Fraser Coast Australia

Fraser Coast is in southern Queensland.

Queensland’s Fraser Coast - the coast north of Sunshine Coast - is famous for its Bundaberg Rum Factory and Mon Repos Turtle Rookery.

But there is also some great whale watching off the coast of Hervey Bay, and Fraser Island - the world’s largest sand island and a great four wheel driving destination.
Seventy Five Mile Beach, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
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Fraser Coast Holidays - Great Sandy National Park
North of Noosa National Park on Sunshine Coast is the southern section of Great Sandy National Park and Rainbow Beach which is famous for its coloured sands.

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North from here is the quiet town Maryborough with its beautiful Victorian buildings, Bond Store Museum, Brolga Theatre and the Queens Park with a miniature railway. Places to stay include Arkana Motel, Best Western Kimba Lodge Motel, Comfort Inn Blue Shades, Eurong Beach Resort, Maryborough City Motel, Maryborough Motel and Conference Centre, McNevins Parkway Motel, and Mineral Sands Motel.

Maryborough. by jason nahrung via

Fraser Coast Holidays - Hervey Bay Australia
Further north on the Fraser Coast is Hervey Bay, most famous for whale watching between July and October. Other things to do in town are the Hervey Bay Natureworld with the most popular Australian animals, shows and tours; Neptune’s Reef World with marine creatures in an aquarium and Hervey Bay Historical Museum.

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There is a 10km Hervey Bay Esplanade Track to the famous Urangan Pier, and the Scrub Hill Community Farm which runs bush tucker tours.

Boat Harbor, Urangan, Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Hervey Bay Accomodation and Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruises
The Whale Watch Tourist Centre has all the information about whale watching at Hervey Bay. Places to stay include holiday apartments such as Bayshores Holiday Apartments, Charlton Luxury Apartments, Eliza Palms Apartments, Pier One Apartments, The Bay Apartments and White Crest Luxury Apartments; resorts such as Akama Resort, Bay Hideaway Resort, Boat Harbour Resort, Colonial Cabins Resort, Kondari Resort, Peppers Pier Resort, Riviera Resort, Sanctuary Lakes Beach Resort and Whale Cove Resort; hotels such as Comfort Inn Suites Arlia Sands, Eden by the Bay, Hervey Bay Hotel and Resort, Santalina on Hervey Bay and Watermark Hervey Bay; motels such as Bay View Motel, Hervey Bay Motel, Sundowner Green Motel, Sunseeker Motel, Tower Court Motel and Urangan Motor Inn; backpackers such as Beaches Backpackers, Fraser Coast Backpackers, Nomads Backpackers and Palace Backpackers; and caravan parks such as Australiana Top Tourist Park, Sunlodge Oceanfront Tourist Park and Windmill Caravan Park.

See the full list of Hervey Bay Accommodation

Humpback Whale Statue at Boat Harbour, Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
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Fraser Island Great Barrier Reef

Hervey Bay is also the gateway to Fraser Island – world's largest sand island which forms the northern section of Great Sandy National Park with sand dunes, rainforests, freshwater lakes, bushwalking tracks and drivable (4WD only) beaches with wild dingos.

In the southern part of the island there are several short bushwalks from the Central Station to Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby, Lake Boomanjin, Lake Birrabeen, and Kingfisher Bay where there are shops and petrol stations.

Boat Wreck on the Beach, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
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Fraser Island Information - Fraser Coast Holidays
You can drive along the eastern coast on beaches, where there is Happy Valley - a town with shops and a petrol station; Eli Creek, Maheno Wreck (there are many shipwrecks along the coast of Fraser Island – just like along some coasts of mainland Australia); and north of it are the colourful pinnacles. Further north are Waddy Point with great views over the ocean (great for whale watching activities between July and October), and Orchid Beach, the northernmost accessible settlement on the island.

Four Wheel Drives, Seventy Five Mile Beach, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
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Fraser Coast Holidays - Childers Queensland
Back on the Fraser coast on the mainland, north-west of Hervey Bay is Childers, a small town with historical buildings and the Childers Pharmaceutical Museum and Art Gallery.

Childers is popular with backpackers staying here while working fruit-picking on the surrounding farms.

Childers. by jemasmith via

Fraser Coast Holidays - Childers Backpackers Fire Memorial
In 2000, a fire killed 15 backpackers at the Palace Hostel – today there is a Childers Backpackers Fire Memorial with photos and the story. A place to stay is Childers Gateway Motor Inn.

Childers. by jemasmith via

Fraser Coast Holidays - Bundaberg Australia

North of Childers is Bundaberg – a centre of the surrounding sugar cane country, with the Fairymead House Sugar Museum and Hinkler House Museum (both in the Botanical Gardens); and the Alexandra Park and Zoo where you can see Australian animals.

Bundaberg. by srv007 via

Bundaberg Rum Factory
But Bundaberg is most famous for Bundaberg Rum Distillery, where you can go on a tour and sample Australia's own sugar cane rum. Places to stay include Acacia Motor Inn, Alexandra Apartments, Alexandra Lodge, Alexandra Park Motor Inn, Best Western, Best Western City Motor Inn, Chalet Motor Inn, Coral Villa Motor Inn, Country Comfort Bundaberg, Golden Palms Motor Inn, Matilda Motel, Oscar Motel, Park Lane Motel, Riviera Motel, Sun City Motel and Villa Mirasol Motor Inn.

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Bundaberg Rum Factory. by yewenyi via

Mon Repos Turtle Rookery
Another famous place on the Fraser Coast is Mon Repos Turtle Rookery south of Bundaberg. Mon Repos is the most accessible turtle rookery in Australia where large female loggerhead turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs between November and February, and the young hatch between mid-January and March. Access to the beach is controlled by park rangers during the season, but they allow visitor groups to watch the turtles during the night after 7pm.

Turtle Underwater, Australia
Marine turtle.
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Here's a Fraser Coast map, where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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