Burrum Coast Discovery Trail

Multiple Locations

To discover some of the most peaceful and picturesque seaside villages the Fraser Coast has to offer, set off on the Burrum Coast Discovery Trail. It begins just a short drive from Hervey Bay, with the fishing hamlets of Toogoom and Burrum Heads. Here you'll be able to enjoy pristine beaches, cute cafes, nature walks and plenty of wildlife. There are a number of mangrove-lined rivers and creeks that are great places to go fishing, crabbing or kayaking.

Next stop on the trail is the historic township of Howard, 37 kilometres west of Hervey Bay - best known as the former home of Andrew Fisher, the first Labour Prime Minister of Australia. You can then head to the rural village of Torbanlea which has a proud history of more than 100 years of coal mining.

Journey Details

Duration
24 Hours
Distance
32 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Swimming

Other Information

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Full itinerary

Burrum Heads to Hervey Bay

Discover the fishing village of Burrum Heads, where the Burrum River meets the ocean. You can then continue along a short drive along the coast to Hervey Bay. Keep a look out for wildflowers lining the road on the way back to Hervey Bay.

For a longer drive, continue along the Burrum Heads Road, to the mining villages of Howard and Torbanlea on the Bruce Highway.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Car
Route Type Return
Hervey Bay to Dundowran Beach

Departing from the Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre turn left onto Pialba-Burrum Heads Road and follow the road until you get to the base of the hill. Turn right on to Ansons Road and follow the road to Dundowran Beach.

This quiet, dog friendly beach with gentle waves at high tide also offers a relaxing sandy haven out of the horizon at low tide. Off Sempfs Road you will find the Ted and Maud Montgomery Vine Forest Reserve - the last littoral vine forest remaining in Hervey Bay. Access the walking tracks at Cissus or Ebony Courts only.

Head up the road to Panorama Drive and discover the valuable self-sustaining ecosystem at the beautiful Arkarra Lagoons; a haven for turtles, eels fish, ducks, pelicans, waterbirds, insects and many more species. Have a drink or tee-off up the road at Craignish Gold and Country Club located on the left off the Pialba-Burrum Heads Road.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Car
Route Type Return
Dundowran Beach to Toogoom

Continue along the Burrum Heads Road and take the turn off to Toogoom one of the most picturesque seaside spots on the Fraser Coast and is only 15 minutes from Hervey Bay. Here you will find unspoilt beaches, great fishing, wildlife and bird watching.

Fishing is a favourite pastime and there is a boat ramp, jetty, holiday accommodation, bakery and licensed restaurant.
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Route Details
Mode of Travel Car
Route Type Return
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Toogoom to Burrum Heads

Return to the Burrum Heads Road to reach Burrum Heads.

This friendly fishing village is nestled in the mouth of the Burrum River, about 36 kilometres north of Hervey Bay. From the Esplanade you can look across to Hervey Bay and on most days see the top end of Fraser Island.

Take a stroll along the miles of soft, sandy beaches, collect fascinating shells, explore or fish rivers and creeks by boat or canoe or just sit and watch the pelicans and some of the other 90 species of birds that inhabit the area.

Covering 23,1000 hectares, Burrum Coast National Park has mangrove-lined riverbanks, wallum heath with spectacular wildflowers and tea tree-dominated swamps. The southern section of the park, the Burrum River Section, is located on both sides of the Burrum Heads Road, just before Burrum Heads township.

(The central section of Woodgate National Park can be reached from Woodgate Board, 38 kilometres from Childers).

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