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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Discovery Parks - Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$35 - 175
The world's largest sand island awaits you at beautiful Hervey Bay. Your accommodation at Discovery Parks – Hervey Bay is minutes away from the departure point to World Heritage listed Fraser Island - long uninterrupted white beaches, sand cliffs, over 100 freshwater lakes and ancient rainforests.

Eden By The Bay

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$140 - 395
Eden by the bay offers boutique beachfront apartments overlooking the beautiful Scarness Beach foreshore and parkland in Hervey Bay. The location on The Esplanade, in the heart of a thriving cosmopolitan environment is wonderful, with shopping and restaurants on the doorstep.

Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$31 - 150
Multi award winning, Fraser Coast Tourist Park, offers excellent facilities and unrivaled guest service. With the best location in the bay, it is only 200 metre stroll to the beach, shops, entertainment and al fresco restaurants.

Main Street Motel Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$125 - 175
They are a small "boutique" Motel in the heart of Hervey Bay, a two minute walk from the RSL, and two shopping centres. A seven minute walk to the beautiful pristine beaches of Hervey Bay. All their units have been recently totally renovated, with a queen and single bed in each, a kitchenette, with microwave, kettle and fridge, crockery and cutlery.

Woolshed Backpackers

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$25 - 120
Clean, quiet, friendly, family run hostel. A unique escape from the hostel party circuit on one acre of tropical gardens, right in the centre of Hervey Bay and only five minutes walk to the beach, shops, supermarket, restaurants and pubs.

Torquay Terrace Bed and Breakfast

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$125 - 165
Torquay Terrace, one of Hervey Bay's newest Bed and Breakfasts, encompasses "comfort and style". Within seven minutes walking distance to pristine beaches and restaurants, this property is designed with "you" in mind.

Best Western Ambassador Motor Lodge Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$115 - 190
Stay at this centrally located Hervey Bay motel situated in front of a lovely sandy beach, and a short stroll from the major shopping precinct and several tourist attractions. Located directly opposite the beach, the Best Western Ambassador Motor Lodge is the most ideally situated Hervey Bay accommodation.

Pialba Motor Inn

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$100 - 150
Pialba Motor Inn is set on an acre of beautifully landscaped gardens with a large salt pool and heated Spa. Pialba Motor Inn is conveniently located in the heart of Hervey Bay, being just a few minutes from Hospitals and shopping centres.

Lisianna Holiday Apartments

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$98 - 150
Lisianna Holiday Apartments are spacious self-contained two bedroom units all with sea views, opposite the beach and jetty in the centre of the Bay. The apartments are located close to shops and restaurants and tour bookings to Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Islands can be made on site at the tour desk.

Beachside Motor Inn

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$99 - 190
The Beachside Motor Inn is situated on the Esplanade in Pialba, Hervey Bay, directly opposite the beach. With the central business district, Returned Services League (RSL) Club, shops and restaurants only 200 metres behind the motel, it makes for a great stay.
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