Kick off your shoes and relax. If you want to unwind, the Fraser Coast region has a laid-back lifestyle that welcomes barefoot walks along the beach, bicycle rides beside the ocean, eating fish and chips with your fingers, strolls around historical districts, sunset cruises in Hervey Bay and encounters with kangaroos, dingoes, dugongs, rainbow lorikeets and other native creatures.
When you’re rested and ready for some adventure, try marlin fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, skydives that land on the beach, horse riding under the stars after a meal around a campfire and jet ski rides to a pristine sandbank.
Unforgettable Fraser Island is the region’s must-see attraction. The planet’s biggest sand island can be explored on foot, by bus, in a four-wheel drive or even on a Segway! Discover for yourself why the traditional inhabitants of the World Heritage Listed island felt compelled to name it K’gari which means paradise. Swim in the stunning waters of Lake McKenzie or the Champagne Pools, tempt your tastebuds with a bush tucker dining experience, be awed by the massive trees in the Valley of the Giants, marvel at the crystal clear stream running through Central Station, see the rusting skeleton of the wrecked former wartime hospital ship Maheno, zoom along the gazetted highway of Seventy-Five Mile Beach or get a bird’s eye view of the island from a plane.
If you’re happy for some more air time, hop on a flight to Lady Elliot Island on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel with turtles, manta rays, dolphins and reef fish while checking out the mix of hard and soft corals.
Then head for the hinterland to visit Maryborough which has fun pedestrian lights in the city centre featuring a silhouette of Mary Poppins - the creation of locally born author Pamela L. Travers, delve into the region’s military history which includes being the birthplace of the first Anzac ashore at Gallipoli and see the bell tower holding nine rare bells that ring out for the love of pioneer Maria Aldridge.
A little further off the beaten path, visitors can find bushwalking trails, wander through towering bamboo parklands and fish for freshwater barramundi and bass.
For shoppers, the region offers locally made souvenirs, market days and fashion and homewares boutiques. Foodies can sample the spectrum of cuisine available, ranging from the humble Aussie favourite, the meat pie, up to first-rate fine dining experiences featuring fresh local seafood and produce.
This is just a taste of what the region has to offer. For more information, log on to visitfrasercoast.com.au, follow us on Facebook at Visit Fraser Coast and Fraser Coast Events, on Twitter @FraserCoastQLD and on Instagram at VisitFraserCoast.