See nature in its finest during the Humpback Whale migration season. Start with 2 nights in Hervey Bay and a day on the water seeing these majestic creatures up close on our whale watching cruise. Follow this by 3 nights on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island with a 4WD adventure and time to enjoy sundowners at the Jetty Hut as the light fades on this truly magical little corner of the world.
18th August 2020
Board one of our signature ‘Gold Class’ coaches at Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street, sit back and relax as we make our way to the Fraser Coast. We break for morning tea and cuddles with camels near the Glass House Mountains. This unique farm offers views over the mountains, an informative talk and a meet and greet with the cuddly camels all whilst you enjoy a delicious morning tea and camel milk tasting session. We continue onto Gympie for lunch before taking the next leg of our journey to Maryborough where we collect local character ‘Mary Heritage’ for a city sights tour of the amazing heritage buildings. Next we drive a short distance to the coastal township of Hervey Bay to check-in to our hotel situated on the Urangan Marina. Enjoy the lovely water views from your room during our stay.
2 Night Stay: Mantra Hervey Bay
Today we take to the water in Australia’s humpback playground. Here the humpbacks aren’t just passing through on their way to their breeding grounds, they’re actually taking time out in the pristine waters of Hervey Bay to socialise, have some fun, learn some essential life skills and nurture their young. Our 5-hour whale watching cruise has us joining a crew with over 30 years’ experience, who guarantee sightings and offer water level viewing. We get up close and personal with these majestic creatures as they glide alongside our vessel and usually put on an almighty show, slapping their tails, shaking their pec fins and leaping into the air. A lovely day watching nature whilst enjoying morning tea and a tropical buffet lunch on board. We return to shore for a free afternoon taking in the shops of the Esplanade or walking to the end of Hervey Bay’s historic jetty.
Enjoy a leisurely start to today before being transferred to River Heads for our 12:30pm ferry across the bay to World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Positioned on the western side of Fraser Island, our resort overlooks the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait and blends seamlessly with nature. On arrival, we make our way to the Maheno Deck to enjoy a leisurely late lunch overlooking the lagoon pool. After lunch we check-in to our rooms then take the afternoon to discover the resorts facilities and beautiful natural surrounds. Tonight, enjoy an island style buffet dinner in the Maheno Bar & Grill.
3 Night Stay: Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
Paradise… a place we can all imagine. To the Aboriginals, Fraser Island was paradise. The island has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths. It is made up of sand that has been accumulating for approximately 750,000 years on volcanic bedrock that provides a natural catchment for the sediment which is carried on a strong offshore current northwards along the coast. Our guided tour will tell tales of how the Butchulla tribe occupied the paradise of Fraser Island at least 5000 years ago. As we discover the world’s largest sand island, our off-road adventure takes us tackling inland bumps and humps through towering Satinay trees, followed by a boardwalk through majestic beauty of nature as rainforests and rare plant life surround the area. We unearth shipwrecks and sheltered bays and take plenty of time to stop and enjoy the view. Climb Indian Head and gaze down upon schools of fish, sharks, dolphins, rays and turtles, enjoying their own sea safari. We also stop off at picturesque Lake McKenzie which shines sapphire blue, surrounded with shores of snowwhite sand. We return to the resort for some down time before dinner.
Enjoy a lazy sleep in this morning and take in breakfast at your leisure before enjoying the morning at your own pace. Perhaps enjoy one of the many activities on offer at the resort. Join a ranger for a presentation or guided walk of the beach, mangroves or striking Wallum Heath that grow beside the resort, paddle a canoe or take a Segway adventure. Do as little or as much as you like, why not indulge with a day spa treatment or simply bubble away in the jacuzzi? We regroup for lunch, then later join the resort ranger and chef for our exclusive Bush Tucker talk and taste. Tantalise your taste buds with a selection of unique bush cuisine and find out how these foods can be used to enhance most dishes. The ranger presents a selection of foods in their natural and raw state and explains where and how they can be found. The chef will then show us how to use them, share some recipe secrets and present the cooked dishes for us to taste. As the day draws to a close, we meet for pre-dinner sundowner drinks at the Jetty Hut then it’s time to take our taste buds on another voyage of discovery as we dine in the award-winning Seabelle Restaurant.
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast this morning prior to checking out of the resort where we take the ferry back to the mainland. Here we board our coach to head to Brooklyn House in Howard. We parttake in a guided tour of the heritagelisted Queenslander and enjoy lunch surrounded by history before continuing south to return to Brisbane Transit Centre late afternoon.
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