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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

Your adventure begins 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, your local guide will take you to see the stunning natural sights.   Learn fascinating facts about the island’s history, and its fauna and flora. 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. The next stop is Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Choose to take a flight over the island (at additional cost), or float down Eli Creek. Visit the Maheno shipwreck and enjoy a photo stop at the rusting wreck of the Maheno. You’ll 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 between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

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

2. 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: Turtle Discovery Eco Tour & Cultural Experience

3. 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: Half-Day Whale Watching Experience

4. 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: Half-Day Whale-Watching Cruise

5. Hervey Bay: Half-Day Whale-Watching Cruise

Join the crew of the Amaroo, a purpose-built whale-watching vessel, for a world-class whale-watching tour departing from Hervey Bay, one of the best destinations in the world to watch humpback whales. Explore the 3 open decks that allow you to feel the cooling sea breeze and see the whales from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities. Benefit from the knowledge and experience of a highly trained team and captain. They are passionate about the whales and will provide expert commentary on their behavior and the history of Hervey Bay. Watch the migrating humpback whales take a break during the annual season. Here they stop and relax in large numbers, making for the most amazing whale-watching encounters on earth. You can assist the crew by scanning the seas for the first flash, or splash, as pods of whales play, signaling the start of your awe-inspiring experience. Experience the unique phenomenon of whale 'mugging', as they move in close to watch you, watching them. After your tour, enjoy a discount on meals and beverages at the Hervey Bay Boat Club, one of the region's premier dining venues and the departure point for your cruise.

Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

6. 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: Scenic Fraser Island Fun Cruise

7. 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.

Djinang Cultural Walking Tour

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

From Hervey Bay: Fraser Island Beach and Aussie BBQ Cruise

10. From Hervey Bay: Fraser Island Beach and Aussie BBQ Cruise

This 5 hour tour departs from your Hervey Bay accommodation. You will depart the marina, and travel to Fraser Island, across beautiful blue, clear water. Look out for Australian wildlife including dolphins, turtles and whales on the way. A sumptuous morning tea will be served on the journey over. You will then arrive at Fraser Island's western beach and/or Pelican Banks, depending on the season and weather. Beaches on the western side of Fraser Island are far more remote and untouched. Pelican Bank is a sandbank on the Great Sandy Strait which is utter perfection due to the clear water. Swim, kayak, fish, walk, play and explore this beautiful location. An Aussie BBQ lunch will be provided as you cruise back from Fraser Island. This includes locally-sourced ingredients such as quality rib fillet steaks, gourmet sausages, fresh Hervey Bay prawns, 3 delicious and nutritious salads, and bread. Cold drinks will be available for purchase at the licensed affordable bar.

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What people are saying about Hervey Bay

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,280 reviews

The team at Tasman Venture were such a delight, they were super friendly, accomodating and very knowledgable. We were so lucky to have spotted a yearling humpback whale even though it was not whale watching season - they made sure we got the full experience! Highly recommended, you will not be disappointed. Thumbs up to the team - Lloyd, Mel and BJ. Thank you for showing us a great time.

Was lovely being out on the water & seeing the western side & down to the southern tip of Fraser. Its something you don't get to see when 4wding on the island so it gives you a whole different perspective. We were lucky enough to even see a pod of dolphins with their bubs.

Mark, our guide was incredible. The experience from start to finish was fantastic; calm, informative, fun. We took two little ones, 1 and 3, which Mark (and the group itself!) helped make an absolute non stress. We all had a wonderful time and left wanting to do more!

Had a great day and crew were great recommended for others and the boom netting was great.

Great value and a great experience. Would recommend this to anyone