Paradise on our doorstep

Written by Brooke Wilson

I think we can all agree that Hervey Bay is a wonderful little pocket of paradise that we are lucky enough to call home. Crystal clear calm waters, relaxed coastal lifestyle, a plethora of cafes and restaurants, the whales in winter, and of course, World Heritage listed Fraser Island right on our

Thousands flock to Fraser Island each year to explore its natural beauty, and with the island boasting an array of stunning swimmable lakes and creeks, lush forestry, and rich Australian history, it is little wonder why.

All this wonderful rain we have had recently has settled the tracks and the forestry is thriving, so now is also the perfect time to jump on board the ferry and head over.

Fraser Island has so much to offer and has options to suit any age or demographic. For those looking for a short but relaxing break, a fantastic option is to spend the day at Kingfisher Bay Resort. Take full advantage of the resort’s facilities, including swimming pools, nature trails, guided
walks, and tennis and volleyball courts. You can even hire canoes and stand-up paddleboards.

After working up an appetite, head over to the Sand Bar Bistro for relaxed casual dining. Why not try one of their made to order pizzas, or perhaps some BBQ spare ribs? Yum!

Afterwards, head over to the Sunset Bar and sip on a delicious cocktail while watching the sun set.
If just the one day isn’t quite enough, Kingfisher Bay Resort boasts a range of accommodation options from private hotel rooms all the way through to full sized holiday homes with enough space to house fifteen people!

If you are looking for a little more adventure, jump on board one of the Fraser Explorer buses, departing daily from Wanggoolba Creek. This is the perfect way to see the highlights of Fraser while in the comfort of an airconditioned 4WD bus while your experienced driver talks about the
fascinating history of the island and about the sights you’ll see along the way.

Learn all about Central Station, the Maheno Shipwreck, the Pinnacles, and float down the crystal-clear waters of Eli Creek.

A highlight of your day though would be at world famous Lake Mackenzie, which due to the white silica sand and pure freshwater, it is a crowd favourite for good reason. According to local folklore, scrubbing the sand into your skin like an exfoliate can take ten years off your appearance!

Longer tours are also available, with accommodation at Eurong, with the opportunity to travel along the entire stretch of 75-Mile Beach, the only sand highway in the world, and all the way up to Champagne Pools at the northern end of the island. Of course, travellers can take their own 4WD
vehicles across to the island, and camp at one of the many designated zones and areas.

There is certainly no shortage of things to do over on Fraser Island, so if you haven’t yet been, or even if you have, there is always something new to explore.

So next time you are thinking of a weekend getaway, head on over to Fraser Island, our very own patch of paradise right on our doorstep.