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Tiaro and Fraser Coast Hinterland

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.

Tiaro, Maryborough
Queensland
Australia

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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