Fraser Coast’s youth is definitely one that is not to be undermined. Only officially declared to be a separate region in 2008, this sparkling beauty of an island group has already set itself as the pièce de résistance—the destination to be reckoned with; a destination that is one for the books.
The easy splashes and frothing of water against sand may never rival those of the roaring and powerful waves of Australia’s surfing capitals but its calm speaks volumes when talk is averted to relaxation. The region tells the story of calm mixes of gradients with tints of blue, shades of green and specks of rainbow. Imagine hyperfine stretches of white sandy beaches, heaps of aquatic wildlife and fun-filled days in the quaint region.
Breakaway from Brisbane’s modern shackles and drive up north for an approximate of four hours to the charm of Fraser Coast. With Apollo Motorhomes, this long drive may as well be the holiday you are looking for—a hotel on wheels and once you step out, open your eyes to even more beauty and even more relaxation.
Where To Go in Fraser Island
In Fraser Island
The story is not of a fairytale magicland but of a real account with all its technicolour pages. Fraser Island could very well be described as surreal with its near perfect beaches and 100 freshwater lakes and its sand formations. Distraught has faded away from the shipwrecks through the years making way for stunners decking the water. Fraser is the largest sand island in the world spanning 123 kilometres and 166 hectares. What better way to explore Fraser Island than through a 4WD with Apollo Motorhomes?
Another chapter brings us to a world where life is teeming and happiness aplenty.
In the Great Sandy Strait, set sail and go boating while marine life is seen swimming freely in water that compares to diamonds in clarity. Dolphins in pods visibly flow through these waters while their fins are often grazed by the calm air above. The strait strings together the fishing villages of Tin Can Bay, Tuan, Tinnabar, Rainbow Beach, Poona and Boonooroo.
Turn a page and a love story begins in Hervey Bay where the majestic marine mammals—whales abound. See them jump high in a 360 degree turn as specks of water splash you. The best time to visit is during the months of July and November for close encounters in the Whale Capital of the World. Hervey Bay, also makes for romantic long coastal walks, where you can feel the wind whistling through your hair and the sun kissing your skin; creating a mystifying tan.
To explore more of the Great Sandy Strait and Hervey Bay, drive a campervan or motorhome and follow their respective Discovery Trails. Another beach that you could go to is the Pelican Beach in Noosa.
Of Pasts and Legacies
Perhaps another book altogether is where the creator of Mary Poppins, Pamela Lyndon Travers, was born. Mary Poppins, of course, has become a massive success all over the world but if you think the town was named after her, think again. The name was used because of its location in the Mary River. The river, subsequently is named after Lady Mary Lennox, who is the wife of then New South Wales governor Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy.
Back to the town, there are numerous points of interest that have been dedicated to the story of Mary Poppins such as the building to where to its writer was born, now a heritage-listed site. Maryborough also reeks of history, art and culture engulfed by stunning architecture and artwork. In July, through a week-long festival, the iconic story and its lead heroine are widely celebrated with “practically perfect” fun, games, and entertainment.
Fraser Coasts tells the of wonders; of long walks; of laughter and quiet; and of natural order. Fraser Coast is a destination but the region is also an escape. Just like there are many ways to learn a story, there are many ways to travel to Fraser Coast. Through a plane, there are routes from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne arriving at Hervey Bay. Via Train, there are services available for those coming from Brisbane. The best way, however, is through a campervan hire to see everything and drive and holiday at your own pace.