Southern Downs

Southern Downs

Southern Downs - Queensland

World renowned as Australia's number one whale-watching destination, the Southern Downs region is humpback whale heaven where enthusiasts enjoy the gentle giants coming to rest and frolick in the idyllic warmer waters of Hervey Bay between July and November.

This region is jam-packed with exciting adventures with a beach for everyone to enjoy, whether it's family fun or wild four wheel driving or simply watch the world go by and immerse yourself into the relaxed lifestyle of the local communities.

Explore the delights of rare and wonderful wildlife at the Ramsar site in the Great Sandy Strait, hook yourself some fish for dinner in the protected waters or search for the amazing resident dugongs, turtles and dolphins. Situated on the Mary river is the town that was Brisbane's rival as the state capital, Maryborough, well known for its impressive heritage and architecture, reflecting the character of the city in these beautifully maintained traditional buildings.

Hervey Bay is Australia's whale watching capital and is framed by an amazing 40 kilometres of exquisite beaches, conveniently providing visitors with access to Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island right at your fingertips. Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and at 124 kms in length it has been given World Heritage standing due to its rare and wonderful natural treasures.

Touring the rural towns of Kilkivan, Goomeri and Wondai, the cellar doors along the regions wine trail and the village atop the Bunya Mountains National Park for some holiday driving highlights. The Fraser coast is a playground for nature enthusiasts and water lovers enjoying year round attractions.

Southern Downs Towns