Hervey Bay, a bustling coastal city of 60,000, is the gateway to Fraser Island.
Due to the subtropical climate and mild temperatures almost year-round its a very popular holiday destination. Hervey Bay itself is mostly protected by Fraser Island to the east making for some of the safest, family-friendly beaches on the Queensland coast.
It is the perfect place to unwind and relax with the Esplanade and Pier overlooking Fraser Island which is dotted with parks and barbecue areas, outdoor cafés, restaurants and shops.
KEKOA is based out of the Hervey Bay Boat Club in the heart of Urangan. The waterfront around the Boat Club is a hive of activity with a number of nearby accommodation options as well as restaurants for eating out.
We’re happy to recommend a few options for staying nearby. We also have access to discounted rates at the Ocean’s (Oak) Resort. Get in touch!
For the adventurous or those who have a little more time on their visit, Hervey Bay is just a 3.5hr drive north of Brisbane. You can come directly via the Bruce Highway or stop over on the Sunshine Coast on your way north.
There are direct flights daily into Hervey Bay (with the airport less than 10 minutes from the city centre) from both Brisbane (50mins) and Sydney (1hr45mins).
Flights from Brisbane are operated by Qantas.
Flights from Sydney are operated by Virgin Australia.
KEKOA is a great boat for remote live aboard adventures. In fact, that’s exactly what she was designed for. Long range exploring!
Captain Luke Fallon has always been a trailblazer. In 2008 he envisioned the market for a game boat (as mothership) in the rivers of the Gulf of Carpentaria fishing out of two custom built tenders and the idea for KEKOA 56 was born. She was specifically built for these types of long-range and self sufficient adventures – and 9 very successful seasons in the Gulf later, she has proved her suitability!
Along the way we have also had some very successful east coast explorations fishing Princess Charlotte Bay and the Flinders Island Group in the north, to Holmes and Flora Reefs in the east off Cairns, as well as the remote reefs of the Coral Sea including (to name just a few) Saumarez Reef, Frederick Reef, Wreck Reef, Kenn Reef and Cato Reef.
Cruising and fishing where you are almost always the only boat in sight!
In late October 2017 we undertook a two week exploration specifically of these southern reefs and see enormous opportunity in these more largely less fished areas. Further afield these reefs get far less human pressure, which suits the adventure fisherman!
What did we find on our big adventure? Footballs field size schools of XOS yellowfin tuna, wahoo and dogtooth tuna that have never seen a lure, bottom and reef fish and blue, black and striped marlin!
As well as gorgeous reef and sand cay anchorages providing safe shelter in any weather conditions and pristine waters as far as the eye can see!
KEKOA is built in B survey (and one of the few in our fleet that is!) which means that we can venture further afield to give you the remote adventure you have been looking for!
Contact us to create a Coral Sea Adventure itinerary today!