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March 28, 2015 Attraction No Comments Email Email

The Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre (VIC) has become an essential port of call for fans of Australia’s maritime history.

Maheno Shipwreck

Tourism and Events Manager for Fraser Coast Opportunities, Tas Webber, checks out the Maheno exhibition at the Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre

 Coinciding with the Anzac Centenary, the centre has launched an exciting exhibition commemorating iconic Fraser Island shipwreck, the Maheno, which was driven ashore in 1935.

Manager of Tourism and Events for Fraser Coast Opportunities, Tas Webber, said the exhibition was the perfect opportunity for visitors to gain a thorough understanding of the wreck before experiencing it in person on the world-famous sand island.

“The Maheno is both a Fraser Island treasure and a shipwreck steeped in Australian nautical and wartime history,’’ Mr Webber said.

The SS Maheno was a cruise liner operating between Australia and New Zealand prior to World War I and was later converted to a hospital ship which served at Gallipoli.

It met a stormy end during a fierce cyclone in 1935, running aground about 10 km north of Happy Valley. During World War II the wreck was used as target bombing practice for the RAAF.

One of Fraser Island’s most popular attractions, the Maheno remains a constant source of fascination for Australian and international visitors.

“The Maheno exhibition is a compelling tribute to the famous wreck, comprising artefacts, historic photos and displays,’’ Mr Webber said.

“It is the perfect place for visitors to  gain a grounding in the ship’s rich history prior to embarking on their own Fraser Island adventure to see it in person,’’ he said.

Lying off the coast of Hervey Bay and just south of the coral cays of the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, stretching 123km and spanning some 166,000 hectares.

Unforgettable island eco adventures include cruises to discover the untouched beauty of the remote western side and guided self-drive tours to see the wreck and other wonders including ancient, gravity-defying rainforest, cliffs of coloured sands and freshwater lakes. Visit www.visitfrasercoast.com

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