Fraser Island stretches over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its widest point. With an area of 184 000 hectares it is the largest sand island in the world. Fraser Islands’ World Heritage listing ranks it with Australia’s Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef. It is a place of exceptional beauty, with long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly beautiful coloured sand cliffs and over 100 freshwater lakes.
Humpback whales arrive in Hervey Bay from late July and remain until November when they begin their return to the southern ocean. Discover the awe inspiring experience of watching the majestic humpback whales with encounters on the waters of Hervey Bay. These majestic creatures have made Hervey Bay a regular stop on their annual migration to Antarctica. Whales and calves are now relaxed and at home with the whale watching boats which carefully approach their playground. The guaranteed sightings are counted as “an experience of a lifetime”. In 2015 over 8,000 humpbacks are expected to make Hervey Bay their own, and as one of the most active and acrobatic of species they provide an awesome sight with their antics, including spectacular displays of breaching and tail flapping.
- Eli Creek
- Maheno Shipwreck
- Bush Tucker Experience
- ‘Seabelle’ Signature Dinner
- 4 Nights Kingfisher Bay Resort
- Whale Watch cruise
- Hervey Bay National Marine Park
- The Jetty Hut Sunset
- Lake Mackenzie
- Scenic Flight
- Return Flights & Transfers
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Sun 4 Sep 2016
BATHURST TO SYDNEY
Depart Bathurst late afternoon on the XPT before staying overnight close to Central Station.
Mon 5 Sep 2016
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for our morning flight to Hervey Bay. On arrival we drive to River Heads to board our ferry to Fraser Island. We arrive at Kingfisher Bay Resort our base for the next 4 nights, having time to get comfortable and settle in before dinner.
Tue 6 Sep 2016
FULL DAY EAST COAST WITH SCENIC FLIGHT
Today we have something special most tour groups only explore part of the east coast however we will continue north towards Indian Head. We hit the beach in our 4wheel drive vehicle where we travel along the sand highway which is not only used by vehicles but also planes! We will be experiencing both today. This is not like a normal road although all normal road rules do apply.
We travel through the rainforest to the eastern side of the island. In one thirty kilometre section of the beach are 200 creeks running into the Pacific Ocean, some large and some appearing just as wet sand from the dunes to the surf. The largest and most attractive though is Eli Creek which winds many kilometres inland carving its bed and carrying 8 million litres of water a day into the Pacific Ocean. This clear water is the perfect place to get wet, so don’t forget your bathers as we will be swimming in the lower reaches of the creek. Next stop is Maheno Shipwreck, a hospital ship blown ashore during a cyclone whilst being towed to Japan! We have a picnic lunch planned today so we can travel as far north as is practical. Included in our unique experiences today is a flight in a light plane where the runway is the beach we have just been exploring. The short flight will give us a perspective of the area like no other. See if you can spot one of the purest breeds of dingo in Australia or one of the 300 bird species that call the island home.
Wed 7 Sep 2016
This morning is a tour highlight as we head off in search of migrating humpback whales with a Whale Watch cruise. Seeing a whale in the wild is the experience of a lifetime and one of the easiest and safest places to watch whales is in the Hervey Bay National Marine Park. This area is regarded as the whale watch capital of the world because of the number of whales and the calm, clear waters sheltered by Fraser Island which provide excellent viewing. Be sure to take a camera! We return to the resort where we enjoy a light lunch. At the resort there is time to refresh before we sample bush tucker in a talk given by one of the resident rangers. This will prepare us for our interesting dinner this evening in the Seabelle Restaurant.
Thu 8 Sep 2016
CENTRE OF THE ISLAND
After breakfast we set out to explore the island further in a 4WD touring coach which takes us to Lake Mackenzie, one of the 40 perched lakes found on the island. With its clear, blue fresh water and white sandy shores, Lake McKenzie covers an area of 150 hectares and is over 5m in depth, perched high in a sand dune at 100m above sea level. This picture perfect watering hole is worth a photo to remind us it is actually real. Next we head to Central Station, the historic heart of Fraser Island, where we’ll see the original headquarters of the island’s forestry operations which was permitted from 1920 to the late 1950s. Lunch is waiting for us back at the resort and we have left the rest of the afternoon free to further enjoy the facilities. We have a couple of hours to ourselves before we meet up again at The Jetty Hut to watch the sunset while enjoying a drink and nibbles before our farewell dinner.
Fri 9 Sep 2016
Why not begin our last day with a ranger guided early morning bird walk? Listen to the dawn chorus as the birds start their day. Our guide will have binoculars for us to use so we don’t miss anything. We farewell our hosts and connect up with our ferry and flight to Sydney where our charter coach will be waiting to transfer us to Bathurst.