If your idea of a great holiday is really getting away from it all and relaxing in a natural paradise, then salvation is close at hand at Queensland’s Hervey Bay and neighbouring Fraser Island. A three-hour drive or 40-minute flight north of Brisbane transports you into an official stress-free holiday zone, complete with sweeping golden beaches, aquatic adventures and an unspoiled island wilderness. Hervey Bay’s endless choice of safe, warm swimming waters offer families the ideal aquatic playground. Set along 20km of pristine calm-water beaches, the bay is a haven for swimming, sailing, boating, fishing, diving, water and jet skiing, windsurfing, and snorkeling. Hervey Bay is also the gateway to the world’s largest sand island and nature lover’s paradise - Fraser Island. The World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is an ecological masterpiece of giant sand dunes, rainforests, open beaches, freshwater streams and lakes and an exceptional range of unique flora and fauna.