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

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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Ginger Flower and Food Festival 2018

Yandina, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
19 – 21 January 2018
One of Queensland’s most iconic events, the Ginger Flower and Food Festival will return to The Ginger Factory for its 22nd year in January 2018. The festival promises to delight the senses with three spectacular days of food, flowers and entertainment celebrating the best of the Sunshine Coast region and the 75-year history of Buderim Ginger.

Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Fest

Kenilworth, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
31 March 2018
Come and enjoy the Cheese, Wine and Food Fest, showcasing the unique range of the Mary Valley's finest foods, liqueurs and wines. There will be a great variety of food stalls, gourmet cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese tastings all day.

Australian Body Art Festival

Cooroy, Noosa Area
Free Entry
7 – 8 April 2018
Australia's premier body art event, the Australian Body Art Festival is free for spectators and attracts great crowds keen to watch artists at work using human bodies as their canvas. The body art at this event is amazing with brush and sponge, airbrush and special effects full body art as well as some of the most intricate face painting you will ever see.

Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival 2018 presents Ukulele Fiesta

Kenilworth, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$80 - 80
19 April 2018
Be immersed in four days and nights of playing your ukulele, singing, dancing and drumming at Ukulele Fiesta. Heaps of workshops for everyone of every standard of musicianship, where you can learn new skills from the ukulele pro's, dance the samba, learn to sing, relax in the Big Top while fantastic artists entertain you, jam around the campfire.

South Queensland Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$10 - 12
20 – 22 April 2018
Get ready to explore the great outdoors! The South Queensland Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo is one of the region’s largest shows, showcasing the latest in caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, boating, vehicles, auto and four wheel drive accessories, camping gear and outdoor accessories.

Maleny Wood Expo: From Seed to Fine Furniture

Maleny, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$12 - 15
5 – 7 May 2018
Celebrate 21 years of the iconic Maleny Wood Expo with three days of clean country family fun in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Telling the whole timber story and designed to promote sustainable use of native timbers through the work of regional wood artisans, the Expo is now recognized as one of the best wood shows in Australia.

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Elaman Creek, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$20 - 120
8 – 10 June 2018
Best vintage and classic dirt bike event in Australia. Pre'78 and Pre'90 motocross, Enduro, Trials and Grass riding tracks are available for all riding enthusiasts. Besides riding, there is an abundance of non riding activities taking place during the weekend:

Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$5 - 10
15 – 17 June 2018
In 2018 the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show celebrates its one hundred and thirteenth show. This Show will present an exciting new program with new attractions and events for the whole family to enjoy.

Queensland Garden Expo

Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$7 - 40
13 – 14 July 2018
Queensland Garden Expo is a three day celebration of gardening. The event attracts over 40,000 green thumbs and novice gardeners from across Queensland and interstate. Held at Nambour on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, it is ideally situated to showcase all the best of subtropical gardening.

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Nambour, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
17 – 19 August 2018
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