Nature & wildlife
On the mainland, embark on an expedition to see whales and calves up close, and lounge at one of Hervey Bay’s calm, protected beaches, like Torquay. Out K’gari way, enter the crystal clear waters of ‘perched’ Lake McKenzie. Do part, or all, of the Fraser Island Great Walk. Spot wild dingoes from a distance, then grab a pole for catches like Spanish mackerel. You can also learn more about dingoes at Maryborough’s Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary.
Islands & diving
On Lady Elliot Island, snorkelling is on the agenda. Here, you can spot turtles, whales and giant Manta Rays, and take guided walks in the shallows to learn more about the reef. The ex-HMAS Tobruk off Hervey Bay also makes for a fascinating scuba diving trip. While K’gari’s strong currents make it limited for diving, there is plenty else to do. Hire a 4WD to explore its dunes or make for an unusual swimming spot, like the delightful Champagne Pools.
Art, markets & history
Over on K’gari, the Maheno Shipwreck on 75 Mile Beach, which was wrecked in the thirties, can still be seen today. Twenty monuments make up the Fraser Coast Military Trail, which honours those who have been to war. The Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum is also filled with historic memorabilia, and you can ‘go back in time’ to Edwardian England during its Mary Poppins Festival. When it comes to culture, the Maryborough Heritage City Market takes place every Thursday morning. In the afternoon, grab a map to see the 37 murals and installations of the quirky Maryborough Mural Trail.