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Fraser Island - Cities, Towns and Localities

Fraser Island is one of the land masses that forms Hervey Bay. It is a famous World Heritage Listed sand island offering much in the way of natural scenery, now relying on eco tourism since it has abandoned the timber and sand mining industries. With it’s outstanding dune systems, with rainforests on the sand and wonderful freshwater lakes, it offers much for the visitor to see, do and relax.

Hervey Bay and Platypus Bay is a playground for migrating humpback whales during the months of July to November. The sheltered waters of Platypus Bay, located on the western side of Fraser Island, attracts pods of whales, who after calving in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef, seem to enjoy a detour into Platypus Bay for relaxing and play, before they return to the feeding grounds of the Antarctic.

There are many tour operators available from the nearby city of Hervey Bay that can included guided eco tours to the island or you can 4WD in your own or hired vehicles. Fishing is also popular, especially along the beaches of the eastern coast of the island.

Most visitors spend at least three days to relax and explore, and there is a variety of accommodation styles from resort to backpackers. Booking is usually essential.
 

Caloola Beach Ship Wreck ฉ Garry Voysey

Check out our listing of Fraser Island accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.
Information Centre Fraser Coast-South Burnett Regional Tourism Board Ltd
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Fraser Island Attractions

Great Sandy Strait
• Situated between Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay, Fraser Island is separated from the Australian mainland by the Great Sandy Strait. The southern tip of Fraser Island is situated to the north of Inskip Peninsula, a peninsula with the popular Rainbow Beach on its eastern coastline. Wide Bay Bar is located at the southern end of Fraser Island and mariners should contact Tin Can Bay Coastguard to to obtain the latest information on bar conditions and position before attempting to cross it.

The strait stretches approximately 70 km from Tin Can Bay to Hervey Bay and Moon Point on Fraser Island and encompasses mangrove-lined shores, sandy tidal flats, mud islands, beaches, tidal creeks and islands. The Mary River enters the strait at River Heads.

The lower parts of the Great Sandy Strait is listed under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland in international significance in 1999, with other protected areas including Great Sandy National Park, Poona National Park and the Great Sandy Conservation Park.

The strait provides an important habitat for fish, marine turtles, crustaceans, dolphins and dugongs. There are also important roosting sites for migratory shorebirds.

There is barge and ferry access to Fraser Island with daily services run daily via Rainbow Beach from Inskip Point, from River Heads, south of Hervey Bay, and from Urangan Boat Harbour in Hervey Bay.

There is a map of the Great Sandy National Park, that includes the outline of the mainland and localities on Fraser Island from QLD Parks and Wildlife Service.
Whale Watching
• Fraser Island protect the waters of Hervey Bay where from late July to early November you will find Humpback whales. Having given birth and mated in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the whales then head back in their southern migration to Antarctica. Other species seen in the area include the Southern Right Whales and Longfin Pilot Whales. Dolphins are seen all year round in Hervey Bay.

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Fraser Island Tours/Charters

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Camel Company Australia
• Beach Rd, NORTH SHORE / TEWANTIN QLD
• Ph: 07 5442 4402 • Mobile: 0408 710 530 • Email
• Come for a safari with us at Camel Company Australia, our award winning business operated from Noosa’s North Shore, Noosa Heads on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Day safaris, camel sales, and camping safaris - operating all year round 7 days a week (except xmas day).
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Fraser Island Transport

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Fraser Island Barges
• HERVEY BAY QLD 4655 • Ph: 07 4194 9300 • Freecall: 1800 227 437 • Email
• Fraser Island Barges and Ferry, a Kingfisher Bay Resort Group company, provides a range of vehicle barge and ferry access to the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Barges and ferry services run daily via Rainbow Beach from Inskip Point, from River Heads, south of Hervey Bay, and from Urangan Boat Harbour in Hervey Bay.

 

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