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From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

1. From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

Join a guided day tour of Fraser Island and visit a curated itinerary of highlights such as Lake McKenzie, 75 Mile Beach, and the Maheno Shipwreck, with return ferry transfers included. Let your driver traverse the tracks and tides to ensure an enjoyable experience on the world’s largest sand island. Begin your adventure with pickup from your Hervey Bay accommodation, or make your own way to River Heads. Take a 40-minute ferry ride to Fraser Island, keeping a look out for dolphins, turtles, and other marine life. Once on the island, follow your local guide to see the stunning natural sights. If English is your second language, download the free foreign language app prior to the tour and use it offline for audio commentary. Learn fascinating facts about the island’s history, and its flora and fauna. Travel in an air-conditioned bus to Central Station, a former logging station. Then stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk to discover the ancient king ferns, towering ghost gums, and pine trees. Continue to Lake McKenzie and swim in the crystal blue waters or relax on the sandy beaches. Next up is the Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Choose to take a flight over the island (at an additional cost), or float down Eli Creek. Visit the Maheno shipwreck and enjoy a photo stop at the rusting wreck of the Maheno. Also, see The Pinnacles colored sands, and learn how these formations were created. Board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads, and get dropped off at your accommodation.

Hervey Bay: Half-Day Whale Watching Experience

2. Hervey Bay: Half-Day Whale Watching Experience

Hervey Bay has a reputation as one the best places in the world in which to observe Humpback whales, enjoy this excursion with the guarantee of seeing these wonderful animals. See these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat on this enthralling half–day tour.  Depart from your hotel or accommodation in Hervey Bay and travel to the marina to begin your aquatic adventure. Travel across the beautiful blue, clear water of Hervey Bay and take in the stunning views. Spot humpback and other majestic species of whales as they frolic in the water. Look out also for birds, turtles, dugongs and 3 different species of dolphin. While you watch whales and a whole host of wonderful sea creatures, the friendly crew will serve morning tea and lunch (on Extended Morning cruise) or afternoon tea and dinner (on Afternoon and Sunset cruise).

Hervey Bay: Day Trip to Lake McKenzie with 4WD Tour & Lunch

3. Hervey Bay: Day Trip to Lake McKenzie with 4WD Tour & Lunch

Embark on the region’s only tour of Lake McKenzie. Relax on island time, immerse yourself in the crystal-clear freshwater, and laze along the pristine white sands of K'gari (Fraser Island). Meet at the Boat Club Marina in Hervey Bay, and then set sail at 10.30 AM by fast boat to the Kingfisher Bay Resort. Feast on an inclusive lunch, and enjoy some quality resort time with full access to all the facilities. Then, board a 4WD coach for a guided journey to Lake McKenzie. Take some free time at the iconic lake to swim in the crystal-clear waters, or just sunbathe on its famous white sands. Refreshed, make a relaxing journey back to Hervey Bay by passenger ferry, including a courtesy coach transfer back to the Boat Club Marina or your local accommodation.

Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

4. Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

Relax on a tranquil evening cruise from Hervey Bay into the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park. This is the perfect appetizer for your evening ahead. Nothing beats watching the sunset at sea and the experience of returning to the port at dusk. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as you soak up the changing colors of the bay. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and other wildlife that frequent the Marine Park at dusk. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset. Early evening is a special time to be on the water as marine wildlife of the harbor comes out to play. You will find the peacefulness of the water perfectly reflecting the evening light, and the lights of Hervey Bay twinkling in the distance mesmerizing.

Hervey Bay: Turtle Discovery Eco Tour & Cultural Experience

5. Hervey Bay: Turtle Discovery Eco Tour & Cultural Experience

Join the only cultural tour on the Fraser Coast. With your local Butchulla guide onboard, obtain first hand knowledge of the history, hunting and gathering techniques.  Your ecotour begins at 10:30am departing from the Great Sandy Straits Marina onboard a 10 metre glass bottom vessel. Travel through the spectacular waterways of the Great Sandy Marine Park, with stops at Round Island and Big Woody Island and visit coral reefs for snorkelling and viewing through the glass panels. Lunch, tropical fruit platter, water, tea and coffee are all included in your tour. Be intrigued by the history spanning thousands of years, through the eyes of a local aboriginal guide, a direct descendant from the Butchulla tribe - the custodians of K'Gari. Take a walk in the Butchulla footsteps and discover the deep connection the aboriginal people share with the land and sea.

Hervey Bay: Whale-Watching Cruise with Transfer

6. Hervey Bay: Whale-Watching Cruise with Transfer

Enjoy the skipper's safety briefing and introduction to the vessel before departing. After leaving the marina, you will pass by several interesting landmarks and learn about their history from the skipper's commentary. As you near Fraser Island, while enjoying profiteroles and scones for morning tea, you will learn all about the geography of the Great Sandy Straits and start looking out for whales, dolphins, dugong, and other marine life. The beaches of Fraser Island are pristine and quite untouched and a pleasure to cruise along. The Humpback Whales call into the Bay on their southern migration and, at the beginning of the season, mainly young whales who are inquisitive and playful can be seen. Close encounters are a regular occurrence. As the season progresses mothers and calves, sometimes with a male escort or another female enter the bay to rest and grow. Calves are playful but they also need rest time and mum's can be protective and keep them away from the boats. Towards the end of the season, larger groups of males often compete for mating rights as the females become ready for some fun. These groups are often rough and charging, making noises, and it's very exciting. A delicious plated lunch is served either alongside Fraser Island or while watching whales in the protected waters. Enjoy cold meats, hot chicken wings, 3 salads, and a bread roll. Tea, coffee, and filtered water are available all day. Other drinks can be purchased over the bar. On the return journey, fruit and cheese platters are served for your enjoyment during the leisurely cruise along the island and across the straight back to the marina.

From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

7. From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

Start your tour with pickup in Hervey Bay, the gateway to K'gari (Fraser Island). Then relax on the 40-minute cruise across the Great Sandy Marine Park to the island. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and turtles. Explore some of the most beautiful spots as you listen to fascinating facts about the island’s history. Over the 2 days you’ll travel in in air-conditioned comfort between sites. Visit Central Station to admire the towering trees, and learn why Fraser Island was so valuable to the timber industry. Stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk and explore the subtropical rainforest in Pile Valley. Relax on the sandy beaches around Lake McKenzie, and as an optional extra, you can take a scenic flight over the island from here. Float down Eli Creek, and see the famous Maheno shipwreck. Be amazed by The Pinnacles colored sands and hear the Dreamtime tale of how they were formed. See the spectacular Indian Head while cruising up 75 Mile Beach. Visit the Champagne Pools and slip into the amazing natural jacuzzi, formed by the crashing waves. Trek across Hammerstone Sandblow and take a dip in Lake Wabby.   Stay overnight at the K'gari Beach Resort (formerly Eurong Beach Resort). At the end of the second day, board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads. The shuttle service will take you back to your accommodation from there.

Hervey Bay: Scenic Fraser Island Fun Cruise

8. Hervey Bay: Scenic Fraser Island Fun Cruise

Hop onboard the boat in Hervey Bay and set sail to the UNESCO listed Fraser Island, known for its white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. Cruise along the west coast of the island, and admire stunning views of its shoreline. Highlights of the trip include Pelican Banks, Moon Point, Big Woody Island, and more (depending on tidal conditions). As you glide through the ocean, look out for dolphins, sea turtles, and the mysterious dugong.  Sunbathe on deck while soaking up the sights, or cool off with a dip in the sea. Have fun in the boat’s built-in boom-net, which provides a safe space to play in the water. At the end of a magical 3 hour adventure, return to the port in Hervey Bay.

Hervey Bay: Aboriginal Cruise with Champagne and Canapés

9. Hervey Bay: Aboriginal Cruise with Champagne and Canapés

Discover the local Aboriginal ways on this Milbi sunset tour. Sail the spectacular Great Sandy Straits, learn history from your Butchulla guide while enjoying fresh local king prawns, canapés, and a glass of champagne.  Hear the legendary tales of the Butchulla people of K'Gari, Fraser Island, and its surroundings. Discover the Butchulla names and meanings of significant local landmarks before stepping ashore on Weenandin, Round Island.  Enjoy the beautiful sunset, and be sure to take pictures. Experience the unique coastal lifestyle, uncover the traditional fishing methods and food gathering techniques while listening to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. 

Djinang Cultural Walking Tour

10. Djinang Cultural Walking Tour

Walking in the footsteps of a friendly Butchulla guide, discover Hervey Bay in a unique way. Travel to important gathering places for the Butchulla people and try bush tucker (bush food), foods traditionally eaten by Indigenous Australians. Learn about traditional medicines from an experienced guide, and discover how to create art or make a fire from materials found along the way. Hear the most beautiful Dreamtime stories of this area and be led by an experienced guide on this fun, informational, and meaningful tour.

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What people are saying about Hervey Bay

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,369 reviews

We had an excellent day on Freedom 111 - good food, friendly staff with informative local highlights along with the good fortune to see whales while we were out - many thanks for a great day out and happy to recommend to others looking for a great day of whale watching.

Absolutely a great informative cruise. The captain was full of useful information and showed us heaps. He was always on the lookout. Right up to the many pods of dolphins. Ovrrall, great and full of info. Definitely worth going on.

Butch was great and made the experience an awesome and informative day. He is very knowledgeable about Fraser Island and the whole area around Hervey Bay. Thank you for this great experience Butch. All the best!

Great trip. friendly staff. The skipper seemed to genuinely enjoy himself as much as the passengers.

Really informative tour and our guide (Wayne) was funny and really knowledgeable about the island