Hervey Bay on Queensland's Fraser Coast
is touted as 'Australia’s family aquatic playground', and the town itself, as well as the chain of smaller resorts that hug this sheltered shoreline live up to the promise.
With the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island, absorbing the Pacific’s force, there is no surf, and swimming is safe for everyone from grandad to toddler. It is also a secure haven for fishing.
Then, of course, there is the main attraction - the whales. Humpback whales head north in the colder months, arriving in the protected waters of Hervey Bay in August, where they calve and generally laze about in the sunshine. They continue to frolic in the warm, calm waters of the bay through to mid-October before they head south to the food-rich Antarctic for the summer.
A large fleet of cruisers licensed to take whale-watching passengers into the bay is based locally. The skippers are experienced in the ways of the whales and can virtually assure every passenger of a close encounter with these gentle leviathans of the ocean. There are daily links to Fraser Island from Hervey Bay.
Find out more about the Fraser Coast