Starting north of Brisbane, this coastline is home to pristine beaches, chilled-out coastal towns and national parks bordering the Pacific Ocean. You can’t miss the spectacular volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains rising from the hinterland, while further north the beach towns of Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Noosa are a haven for surfers and beach lovers. Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world, easily reached by a short ferry ride.
Things to do...
Whale Watching Cruise
Glide through the tranquil waters of the Queensland coastline at Hervey Bay with Tasman Venture, before heading towards Fraser Island; home to a vast array of marine and land animals. Whale watch season runs from July to October, when you may find yourself in the middle of large pods of these fascinating creatures.
Be sure to visit…
The Glass House Mountains
Inland from the Sunshine Coast, the Glass House Mountains and surrounding countryside are home to spectacular vistas and dense native rainforest. The sharp, pointed peak of Mount Beerwah is the highest volcanic hill in the range and can be viewed from the lookout near Beerburrum West State Forest. We recommend Narrows Escape as a base from which to explore this hidden jewel of Queensland.
Go touring and exploring both rainforest and reef
To discover the Nature Coast, why not embark on a five Day Fraser Island and Lady Elliott Island tour. You can create your personal itinerary, but here's a suggestion to inspire you.
Day one. Fly from Hervey Bay out to the heart of the Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island for your stay in this marine paradise. Soak in the natural island atmosphere, wander to a deserted beach or snorkel in the tropical waters.
Day two. Head out on guided island activities and take a glass bottom boat tour and snorkel – if you’re lucky enough you may spot one of the resident manta rays, which can grow up to an enormous 7 metres in wingspan, as they majestically swim by. From June to October you may also spot whales passing as they migrate north.
Day three. Fly back to Hervey Bay to catch the catamaran out to Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world. Spend the afternoon with a range of guided walks and nature talks.
Day four. Take an adventure across the island with a guided Beauty Spot tour, swimming in the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie, and walking the banks of Wanggoolba Creek as it flows silently through the rainforest. Cool off at the fresh waters of Eli Creek and marvel at the coloured sands of the Pinnacles, before heading back to Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Day five. Travel back to Hervey Bay to continue your journey through Queensland, (or ask our expert Travel Designers about extending your adventure).
Where to stay…
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas
Eco-conscious sustainability, premium resort with solar energy and water irrigation. Choose from airy penthouses or apartments in the centre of the resort or for a little more space, choose a Noosa villa. Located just a short walk to stylish Hastings Street for shopping, people watching and al fresco dining.
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort
Step straight off the beach to swim around an island teeming with an array of marine life. Stay in reef and garden units, or safari-style eco huts at this small, 43 room resort, set in tropical gardens. Accessible by a 40 minute flight from Hervey Bay, includes breakfast and dinner.
Kingfisher Bay Resort
Located amongst nature on Fraser Island, accommodation is in Queenslander-style rooms and villas. Austravel recommends a two night adventure, which includes a 4WD tour to allow you to explore the islands main attractions including Seventy-Five Mile Beach and ancient rainforests.
For more advice and inspiration, talk to one of our Travel Designers and start planning your Nature Coast adventure today.