Sampling fine wine and soaking up the sun are obvious options where a trip to Australia is concerned but the North East Coast of the land down under has something a little more adventurous to offer.
To really make the most of your trip, consider Queensland’s Nature Coast, spanning from Brisbane up to Hervey Bay and Fraser Island. Paradise beaches and azure waters can be found in abundance but along with that comes a diverse range of wild-life that guarantees a trip worthy of the long haul flights and subsequent jet lag.
Lounging on the beach is best saved for destinations closer to home. When you’re travelling half way around the world, you want exposure to something different. Where better then, than a place that allows you to see whales mating in the wild, to swim with turtles, feed dolphins and casually drive past kangaroos and dingoes in their natural habitat? The nature coast does seem to have it all. Even sun-worshippers can take comfort in knowing that jungle lined beaches and pretty swimming coves feature predominantly in all Nature Coast itineraries.
A plan of action is what you need if you have a limited time frame to squeeze everything in. It’s a short drive from Brisbane to Hervey Bay but there’s so much to see and do in between, that at least a week should be scheduled in to cover it all. From surfing and spotting Koalas in Noosa National Park to trekking through Eucalyptus forests on a walk through the Hinterland, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
If you fancy yourself a bit of a David Attenborough and it’s wild-life that will really make your trip, then a couple of key destinations should be on your list. The UNESCO Noosa Biosphere reserve is comprised of around 1500 km sq of woodlands, rainforests, beaches, lakes, rivers and mountains. Tropical birds, koalas, bats and turtles are just a selection of the wild-life you might encounter here.
Heritage listed Fraser Island is also one to hit-up for its sheer diversity of landscape and wealth of wild-life. Forests, swamps, sand-dunes and coastal heaths host the likes of dingoes, pelicans, wallabies and crocodiles, while dolphins and humpbacks can be spotted in the surrounding waters. Take an adventure tour if you’re trying to squeeze it all in.
Beach lovers will be thrilled to know that on the Nature Coast, wild-life and sandy jaunts along turquoise water come hand in hand. Rent a car and drive along the beaches of the coast to uncover the best surf spots and shipwrecks while also spotting kangaroos and birds of prey, feeding dolphins and watching whales mate (if that floats your boat...)
Fifty percent of all of Australia’s species of wildlife can be found on the Nature Coast. It’s this and its pristine beaches and protected heritage reserves that make it bucket-list potential. Forget city slicking. It’s this that you’re flying all that way for.