The Fraser Coast Queensland region from Maryborough to Sarina is uniquely Australian, wild and rugged without the long distances and lack of contact experienced in the outback. Soft adventure would probably describe it best. Here you can hand feed dolphins, drift down crystal clear streams, encourage baby turtles to the water’s edge and watch in awe as giant whales leap from the water. Fraser Coast Queensland is the perfect place for an active, nature based family escape and, because it’s not one of the top family areas, crowds are reduced and your family can feel like you really are adventuring together.
The northern boundary of this region is the beautiful seaside town of Sarina which makes a wonderful overnight stop if you are travelling north. It’s a long straight drive between Rockhampton and Sarina and a little sanity break is needed in either direction. The cattle town of Rockhampton (or Rocky) to the south lies on the Tropic of Capricorn. It is the gateway to pioneering areas further west, yet a visitor attraction in its own right. Here Aboriginal culture meets with cattle, underground caves enthral with their beauty and crocs are bred for tucker.
Not far away on the coast, Yeppoon awaits with islands spread like jewels in crystal waters and rugged, lush Byfield National Park just to the north. Travel the other direction (west) and blue ocean gives way to blue skies and red earth. Visit the mines at Mount Morgan, trek through the bush on horseback or visit world famous Carnarvon Gorge.
If you can tear yourself away and head south along the coast, 1770 and Agnes Waters don’t disappoint. These sleepy sister towns were once remote fishing villages but, since the arrival of tarmac, they now boast expensive homes decorating a pristine waterway and national park and a unique amphibious craft tour sure to delight youngsters.
South again where Bundaberg provides shelter to nesting turtles and is home to this country’s iconic rum, and equally as iconic ginger beer. Watching turtles hatch or nest at Bargara Beach is something that will live with you (and the kids) for ever. Fraser provides shelter for larger visitors too with humpback whales using the calm waters of Hervey Bay to rest, play and give birth from April to October.
From tiny to gigantic, connecting with sea life in this area is unparalleled. See turtles nesting and dolphins and dugongs in the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait. And what can I say about Fraser Island (the largest sand island in the world)? “Don’t miss it” is perhaps the best advice.
This region a place of exploration and adventure – it’s the stuff of childhood dreams, and a place where you can make them come true.