Hervey Bay is known as Australia’s whale watching capital. Every year in late July, humpback whales migrate to the warm Hervey Bay waters and remain until November when they return to the southern ocean. All six species of marine turtles found in Queensland inhabit the Fraser Coast. Three species of dolphins, the common dolphin, bottle-nosed dolphin and the Indo-Pacific hump-back dolphin, are also in the area.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and is home to Australia’s native dog, the dingo. The seagrass beds of the Great Sandy Strait are nursery and feeding grounds for prawns and fish and feeding grounds for dugong and turtles. On the beach at Urangan is an all-natural aquarium with a variety of fish species, soft and hard corals, turtles and sharks. Visit the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary and Park, Mungar Road, Maryborough to see real Dingoes and a selection of other species such as birds and snakes. The sanctuary is open 7 days a week, 10am to 3pm and entry is by donation.