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Maaroom

The tiny inlet of Maaroom in Queensland's Fraser Coast region is nestled along the spectacular shoreline of the Great Sandy Strait - with stunning views across to the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island.

This tranquil seaside hideaway, just twenty kilometres south of Maryborough along the Cooloola Coast Road, has a caravan park and an all-weather boat ramp with tidal access for fishing.

Down at the water's edge is a pleasant spot to have a picnic with sheltered gazebo and playground.

Maaroom is part of a collection of quaint fishing villages dotted along the water's edge of the Great Sandy Strait - the waterway between Fraser Island and the Fraser Coast Mainland.

Let the pace wind back several notches by following the Great Sandy Strait Discovery Drive to these villages and surrounding national parks to discover coloured sands and sand blows, incredible birdlife, fishing and boating.

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Coongarra Rock

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
Free Entry
For Four Wheel Drive enthusiasts, Coongarra Rock and Falls provide an opportunity to explore rocky outcrops, caves, rock pools and natural vegetation. It is possible to climb the rock but should only be attempted by fit and experienced bushwalkers. It is situated 24 kilometres south of Biggenden and Coalstoun Lakes. Lords Road is the turn off to Coongarra Rock. The road goes to within a short distance of this spectacular outcrop in a dry scrubby State Forest. The road to the falls branches off the road to Coongarra Rock and goes within walking distance of the top of the falls. The roads should only be attempted by Four Wheel Drive vehicles. These roads can be dangerous after heavy rain and care should be taken at all times.

Mount Walsh National Park

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
A prominent landmark in the Biggenden region is the granite bluff area of Mount Walsh, in the northern part of mountainous Mount Walsh National Park. Exposed granite outcrops, rugged ridges and steep forested slopes support a range of vegetation. Follow the 300 metre trail from the picnic area through open eucalypt forest to a rocky creek gully fringed in rainforest, then on to lookouts over surrounding countryside. With caution, experienced walkers can take the strenuous (unmarked) two and a half hour hike to Mount Walsh's bare granite summit. You will be rewarded with stunning views.

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. You can picnic at Glastonbury Creek, or set up your tent or caravan on the grassy camping area nearby. Relax and absorb the tranquillity. In summer, feast your eyes on the forest's colours: rich red and yellow flowers of black bean trees, and vivid orange flower spikes of silky oaks. You can camp with your dog overnight, but must keep it on a leash.

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. Go for the short, scenic drive to Mudlo Gap for excellent views. The Mudlo Gap track is steep with many steps, but the view from the lookout is impressive. Enjoy a picnic beside Scrubby Creek. Part of the one kilometre Scrubby Creek walking track is wheel chair accessible - through dry rainforest, past giant figs and pleasant creeks. On your walks, keep your eyes open for whiptail wallabies and listen for wonga pigeons.

Springvale Horse Treks

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$90 - 180
Springvale, a working cattle property, comprises of 3804 hectare/9395 acres of steep valleys and high mountain tops covered by scrub, rainforest and open eucalyptus forests. You can enjoy activities such as bushwalking, fauna watching (property lists available on request -vulnerable and threatened species on property), birdwatching (historical and "wild net" list available on request), bicycle riding (bring your own bike) and there is also a cooling off creek. Or you may prefer to take a trail ride! Bring your own horse and cover two trails over two days! They'll boil the billy and have a lunch stop at one of the water points/holding paddock on the Saturday, during the full day ride. Then on Sunday, the shorter ride, they will stop for a morning tea (food provided in cost). There is also a property tour with morning/afternoon tea provided (must be booked in advance). You can view day to day operations of a working cattle property, including horse back mustering and a working dog demonstration. On request you may join in at feeding time to watch, feed and steal a pat from various farm animals. This is on Saturdays and Sundays only from 4pm to 5pm (costs apply).

Kilkivan

Kilkivan, Gympie Area
Kilkivan is the north-eastern entrance to the South Burnett and is home to a host of experiences. Tempt your tastebuds with local olives and redclaw crayfish. Tantalise your senses with the aroma and healing properties of lavender direct from the farm. Allow yourself to glimpse life as it used to be, by wandering the town's historical museum in the main street. Queensland's first gold discovery was at Kilkivan in 1852 and subsequent findings escalated into a gold rush in 1868. Small pockets of gold are still found to this day and visitors can have a go at gold panning. Brochures describing short walks and drives to places of interest are available. Check out Mudlo Gap Conservation Park, north of Kilkivan especially if you have an interest in bird watching. Have a cold drink at the hotel and meet some of the locals. As well as lovely accommodation, the local B&B offers sumptuous meals and the opportunity to take some of the goodies with you in a South Burnett gift hamper. Annually, the town hosts 'The Kilkivan Great Horse Ride', an exciting event which has been known to attract over 1000 riders to its trek along parts of the Bicentennial National Trail.

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. The southern hinterland is defined by the Mary River which provides opportunities for camping, fishing and canoeing. A quiet trip down the Mary can bring you face to face with some of Australia's rarest species including the ancient Australian lungfish and Mary River turtle, while country roads and old stock routes lend themselves to bushwalking, horse riding and mountain biking. Begin your journey of discovery at the Tiaro Visitor Information Centre and Craft Cottage in the restored railway station on the Bruce Highway where you can stock up on locally produced art and crafts, and produces as well as local knowledge. Enjoy a hearty meal and good old fashioned hospitality in an historic country pub including Tiaro's Hideaway Station Hotel (circa 1881) or the Royal Hotel in its main street. Taste some top quality bacon and smallgoods at one of the town's more unusual attractions, its butcher shop which is famous throughout Australia. Explore the wider area by following the Fraser Coast Country Drive Trail, which takes in old rail sidings, the historic Dickabram Bridge and small towns oozing country charm such as Bauple, Gundiah and Theebine.

Boonooroo

Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Coast Area
Boonooroo and neighbouring Tuan on Queensland's Fraser Coast are not your typical sleepy fishing hamlet - they also boast spectacular views across the Great Sandy Strait to Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. With a caravan park, bowls club, golf course, tennis court, and bike and boat hire, Boonooroo is the perfect place for a holiday filled with great fishing and relaxation. Boonooroo is one of a handful of charming seaside hamlets doted along the spectacular shoreline of the Great Sandy Strait - a cluster of small islands and sand bars in the waterway between the Fraser Island, and the Fraser Coast mainland. Follow the Great Sandy Strait Discovery Drive to experience these coastal villages, surrounding national parks, coloured sands and sand blows, incredible birdlife, fishing and boating. From Boonooroo sail, canoe or cruise the strait's protected waterways which rival the beauty and diversity of the Whitsunday Passage. At nearby Poona National Park discover wallum heath and a unique collection of Australian flora and fauna including tea trees, kangaroos, eucalypts, galahs, bottle brush and sea eagles. The area is also the second largest protection area in Queensland for the dugong.

Poona

Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Coast Area
One word to describe Poona? Peaceful. This little township is tucked away in the Great Sandy Strait between Boonooroo and Tinnanbar, adjacent to Fraser Island and is an ideal place to pitch your tent and lap up the serenity. Throw in a line, have a dip in the ocean, let the kids play in the sand while you relax. You can reach Poona via the Cooloola Coast Road, from either Maryborough or Gympie.

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. The nut was discovered thousands of years ago on the Mountain by the Butchulla and Kabi Kabi People who would meet in large gatherings to feast upon the prized delicacy. At Bauple's Macadamia House, visit a working nut sorting and drying facility and see displays of macadamia products. Crack nuts on the 'cracka pad' and take a seat in "Nosh", the iconic Nutmobile whose celebrity passengers have included Prince Charles and Lady Di. At the Bauple and District Museum, which opens daily, delve into the area's impressive history through photographs, early faming tools, antiques and rare coins and telephones. There is even a 3.3 metre skin from a crocodile shot in the Mary River in the 1960s. Picnic in the Museum's gardens next to a restored 1907 locomotive, similar to the one used by the Bauple Sugar Mill. Ask at the museum about the Bauple Historic Walk - which is a self-guided walk to discover the town's key historical sites. While the Bauple (or Bopple) nut trees once grew prolifically in the area, today the original trees are kept safe in a scientific reserve on the mountain. You can still see four examples of original varieties directly across from the Museum as well as large commercial plantings around Bauple. Camp for free in the heart of Bauple with overnight stays available for self-contained caravans and RVs. There is another free RV site at Rossendale Park, just outside of Bauple. During your visit, join in community events at the Bauple Community Shed and Band Hall. Hinterland markets are held every fourth Saturday. The Bauple Nut Bash is held every September. Explore the wider area by following the Fraser Coast Country Drive, which takes in the historic Dickabram Bridge and small towns oozing country charm such as Tiaro and Theebine.
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