Spend a wondeful 5 days exploring the region including Bundaberg, Maryborough and stay on the world’s largest sand island – World Heritage listed K’gari – formerly known as Fraser Island.
Tuesday, 7th May, 2024
TOUR DESCRIPTION & ITINERARY
In June 2023, the Queensland Government officially announced that Fraser Island would return to its former, traditional name, K’gari. K’gari stretches over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its widest point. With an area of 184 000 hectares it is the largest sand island in the world. K’gari’s World Heritage listing ranks it with Australia’s Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef. K’gari is a precious part of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage, it is protected for all to appreciate and enjoy.
Day One: Journey to Hervey Bay
K’Gari is located 300 kilometres north of Brisbane and, after your flight this morning from Sydney to Brisbane, you will be met by your experienced coach driver who will spend the next few days with you. Travelling to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast for lunch today before a stop in Gympie for a break before arriving into Hervey Bay at the Ramada for the next 2 nights. (07 4197 0500)
Day Two: Bundaberg
This morning after a hearty breakfast we tour northward to Bundaberg for the day. Our first visits will be to Fairymead House and the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. Fairymead House was built in 1890 to an Indian bungalow design and was initially the manager’s residence at nearby Fairymead Sugar Plantation. The imposing residence was built for Ernest and Margaret Young who were the owners of Fairymead Sugar Mill and Plantation. Mrs Young’s brother was an architect and is said to have had a hand in the grand design. Most rooms contain a series of static displays illustrating the lifestyle of a plantation owner in the late nineteenth century and the social aspects of the development of the sugar industry. Fairymead House also reflects the life and work of the Young brothers – Henry, Horace and Ernest – who established one of Bundaberg’s earliest and most successful sugar plantations. Bundaberg-born Bert Hinkler was a man fascinated by flight. His captivation with the wonders of air travel took him across the world and made him a pioneer and household name in his field. On loan from Queensland Museum, Bert Hinkler’s original Avro Baby aircraft is on display at Hinkler Hall of Aviation. It was in this aircraft that Bert set two records, namely his 1920’s London to Turin flight and his 1921 flight from Sydney to Bundaberg.
Let’s go drinking. A visit to Bundaberg wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the home of Bundy Rum! Established in 1888, a couple of mates invented an ingenious (and delicious) way to use up excess molasses from sugar production to form rum. It’s been awarded the best rum in the world status multiple times. We’ll have lunch here before embarking on an informative guided tour.
Finally we’ll visit another Bundaberg icon – the home of Bundaberg Ginger Beer before returning to Hervey Bay.
Day Three: Maryborough
A local day today as we explore the interesting town of Maryborough. Our first attraction is to experience a guided tour of the Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial. Words and thoughts of the original Anzacs will guide visitors on a unique journey through The Great War. Soaring 8m into the air is a steel representation of the cliffs of Gallipoli. Standing in front of them is a bronze statue of a Maryborough man, Lt Duncan Chapman, who became the first Anzac when he stepped ashore from a rowed boat near dawn on April 25, 1915.
Footsteps from the statue lead to a scale model of the bow of that boat, shaped from iron bark. It carried Lt Chapman and 26 others on to the beach of what would become known as Anzac Cove. Two other bows will nose in a little further back to form the trio of boats of the 9th Battalion that landed first at Gallipoli on a faraway Sunday. The stylised cliffs form an arbour with panels telling the story of Gallipoli, much of it seen through the eyes of Queenslanders from Wide Bay. Inscribed pavers take visitors on to the Western Front and down a side path, past sculptures and whispering voices to an arbour dedicated to the pitiless battle of Pozieres. You’ll then have some free time on town. Entry is included to the Military and Colonial Museum which has over 10,000 pieces of memorabilia, you’ll be able to visit the city markets (if operating) and, no visit to Maryborough would be complete without a visit to the Cistern Chapel. I’ll leave it up to your coach driver to explain!
After a fun morning it’s now time for the short drive to River Heads where you’ll be boarding your barge to K’Gari for 2 nights at the award winning Kingfisher Bay Resort where King Charles stayed in 1994. I hope they’ve changed the sheets! Enjoy lazing by the pool before a drink at the sunset bar and then a beautiful dinner. (1800 372 737)
Day Four: K’Gari
An early breakfast this morning as there is so much to do and see today. Depart on your 4WD coach (we’ve left the other one back on the mainland) for a full day of guided touring including all the major attractions on the island such as Lake McKenzie freshwater lake, Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek, Pile Vally, The Maheno shipwreck, Seventy-Five Mile Beach, Eli, Creek, Coloured Sands and Stonetool Sandblow. Luch will be a K’Gari Beach Resort. Dinner tonight at Kingfisher.
Day Five: K’Gari to Home
After breakfast a later checkout today to give you a chance to relax after a big day. Travel again on the barge to the mainland before joining your luxury coach for the journey south. Lunch will be at a suitable location near Gympie before arriving at Brisbane Airport for your flight home.