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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.

Remote Fraser Island Tour from Hervey Bay

2. Remote Fraser Island Tour from Hervey Bay

On this full-day excursion, you’ll cruise the Great Sandy Strait along the pristine shores of Fraser Island. Spot dolphins, turtles, dugongs, birds, and dingoes as you enjoy a light morning tea of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, slice, and biscuits. An amphibious watercraft will take you to the western side of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, driving right onto the beach to ensure you remain dry and comfortable. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of Wathumba Creek on a range of activities including snorkeling with turtles, kayaking, tubing, beach walks, or a sand dune climb. Following a delicious lunch served on the boat, the tour continues to Awinya or Bowarrady Creek. Enjoy the diverse natural surroundings and a variety of water activities. From mid-July to the end of October each year, be on the lookout for humpback whales and experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with these majestic creatures as they enjoy the calm clear waters off Fraser Island. If conditions are ideal, guests will have the opportunity to experience a humpback whale immersion. The friendly and experienced staff will provide expert commentary throughout the tour as well as serving afternoon tea: antipasti platter including cheese, cabana, crackers, pickled onions, and dip. The tour concludes with a relaxing cruise back to the Hervey Bay Marina.

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 4-Hour Whale Watch Encounter

4. Hervey Bay 4-Hour Whale Watch Encounter

This half-day whale watch cruise departs twice daily from the Hervey Bay Marina on the luxury 20-meter catamaran Tasman Venture. Experience a tranquil cruise across the Great Sandy Strait and past rugged islands before sailing along the pristine western side of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. The catamaran was specifically designed for whale watching, offering clear viewing decks, underwater viewing windows and a unique water-level viewing platform for the ultimate personal experience. Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime up-close and personal encounters with the majestic humpback whales and marvel at their sheer size and athleticism. Friendly, experienced staff will provide expert commentary throughout the tour and serve a morning or afternoon tea and delicious antipasti platter.

Hervey Bay Champagne Sunset Sail

5. Hervey Bay Champagne Sunset Sail

A luxury yacht invites you to sit back and relax as you’re taken on this Champagne Sunset Sail. Soak up the panoramic views of Hervey Bay and World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Watch a spectacular sunset cast shadows of amber and gold on the Great Sandy Strait. Enjoy a 90-minute sail along the calm waters of Hervey Bay and around Fraser Island. Choose your favorite drink from the sparkling wine, beer, wine and soft drinks available. Savor the delicious finger foods, and sit back, relax and unwind. The Blue Dolphin Marine Tours Champagne Sunset Sail provides the perfect setting for a magical sunset in a tropical paradise.

Remote Fraser Island and Whale Experience

6. Remote Fraser Island and Whale Experience

On this full-day excursion, you’ll cruise the Great Sandy Strait along the pristine shores of Fraser Island. The fast and comfortable 12 meter catamaran is perfect for a small number of passengers ensuring an intimate, personalized tour. Spot dolphins, turtles, dugongs, birds and dingoes as you enjoy a light morning tea. An amphibious watercraft will take you to the western side of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, driving right onto the beach to ensure you remain dry and comfortable. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of Wathumba Creek during a range of activities including snorkeling with turtles, kayaking, tubing, beach walks or a sand dune climb. Following a delicious buffet lunch served on the boat, the tour continues to Awinya or Bowarrady Creek. Enjoy the diverse natural surroundings and a variety of water activities. Be on the look out for Humpback whales and experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with these majestic creatures as they frolic in the calm clear waters off Fraser Island.  Marvel at their sheer athleticism as they explode out of the water in a spectacular breach or be awestruck as you come face to face as they spy hop right next to the boat.  Be one of the few and very fortunate to experience an intimate, immersive whale experience that allows you to get closer to these creatures than ever before as you swim with them in their own natural environment (subject to conditions). The friendly and experienced staff will provide expert commentary throughout the tour as well as serving afternoon tea. The tour concludes with a relaxing cruise back to the Hervey Bay Marina.

From Rainbow Beach: K'gari, Fraser Island 1-Day Coach Tour

7. From Rainbow Beach: K'gari, Fraser Island 1-Day Coach Tour

Rainbow Beach is a perfect spot for a beach holiday and ideally situated next to the world’s largest sand island. Make the most of this exceptional location, with a day trip to the world-famous Fraser Island. Learn fascinating facts about the island’s history, and its fauna and flora. 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. On arrival at Seventy-Five Mile Beach you can choose to take a flight over the island, or float down Eli Creek and enjoy the crystal clear freshwater. Visit the Maheno Shipwreck and be sure to snap some photos of the rusting wreck. You’ll also see The Pinnacles Coloured Sands in all their glory and learn how these formations were created. A lunch at K'gari Beach Resort (formerly Eurong Beach Resort) provides an opportunity to stop at the general store gift shop. At the end of your tour, head back to Rainbow Beach and your accommodations.

Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

8. 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.

Fraser Island 4-Hour Eco-Sailing Adventure

9. Fraser Island 4-Hour Eco-Sailing Adventure

Spend a morning exploring the Fraser Coast’s natural environment, discover playful marine life and create memories to last a lifetime. With more than 30 years’ experience, Blue Dolphin Marine Tours offers unbeatable marine and adventure tours in Queensland on a comfortable, multi-award-winning sailing vessel. On this 4-hour adventure you’ll cruise the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait and explore the unspoiled west coast of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and the pristine Pelican Bank. You’ll head to the heart of the dolphin playground and with a focus on discovering the abundant marine life, you’re likely to encounter pods of bottlenose dolphins, Australian humpback dolphins and even dugongs, fish and turtles. There will be ample time to swim in the inviting waters off Fraser Island or Pelican Bank, try out the boom net on the back of the boat, test your balance or simply relax on the exclusive AquaMat.

Noosa: Full-Day Fraser Island Warrior Tour

10. Noosa: Full-Day Fraser Island Warrior Tour

Start your day either from the convenient meeting point in Noosa or with a courtesy pickup from select hotels. From there you will travel through the Toolara Forest and Great Sandy National Park as you make your way towards Fraser Island. Following a quick stop in Rainbow Beach, board the ferry from Inskip Point over to the island, looking out for marine life along the way. You'll then drive along the beach highway to a freshwater creek where you’ll enjoy morning tea with a view. Following that, it will be time to make your way through the inland tracks to experience a 4WD adventure. You'll journey through the forest to Lake McKenzie, a highlight for many due to the beautiful white sandy beach and perfectly blue waters. You can cool off with a swim, enjoy some wonderful photo opportunities, or relax on the beach before tucking into an authentic and healthy Aussie picnic-style lunch. Following lunch you'll walk through the ancient rainforest of Central Station and Pile Valley, which is home to many unique and interesting species. Wander alongside the crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek as you take in the sights and smells of the tallest rainforest, which is growing out of sand. It will then be time to start making your way back towards Noosa with another drive down the beach highway and a brief stopover in Rainbow Beach. Your return time to Noosa will be approximately 5:00PM.

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What people are saying about Fraser Island

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,008 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.

A fantastic day with two very experienced, knowledgeable and personable guides. I learnt so much about this incredible place. I will definitely be back for a longer stay. I’d you only have time for a day trip, I fully recommend this company. So grateful for my birthday treat to myself x

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!

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