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Bridge Creek War Memorial Bridge

Brooweena, Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area

A timber bridge over a small creek west of Maryborough leads nowhere today yet it stands as a tribute to a family's nationalism post-WWI.

It was designed and funded by Mr LS Smith of Mount Joseph Station and is the only known privately-funded memorial bridge in Queensland, perhaps even Australia. Apart from the masonry piers, it was built by station hands, some of whom were returned servicemen.

Local minister the Reverend Hardingham officially opened the bridge on 21 May 1921. A bereft local mother, Mrs Brown, unveiled the honour roll. Her son was among the nine who died from the area.

White painted sandstone pillars carry leaded marble plaques remembering both those who died and the 38 who returned.

Memorials erected across the nation during and after WWI expressed the nation's grief for 60,000 Australians who died and were buried overseas. Although the Smiths lost no sons in WWI, they wished to make their own commemorative gesture and handed the bridge over to Woocoo Shire Council on completion.

The bridge remained in use until 1972 when it was replaced. Soon after, the Smith family installed a commemorative cairn to explain its historic significance to picnic-goers and passers-by.

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Wongi State Forest and Forest Reserve

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
In Wongi National Park and Forest Reserve, beautiful waterholes fringed by paperbarks and rushes are surrounded by eucalypt forest and exotic pine plantations. In the heart is Lake Lenthall, which provides the water supply for Hervey Bay.

Mary River

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
The Mary River has been known by many names, with the Aborigines calling the river Booie, Moonaboola, Numabulla or Mooraboocoola. It was named the Wide Bay River until September 1848, when Governor Fitzroy renamed the river in honour of his wife, Lady Mary Fitzroy.

Fay Smith Wetlands

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
For a different type of experience on the Fraser Coast, walk through one of the last remaining wetlands in the Maryborough area, Fay Smith Wetlands. There is a series of walking bridges and walking trails through the Fay Smith Wetlands, allowing visitors to enjoy the abundant variety of wildlife on offer.

Mudlo National Park

Kilkivan, Gympie Area
Mudlo National Park, known locally as Mudlo Gap, protects one of the area’s few remaining stands of native hoop pine rainforest. Tall hoop pines once covered much of the coastal ranges. The park is near the site of Queensland's first gold discovery - at Kilkivan township in 1852.

Brooyar State Forest

Gympie, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Brooyar State Forest features sandstone cliffs, hoop pine plantations and a mix of tall open eucalypt forest with spotted gums. Pockets of riparian rainforest fringe Glastonbury Creek. Take a scenic drive, stopping to enjoy views from Point Pure lookout (300 metre return walk) or a short stroll along an old logging road through rainforest.

Queens Park Waterfall

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Enjoy the popular spot for picnics, the Queens Park Waterfall. The waterfall area of Maryborough's Queens Park was originally a quarry, which was later converted into a pond, that is regularly home to several ducks swimming on its surface or even catching some sun on the edges.

Lenthalls Dam

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Lenthalls Dam is an ideal picnic and fishing spot with barbecue facilities, picnic shelter and tables, walking tracks and a small boat ramp provided. Built in 1984 on the Burrum River, about 30 kilometres north-west of Maryborough, Lenthalls Dam is reached by turning off the Bruce Highway about halfway between Torbanlea and Maryborough, and then travelling seven kilometres along a sealed gravel road.

Maryborough

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
A town steeped in history, Maryborough boasts a relaxed atmosphere and is nestled upon the Mary River. With beautifully preserved colonial streets, visitors have the chance to soak up some of Queensland's richest history and heritage architecture.

Bauple

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Discover the ancestral home of the Macadamia Nut with a visit to the charming village of Bauple in Queensland's Fraser Coast. Bauple sits in the foothills of Bauple Mountain and offers the chance to relive the pioneering past, discover incredible nut facts and enjoy locally grown nuts products.

Tiaro and Fraser Coast Hinterland

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Discover the rural charms of Tiaro and the surrounding area of Queensland's beautiful Fraser Coast Hinterland. Visit the ancestral home of the Macadamia nut, dine in historic hotels or picnic riverside while taking in the picturesque scenery and genuine country hospitality.
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