Tours on the Fraser Coast of Queensland will take you to see some of the most interesting natural displays in the world. The Fraser Coast is located about three hours drive north of Brisbane and encompasses the Fraser Island region and the mainland town of Hervey Bay. Both are famous for their natural attractions.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and its magnificent environment includes magnificent lakes, sand blows and fantastic rain forest. This is the only place in the world where rainforest grows in sand and the tall sati nays and forest gums provide a permanent canopy under which the other rainforest plants can thrive. The lakes are unique. Most of them are called perched lakes because the water sits above a layer of plant debris that acts as a liner to keep the water from seeping out into the sand. Some of the other lakes are called window lakes and these are the ones where the water table below the island breaks through it surface.
The window lakes like Lake McKenzie are absolutely magnificent with crystal clear water and clean white silica sand. There are many tours that will take you to see these magnificent attractions. The Mercure Kingfisher Bay resort is the major tour company on the island and they have tours to all of these great attractions. You can do a day tour or come for two or three days. Tours are available from Hervey Bay. Sunrover Tours also runs tours from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.
Hervey Bay is the main jumping off point for Fraser Island. It is situated close by on the mainland and it has its own domestic airport with regular flights from Brisbane and Sydney. During the months from July to November each year, the annual migration of the southern humpback whales, comes through the clear and calm waters of Hervey Bay and provide an unequalled opportunity to get up close and personal with these fascinating mammals.
There are a dozen or so luxury boats that operate daily trips out to see the whales. Hervey Bay whale watching tours are claimed to be the best in the world. It has now been an annual attraction for over 20 years and many of the whales are now very used to the boats and swim right up to them, sometimes bringing their baby calves along as well. There is nowhere else in the world where you can have this type of experience.
If you are planning a trip to the Fraser Coast then take the time to experience the wonderful tours that are on offer there.