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Fraser Coast

Maryborough and Hervey Bay are the key city centres in Queensland's famous Fraser Coast region – one of the state's most attractive holiday destinations. A popular destination for tourists and sea-changers, Hervey Bay is a tourism hub and one of the major mainland access points to the world-famous Fraser Island. The city has also become a significant regional business centre, and focuses on clean, low-impact industries, including:

  • tourism
  • retail trade
  • aviation and marine manufacturing

Maryborough supports a range of industries reflective of the region's natural resources, and has been developed primarily as a centre for engineering, timber and sugar-processing. The following industries are also large contributors to the local economy:

  • agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • manufacturing and construction
  • property and business services

As one of the top 15 largest-growing areas in Queensland*, the Fraser Coast region looks forward to a strong future as one of the state's most well-known and prosperous centres. Continued population growth is expected for the region, which will drive industry growth and economic strength, while supporting the enviable lifestyle currently enjoyed by residents and tourists.


Source: Department of State Development, Trade and Innovation 2007
* Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011; Fraser Coast LGA
A picture of a boat harbour through palm trees

ImageFraser Coast at a glance

  • 103,358*
  • 3 hour drive or 40 minute flight north of Brisbane
  • 2 domestic airports
  • 3 hospitals
  • 2 tertiary education facilities
  • 5 major shopping precincts
Key Events:
  • Bay to Bay Yacht Race (May)
  • Fraser Coast Annual Show (May)
  • Dragon Boat Regatta (July
  • Fraser Coast Golf Classic (August)
  • Fraser Coast Living Expo (September)
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