Fraser Coast Attractions
Fraser Coast is the stretch of Hervey Bay between Maryborough and Bundaberg, sheltered by the 120km long Fraser Island and is also known as the Sugar Coast. It is a popular holiday area, particularly for families, with no dangerous surf. There are boat trips to Fraser Island, combined with tours in all-terrain vehicles of the island on its sandy tracks, and a variety of other day trips. The principal places on the Sugar Coast are Maryborough, an important port and industrial town in the late 19th C., and Bundaberg, an important sugar town at the north end of Hervey Bay.
Hervey Bay, Australia
The town of Hervey Bay (pop. 15,000) lies within the shelter of Fraser Island. This is one of the most popular holiday areas on the Queensland coast, with quiet beaches suitable for small children. The mild climate draws many visitors from the colder south of Australia during the winter months. The town consists of a string of beach resorts round the bay (Gatakers Bay, Pialba, Scarness, Torquay, Urangan, Burrum Heads, Toogoom, Howard, Torbanlea).Urangan has a pier 1km long much favored by anglers, from which there is a good view of Fraser Island. In Scarness is a museum with relics of early settler days.
Excursions to Fraser Island (boat to the island, then tour in all-terrain vehicles) are popular, as are whale-watching tours (boat trips to observe the humpback whales which call in here on their way back to the Antarctic between August and the middle of October). The season begins with a Whale Festival in August.
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