North of Brisbane
3 ½ Hours
Drive from Brisbane
Flight from Sydneyy
Flight from Brisbane
Live close to the action but far enough away to enjoy the benefits of relaxed, regional living.
The Fraser Coast sits at the hub of the Wide Bay-Burnett, one Australia’s fastest growing regions. The region is centred on the twin cities of Hervey Bay and Maryborough and has direct road, rail and air access to major domestic centres including resource sectors to the west and north.
It lies just north of the Sunshine Coast, and south of the Bundaberg North Burnett region, only 250km north (about 3 ½ hours) from Brisbane by road and a 90-minute flight from Sydney.
It is a one of the world’s premier nature destinations and is encompassed by the Great Sandy Biosphere, designated in 2009 by UNESCO in recognition of the international importance of our region. The designation promotes the idea that social, economic and cultural development can coexist in harmony with the conservation of our precious natural environment. It encourages communities to work, live and play in ways that support sustainable use of our natural resources.
The beauty of the Great Sandy Strait and its coastal villages are complemented by a stunning coastline of pristine, white sandy beaches from Woodgate and Burrum Heads to Rainbow Beach.
The splendour of the Fraser Coast is not only confined to the coast, with inspiring heritage in Maryborough along with national parks, native woodlands, heath and dense rainforest and the beautiful Mary River combining the best of the Fraser Coast Hinterland including Tiaro and Bauple.
There might be places with a better climate, but you would be hard-pushed to find them. The Fraser Coast is blessed with the ideal weather for year-round outdoor living and an active lifestyle. It has a sub-tropical climate with a mild sunny winter and warm tropical summer that rarely reach the temperature extremes of other parts of Queensland.
The coast is predominantly affected by the south-east trade winds in the summer, with occasional strong northerly winds and storm swells. These winds keep the temperatures down in summer and up in winter, with an average of 30 °C in summer and 22 °C in winter.
The land mass of Fraser Island significantly affects the pattern of weather in Hervey Bay and protects the water from open ocean storm effects and swells. This has led to the formation of many shallow bays and sheltered channels, which blend into seagrass meadows, mudflats and mangroves.
The average rainfall for the year is around 1100 millimetres, with most falling during the rainy season which runs from December to March, and a smaller rainy period in May and June. The months of April and from July to November are generally dry and sunny.