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Torbanlea

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.

Burrum Coast, Fraser Coast Area
Queensland
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Port of Maryborough

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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A deeper site was selected to replace the first shallow port of Maryborough which was located upriver at the original township. Wool, tallow, hides and timber were exported through the busy port and many coastal vessels brought supplies for the settlers. At one time the wharves stretched from the far end of Queens Park to beyond the Granville Bridge. At the marina you can see the last remnants of the original wharfs. Between 1859 when Maryborough was declared an official Port of Entry and 1901, more than 22,000 immigrants from Great Britain and Europe entered Australia through the port. Ships also brought Kanaka labour from the South Sea Islands to work on local sugar plantations. Ship building and repair industries added to the liveliness of the port. The derelict sheds behind the marina are remnants from the site of the Walker Shipyards which closed in 1974.

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.

Queens Park Waterfall

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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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 a popular spot for picnics and frequently used as a backdrop for weddings.

Howard

Burrum Coast, Fraser Coast Area
Visit the former coal mining village town of Howard on Queensland's Fraser Coast to discover mining heritage, country pubs and markets, as well as quaint historical buildings, including the home of Australia's first Labor Prime Minister. Coal miners first moved into the area in the early 1860s, and you can discover more about the beginnings of Queensland's coal mining industry at the Burrum District Museum. Many old fashioned shops and homes built during its coal mining days still line Howard's streets including a working old style drapery store and an Old Bake House with traditional ovens and counters. Brooklyn House is an enchanting colonial mansion (circa 1890) which was the family home of Dame Annabelle Rankin, Queensland's first female Senator. You can also see the house Australia's first Labour Prime Minister Andrew Fisher built and lived in while he worked in the Burrum coalfields in the late 1880s. Enjoy a drink in the Grand Hotel, which opened in 1899 as one of the watering holes for Burrum miners. Discover some of the region's famous residents by following Howard's Walk of Achievers. Their interesting achievements are uniquely displayed on planter boxes decorated with remnants of machinery from the Burrum Coalfields. Experience the great atmosphere of country markets at the Howard Markets on the first Saturday of each month and a night market every third Saturday. 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. Follow a Mining Villages and Waterholes Trail or Burrum Coast Discovery Trail to explore the area. The trails take in Torbanlea, also one of Queensland's first coal mining settlements with a historic old pub and famous annual picnic races, 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

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.

Maryboroughs Glory Hole

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Maryborough's Glory Hole is now a featured part of the Ululah Lagoon. It is believed to have been built as early as the 1880s. The Glory Hole is of a rare design and outdates any other work in Australia by 80 years, making it historically significant as an engineering work of art.

Maryborough

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Soak up living history in the vintage city of Maryborough where you will find glorious colonial buildings, outstanding museums, quirky heritage tours and a unique connection to Mary Poppins. One of Queensland's oldest cities, Maryborough was one of Australia's main immigration points for thousands of new settlers who flocked to the new colony from the mid-1800s to Federation. The remnants of its fascinating past remain in its architecture, with stately colonial buildings lovingly reinvented as restaurants, cafés, shops and museums. Against this stunning backdrop, you can travel back in time to relive Australia's early history with a visit to the city's original port precinct, Portside. A Portside Heritage Gateway Pass includes entry into three leading museums, a sound and light show and cellar door port tasting among rum barrels left over from the 1860s. While at Portside, soak up the river views while dining al fresco in heritage surrounds; or stroll through beautiful Queens Park, one of Australia's first botanic gardens. For those who like their history served with a large side order of fun, Maryborough offers quirky tours and trails, steam train rides, costumed characters and even a time cannon fired on city streets. Jump into the magical world of Mary Poppins with a visit to the birthplace of author Pamela Travers, and a host of "practically perfect" experiences including a statue, Magical Mary Trail and a guided tour with a 'Poppins" character. Delve into the dark side on a delightfully eerie guided Ghost Tour of the city's many haunted historic sites on the last weekend of the month. Every Monday to Saturday, hear 19th century costumed guides spin incredible tales of sailors, new settlers and slave traders that were the backbone of this old port city on a free Heritage City Walking Tour. A visit to Maryborough is not complete without searching for "treasure" in its many antique and collectable stores. Another must is its famous Thursday inner city market. Lovers of art and culture are not forgotten with public art on show in parks, streets and laneways as well as galleries, including Maryborough's Gatakers Artspace.

Teddington Weir and Picnic Reserve

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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Enjoy the wonders of nature on the Teddington Weir Vineforest Trail taking you through some of the interesting features in a patch of remnant vineforest scrub. Points of interest are highlighted with numbered posts. Facilities at Teddington Weir Picnic Reserve include small swimming pool, picnic tables, barbecues with wood supplied, playground, walking tracks and public toilets. The Teddington Weir Vineforest Trail is a joint project of World Wide Fund for Nature Australia, Wide Bay Burnett Electricity Corporation, Queensland Department of Environment, Maryborough City Council, Maryborough Environment Group and Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

Mary River Parklands

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
The historic Port of Maryborough area has been transformed into a stunning public park complete with outstanding public art works. The Mary River Parklands forms part of the historic Portside Precinct. It plays an integral role in the City's urban renewal plans, providing a naturally beautiful link between Queens Park, the multimillion dollar Brolga Theatre, the Wharf Street heritage precinct and the river. The 500 square metres of landscaped parkland offers natural terracing, community forecourt, winding pathways, gardens, magnificent royal palms and shade trees of the same species found in nearby Queens Park. A new 23 metre long wharf, known as Queens Wharf, matches one of the original timber wharves that were scattered along the riverbank during Maryborough’s heyday as a thriving river port.

Lenthalls Dam

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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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 northwest 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. 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.
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