Hervey Bay a renowned destination for backpackers, whale watching and Fraser Island on its doorstep
Hervey Bay is located three and a half hour drive from Brisbane, it has a great sub-tropical climate, with summer average temperatures of 29 C and a winter average of 22 C.
This area has many things to see and do, such as the Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Island, the Bay and the wetlands. This area is renowned as a destination for backpackers and is the main access point to Fraser Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. the area is recognised as the Whale Watching Capital of the World, the waters are home to humpback whales from July to early November. The town is within easy reach of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and Fraser Island.
Fraser Island is a natural environment that has developed around 1 Million years ago, it is the largest sand island in the world and one of the rare places where rainforest grows on sand.
The Aboriginal name for the island is, 'K'Gari', which means paradise. The heritage of the traditional Badtjala people is evident from sites which are located across the island.
Wanggoolba Creek, Fraser Island Fraser Island's abundant pristine freshwater lakes and crystal clear creeks are great spots to view flora and fauna. Rainforests of towering brush box trees, some over 1,500 years old, contrast with swampy wetlands, the island is full of wild flowers and coastal strands of Pandanus palms.
The island has over 300 species of birds and several species of wallaby, possums, flying foxes, echidnas and Australia's purest population of dingo. The warm waters surrounding the island attract dugong, dolphins and turtles, humpback whales, with their young, pass on the western side of the island between July and November.
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