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Byron Bay or Fraser island?

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Byron Bay or Fraser island?

Hi - We will be flying into Brisbane from Cairns. Do you suggest we go to Fraser Island or Byron Bay for the 2 days we've alloacted to that area? And what is the best, move convenient way (minus flying) to either area? Thank you.

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1. Re: Byron Bay or Fraser island?

byron bay and its hinterland is a beautiful area spoilt by tourism.

fraser island is a unique ecosystem yet unspoilt (well not entirely) by tourism.

there is nothing like fraser elsewhere in the world.

see it!

drive to hervey bay a few hours north of brisbane and get on a tour.

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2. Re: Byron Bay or Fraser island?

Thank you Lien. Are there buses that take us to Hervey Bay or is the drive worth taking? We are from NY and not accustomed to driving on the left side of the road, so prefer not to drive unless it's easy and scenic.

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3. Re: Byron Bay or Fraser island?

Lookk NYG...with your busy itinerary don't bother with a brisbane stopover.

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4. Re: Byron Bay or Fraser island?

Fraser Island is incredible and really worth a visit. Two days is not a lot of time to get up there and back though, particularly if you're driving from Brisbane or getting a bus.

I know you said you don't want to fly and I doubt you can fly direct from Cairns to Hervey Bay (you'd have to connect in Brisbane) but surely a 40 minute flight is better than a 3.5 - 4 hour bus trip or drive? It'd allow you much more time on the island.

Byron Bay is lovely - very picturesque - but really it's just a beach and Australia's easternmost point. I would choose Fraser Island over Byron any day for that quintessential Australian experience.

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5. Re: Byron Bay or Fraser island?

I agree Fraser is a unique Aussie experience but Byron Bay with its beautiful beaches, scenic hill walks along the coastline, climbing to the lighthouse and the picturesque hinterland should not be missed if you can fit in both!!

A hire car would be the best way to get to the Byron area - a very pretty and scenic drive about 40 mins south of the Gold Coast. Heaven on Earth!

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6. Re: Byron Bay or Fraser island?

Both areas are terrific, it depends how you wish to utilize your time.

Lien has given you a good description of both destinations mentioned.

If arriving into Bris Airport - it take 45mins flight to Hervey Bay. If driving it takes approx 4hrs.

You then need to catch a ferry or tour to Fraser.

For the amount of time alloted on your itinerary I think it would be better for you to drive to Byron bay and just relax and enjoy your time exploring this region.

It's a 2.5hrs drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay. If you don't want to drive then check www.byronbayshuttle.com.au

It also depend on your itinerary, where are you flying home from ????????

If Brisbane, then you do have other options than what is mentioned.

1. Moreton Island.- ferry ride from Brisbane.

2. Gold Coast - approx 1hr south of Brisbane

3. Sunshine Coast - approx 1.5hrs north of Brisbane

The most important question is "where is your next port of destination ? " and where are you flying home from ???

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7. Re: Byron Bay or Fraser island?

I would do the Byron Bay trip because it is easy to catch a shuttle bus--byron airport shuttle--and be in town in 2hrs.Fraser you need a bit more time

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8. Re: Byron Bay or Fraser island?

Thank you all.

Ellemay - Our next and final destination after Brisbane is Sydney. We fly out of Sydney to return home to New York. We are planning to go back to Sydney from Brisbane the night before our flight home since our vacation starts in Sydney for 5 days, then Cairns for 4 days and then Brisbane for 2 days.

No inter-Australian flights have been booked yet. We are still weighing our options.

Thanks again.

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