August 19, 2016

Want to stay where the humpbacks play? Why the whales Fraser Island

 The Southern Humpback whales have returned to the waters of the Fraser Coast and this year, they are ready to party! After greeting visitors with plenty of breaches and tail slaps, these curious and intelligent creatures were keen to do some “people watching” getting right up close with the Quick Cat Cruise boats.

Baby whale calf playing the protected walkers of the Fraser Coast
So why are some pods of whales more “active” than others? Just like us humans, it often comes down to what stage the whales are at in life. Whales generally mate every second year- and carry a calf for 11 months. Mother whales will mate in the warm waters of Queensland towards the end of whale season, and return the next year a give birth to their calf.

A whale calf typically weighs 1.5 tonnes and are just over 4 metres in length when they are born. Newborn calves will stay with their mother to feed and learn the ropes for roughly one year before venturing off to join a juvenile pod for a migration at around two to three years old. Traditionally a full adult whale will escort a mother whale and her calf back down along the Australian cost to Antarctica.

By the time whales join a pod of juveniles they are roughly six to seven metres in length and full of energy and curiosity (imagine whales on schoolies).  They are usually some of the first pods in the migration and, at times, can get lost along the way.

Juvenile whales play in the waters off Fraser Island 
A pod of whales is usually two or three, and they can often meet up in the waters off Fraser Island where five or six whales may be in close proximity to each other. In some cases, such as Migaloo the white whale, a pod can actually just be one whale. But generally they travel in pods of two or three.

Last, but definitely not least, are the big bulls – the full grown adult male whales which can grow up to 14.5 metres in length and weigh up to 36,000 kilograms. These whales generally follow along the tail of the migration.

Whales love to frolic and play in the calm waters of Hervey Bay, protected from the strong winds and ocean currents by Fraser Island with approximately 20,000 humpback whales migrating along the Australian coast each year. 

Humans aren’t the only friends whales make along the way with dolphins and dugong often spotted amongst whale pods in and around Hervey Bay.


If you haven’t seen these incredible creatures close up, check-out these fantastic packages that include whale watch cruises and accommodation on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.



Want to see the whales up-close? Here's why the whales love to play off Fraser Island

 The Southern Humpback whales have returned to the waters of the Fraser Coast and this year, they are ready to party! After greeting visitors with plenty of breaches and tail slaps, these curious and intelligent creatures were keen to do some “people watching” getting right up close with the Quick Cat Cruise boats.

Baby whale calf playing the protected walkers of the Fraser Coast
So why are some pods of whales more “active” than others? Just like us humans, it often comes down to what stage the whales are at in life. Whales generally mate every second year- and carry a calf for 11 months. Mother whales will mate in the warm waters of Queensland towards the end of whale season, and return the next year a give birth to their calf.

A whale calf typically weighs 1.5 tonnes and are just over 4 metres in length when they are born. Newborn calves will stay with their mother to feed and learn the ropes for roughly one year before venturing off to join a juvenile pod for a migration at around two to three years old. Traditionally a full adult whale will escort a mother whale and her calf back down along the Australian cost to Antarctica.

By the time whales join a pod of juveniles they are roughly six to seven metres in length and full of energy and curiosity (imagine whales on schoolies).  They are usually some of the first pods in the migration and, at times, can get lost along the way.

Juvenile whales play in the waters off Fraser Island 
A pod of whales is usually two or three, and they can often meet up in the waters off Fraser Island where five or six whales may be in close proximity to each other. In some cases, such as Migaloo the white whale, a pod can actually just be one whale. But generally they travel in pods of two or three.

Last, but definitely not least, are the big bulls – the full grown adult male whales which can grow up to 14.5 metres in length and weigh up to 36,000 kilograms. These whales generally follow along the tail of the migration.

Whales love to frolic and play in the calm waters of Hervey Bay, protected from the strong winds and ocean currents by Fraser Island with approximately 20,000 humpback whales migrating along the Australian coast each year. 

Humans aren’t the only friends whales make along the way with dolphins and dugong often spotted amongst whale pods in and around Hervey Bay.


If you haven’t seen these incredible creatures close up, check-out these fantastic packages that include whale watch cruises and accommodation on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.



August 8, 2016

Choose Your Next Adventure on Fraser

Our sandy home of Fraser Island lies just off the east coast of paradisiacal Queensland. Kingfisher Bay Resort was recently thrilled to be featured in an article by Expedia all about the best ways to experience the island entitled, 'Experience the best of Fraser Island'.

‘This award-winning resort is the luxury option on the island, with villas sporting modern beach d├ęcor. Couples looking for a romantic getaway should opt for a spa villa and soak their cares away in the open air of a private deck.’

A world-heritage listed island, Fraser Island is an ideal destination for bird watchers and lovers of nature, wildlife and wildflowers. 

The Island is home to an incredible number of bird species, more than 230 to be exact. Rare and endangered animal species of all sorts can be found on The Great Sandy Strait, the stretch of water which separates Fraser Island from the mainland.

But for the most part it’s the spectacular lakes that draw all types of travellers from around the world to the largest sand island in the world. Fraser Island provides a fantastic opportunity to explore magnificent white sand dunes, rainforests and sand cliffs of striking colours. 

Visit some of the island’s perched lakes, such as the deepest lake on the island, Lake Wabby, the beautifully clear Lake McKenzie, Basin Lake, which is a black-water perched lake. Eli Creek is fun for the whole family as natural currents guide your under aromatic gum trees.

You can partake in an educational tour offered by us at the Kingfisher Bay Resort. Or simply stay in a Wilderness Lodge at the resort and you will be surrounded by gum trees, bush plants and native birds, letting you begin your bird watching adventure at the break of dawn! 

The resort hotel also offers luxurious spa rooms, one, two, and three bedroom villas, and holiday houses, and is the perfect venue for conferences, meetings, and romantic weddings.

Swim in the clear waters of Lake McKenzie, fish on Seventy-Five Mile Beach, visit the SS Maheno shipwreck on the eastern beach, or climb Indian Head and take in the spectacular views of the Island’s coast. Look out for turtles, dolphins, sharks, and rays from this rocky headland, which is on the eastern side of the Island.

Whatever adventure you choose be sure to return to a luxurious stay in our premier resort. We look forward to welcoming you to the island!

June 23, 2016

Five reasons Queensland's Fraser Island is better than NSW.. for a holiday

With the mighty Maroons having just secured yet another State of Origin victory this week, it’s fair to say parochial Queenslanders have a spring in their step and a smile on their dial.  While we might be more than a little one-eyed and full of Maroon pride, we’ve discovered that when it comes to choosing an ideal holiday destination- just like our Origin team- Fraser Island beats NSW in more ways than one. Here’s our top five:

1. Fraser’s beaches are bigger... and better
If you’re seeking an iconic, authentic beach experience in Australia you could visit 10-Mile Beach in northern NSW or you can four-wheel drive along the beach highway at 75-Mile Beach on Fraser Island...

 In addition to being a registered highway open for four-wheel drives, 75-Mile Beach also doubles as an airstrip for scenic flights and- if that’s not enough- it is also home to the Pinnacles and Coloured Sands and the famous Maheno shipwreck. When it comes to beaches the score is Fraser Island 1- NSW-0. 
75-Mile Beach Fraser Island 
























Fraser Island's Lake Boomanjin
 2. Fraser Island has the world’s largest perched lake … and it bleeds Maroon

There’s no doubt Fraser Island is famous for its crystal clear lakes that reflect the blue sunny skies all year round. But if you want to discover the hidden gems that lie in the heart of Fraser Island-look no further than Lake Boomanjin. 

Located 18 kilometres south of Central Station, covering 200 hectares, it is the biggest perched lake in the world. 

And yes, even on a beautiful sunny day, it shows its true colours of deep orange, gold and maroon. 

To re-cap for those watching at home, Fraser Island has bigger beaches, and now the world’s biggest perched lake. We’re going to call that Fraser Island 2- NSW 0. 



3. Don’t take our word for it, ask the Humpback Whales
There are two populations of Humpback Whales in the world, one that reside in the northern hemisphere and roughly 20,000 in the southern hemisphere. Each year the southern Humpback Whales make a pilgrimage from their home in Antarctica north along Australia’s east coast to the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef. 

The Fraser Coast is the only pit-stop for Humpback Whales in Australia
During their time on the reef the whales give birth and feed their young before returning on their southern migration. But on their journey back home, around August each year, something truly remarkable happens. They take an exit off the aquatic express and pull over for a breather in the calm protected waters between Fraser Island and Hervey Bay.

Whales showing off for eager whale watchers near Fraser Island 
With the world’s largest sand island to protect them from the currents of the open ocean, the whales can kick back and relax, feed their young and enjoy a bit of people watching.


It’s the only place in Australia that they do this- and one of only two places in the world this happens.

Once they’re ready to continue their journey around October they head back out to sea- past the coast of New South Wales and Victoria - to settle in to cooler waters of the Antarctic during the summer.

Whales are incredibly intelligent and beautiful animals, and seeing them up close is an experience like nothing else. 


They know Fraser Island is the best place to relax and play on holiday and- we might be a bit biased- but we think they’re on to something. So that’s Fraser Island 3- NSW 0 at the half-time break. 

4. Sometimes size does matter... 
Plenty of football coaches will tell you that strength, endurance and teamwork are the key elements to a winning formula, and that’s true. But when you’re planning a holiday on a tropical island, let’s face it- size matters. 
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world
With an area of more than 181, 000 hectares, Fraser Island stretches over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its widest point making it the largest sand island in the world. 

Sometimes in life, bigger is better, and we’re not going to suggest that Fraser Island has a better Opera House than NSW, but when it comes to four-wheel driving, fishing, canoeing, exploring, swimming, paddling and hiking- there’s no better place to do it. 

We figure, if you’re the biggest in the world Fraser deserves to get at least one extra point, so that’s Fraser Island 4- NSW 0. 

5. We stand taller... or at least the trees do 
Fraser Island is one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world, it’s one of the many reasons the island was inscribed on the World Heritage list by UNESCO in 1992. Fraser Island is home to more than 300 species of birds along with species of fish, squid, turtles, dolphins, dugong, wallabies, echidnas and- of course- the iconic Fraser Island dingo.


Fraser Island is the only place in the world where rainforest grows
from sand at a height of 200 metres
But it’s not only the island’s incredible array of fauna that make Fraser such an incredible holiday destination.  This natural wonder also happens to be the only place in the world where rainforests can be found growing out of sand at heights of over 200 metres.

Walking through the pristine rainforests in the heart of Fraser Island you’ll find silent, crystal clear lakes that weave their way through the sand, pre-historic ferns and trees you can’t find anywhere else on earth. 

It’s one of the island’s most unique features and the fifth and final tackle in this match-up. On every measure it's easy to see that when it comes to island holiday destinations-  there really is no contest against our mates south of the border. Fraser Island takes the win, with the final score line Fraser Island 5- NSW 0. 

Post-match highlights and expert insights:
Kingfisher Bay Resort is the perfect place for a holiday on Fraser Island
The Fraser Island’s highlight reel truly is a thing of beauty, not unlike the highlights package from the most recent State of Origin series. With incredible natural beauty, iconic wildlife and unique experiences to enjoy, Fraser Island is one of Australia’s must-visit island destinations.

When it comes to exploring this natural wonder there’s no better place to stay during your visit than Kingfisher Bay Resort. With sensational dining options, a brand new Day Spa, and a fantastic Junior Eco-Ranger Program, Kingfisher Bay Resort is the ideal location to relax, unwind and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Our experienced and knowledgeable team of rangers and guides offer daily tours, bush walks, activities and more to ensure you can experience the very best of Fraser Island. And while we’ve had some fun with this blog, we promise, we will always offer a warm and sincere welcome to visitors from New South Wales. 

May 13, 2016

Top 5 reasons visitors choose to go whale watching on the Fraser Coast

For almost 30 years, visitors from all over the world have flocked to Queensland's Fraser Coast to experience one of the most unique wildlife encounters on earth.


Whales bring their calves to play in Hervey Bay 
While there are a growing number of whale watch tours that can offer glimpses of whales as they swim along Australia's east coast on their way back to Antarctica, the Fraser Coast continues to be the only place where visitors are guaranteed front-row seats to one of nature's greatest shows. 
If you haven't been whale watching before, or you're trying to work out where to get the best whale watch experience, here's a list of the 
Top 5 Reasons why you should book your encounter on the Fraser Coast.:

1. There are only two places in the world where whales play- and Fraser is one of them..  Having completed their northern migration to calf in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef and started their return journey home, the protected waters on the western side of Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Strait provide the perfect spot for pods of whales to kick back and relax and- as with all trips to Fraser- there's plenty of fun for everyone. Mother whales teach their calves important skills they will need in cooler deeper waters, while curious, juvenile whales like to explore and do a bit of "people watching", while some of the grown ups in the pod kick back, while others are there to party, throw themselves around and have a good time. 


2. It's one of the few places in the world you are GUARANTEED to see whales 
There are different versions of this "guarantee" being offered to tourists right along the Queensland coast at various times of the year. As with many things in life, the devil can be in the detail. Under Queensland law, vessels are prohibited from approaching a whale and- in some instances- are not allowed within 300 metres of the mammals. 
Of course, while we humans have to comply with the laws, the rules don't apply to whales, who may wish to approach a boat and do some "people watching".  This happens more often than not in the protected waters, where Fraser Island acts as a buffer from the surf, swell and winds of the open ocean. 

3. You can swim with whales off Fraser Island 
That's right. If you're keen to get right up close to these gorgeous giants of the ocean- and they feel the same way- you can book a spot with Hervey Bay Whale Watch to swim with the humpbacks off Fraser Island. This is a truly incredible wildlife encounter, offered by pioneers of the whale watch industry with close to 30 years experience. Visitors who want to swim with the whales should definitely book in advance as spots do fill up FAST. 

4. Calm seas make for better experiences
If you haven't been out on the open water in anything smaller than a cruise liner, or your sea legs aren't in the best shape when it comes to venturing out onto the sea- Fraser Island provides the perfect place to be able to enjoy some time out on the water with the whales. With the island acting as a buffer, the waters of Hervey Bay are often incredibly calm and inviting. Not only does this enhance your experience, it increases your chance of an up close encounter with a whale too. 

5.You can have more cash to splash with an early bird booking
One of the other reasons Fraser is such a popular whale watching destination, is the opportunity to combine a breath-taking whale watch encounter with the chance to explore World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. 
To make this adventure nice and easy, the award-winning Kingfisher Bay Resort has created the ultimate package offering visitors 2 nights hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, transfers , a whale watch tour in Hervey Bay, a full day four-wheel drive tour of Fraser Island AND a third night FREE. 
It's easily the best option for visitors who want the best of both worlds when it comes to experiencing Fraser Island and meeting Australia's famous humpback whales. 
Early bird specials are also available, meaning you can keep even more cash in your pocket to splash on your holiday.