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Burrum and District Mining Museum

Howard, Burrum Coast, Fraser Coast Area

The Burrum District Museum at Howard reflects the area's past history as a major coal mining centre dating back to 1864, when the first seam of coal was discovered on the banks of the Burrum River.

It also features displays of local history from Howard and Torbanlea, early farming, war memorabilia and cottage crafts.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $2 - $2

Facilities

  • Car park

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.
Burrum Street
Howard, Burrum Coast
Queensland
Australia

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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. Camp under shady eucalypt trees at Wongi recreation area. Enjoy a picnic by the waterholes, which are stained golden brown from paperbarks. Supervise children, as some waterholes are deep. Fish at Lake Lenthall recreation area; but obtain a permit from the Wide Bay Water Corporation first.

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. Fay Smith was a nature lover and photographer, along with her husband Ted.

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. The Mary River is unique in that it flows from south to north with its headwaters near the Sunshine Coast hinterland and its mouth at River Heads just south of Hervey Bay. Maryborough is also home to the stunning Mary River Parklands which is built on the site of the original Port of Maryborough and forms part of the Portside Precinct. Parkland surrounding the river offers natural terracing, community forecourt, public art works, winding pathways and gardens.

Achievers Walk

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Discover how ordinary Australians can achieve extraordinary things on this unique walking trail. Located in Maryborough's Portside Heritage Precinct, the Achievers Walk takes you past a series of plaques in Richmond and Wharf streets which pay tribute to more than 80 Australians and former Maryborough residents. From pioneers to scholars and Olympians, learn about the remarkable achievements of former residents like Pamela Travers - the author of Mary Poppins; Duncan Chapman - the first ANZAC to land at Gallipoli; and Hayden Kenny - the original ironman.

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. The waterfall feature was constructed in the 1970s. It is also frequently used as a backdrop for weddings.

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. Lake Lenthall offers a superb location for anglers with smaller vessels, and is also proving to be a popular fishing location for fly-fishing anglers chasing a variety of popular freshwater species. The lake is officially stocked with Australian bass, barramundi, golden perch (yellowbelly) and silver perch. But there have been reports of saratoga being caught, along with eels, eel-tailed catfish (jew) and the introduced spangled perch. Bass are the main species caught, but barramundi are starting to show and will no doubt make this a noteworthy fishing location in coming years.

Howard

Burrum Coast, Fraser Coast Area
Nestled in the hinterland of Hervey Bay is the lovely historical village of Howard. Serviced twice daily by the 'Tilt Train,' Howard is an easy 15 minute drive to Maryborough, 25 minutes to Hervey Bay and 20 minutes to the beaches of Toogoom and Burrum Heads. Howard has several buildings of historical significance including a beautifully restored Queenslander offering guided tours and Devonshire Teas. Howard's small museum tells of the coal mining and farming history of the area and includes war memorabilia. Country markets are held in Steeley Street on the first Saturday of every month and there are a range of great swimming and fishing spots to enjoy on the nearby Burrum River.

Torbanlea

Burrum Coast, Fraser Coast Area
The quaint country town Torbanlea on the Fraser Coast was one of Queensland's first coal mining settlements and is famous for its annual picnic races. Every October, visitors can experience the fantastic atmosphere of the annual event at the town's Racetrack and Sports grounds - it is Queensland's best picnic races by a country mile! While at Torbanlea, visit its historic hotel, which retains much of its characteristics from its days when an enterprising miner built it as a waterhole for his workmates in the 188os. There are great swimming, fishing and camping spots on the nearby Burrum River. A good access point is the Powerhouse Road Picnic Area and Boat Ramp near neighbouring Howard. Follow a Mining Villages and Waterholes Trail or Burrum Coast Discovery Trail to explore the area. The trails take in Howard, also one of Queensland's first coal mining settlements and the picturesque fishing villages Burrum Heads and Toogoom. Explore nearby Lenthall's Dam and the Wongi Waterholes - a beautiful picnic and camping spot, fringed by paperbark trees and surrounded by forest.

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. Once one of Australia's largest ports, and now voted one of Queensland's "Must Do" experiences, the original wharf district is now home to vintage restaurants, pubs, museums and art galleries. Maryborough is also the birthplace of Pamela Lyndon Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins. Jump into the magical world of Mary Poppins and visit the heritage-listed building where she was born, explore the streets on which she grew up and enjoy the striking public art that explores the themes of her novels. A must when visiting Maryborough is a visit to it's famous weekly markets. Every Thursday the city centre transforms into a bustling outdoor market with a great variety of art, craft and fresh produce. End the week with Sunday in the Park - a lazy Sunday morning of fun, food, brass bands, steam ride trains and river cruises!
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