The Fraser Coast Region
Calling the Fraser Coast on Queensland’s coast home, we are approximately 3.5 hours drive north of Brisbane. The Fraser Coast is home to many natural and waterside treasures including the region’s gems, Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island and Hervey Bay, where the majestic humpback whales choose to holiday every year from July to November. The waters between Hervey Bay and Fraser Island, known as the Great Sandy Strait, provide an amazing base for boat lovers and those who want to witness the beauty of Fraser Island (K’gari) from the water.
The local Butchulla people call Fraser Island, K’gari, meaning paradise. Once you’ve sailed with a view of this 124km beauty, you’ll understand why!
There are so many hidden spots ready to be uncovered on your next water-based adventure but check out a few of our favourites below.
Secluded island views? Yes please! Anchor up near this sand bank not far from the Great Sandy Straits harbour for the perfect spot to crack open some champagne with some postcard view to match. If you are travelling past this sand bank at the right time, you may also catch a glimpse of pelicans joining together to watch the sun go down.
Make sure you bring the rods for this one – Coongul Creek on Fraser Island is a hot spot for local fishers and is found to have Bream, Flathead and Whiting. Not an avid fisher? It’s also the perfect spot to anchor up when the tide is right and spend the day on the 5km stretch of beach found at the creek.
Big Woody Island
As soon as you leave us at the Great Sandy Straits Marina, you’ll be able to see views of Woody Island in the distance behind the aptly named ‘Round Island’. Big Woody is home to two heritage listed lighthouses and a large variety of birdlife that call it home.
When sailing along the coast of Fraser Island make sure you look up to spot the magnificent coloured dunes of Triangle Cliffs on the beach that stretches from Coongul Creek through to Wathumba Creek. The coloured and cliffed dunes are up to 90 meters high so can’t be missed.
While on your ocean escape around our backyard, be sure to sail on into Wathumba Creek (when the tide is right) for epic crystal clear waters perfect for a swim or snorkel.
An anchorage just in front of North White Cliffs which will give you great views of the famous Kingfisher Bay Resort. Along with 10/10 views, you’ll also find this is a great place for a spot of fishing.
deep creek / ungowa
If you head south from Kingfisher Bay down the Great Sandy Straits, you’ll find so many sights to explore and the perfect place to stop and anchor is either Deep Creek or just off Ungowa Creek. This area is home to two ship wrecks and some amazing views to soak up. This anchorage is nestled between Fraser Island and Stewart Island.
Get ready for one of our absolute highlights on a bareboating trip, watching the sun set over the top of Fraser Island with a drink in hand. Rooney’s (as the locals know it) is the furthest point on our charter experiences and is perfect for those embarking on a 5 or 7 night charter. This spot also has some amazing fishing spots to get hooked on.
We know that going north along the side of Fraser Island is very popular, but there’s also a world of exploring to do while heading down south along the straits and stopping the night at Gary’s Anchorage. You’ll get to sail or motor past the many little island that are dotted throughout the Great Sandy Strait and anchor just off a unique part of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
North Easterly Winds
North Westerly Winds
Please note: Itineraries are suggestions and only to be used as a rough guide on what anchorages are available throughout the Great Sandy Straits. Always check in with weather guides and your contact on the mainland prior to anchoring.