The Fraser Coast is home to K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) and the coastline that runs parallel to the island, encompassing historic towns like Maryborough and Hervey Bay. In this region, you can find 20,000 years of history, World Heritage listed scenery, water sports and whale watching, and a warm welcome from the local LGBTQIA+ community.
The Butchulla people are the Custodians and Traditional Owners of K’gari – a word which translates to ‘paradise’ – and the rich culture can be experienced through a number of tours and activities offered by First Nations guides. In Hervey Bay, you can explore the environment and the Butchulla culture with Hervey Bay Marine Eco Tours. Listen to Butchulla guides relate the history of K’gari and Hervey Bay, recount the stories of the Butchulla people, and share their knowledge about the local environment.
There are many other reasons to visit K’gari, including its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the world’s largest sand island, and its landscape is made up of rainforests, mountainous sand dunes, and freshwater lakes. A place of adventure, K’gari is best explored via 4WD, either on your own or with a tour guide. It also offers copious opportunities for hikers who would rather travel by foot. The Fraser Coast is also an ideal location to visit during whale watching season, and each year visitors come from all over the world to witness the migration. Watch from the beach, or book a private charter to get a closer look. While on the Fraser Coast, consider connecting with the local LGBTQIA+ community through one of their online social groups, like Fraser Gays, Fraser Coast Gay and Proud Group, and Fraser Coast LGBT+ Youth.