Australia's Nature Coast Holidays

Get closer to Australia’s unique flora and fauna with a visit to Australia’s Nature Coast.

Australia’s Nature Coast is home to a great cast of local characters. Sleepy koala bears hug eucalyptus trees in Noosa National Park, humpback whales breach off the shore of Hervey Bay, and wild dingoes roam the sands of K’gari (formerly Fraser Island).

Stretching across two coastlines, Sunshine and Fraser, life on the Nature Coast is quieter and more slow-paced than further south. But you’ll still find adventure at every turn – whether you’re charging across K'gari’s 75 Mile Beach in a 4x4, swimming in Lake McKenzie’s clear-as-glass waters or blending your own rum at Bundaberg’s award-winning distillery.

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Australia's Nature Coast Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Australia's Nature Coast

Kingfisher Bay Resort, K'gari (formerly Fraser Island)

An eco-friendly resort in a World Heritage wilderness area

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas

Luxury self-catered apartments near to Noosa National Park

The Sebel Noosa

Stylish and spacious self-catered apartments, just minutes from pretty Noosa Beach

Get to know Australia's Nature Coast and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.


GMT +10 hours; Queensland does not observe daylight saving time so is 9 hours ahead of the UK during British Summer Time


Australian Dollar


Brisbane: approx. 21 hours (not including stopover times)


Majority Christian


Australia has no official language but the majority of people speak English as their first language. Approximately 250 indigenous Australia languages are spoken.

Where is Australia’s Nature Coast?
Located in the east of Australia, the Nature Coast encompasses the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, K’gari (formerly Fraser Island), Hervey Bay and Bundaberg. The main international airport is at Brisbane, just south of Noosa. There are direct flights from Sunshine Coast and Hervey Bay airports onto K’gari which is also accessible by a 30-minute ferry ride from the mainland.

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Sunshine Coast
Charming Noosa has popular beaches and a vibrant café culture. Noosa Heads is where you’ll find the main beach, as well as chic Hastings Street. At the end of the street is Noosa National Park, where trails run through rainforests and along the coastline. Five minutes’ drive away, Noosaville is a family favourite, with a village atmosphere and riverfront park. Wider afield, the lovely Sunshine Coast hinterland attracts visitors with its charming villages, historic towns and Jurassic Park-like Glass House Mountains.

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K’gari (formerly Fraser Island)
Unique K’gari is the world’s largest sand island, with World Heritage status protecting its ancient rainforests, crystal lakes and ecosystems. 4x4 vehicles travel along 75 Mile Beach to attractions including the Maheno shipwreck and Eli Creek. Head inland for a bumpy ride to the rainforest to try to spot wild dingoes. Over 100 lakes include beautiful Lake McKenzie with its sparkling blue waters and the glorious deep green Lake Wabby. K’gari is reached by ferry from Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay.

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Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay is best known as a departure point for K’gari, but also offers easy access to Lady Elliot Island. But it has plenty to offer visitors, with outdoor eateries, and an 8-mile pathway along the foreshore that’s perfect for cycling. K’gari shelters Hervey Bay from the ocean surf, so the waters here are ideal for family-friendly swimming and watersports from sailing to diving. And from July to November humpback whales travel along the Queensland coastline, stopping in the calm waters here to nurse their young.

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Four hours’ drive north of Brisbane, the historic sugar cane city of Bundaberg lies on the Burnett River at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Attractions in the city include lush botanic gardens and the Bundaberg Rum Distillery, which produces a dark rum known locally as ‘Bundy’ and offers tours. A short drive away is the Mon Repos Regional Park. There are some lovely walking and cycling tracks here but the biggest draw is from November to March, when visitors can see nesting and hatching turtles on the beach at night.

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Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Beach is an entry point to the Great Sandy National Park and the southern gateway to World Heritage-listed K’gari. This idyllic coastal town at the base of the Inskip Peninsula is best known for its colourful sand cliffs – from where it gets its name – and the easy access it offers by vehicular ferry to Fraser Island. It’s a low-key area, attracting campers and fishermen alongside backpackers and travellers who just want to chill out before heading to K’gari.

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Australia's Nature Coast Weather

Apr - Jun, Sep - Nov