Hervey Bay Whales & Fraser Island

8-Day Hervey Bay Whales & Fraser Island


Price per person: $1425


Visit the 'Whale Watching Capital of the World' at the best time of year! Take a whale watching cruise at Hervey Bay plus free time at the annual Seafood Festival. Spend a full day touring Fraser Island; the world's biggest sand island. Visit Maryborough, the Bundaberg Barrel and Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo.


Departure Date: 11-Aug-2014
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Highlights

Visit the ‘Whale Watching Capital of the World’ at the best time of year! The tour also includes free time at the annual Hervey Bay Seafood Festival.

Fraser Island is a precious part of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage and it is protected for all to appreciate and enjoy.

Fraser Island's World Heritage listing ranks it with Australia’s Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef. Stretching over 123 kilometres along the Southern Coast of Queensland and spanning an area of 184,000 hectares, it is the largest sand island in the world.


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Fraser Island stretches over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its widest point. With an area of 184 000 hectares it is the largest sand island in the world.

Fraser Island's World Heritage listing ranks it with Australia's Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef. Fraser Island is a precious part of Australia's natural and cultural heritage, it is protected for all to appreciate and enjoy.

Fraser island is a place of exceptional beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs, and over 100 freshwater lakes, some tea-coloured and others clear and blue all ringed by white sandy beaches. Ancient rainforests grow in sand along the banks of fast-flowing, crystal-clear creeks.

Fraser Island is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres. The low "wallum" heaths on the island are of particular evolutionary and ecological significance, and provide magnificent wildflower displays in spring and summer.

Fraser Island Rainforest

The immense sand blows and cliffs of coloured sands are part of the longest and most complete age sequence of coastal dune systems in the world and they are still evolving.

They are a continuous record of climatic and sea level changes over the last 700 000 years. The highest dunes on the island reach up to 240 metres above sea level.

The Great Sandy Strait, separating Fraser Island from the mainland, is listed by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention).

The wetlands include: Rare patterned ferns, mangrove colonies, sea-grass beds; and up to 40,000 migratory shorebirds. Rare, vulnerable or endangered species include dugongs, turtles, Illidge's ant-blue butterflies and Eastern Curlews.


Tour Highlights Include:
  • Travel along the picturesque NSW coast to Queensland
  • Travel up via Grafton and back via Coffs Harbour
  • Spend 4 nights in the same motel, ideally located in Hervey Bay
  • Spend a full day exploring Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island
  • Enjoy a whale watching cruise on board the Spirit of Hervey Bay
  • Explore the annual Hervey Bay Seafood Festival at you leisure
  • Take a tour of historic Maryborough with local guide ‘Mary Heritage’
  • Enjoy a ‘True Brew’ experience at The Bundaberg Barrel
  • Visit Steve Irwin’s famous Australia Zoo, where Crocs Rule!

Transportation
Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with restroom, seat belts, reclining seats and panoramic windows. 

Professionally Guided
Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver. 

Accommodation
Twin share rooms with private facilities in quality hotels and motels. Dining inclusions: full buffet breakfasts / lunch  / hotel dinners and farewell dinner (subject to itinerary)

Welcome Reception
Travel wallet and map
Airport transfers if necessary