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Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

1. Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

Relax on a tranquil evening cruise from Hervey Bay into the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park. This is the perfect appetizer for your evening ahead. Nothing beats watching the sunset at sea and the experience of returning to the port at dusk. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as you soak up the changing colors of the bay. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and other wildlife that frequent the Marine Park at dusk. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset. Early evening is a special time to be on the water as marine wildlife of the harbor comes out to play. You will find the peacefulness of the water perfectly reflecting the evening light, and the lights of Hervey Bay twinkling in the distance mesmerizing.

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Noosa: Everglades Safari Day Cruise

2. Noosa: Everglades Safari Day Cruise

Head out on a day tour across Lake Cootharaba, along the upper Noosa River, and up into the Noosa Everglades. Stop at historic locations and take casual walks near iconic heritage landmarks. Enjoy morning tea and lunch in one of Queensland's most stunning natural landscapes, known as the ‘River of Mirrors’. Begin your trip with a boat journey over Lake Cootharaba before entering Australia’s Everglades. Make your first stop at Fig Tree Point, where you will have the opportunity to do a small 400m rainforest walk before entering the Everglades. Take in the breathtaking views from the comfort of the boat whilst going upstream through ancient landscapes, mirrored waterways, and sub-tropical rainforests. Look out for the local birdlife that lives in the area such as pelicans, ducks, cormorants, eagles, and rare jabiru. Relax and sip on morning tea served at the historic Harry’s Hut in the Great Sandy National Park. Return to Habitat Noosa and tuck into a chef-prepared hot roast lunch served in the Coothara BAR & Bistro. Admire the panoramic views of Lake Cootharaba while you eat. Finally, return to Noosa on a comfortable bus transfer.

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Dolphin View Kayak and Great Beach Drive Tour from Noosa

3. Dolphin View Kayak and Great Beach Drive Tour from Noosa

Begin your 6-hour program with a Great Beach Drive in Great Sandy National Park. Head to Double Island Point for views of Fraser Island and the colored sands of Rainbow Beach. Head out on a kayaking tour around the headland and admire the beauty of your surroundings and the Double Island Point Lighthouse from a unique perspective. Bottlenose dolphin pods are often seen in the area, feeding on large schools of fish. They’re usually as curious about you as you are about them, so be prepared for an experience of a lifetime! In addition, see local and migrating wildlife, including humpback whales (June-November), turtles, manta rays, stingrays, and migrating sea birds.

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Hervey Bay: Sandy Strait Scenic and Wildlife Cruise

4. Hervey Bay: Sandy Strait Scenic and Wildlife Cruise

Cruise the pristine waters of the Great Sandy Straits, including destinations such as Woody Island, North White Cliffs, Ungowa and Garry's Anchorage. Departing from the Boat Club relax and wildlife spot as we cruise through the Great Sandy Straits to the famous Gary’s Anchorage, located approximately halfway to Tin Can Bay. Enjoy a light lunch on-board as we cruise through the anchorage. Experience the beauty of the Great Sandy Marine Park & Fraser Island, this pristine area of Mangroves, Sand Cliffs and sand flats wilderness is abound with sea and birdlife. Keep your eyes peeled for the famous Fraser Island dingos. Learn about some of the history of early settlers and logging of this historical region. The Great Sandy Strait, from Dayman Point - Sandy Point (near Hervey Bay) to Tin Can Bay in the south, is a Ramsar wetland of international importance. It has been declared a shorebird designated area within the marine park to protect migratory shorebirds. Seabirds and shorebirds are a vibrant feature of this World Heritage area. They occupy a range of habitats, including the mouths of creeks and estuaries, rocky ocean foreshores, sand spits, and sandy beaches.

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Rainbow Beach: Kayaking with Dolphins and Beach 4WD Tour

5. Rainbow Beach: Kayaking with Dolphins and Beach 4WD Tour

Begin your 3-hour adventure with a 4WD beach drive in the Great Sandy National Park. Head to the spectacular Double Island Point to enjoy scenic views of Fraser Island and the colored sands of Rainbow Beach. Afterward, head out on a relaxed kayaking tour around the headland as you admire the beauty of the natural surroundings and take in the Double Island Point Lighthouse from a unique perspective. Keep an eye out for the curious bottlenose dolphin pods who are often seen in this area, feeding on large schools of fish. Also, see local and migrating wildlife, including humpback whales (June-November), turtles, manta rays, stingrays, soldier crabs in their thousands, and migrating sea birds.

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Noosa: Private Double Island Point Beach Adventure

6. Noosa: Private Double Island Point Beach Adventure

Depart Noosa in your private specialized 4X4 vehicle and experience the thrill of the Great Beach Drive. Drive along Teewah Beach that stretches over 50km to Double Island Point. Take in the stunning wind-swept cliffs towering over the beach and many different types of local flora and fauna. Discover the unique private Marine Park aquatic adventure that is only accessible at low tide. Here a variety of thrilling water activities are on offer, including surf lessons on Australia’s longest wave, kayaking tours, stand up paddle lessons and wildlife eco tours. Enjoy the turquoise waters of Honeymoon Bay with the activity of your choice. See local Bottlenose dolphins feeding and playing up close in the Marine Park. Enjoy a tasty picnic lunch at a scenic location in the national park. After lunch, enjoy the return trip along the Great Beach Drive back to your Noosa accommodation.

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From Hervey Bay: Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

7. From Hervey Bay: Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

Start your tour with pickup in Hervey Bay, the gateway to Fraser Island. Then relax on the 40-minute cruise across the Great Sandy Marine Park to the island. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and turtles. Explore some of the most beautiful spots as you listen to fascinating facts about the island’s history. Over the 2 days you’ll travel in in air-conditioned comfort between sites. Visit Central Station to admire the towering trees, and learn why Fraser Island was so valuable to the timber industry. Stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk and explore the subtropical rainforest in Pile Valley. Relax on the sandy beaches around Lake McKenzie, and as an optional extra, you can take a scenic flight over the island from here. Float down Eli Creek, and see the famous Maheno shipwreck. Be amazed by The Pinnacles colored sands and hear the Dreamtime tale of how they were formed. See the spectacular Indian Head while cruising up 75 Mile Beach. Visit the Champagne Pools and slip into the amazing natural jacuzzi, formed by the crashing waves. Trek across Hammerstone Sandblow and take a dip in Lake Wabby.   Stay overnight at the Eurong Beach Resort. At the end of the second day, board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads. The shuttle service will take you back to your accommodation from there.

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Rainbow Beach Drive 4WD Tour from Noosa to Mooloolaba

8. Rainbow Beach Drive 4WD Tour from Noosa to Mooloolaba

Benefit from pickup at your accommodation, if located between Mooloolaba and Noosa, and then set off on a 6-hour off-road adventure to get stunning views of the golden the sands. Drive across a pristine stretch of white sand with stunning headland views all the way from Noosa to Double Island Point. Stop to admire the scenery of Great Sandy National Park, and take in the impressive views from the Double Island Point Lighthouse. Keep a look out for turtles, sharks, manta rays, and pods of dolphins in their natural environment, along with majestic humpback whales between June and October. Get exclusive access to the lighthouse to discover parts of the popular spot you might otherwise miss. Take photos of the dramatic Red Canyon and Coloured Sands, and watch a demonstration of the traditional techniques of the Aborigines. Go to a scenic picnic spot in Great Sandy National Park, where friendly Lace Monitor Lizards may join you for a selfie. Cool off with a dip in the ocean before the return trip to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Great Sandy National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 90 reviews

Bought this as a fathers day present it’s a Great value trip. Very relaxing and loved the glass of bubbly whilst watching the sun go down. Some good music too! Definitely recommend. Nice crew too.

Wonderful relaxing sunset cruise.Good value for the cost. Crew were freindly and knowledgeable. Additional drinks were reasonably priced. Will be back to do this one again

This was so good Relaxing way to enjoy the water And I must say the music onboard was great Throughly enjoyed worth doing for sure Thanks so much love love loved it

A brilliant day all round. Superbly organised and ran like clockwork. Highly recommended

Great trip! Knowledgeable skipper, lovely service.