The Nature Coast is one large expanse of natural beauty however there are some distinct landmarks that set this part of the country apart from the rest. These are our favourite spots to visit along the Nature Coast.
Lady Elliot Island
Located on the southernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef Lady Elliot Island is a hotspot for those wishing to snorkel and dive as they explore and meet the local wildlife. When visiting this World Heritage site you can charter a boat and stay for a day or you can opt to stay at the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort and spend several days as you escape from the reality of everyday life.
A hotspot with backpacker and budget travellers, Fraser Island is an exciting place to visit if you enjoy off-roading in your 4X4 or Land Rover. The worlds largest sand island, this delight is called K’gari (Paradise) by the Butchulla people who are its traditional owners and custodians. Those interested in maritime history can also visit the wreck of the SS Maheno – a trans-Tasman liner that was shipwrecked on the island in 1935.
There are two biospheres on the Nature Coast and the Noosa Biosphere has the claim of being Queensland’s first UNESCO listed biosphere. 54,000 people live within the biosphere balancing their lives alongside the natural landscape. There are 60 distinct ecosystems found here and over 44% of all Australian bird species call the Noosa Biosphere home. Endangered and threatened animals live here including the iconic Dugong and Platypus as well at the Glossy Black Cockatoo. If you enjoy wildlife photography and a relaxed atmosphere, then this is a must-visit on your trip along the Nature Coast.
Famous for its seafood festival each August, Hervey Bay is home to an abundance of fish. The stunningly blue water is a great spot to look for humpback whales. Spend a day on the beach with binoculars or take an afternoon and board a scenic cruise. We recommend visiting between July and November if you want to go whale-watching. Those looking for a slightly different experience can pop down the road and visit Maryborough – the town where Mary Poppins was born. Stunning heritage buildings easily transport visitors back to the late nineteenth century and their bright colours contrast fantastically with the modern landscape ensuring some unique photographic opportunities.
The Glass House Mountains
No trip along the Nature Coast is truly complete without paying a visit to the spectacular Glass House Mountains. Only one hour from Noosa these mountains add a unique vibrancy to the to landscape. Stay for the sunset for an once of a kind experience you will never forget. Wild Horse the easiest mountain to climb with a 700m walk to the lockout point. Experienced climbers can climb Beerwah, the mother of the mountains. Expect the climb to take several hours and ensure you are suitably dressed and prepared for gusty winds. The effort is worth it as you take in gorgeous views of the natural Queensland landscape.
There is a lot to see and do on the Nature Coast and the unique beauty of the region will ensure that you keep coming back to explore!