Take the road less travelled and you’ll end up in the peaceful Tara region. Accessed off the Moonie Highway and Warrego Way, Tara is literally “off the beaten track”.

When you arrive in town, drop into the Tara Information Centre to chat to a local about what to see and do.

Enjoy the Lagoon Parklands featuring Settlers Park and the Walk of Remembrance Garden. The lagoon offers a cool respite and it serves as the local fitness precinct complete with outdoor gym. You can picnic by the water’s edge, fish, cycle or take the interpretive walk to see an abundance of birdlife.

Taking the quirky self-guided “Tara yesteryears by Shanks pony” walking tour is the best way to get a feel for this little town.

Tara’s Commercial Hotel is home to several paintings by famed artist Hugh Sawrey that he painted while passing through in the 60s.

Take a step back in time with a visit to the Tara and District Historical Museum. The museum has a variety of treasures including shearing memorabilia, projection equipment from the Blue Moon Picture Theatre and chains from the town’s first jail.

There is a surprising mix of cultures in this little town of 1000 people. They celebrate biennially with a Festival of Culture and Camel Races. This unique event is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of culture in the Tara region, with fun and entertainment for all ages. Boasting a range of workshops, displays and cuisine as well as two full days of camel racing action, the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races is an event not to be missed!

Other local events to plan for include Tara Markets (first Saturday of each month), Tara Show in March and regular campdrafts, polocrosse, horse racing and sheepdog trials.

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Burleigh Head National Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Discover a wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast that offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast.

Tallebudgera Valley

Tallebudgera Valley, Gold Coast Area
Its formal name is Tallebudgera Valley but in true Aussie minimalist style, you'll probably hear locals around these parts refer to it as the Tally Valley. However you prefer to wrap your mouth around it, this lush valley at the back of Tallebudgera Beach leads you into emerald-green farmland and natural forests and the relaxed ambience for which the southern Gold Coast is renowned.

Palm Beach

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
If the Gold Coast had a middle child it would possibly be Palm Beach, nestled between Tallebudgera Creek on one side and Currumbin Creek on the other. But don't for one minute think this destination is dull.

Currumbin

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
The coastal nook of Currumbin on the Southern Gold Coast is a haven of pristine beaches and calm waterways attracting surfers and SUP enthusiasts by the dozen. Swim in the sheltered waters of Tallebudgera Creek and the Currumbin Rock Pools and test your balance kite-surfing or kayaking.

Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Situated between glistening Surfers Paradise and laid back Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads is famous for pumping surf breaks, towering pine trees and 'to be seen' hip dining. Hit the Burleigh foreshore any day of the week, a hive of families and roaming entertainment, to make use of the water's edge barbecues with fresh produce from the farmers' market.

David Fleay Wildlife Park

West Burleigh, Gold Coast Area
From AU$22.95 - 56.80
David Fleay Wildlife Park, on Tallebudgera Creek near Burleigh Head, on Queensland's Gold Coast, is a wildlife park with a difference! You can stroll through natural habitats and visit a nocturnal house to see some of Australia's most iconic wildlife.

Palm Beach Reef Dive Site

Gold Coast, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Palm Beach Reef, located close to its namesake beach on the Gold Coast, is a large reef of varying depths, perfect for any diver. With sections of the area as shallow as five metres, and other sections dropping to depths of 24 metres, there are lots of different environments here to explore.
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