Region: Fraser Coast

The Fraser Coast and Burnett region is situated to the north of the Sunshine Coast, around a half day's drive north of Brisbane. The region's diverse, natural beauty includes the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the world and the only place on the planet where rainforest grows from sand. It is on this coast that travellers heading north really get the feeling that they are entering tropical Queensland.

The Great Sandy Strait, with its peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, has a reputation as the ideal place to take time out. Dotted around the Strait on the mainland lie the peaceful seaside townships of Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay (where dolphins come close to shore to be fed on most mornings), Tinnanbar, Poona, Tuan, Boonooroo and Maaroom. These towns offer all the natural beauty found in the Sunshine Coast to the south, but without the people and urban development.

The majesty and uniqueness of the Southern Great Barrier Reef can be experienced at the coral cays of Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island, or the Fitzroy Reef Lagoon and the magnificent fringing reefs of the Woongarra Marine Park right on the shoreline of the Coral Coast at Bargara where the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery celebrates and preserves Australia’s most significant mainland turtle-nesting beach. Tour operators offer fully guided tours of the reefs around the islands, and give you the opportunity to slip into the warm tropical waters - perfect any time of the year for diving, swimming and snorkelling.

The locals call The Cooloola Coast "our little patch of nature's paradise found just above Queensland's Sunshine Coast". Sandwiched between Fraser Island and The Sunshine Coast, there is plenty here to discover and enjoy - the spectacular coloured sand cliffs of Rainbow Beach; hand feeding the wild dolphins at tranquil Tin Can Bay to name just two. 

How To Get There

The Burnett and Fraser Coasts are north of the Sunshine Coast and around two to three hours north of Brisbane via Bruce Highway by road.

The area is serviced by daily rail services from Brisbane, which stop at Bundaberg and Maryborough.

Best Time To Go

The region is an all-year-round destination, but if you prefer to avoid the sub-tropical heat, you may wish to visit during the winter when temperatures are pleasantly cool and rainfall is low.

The southern part of Queensland enjoys slightly drier summers in comparison to the north. Temperatures average around 20°C during winter and, although warmer, are still comfortable during summer.

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