Fraser Island is a World Heritage listed site and well recognised for its universal significance as the largest coastal dune system and sand island in the world and for its special environments. It continues to be culturally significant country (land, sea and sky) to Butchulla (Badtjala) people, who have maintained a living connection with this place to this day.
It has abundant pristine fresh water lakes and crystal clear creeks. It is a place of great natural beauty and contrasting environments. Travelling on the island is an opportunity to experience a range of changing environments, from wind-swept coastal stands of pandandus palms and hanging she oaks on the coastal foredunes to impressive stands of ancient rainforests and then gently rolling wetlands full of wild flowers and the majestic grass trees in open wallum country.
Fraser Island teems with a great range of wildlife including small mammals such as echidnas and several species of wallaby and possum. Birds are ever present with 325 recorded species being identified. Australia’s purest population of dingo is found on the island. The warm waters surrounding the island are home to a significant population of dugongs, turtles and dolphins. Humpback whales can often be found nurturing their young in Platypus Bay on the western side of the island.
The island offers an exceptional range of natural and adventure based experiences to visitors who travel to this unique natural and cultural environment.
The Fraser Coast is just three and a half hours north of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane by car. As one of the state’s most popular holiday destinations, the Fraser Coast is easily accessible, making it tourist and family friendly. A much loved part of Queensland, it is renowned for its cultural and natural heritage and is protected to ensure it is able to be enjoyed for years to come.
The major urban centres in the region are Maryborough and Hervey Bay, plus there are numerous coastal settlements, rural towns and villages.
The Fraser Coast region is home to a population 108,180 people, with an average age of 43 years.
It is also one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting more than 600,000 visitors a year.
Apart from being a popular tourism destination, the Fraser Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in Queensland, with two major regional centres, Hervey Bay and Maryborough, servicing its population. The Fraser Coast includes major road, rail, air and sea transport infrastructure as well as considerable shopping, dining and entertainment options.
For information about visiting the region including how to get here, where to stay, what to do, etc, go to Fraser Coast Tourism website http://www.frasercoasttourism.com/
Key attractions of the Fraser Coast include:
- Fraser Island
- Whale watching
- Recreational holidays
- Historical tours of Maryborough