Queensland’s World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is worth visiting at any time of the year. It’s the planet’s largest sand island and a 4X4 paradise, with stunning rainforest, dingoes, awesome fishing, crystal clear freshwater lakes and endless beaches.
But what makes it particularly special at this time of the year is its prime position on “The Humpback Highway”.
From August to November the sheltered waters between Fraser Island and the mainland – Hervey Bay – become the whale watching capital of the world as humpbacks calve at the end of their annual migration from Antarctica.
Whaling had taken the east coast humpback population to the edge of extinction in the 1960s, with numbers estimated at just 200 to 500.
Today it is thought that population is 17,000 to 19,000 and growing annually by 10 to 11 per cent.
So get your 4X4 down to Fraser’s Kingfisher Bay for a whale watching cruise, or watch the humpbacks frolicking from Fraser’s famous beaches.