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On the last weekend of the month, Maryborough goes into activities mode...
Explore the beauty of Fraser Island on a full-day tour from Noosa or Rainbow Beach by purpose-built 4WD vehicle...
Horseback & Animal Rides
Horse-riding packages (adult/child $250/160) include accommodation, all meals and use of the on-site swimming pool and tennis courts. Day-trippers can canter off on two-hour horse rides (adult/child $85/75).
Hires out paddle-boards, kayaks and aqua-trikes ($20 per hour), catamarans ($50 per hour) and jet skis ($50 per 15 minutes). Also runs guided Fraser Island jet-ski tours from $250.
Nature & Wildlife
One of the best, with underwater microphones and viewing windows. Sightings are guaranteed during the season; you get a free subsequent trip if the whales don't show.
Small Group Tours
Get spooked on a torch-lit tour of the city's grisly murder sites, opium dens, haunted houses and cemetery. Tours begin from the Maryborough Post Office in Bazaar St.
Skipper Pete has almost 30 years of marine mammal experience, making him the ideal receptacle for the many questions this up-close whale-watching trip will throw up.
Kite-surfing (two-hour lesson $130) and paddle-boarding (per hour/two hours $30/40). Also hires out kayaks (from $20 per hour) and surf-skis ($15 per hour).
Tour of the historic precinct with a Mary Poppins–bedecked guide who spills the beans on the town’s past; book through the visitor centre.
Boating & Cruises
The Bundy Belle, an old-fashioned ferry, chugs at a pleasant pace to the mouth of the Burnett River. See website or call for tour times.
Half-day 4WD tours through the national park and along the beach to the coloured sands and lighthouse at Double Island Point.
On Mondays and Fridays, visits the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Every Wednesday, feed the dolphins on a trip to Tin Can Bay.
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