hour drive north of Brisbane or a one hour flight, it is also easily accessible.
With an incredible diversity of experiences to offer, from World Heritage Listed Fraser Island; to the sheltered waters of Hervey Bay visited each winter by the huge and playful humpback whales; from the living history of Maryborough to the majestic Bunya Mountains; from the capital of Queensland's peanut industry, Kingaroy and its surrounding rich farmlands to old mining villages and peaceful seaside settlements.
The island itself is a unique combination of environments. Its sheer site and beauty, together with its colourful history and Aboriginal heritage have made it a popular place for visitors to explore. To the naturalist, it is a rare and special garden. To the Aboriginal tribe which lived there for generations, it was paradise. To the angler, it means a full creel.
To the 4WD enthusiasts, it is the ultimate off-road experience. To everyone who visits Fraser - it is the largest sand island in the world and one of Australia's World Heritage sites.
Hervey Bay has established itself as one of Australia's best-natural family holiday destinations and is one of the major mainland access points to Fraser Island. Its safe, sheltered waters are fringed by long stretches of sandy beaches and a variety of interesting and colourful communities such as Burrum Heads, Howard, Toogoom and Torbanlea.
Maryborough is Queensland's Heritage City, where history springs to life at almost every turn. Maryborough has combined its rich past with the comforts and amenities of modern life and its proximity to some of Queensland's natural wonders, provide an unbeatable mix for visitors and residents alike.
The majestic Bunya Mountains provide a backdrop for the South Burnett region, with the national park covering more than 11,700 ha of the Great Dividing Range. The park is within easy reach of the major townships of the region including Kingaroy, Nanango, Murgon, Wondai and Cherbourg.
This guide provides essential information for visitors planning a holiday to the Fraser Coast and South Burnett region. There is a special expanded section on Fraser Island explaining the unique features of the island and details on how to help protect the island for future generations of visitors.