Fraser Coast | Things to do

Get ready for an adventure on the Fraser Coast. Swim alongside humpbacks in the whale-watching capital of the world, Hervey Bay, spot wild dingoes on the world’s largest sand island and buckle up for four-wheel driving along the beach.

Fraser Island

The world’s largest sand island is bursting with family-friendly activities. Swim in sparklingly clear freshwater lakes and creeks, like Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek, or go sand dune hiking around Lake Wabby. Go four-wheel driving through rugged bush tracks or along the beach, then pitch your tent and camp right on the sand. Swim in the fizzing waters of the Champagne rock pools, spot wild dingoes and inspect the rusting hulk of the 80-year-old Maheno shipwreck.

Whale watching

In Hervey Bay, you can cruise alongside migrating humpbacks as they make their way from Antarctica. Hear their clicks, whistles and pulsed calls with the help of special microphones and witness spectacular displays of breaching and tail flipping. For a truly unforgettable experience, find a tour where you can jump in the water and swim with them.

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Fishing

Track trevally in the flats of the Sandy Straits, fish on artificial reefs created by shipwrecks or tackle the open ocean with a deep-sea fishing charter. Show me more fishing options.

History

Step back in time and into the birthplace of a literary classic. Maryborough dates back to the mid-1800s and was the birthplace of P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins. The town hosts an annual festival dedicated to the beloved nanny each June/July.


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Free Maryborough Heritage Walk Tour

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
8 July – 31 December 2020
*The Maryborough FREE Guided Walking Tour has been cancelled until further notice. They apologise for any inconvenience. A Walking tour brochure is available at the Visitor Information Centre for you to explore the heritage of Maryborough's City heart and Portside Precinct at your leisure.

Tipples and Tales

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$30 - 30
Weekly from 29 August 2020
Enjoy a Tipple and a Tale in the historic Bond Store. Meet The Gauger and hear his stories of the Bond Store's past as you enjoy a tantalising experience of regional ports, liqueurs and tasting platters.

Maryborough Markets

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 3 September 2020
Due to COVID19 the markets will be practising social distancing, with smaller stall numbers and they do ask that people ensure that they practice social distancing, follow hygiene practices and do not attend if unwell.

Gatakers Artspace Exhibition Openings

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 4 September 2020
Meet the artists and discover the inspiration behind their artworks. Enjoy a drink from the licenced bar and nibbles as you wander through the gallery's latest works. Free entry.

Night Horse Ride and Dinner

Susan River, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$35 - 145
Monthly from 5 September 2020
Experience their award winning trail ride in the late afternoon. Upon arrival at the river you will be served piping hot soup and garlic bread beside the bonfire before returning to the Homestead by the light of the moon or stars where a two course barbecue meal will reward your taste buds in their dining room or alfresco area.

Hallowed Ground - Childers Visual Arts

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
26 September – 31 October 2020
A collection of artworks by a local group of artists from Childers showcasing various mediums and techniques, including paintings, clay sculptures, and vessels, drawings and installations.

Drawn from Life - Life Drawers

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
26 September – 31 October 2020
Exhibition of drawings from life. The Saturday group of drawers will showcase works from the years work with various models. Free. Temporary Hours to due COVID-19 Restrictions. Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 2pm.

Memories in Miniature - Marilyn Murray

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
26 September – 31 October 2020
This is an exhibition of approximately 100 miniature artworks. Each artwork is framed and features landscapes, seascapes, buildings, churches, animals, and birds. Temporary Hours to due COVID-19 Restrictions.

Pro Found Studio Dog - Kerry Harrison Wendy Talbot Sheena Walsh and Jo Williams

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
26 September – 31 October 2020
This is a visual exhibition by four regional artists: Kerry Harrison, Wendy Talbot, Sheena Walsh and Jo Williams showcasing each artist’s personal response to the impact of their dogs/cats in their studio life, the animal spirit that inspires many of their art works, and the grief felt by the loss of a deeply loved studio companion whose absence was more profoundly felt in the COVID-19 Lockdown.

Food n Groove Fridays

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
2 October 2020
"Please note due to Covid-19 restrictions that this event is not confirmed, planning is underway and a COVID safe plan". Food ‘n’ Groove Fridays are coming back to the Fraser Coast in 2020! Set to bring Seafront Oval, in Pialba alive.
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