One of the great joys of visiting the Fraser Coast, is that you can hand pick a beach to suit your style. Whether it’s the stinger-free waters of calm Hervey Bay or 4WD-friendly 75 Mile Beach, there’s plenty of options from which to choose.
For a real retro experience, head to the seaside villages of Toogoom, Burrum Heads and Poona. The Fraser Coast beaches are also home to a wide variety of accommodation, activities, cafes and restaurants.
With its calm, clear waters, it’s little wonder the migrating humpback whales love to swim here, and you will too. There’s 14km of pristine beaches here which makes it ideal for swimming, diving, sailing, watersports and fishing.
Check out Scarness-Torquay Beach which runs between Toonan Toonan Creek and Urangan. This 6km north-facing beach is backed by a shady reserve and The Esplanade, and is protected from swell by Fraser Island.
Located on the east coast of beautiful Fraser Island, 75 Mile Beach, so named because it is approximately 75 miles long, is one of the only beaches in the world that is also a registered National Highway for cars and a landing strip for light aircraft.
75 Mile Beach isn't safe for swimming or surfing due to its rough waters and a high shark population. It is, however, the ultimate 4WD adventure destination, a fisherman’s paradise, as well as home to a number of iconic attractions, including Eli Creek, the Champagne Pools and the Maheno Shipwreck.
Perched at the mouth of the Burrum River, this peaceful seaside village is ideal for swimming, fishing and camping. Rent a holiday house or stay in the caravan park which steals pole position across from the water. There are some great selfie spots along the river.
Meaning “place of rest” in local Aboriginal dialect, it’s a fitting description for sleepy Toogoom, an old small settlement on the southern banks of Beelbi Creek. Enjoy lovely waterfront dining here and stay in one of several holiday apartments or the caravan park.
The Poona Palms Caravan Park is considered one of the most picturesque in Queensland and the surrounding area is renowned for its top fishing and camping spots with safe beaches. Stay in a self-contained unit, waterfront eco villa, or camp here.
How long does it take to get to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns? It very well may seem like a simple and easy question to answer, however, there are so many variables that make the answer not quite as straight forward as you may have initially thought.
No matter whether you are a snorkeller or a certified scuba diver, there are number of amazing Great Barrier Reef experiences that are a once in a lifetime absolutely ‘must do’. And a Minke Whale snorkel and dive Expedition is one of those that should be on your list!
Thinking of becoming a Certified Scuba Diver and looking to do your learn to scuba dive PADI certificate? Do you wish to learn to dive with a high quality professional company that has an outstanding reputation for not only skill but also safety and can match this with some of the best liveaboard dive boat fleets on the Great Barrier Reef?
This tour is special in so many ways, and is unrivalled to all other reef tours in Far North Queensland. First of all, it has the shortest open water crossing to get to the Great Barrier Reef. Fantastic news for anyone prone to motion sickness. Although this tour is a ‘Reef’ tour, it includes a ‘River Cruise’ on the journey there with Island activities on arrival. And a huge PLUS to guests that like to avoid the crowds, it has one of the lowest passenger capacities of all the island tours with a maximum of 100 guests. The destination is to an uninhabited continental island called Normanby in National Park which is part of the archipelago of Frankland Islands. It is located 10km offshore from the mouth of the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers at Russell Heads, which is approximately 45km South-East of Cairns. The Normanby Island has an abundance of wildlife not only in the water, but also on the island itself. The island is pristine, and has its own rainforest and a fringing reef not far out from its sandy shores. There are also coral gardens located further out from the island for the those that want to explore the deeper waters.
This is not a blog, it is a pitch on how good this Great Barrier Reef 2 day 1 night liveaboard dive trip from Cairns is such good value. One of our team members wrote it because she thinks it is such an amazing good value Great Barrier Reef tour, she wanted to write about it and put it on our Barrier Reef Australia blog page. We were not sure it was appropriate to pitch a single tour but we decided on free speech and free opinions so read more if you are inclined, or go to another page now. From our wonderful Great Barrier Reef Tour Specialist Chelsea Are you looking for a good value liveaboard Great Barrier Reef scuba diving adventure from Cairns without the crowds? Do you want the best dive deal money can buy in Cairns? If your answer is yes, then check out what deals we have on offer with our Great Barrier Reef Tour 2 Day 1 Night Sail, Snorkel and Scuba Dive tour!
If you are scared of the water and the creatures that live there or have never been exposed to an aquatic life in your younger years, but still wish to live out that lifelong dream of seeing the iconic wonders of the world the Great Barrier Reef, then that is okay, we have a tour that will enable you to see the coral reef from above the water and also below the water’s surface without you even getting your hair wet!