The coastal town of Hervey Bay is close enough to the UNESCO-listed Fraser Island that you can visit the island as a day trip—though if you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, choose to spend an overnight or a longer stretch here. Here’s what you need to know about Fraser Island tours from Hervey Bay.
Look for whales (June to September) and dolphins in the waters of Hervey Bay, situated between the Queensland mainland and Fraser Island.
Fly across Hervey Bay and the majestic Great Sandy Strait to enjoy a bird’s-eye views of the lakes and rain forests of Fraser Island.
Speed over to the island by Jet Ski, visiting sheltered bays and coves that can’t be accessed by larger watercraft.
Swim in freshwater lakes, kayak off the coast, hike along trails, and enjoy 4WD drives along gleaming white sands of Seventy-Five Mile Beach.
See the Pinnacles, colorful sand cliffs; the SS Maheno shipwreck, which was washed ashore in 1935; and visit Central Station, the former center of the now-defunct logging industry on the island.
Things to Know
Ferries depart from River Heads, just outside Hervey Bay, and take 50 minutes.
Some private boat tours around the island set off from other marinas, including Urangan, a suburb of Hervey Bay.
Multi-day tours include accommodation, either at campsites on the island or at beach resorts, either in shared or private rooms.
With Jet Ski tours to Fraser Island beginning at just 1.5 hours, and boat cruises lasting as little as half a day, Hervey Bay offers some great tour options for travelers who are tight on time.
Many tours include pickup and drop-off from Hervey Bay hotels.