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From the world’s largest sand island to hinterland hideaways, from century old streetscapes to fast paced adventure – why travel the world when you’ll find unlimited experiences to savour right here on the Fraser Coast.

Publisher:  Fraser Coast Regional Council Editorial Direction:  Clare McKay Design:  Anne-Maree Althaus Feature Photography:  Jan Rolston, Fiona Dakin, Peter Meyer, Tourism Queensland Enquiries:  Tourism and Marketing Unit – tel 1300 79 49 29

This publication is a marketing initiative of the Fraser Coast Regional Council and is produced by its Corporate Communications, Marketing and Tourism unit. Disclaimer Maps are for general reference only and not to scale. The information contained in this publication is provided as a guide only. Although every effort has been made to ensure reliability, Fraser Coast Regional Council accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information presented in the text or illustrations. Tour details are subject to change from the time of printing. Please check directly with the service provider. © 2009 Fraser Coast Regional Council. Valid from December 2009–December 2010.

clean and green

Fraser Coast Regional Council is committed to reducing its impact on the environment. This publication was produced from paper made with fibre sourced only from responsible forestry practices. If you have finished with this publication, please pass it on to a visitor or friend, or return to a Fraser Coast Visitor Information Centre, Customer Service Centre or Library.


Choose your own Fraser Coast

Pick a starting point, find your own pace and go on a journey to make the Fraser Coast your very own.

Index Take in the sights and share the good times PAGE

11.... Heritage Trails and Hidden Treasures Delve into a fascinating past 19.... Meet the Wildlife Whales, dolphins, turtles, birds and other amazing creatures 27.... Country Drives and Day Trips Discover natural beauty, genuine charms and wide open spaces 34.... Art and Culture Creative juices flow on the Fraser Coast 36.... Parks and Gardens Find the perfect picnic spot and share precious moments

Escape, unwind, have fun ... PAGE

17.... Aquatic Action Swim, sail, snorkel, ski all year around 24.... Events Celebrate unique festivals including the World’s Greatest Pub Crawl and the world’s only Mary Poppins Festival 39.... Coastal Delights Unwind in charming seaside villages 46.... Markets, Food and Wine Trails Share farm fresh produce and savour gourmet delights 47.... Heritage Pub Trail Have good times sampling this quintessential “Aussie” tradition

Find adventure, explore nature and feel alive! PAGE

15.... Adventure Activities and Natural Highs Get the adrenalin pumping with ecoexperiences to take your breath away 22.... Fraser Island The world’s most unique island at your fingertips 29.... Camping and Caravanning Find that perfect camping spot 30.... Fishing Catch the “big one” and discover the best fishing in Australia

Handy Reference

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2...... Regional Map 5...... Regional Snapshot Your guide to the cities, towns and villages of the Fraser Coast 48.... Staycations Discounts and special offers for locals and visiting friends and relatives


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The Fraser Coast for me is my great escape. The nature is second to none, it changes everyday. Every time I land in the Fraser Coast I’m immediately abandoned from all stress, and the warmth and generosity from the locals makes it an easy place to call home.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council is proud to present the second edition of Our Fraser Coast magazine. This is your guide to discovering the essence of what makes our region so special – whether you are here for a vacation, or a local looking for a “Staycation” idea.

Guy Sebastian – Award winning singer and songwriter and part-time Fraser Coast resident.

Three of our top attractions – Fraser Island, whale watching, and the historic Portside precinct – were voted into the top five “must do” experiences in Queensland. But as remarkable as they are, keep reading and you will discover they only scratch the surface of all that the Fraser Coast offers.

The Fraser Coast is a complete package that never fails to surprise.

If you do live on the Fraser Coast, how well do you really know your neighbourhood? Now is the time to experience the wonderful collection of delightful seaside villages, charming country towns and interesting cities that make up our region.

Eco-experiences that revitalise the soul, adventure activities to get the heart racing, history that amazes, art and culture that inspires, and a lifestyle that captivates. It all adds up to the perfect experience – whether you are here for a short time or a lifetime.

Make it a day trip, stay overnight or pack your bags and spend a week on a holiday just up the road! Use our magazine to map out your perfect Fraser Coast experience and then share the good times with family and friends.

“Live Life Happy!” Cr Mick Kruger Fraser Coast Mayor

The Fraser Coast is a stunning tapestry of nature’s wonders  – with World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait, marine parks, wetlands, ancient rainforests and a stunning coastline of pristine, white sandy beaches. The beauty of the Fraser Coast is not confined to the coast, with mountains, national parks, native woodlands, heath and dense rainforest and the beautiful Mary River. Part of the Great Sandy Biosphere, the region's unique and diverse natural attractions are officially recognised in the same class as the Galapagos Islands and Central Amazon.

Staycations = holiday at home Look for this symbol throughout the magazine to find great specials and seasonal offers on a selection of Fraser Coast attractions, tours and businesses as part of Staycations – a special scheme for locals and visiting friends and families. Full details on page 48. Choose your own Fraser Coast 

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World’s tallest and most complex rainforests growing in sand

Fringing coral reefs and more marine diversity than the entire Great Barrier Reef

Almost half of all Australia’s bird species

Great Sandy Biosphere – a world treasure Julien Willem

In 2009, the Great Sandy region was awarded Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO, the global organisation that also awards World Heritage Listings. Major breeding site for endangered marine turtles

Oldest and largest unconsolidated sand mass in the world

The decision gives world wide recognition to the Fraser Coast region, neighbouring Gympie area and the Bundaberg coastline and puts it in the same class as the Galapagos Islands, the Central Amazon, the Everglades and Uluru. The concept of the UNESCO’s Man and Biospheres program is to protect natural resources while using them at the same time – or balancing conservation and sustainable development.

Declared Dugong sanctuary

RAMSAR wetlands – internationally declared feeding ground for migratory birds

Burnett Mary Regional Group Chairman Russell Stewart said the success of the nomination, which was submitted by the group, was a real coup for our region and for Australia.

7558 recorded species of fauna & flora

Best observable ancient dune chronological sequencing

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“It gives worldwide recognition of the outstanding natural beauty and high levels of biodiversity that we sometimes take for granted.”

World’s largest and highest perched dune lakes

Critical habitat for rare and endangered species

Whale sanctuary and major transitory point for humpback whales on their annual southern migration


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The Fraser Coast’s landscapes, cities and towns are an intriguing and unbeatable mix … from Fraser Island to the living history of Maryborough; from the rich farmlands of Tiaro to the sheltered waters of Hervey Bay; from old mining villages to peaceful seaside retreats. Explore them all at your leisure!

I’ve been to Fraser Island several times and I know I will go back again. It is the most magical place with an atmosphere of purity, freshness and breathtaking gentle beauty. This is truly paradise.

Gabrielle from Norway

Fraser Island The remarkable beauty of the world’s largest sand island has been described by many as out of this world. Towering rainforests defy nature, talc-like white sand contrasts with crystal blue-green lakes and coloured sand cliffs border seemingly endless white beaches.

Don’t  miss EXPERIENCES  • Be dwarfed by ancient virgin rainforests growing out of nothing more than sand • Swim in the world’s largest perched dune lakes • Relax in the frothy bubbles of the Champagne Pools – naturally formed pools of volcanic rock • Learn the dreamtime legend of the island’s remarkable cliffs of coloured sand

Discover more ... Adventure ideas on page 15 Peter Meyer's photography on page 22 Essential Fraser Facts on page 28 Fishing Trail on page 30

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What I love about Hervey Bay is The Esplanade. Getting on my bike and doing a scenic tour from the marina down to have breakfast at a beachside café at Torquay has been a highlight for me on my days off. To take a walk along the Urangan Pier at sunset is just magic. The light with the sun setting over the water, and the views of the bay and Fraser Island – it is just divine. And the dining is amazing.

Zoe Naylor –  Australian actress on location in Hervey Bay, filming “The Reef”.

Hervey Bay Fraser Island acts like a mother’s encircling arm at Hervey Bay, hugging the coastline and protecting it from the Pacific Ocean swells. Its white sandy beaches and sheltered waterways make it an irresistible playground for young and old, where you can swim, fish, dive, windsurf, kayak and sail all year round. Dotted along the Bay’s 14km Esplanade are alfresco cafés and restaurants, shops, parklands, picnic areas, playgrounds, piers and a vibrant marina – all with stunning views of the Pacific coastline and Fraser Island. Hervey Bay is a unique humpback whale destination – considered one of the best places in the world to view the giant mammals. With a diversity of experiences to suit everyone from backpackers seeking adventure to families and retirees looking for a seaside escape, it is one of Australia’s favourite natural holiday destinations. The relaxed coastal lifestyle and affordable housing make it one of Australia’s fastest growing cities and a development hotspot.

Don’t  miss EXPERIENCES  • Getting so close to a humpback whale that you can almost touch it • Tucking into mouth watering seafood caught in local waters • Alfresco dining with million dollar views across the ocean to Fraser Island • Kayaking, canoeing, sailing or jet skiing from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island • Taking a walk or casting a line off the iconic Urangan Pier • Walking, rollerblading or riding along the Hervey Bay Esplanade walk/cycle path • Visiting the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, a green sanctuary growing out of 6000 year old sand dunes • Finding out why people the world over can’t resist a holiday by the sea at “the Bay” • Making a splash at WetSide, the new zerodepth water park

Discover more ... Hervey Bay Discovery Trail on page 44 Adventure and Aquatic Action on page 16 Meet the Wildlife on page 19 Fishing Trail on page 30 Museums Trail on page 32 Parks and Picnics on page 36 Markets Trail on page 46

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Beachside dining at Hervey Bay   Image: Tourism Queensland


We love Maryborough. We had such a marvellous time wandering around Portside. It was like stepping back in time as the buildings have been beautifully restored and there is so much to see and do. When we’d finished exploring all the nooks and crannies of the area it was good to just sit by the river, watch the boats come in and catch the cool breeze. Great memories of a lovely town. Robyn Carton – visitor.

Maryborough Unlock the past in the charming old port city of Maryborough and you’ll discover an experience like no other. From the mid 1800s to Federation, Maryborough was a thriving port town –  second only to Sydney as Australia’s main immigration point for thousands of new settlers who flocked to the new colony. The remnants of its fascinating past are easily recognisable in its colonial architecture, magnificent riverside parks, ghost tours, theatre, heritage characters and events. Many of the stately colonial buildings from that time remain – lovingly reinvented as restaurants, cafés and museums. The original wharf district is now an exceptional heritage precinct called Portside and was recently voted as one of the top “Must Do” experiences in Queensland. Maryborough has a fascination with all things Mary – it grew around the Mary River and is the birthplace of Mary Poppins author Pamela Travers.

Don’t  miss EXPERIENCES  • Relaxing by the river in majestic Queens Park, one of Australia’s first botanic gardens • Hearing the big bang of the historic time cannon • Meeting city ambassadors – Mary Heritage and the Town Crier • Snagging a bargain at the city’s famous weekly Heritage City Markets • “Sunday in the Park” – a lazy Sunday morning of fun, food, brass bands, steam train rides and river cruises held every last Sunday of the month in Queens Park • Having your photo taken with the Mary Poppins statue • Seeing the best collection of “Old Queenslander” homes in the state

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Portside, Maryborough   Image: Jan Rolston

Maryborough Heritage Tour on page 38 Portside Feature on page 12 Heritage Experiences on page 11 Mary Poppins Discovery Trail on page 14 Meet the Wildlife on page 19 Museums Trail on page 32 Parks and Picnics on page 36 Markets Trail on page 46

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I love visiting the Tiaro area. It has such a relaxed, friendly vibe and natural country charm. As a family, it’s one of our favourite spots for fishing, horse riding and camping. As a photographer, it's a wonderful location to shoot, especially as the sun sets over the paddocks.

Mary River picnic, Tiaro   Image: Fiona Dakin

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Tiaro and surrounds If the rush of the city is not your scene and you long for the chance to catch your breath and take stock, then Tiaro and its surrounds are a must. Be careful though. Many a local came to the bush for a visit and never left! The Tiaro area is rich with natural beauty, alive with history and home to rare species including the Mary River turtle. Tiaro township has local arts and craft, small goods and cafes, as well as the choice of two historic hotels. Scenic vistas abound with Petrie Park, the Mary River and Mount Bauple on the doorstep. Further afield lies Bauple and its museum, the small town of Glenwood, historic bridge crossings over the tranquil Mary River and the old rail sidings of Gundiah and Theebine, complete with country pubs from a bygone era. The Mary River provides opportunities for camping, fishing and canoeing, while country roads and old stock routes lend themselves to bushwalking, horse riding and mountain biking. Tiaro is beef and sugar country which drives the local economy. Canefields stretch as far as the eye can see, while fat cattle snake along well-worn watering routes.

Don’t  miss EXPERIENCES 

Brooklyn House, Howard

Wook-Koo Park, Woocoo

Howard and Torbanlea Woocoo and surrounds Just off the Bruce Highway north of Maryborough is the small rural retreat of Aldershot. Further along are the former coal mining towns of Howard and Torbanlea. Both towns are filled with country charm, old fashioned pubs and a number of important historical buildings, including the homes of former Prime Minister Andrew Fisher and Dame Annabelle Rankin, Queensland's first female Senator. The Burrum District Museum at Howard houses an impressive collection of mining memorabilia. There are great swimming, fishing and camping spots on the nearby Burrum River.

The name ‘Woocoo’ was originally given to the Mt. Woocoo area, west of Maryborough and is taken from the original word ‘Woocoon’, the Aboriginal name for the echidna. The western hinterland of the Fraser Coast is characterised by rolling hills, sugar cane and pineapple farms, cattle stations and the small townships and settlements of Oakhurst, Mungar, Aramara, Brooweena and Teebar. The landscape is dominated by Mt Walsh and the surrounding National Park, with rugged bushland and spectacular exposed granite outcrops and cliffs.

• Enjoying macadamia nuts where they were first discovered at the small town of Bauple Don’t  miss EXPERIENCES  • Canoeing down the Mary River and Don’t  miss EXPERIENCES  • Visiting Wook-Koo Park – where you will find encountering some of the rarest species in life-sized statues of settlers, farm animals, Australia including the ancient Australian • Having Devonshire tea at Brooklyn House native animals and a giant wooden carving lungfish and Mary River turtle (c.1890) of Wook-Koo, who according to Aboriginal • Enjoying a hearty meal and old fashioned • Seeing where Queensland’s coal mining legend was the area’s first inhabitant hospitality in a historic country pub industry began • Stopping at the historic Yengarie Hall for a • Tasting top quality bacon and smallgoods at • Visiting an old time working drapery store game of tennis or BBQ and letting the kids a butcher shop famous throughout Australia • Backing a winner at the annual Torbanlea play on the playground • Having a picnic by the Mary River at Picnic Races – one of the best country race • Discovering more about the trials and beautiful Petrie Park meets in Queensland tribulations of Queensland’s early pioneers • Reliving the pioneering past at the • Exploring the nearby Wongi Waterholes –  at the impressive Brooweena Museum Mt Bauple Museum a beautiful picnic and camping spot, • Experiencing non-stop thrills and the fringed by paperbark trees and surrounded Discover more ... fantastic atmosphere of the annual by forest Teebar Rodeo Tiaro Discovery Trail on page 42 Rambling 'round the Mary Trail on page 43 Meet the Wildlife on page 19 Fishing Trail on page 30 Museums Trail on page 32 Parks and Picnics on page 36

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Coal Heritage Trail on page 40 Wongi Waterholes Trail on page 41 Fishing Trail on page 30 Museums Trail on page 32 Markets Trail on page 46

Discover more ... Woocoo West Discovery Trail on page 42 Rambling 'round the Mary on page 43 Museums Trail on page 32 Parks and Picnics on page 36

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Poona is the kind of hide-away that makes you relaxed just thinking about it. A short stay can make a big difference to frazzled nerves. Time is not measured by the clock but by the sun. The biggest challenge of the day might be catching your dinner. And even that’s not hard.

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Great Sandy Strait Located between the mainland and Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait is a diverse mix of marine and coastal wetlands, crystal clear turquoise water, long stretches of white sandy beaches, native woodlands and dense rainforest.

Poona, Boonooroo, Maaroom, Tuan and Tinnanbar Let the pace ease back a few notches at these charming seaside villages nestled on the water’s edge of the Great Sandy Strait with views across to Fraser Island. Perfect for fishing, boating, bird watching, camping, and bush walking – or just relaxing by the water.

Don’t  miss EXPERIENCES  • Spotting rare shorebirds from as far away as Siberia using the Strait for their summer feeding grounds • Watching dolphins play off the beach or seeing dugong graze on seagrass in the waters below • Drifting on a gentle breeze while soaking up the spectacular beauty of the Strait • Exploring tidal pools, pumping for yabbies and chasing soldier crabs on the beach

Discover more ... Great Sandy Discovery Trail on page 39 Burrum Coast Discovery Trail on page 40 Adventure and Aquatic Action on page 16 Meet the Wildlife on page 19 Fishing Trail on page 30 Markets Trail on page 46

Burrum Heads and Toogoom A short drive from Hervey Bay, these picturesque fishing villages offer kilometres of unspoilt beachfront. Stroll along soft, sandy beaches, collect fascinating shells, explore rivers and creeks by boat or canoe or just sit and watch the pelicans or some of the other 90 species of bird life that inhabit the area. Calm blue waters provide an excellent place to fish from a boat or the foreshore.

Don’t  miss EXPERIENCES  • Fishing and crabbing in the Burrum River and Beelbi Creek • Bushwalking or camping at the nearby Burrum Coast National Park • Windsurfing off Toogoom beach • Seeing the area awash with vibrant wildflowers in spring

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Tinnanbar, Great Sandy Strait   Image: Jan Rolston


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Have a blast exploring Queensland’s colonial past on the Fraser Coast where you’ll find haunted historic sites, time cannons fired on city streets and 19th century costumed guides spinning incredible tales of days gone by.

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Charmed life at old port Amble along old time streets with elegant, stately buildings – once home to merchant bankers, new settlers and opium dens – and soak up the colonial charm of Portside. Mary Poppins welcomes me with what could have been a twinkle in her bronze eye as I start my visit to Maryborough’s historic Portside precinct with a walk down Cherry Tree Lane. I have come to Portside to relive Australia’s early years. To step back to a time when opium was a legal import, to a time when Queen Victoria decreed Queensland could be its own colony and when Maryborough was a major trading port and landing place for over 30,000 immigrants and South Sea Island labourers. But first a photo with this life sized statue of the world’s most legendary nanny – a statue now so famous that her picture appears on Facebook sites the world over. Mary Poppins is the famous, fictional creation of Pamela Lyndon Travers, who was born above a bank building in Maryborough in 1899. The Mary Poppins books, based on a magical and exceedingly efficient nanny who blew in on the east wind to care for the Banks children at No.17 Cherry Tree Lane in London, brought Travers worldwide success and fortune. The statue stands outside the author’s heritage-listed birthplace where a sign explains the city’s fascination with this “practically perfect” nanny, while striking public art explores the themes of her novels.

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Portside, Maryborough

Brochures and tour information available from the Portside Centre, Visitor Information Centre or from www.ourfrasercoast.com.au Portside Centre Wharf Street, Maryborough Exploring the Bond Store Museum, Portside

OPEN 10am–4pm daily; Public Holidays 10am–1pm

Now it is time to leave Mary Poppins, at least for the time being,  and choose what to do next. The options are impressive. Take in a history lesson at one of Portside’s three first class museums; soak up the riverside views while dining al fresco in heritage surrounds; see the latest exhibition at Gatakers Artspace; or picnic in one of Australia’s first botanic gardens. I could visit the world renowned Heritage Centre where it is possible to trace my ancestors among the thousands of immigrants from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and Scandinavia who arrived on ships every few weeks at the Port of Maryborough in the last half of the 1800s. Walking along Portside, it’s easy to imagine the tall ships with their sails whipping in the wind; the shouts of sailors preparing to head out to sea and the relieved cries of the new immigrants as they lined up to register in their adopted homeland after months at sea. With this in mind, I choose to visit the Portside Centre – an interpretive museum in the old Customs Building to find out more about this fascinating chapter in Queensland’s history. My history class continues at the Bond Store Museum, where the handmade bricks in the

Bond Store Museum, Portside

original 1864 building still exist, as do many of the liquor barrels left over from that time. I discover that Maryborough in the late 1800s was a thriving centre of commerce, with tonnes of gold, opium, rum, perfume, wool, sugar, timber and other imports and exports –  passing through her Port. Stately buildings and grand hotels – along with brothels and opium dens – were erected around the wharves to support this bustling trade. Over 160 years later, these buildings have been lovingly maintained or faithfully restored – given new life as museums, restaurants, bars and galleries. by Clare McKay

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Colourful new immigrants' bollards at Portside

Mary Ann steam train

Fraser Coast Ambassadors Mary Heritage and Town Criers

Ghostly Tours and Tales of Maryborough

Mary River, Portside

Heritage Experiences If you like your history served with a large side-order of fun, then the Fraser Coast is the only place to step back in time. The region’s eventful history stretches back over 5,500 years when the Butchulla Aborigines first made their home on Fraser Island. Captain Cook sailed its coast in 1770, Matthew Flinders landed ashore in 1799, while the region was settled in the 1840s. This rich history lives on in heritage buildings, remarkable museums and in quirky characters, tours and events that will keep you entertained and engaged time and again.

Here is a selection of some of the Fraser Coast’s best heritage experiences: HISTORICAL TOURS Join a number of special tours to discover some of the region’s hidden treasures and colourful past.

Take a Tea with Mary tour of Portside with your personal guide dressed in period costume, followed by a traditional morning tea at an elegant riverside restaurant.

FRASER COAST MUSEUMS TRAIL Visit the region’s many museums and historical collections with intriguing displays and precious treasures from long ago. See page 32–33 for details.

Historical Villages Get lost in time on an amazing journey into our pioneering past at historical villages in Hervey Bay and Brooweena, complete with old settlers' huts, schools, churches and working displays. See page 32–33 for details.

Relive the old days of the colony, or see Maryborough in all its ghostly glory on two unforgettable night tours led by a colourful cast of costumed guides around historic sites.

Learn about the Mary River and the region’s maritime past on a river cruise or jump on board a bus designed like an “Old Queenslander” for a colonial tour.

Take a free Heritage City Walking Tour of Maryborough with Mary Heritage or a local guide. Departs City Hall Monday – Saturday at 9am.

Discover Maryborough’s architectural gems at your own pace with a Heritage Walk or Drive Tour brochure of Maryborough’s historical sites. There is also a selfguided walking trail of Portside.

Pick up your free guides from the Portside Centre or Visitor Information Centre at the Maryborough City Hall or download from www.ourfrasercoast.com.au. Bookings for the above tours are essential and can be made at the Maryborough Visitor Information Centre, City Hall, Kent Street. Call 1800 214 789.

For more details contact a Fraser Coast Visitor Information Centre or go to www.ourfrasercoast.com.au

Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum

Holiday with History Don’t travel the world to delve into colourful history, amazing artefacts and stunning heritage architecture. A great “Staycations” idea is to holiday at home discovering tales of our pioneering past. The Fraser Coast has an impressive collection of museums and historical collections – and many offer “Staycations” deals for locals and visiting friends and relatives. Choose your own Fraser Coast 

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Magical and mysterious, she travels through the sky by umbrella, slides up banisters and makes medicine taste delicious. It’s Mary Poppins, “practically perfect in every way”.

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Just like her charges Jane and Michael – with just a spoonful of imagination and Maryborough’s old fashioned streets as the setting – you can jump right into the magical world of Mary Poppins on the Mary Poppins Discovery Tour. Start your Mary Poppins Discovery Tour at the Maryborough Visitor Information Centre in City Hall. Discover potent phrases, sparkling wit and enchanting magic in the Mary Poppins series of novels. Make your own copies of etchings of Mary Poppins inspired characters on the Town Hall Green. Unlock some serendipitous connections between the novels and the Maryborough of old. Search up high for murals of chimney sweeps dancing across rooftops and other enchanting characters stepping out from the pages of the famous Poppins books. Learn more about the fascinating life and achievements of author Pamela Travers. Enjoy a Mary Poppins themed guided tour and morning tea with a costumed character from the Poppins novels. Create Mary Poppins inspired art pieces.

City Ambassador, Carmel Murdoch, as Mary Poppins

Sign the Mary Poppins register and share your most supercalifragilistic Mary Poppins experiences with others from around the world.

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Mary Poppins Festival Join in the world’s original Mary Poppins Festival – a week long explosion of colour, art, culture and 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!' fun for everyone. Held every July School Holidays in Maryborough. See also page 24.

www.marypoppinsfestival.com.au

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See the birthplace of PL Travers and have your photo taken beside the Mary Poppins statue


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Find natural highs! The Fraser Coast really is Australia's best nature-based adventure wonderland. Take some time to explore the great outdoors or maybe push the boundaries a little with some extreme action. You'll be surprised with what you discover. Here are just a few ideas to get you started: Walk in ancient rainforests.

Take a camel safari along Hervey Bay’s famous beach.

Go kite surfing, waterskiing or parasailing.

Visit World Heritage Fraser Island – take a tour, 4WD or do the Fraser Island Great Walk.

Take a scenic flight over Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait or Lady Elliot Island.

Take a heli-tour to a private sand quay for a picnic lunch.

Go mountain biking or rock climbing.

Sky dive over Fraser Island and parachute on to the beach.

Horse ride in some fabulous Aussie bushland.

Bushwalk along the Bicentennial National Trail.

For information and bookings contact a Fraser Coast Visitor Information Centre or go to www.ourfrasercoast.com.au

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The chance to immerse yourself in all things H20 has arrived on the Fraser Coast at WetSide. The new zero-depth WetSide Water Education Park at Hervey Bay is an innovative step in public recreation and is designed to deliver ‘infotainment’ in a free, outdoor setting. The ‘information’ side delves into the properties of water and the sustainable use of this precious commodity; while the ‘entertainment’ side is about spouts and fountains, play equipment, surfing, music, lights and a giant water screen. Located on the foreshore land between Pialba Caravan Park and Seafront Oval, the park is built on 384 pylons sunk deep into the sand to raise the traffic areas on boardwalks, preserving the dune structure beneath and allowing native plants to flourish. WetSide includes a special play area for Under-5s called TotSide. There’s also a coffee shop and kiosk. The only pay-per-use feature is the FlipSide BoardRider where park-goers can surf a static wave. WetSide is supplied almost entirely by recycled rainwater harvested from the Pialba stormwater network and processed on site as part of the park’s educational interactive displays. WetSide was built as a co-operative project between Wide Bay Water Corporation, Fraser Coast Regional Council and the State Government. It was a key project of the Queensland 150th Celebrations Legacy Infrastructure Program which provided $4.95 million towards the project to create a lasting legacy for the state's Q150 celebrations in 2009. WetSide is operated by Wide Bay Water Corporation. Ph: 1300 808 888.

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The Fraser Coast is a year-round aquatic playground There are many places to get out on the water – from the open ocean to sheltered seas and from rivers and creeks to freshwater lakes. The region’s waters are perfect for swimming, boating and fishing, while the endless stretches of white sandy beaches are ideal for sandcastles, beach cricket and other family games.  Here are a few other suggestions. 

Swim in crystal clear, freshwater lakes on Fraser Island.

Come face to face with the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and go snorkelling or scuba diving on nearby Lady Elliot Island. 


Take an eco-tour to see coral, dolphins, turtles and other marine life.


Go snorkelling or diving off the beach or off Hervey Bay’s sheltered artificial reef – the largest man-made reef in the Southern Hemisphere. 


Spend the day cruising or sailing on the crystal clear waters or take a champagne sunset cruise.  


Experience some of Australia's best fishing. (see Fishing Trail page 30)

Take a guided jet ski tour to Fraser Island for dolphin and stingray spotting. 


Kayak through the region’s calm oceans and rivers and view fish and birdlife.

Go canoeing, sailing or jet skiing off the beach.

View beautiful coral and fish right on the coastline, including off the rocks at Pt Vernon.

Hire a house boat and cruise the waters of the Great Sandy Strait.

Canoe, ski or sail along the Mary River.

There is nothing like a day on, in or by the water to refresh your soul, so why not take a Water Staycation. 

Petrie Park at Tiaro and the Prickett Aquatic Centre (near the Lamington Bridge in Ferry Street) in Maryborough are the main access points to the Mary River for water activities.

Special offers are available on fishing trips, dolphin cruises, champagne sunset cruises, romantic dinner cruises, eco cruises and tours to Fraser Island. The adventurous can try kiteboarding, freshwater kayaking, or hire a jet ski.  Locals can also receive discounts on hiring canoes, surf skis and sail boats. Alternatively, you can hire a bike and ride along The Esplanade at Hervey Bay.

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The Fraser Coast’s diverse natural environment is home to some of Australia’s most interesting and rarest animals. As well as being a major stopover point for migrating humpback whales, the waters off Fraser Coast are also home to dwarf minke, false killer, southern right and many other whale species. Six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles inhabit the Fraser Coast, some travelling thousands of kilometres to nest here. Sailing on the ocean you may spot three species of dolphins, including the rare IndoPacific humpback, while Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Strait are dedicated sanctuary areas for the beautiful dugong.

Acid Frogs on Fraser Island   Image: Peter Meyer

A canoe trip down the Mary River or a picnic by its riverbank might bring you into contact with some of Australia’s most endangered creatures, including the Mary River Turtle, the ancient Australian lungfish and the Illidges’ Ant-Blue Butterfly. Choose your own Fraser Coast 

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Whales at Play Madly clapping their hands and shouting with pure delight, adults and children race from side to side as three whales play a fascinating game of “I spy” around the boat. The excitement and emotion on the boat is overwhelming – some are crying; others sit quietly humbled; while others laugh in awe at the sheer magic of this experience. Only minutes before, the whale watch boat had stopped its engines to float on the sapphire blue, sparkling clear waters of Hervey Bay. A pod of whales had been sighted in the distance, and it was time to wait to see if they would approach. In no time at all, the whales are moving swiftly towards us, almost as if they’ve spotted an old friend and decided to come and say hello.

For ten minutes, they swim around and under the boat, at times all three creatures raising their heads out of the water in perfect unison to “spy hop” and stare inquisitively at those of us onboard. Like paid performers, the louder we clap, the more they perform and the closer they come, so close in fact you can hear and smell these amazing gentle giants. Then it’s a case of “that’s all folks” and they suddenly swim away. But like all good shows it doesn’t end without a grand finale – a spectacular breach. One whale hurls its 40 tonne body through the air and lands with a tremendous splash. The crowd erupts with applause. The boat starts its engines again to move on to find another pod – and soon it's show time

all over again. Welcome to whale watching Hervey Bay style! The whale watch experience in Hervey Bay is considered the best in the world, and tour options include dawn trips, fast half day tours to leisurely full day tours. Each pod generally stays three to four days in the sheltered bay to rest and play, with research finding the same pods are returning each year and are becoming more familiar with the whale watch fleet on each visit. These ‘great whales’ weigh up to 45 tonnes and are between 10 and 15 metres long. The humpbacks of Hervey Bay exhibit a variety of behaviours from the simple ‘blow’ to tail slapping, waving their pectoral fins, spy-hopping and the spectacular ‘breach’, the most sought-after photograph by visitors. by Clare McKay Image: Tourism Queensland

The most evocative memory of our first trip to Australia. Nothing compares to the thrill of your encounter with these huge, intelligent, friendly, inquisitive animals that seem to enjoy frolicking around the boats in Hervey Bay. Pauline White – international tourist.

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Don’t  miss  HERVEY BAY WHALE Festival Celebrate the sea and all its creatures each August. See page 25 for more details.

www.herveybaywhalefestival.com.au


Illidges' Ant-Blue Butterfly is one of the rarest in Australia. A population of this threatened species occurs in mangroves in the mouth of the Mary River.

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See the majestic Humpback Whales at play in the waters of Hervey Bay from July to November.

Take an eco-tour anytime of year to see dolphins, dugongs, turtles and other marine creatures in their natural habitat.

From November to April, see the turtles nesting and hatching at a small but established rookery at ESA Park on The Esplanade at Point Vernon or take a flight from Hervey Bay to see sea turtles including the endangered Loggerhead Turtle nest on nearby Lady Elliot Island.

Visit the Great Sandy Strait, home to one of the largest concentrations of bird species in Australia, as well as dugong, dolphins and turtles.

September is one of the best months to see ospreys nest on a dedicated pole on the north easterly point of Point Vernon. The birds mate for life and usually keep the same nest, adding new material each year.

Tour Fraser Island, which is home to up to 350 different bird species including kingfishers, honeyeaters, waders, and one of Australia’s rarest and most elusive birds, the ground parrot. It is also home to Australia’s purest strain of dingo, bats, flying foxes, possums, sugar gliders, lizards, skinks, turtles and rare frog species. Mary River  The Mary River catchment is home to around 2000 plant species and 700 native animals, including over 60 rare or threatened species. Distinctive locals include the platypus, Mary River Cod, Australian lungfish, up to six species of freshwater turtles including the Mary River turtle, eeltailed catfish, freshwater mullet and the rare giant barred frog.

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Birds The Fraser Coast region offers amazing birdwatching opportunities. At least 40,000 migratory shorebirds visit every year from destinations as far away as Japan, Alaska and Siberia. The Great Sandy Strait is a RAMSAR site, and is officially recognised as one of the most important wetland areas in the world. Our waterways and bush areas are home to many species: the striking black and white jabiru, the graceful silver-grey brolga; the distinctive brahminy kite; and the amazing comb-crested jacana that seemingly walks on water, to name just a few. One of the best ways to see this amazing birdlife is to join the Hervey Bay Birdwatchers on one of their weekly outings. The group meets each Wednesday at 7am in summer and 7.30am in winter at a prearranged watch area. Local and visiting birdwatchers are always welcome. For enquiries call (07) 4125 2372.

Arkarra Lagoons, Dundowran  A short drive from Hervey Bay, the Arkarra Lagoons are home to goannas, echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos, possums and over 140 species of birds. This area is rated by birdwatchers as one of the best locations on the Fraser Coast.

Fay Smith Wetlands  Found in Neptune Street, Maryborough, these are one of the last remaining wetlands in the area with a series of boardwalks and walking trails which allow visitors to enjoy the abundant bird life. Glenwood Park  A variety of wildlife visits Glenwood Park, which is bordered by Gootchie Creek on Pepper Road. Late afternoon and evenings are the best viewing times for kangaroos, wallabies, ducks and goannas. Koalas  Some of the best places to see koalas on the Fraser Coast include the Police Paddock Conservation Reserve at Tinana in Maryborough, Petrie Park at Tiaro, Wongi Forest Reserve and areas around Booral. Kangaroos  Kangaroos are easy to find on the Fraser Coast – just find an area with good grass cover and vegetation, including paddocks, golf courses and sports ovals. TESS Educational Wildlife Park  Find out more about Australia’s animals at this wildlife farm on Mungar Road, west of Maryborough. Animals include emus, eagles, turtles, reptiles, kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. The sanctuary is open 10am – 3pm seven days. Sections of Urangan Beach form an all natural aquarium with a great variety of fish species, soft and hard corals, turtles and sharks.

Mungomery Vine Forest and walking trails, Dundowran  This rare littoral vine forest (which combines the characteristics of both subtropical and dry rainforest) is home to 95 plant species. This provides a constant feeding supply for birds, butterflies, possums, gliders and bats. Thirty-one species of butterflies have been identified along with 116 species of birds, including the vulnerable black-breasted button-quail. Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens  The Botanic Gardens at Urangan are a popular birdwatching area with around 80 species identified including many types of water birds.

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Focus on Fraser

Picking a favourite location to shoot on “Fraser is very difficult. Everywhere you look there is something beautiful to see. One location I have returned to many times over the years is a place called Stonetool Sandblow. With amazing sand dunes and the remnants of dead forests all over it, this place is a photographer’s dream.

It is impossible to accurately describe the beauty and extremes of Fraser Island – so interpretive ranger and photographer Peter Meyer lets his images do the talking. Stonetool Sandblow

With Fraser Island as his classroom; photography as his medium, his message is simple: look at nature and learn. Peter Meyer had never taken a photo in his life when the ecology and biochemistry graduate began his dream job as an ecoranger at Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island. Then his brother-in-law handed him a second hand, broken down camera and his life changed focus. Now, 12 years on, Peter has collected tens of thousands of images of the island, with his work featured in magazines and newspapers around the world. Fraser Island travel brochures show crystal clear lakes, towering rainforests and endless stretches of white beaches. However through the lens of Peter Meyer, you are treated to a different perspective of one of the world’s most unique locations.

The first time I went out on a tour of the island I just couldn’t believe that a place like this existed. A virtually untouched paradise you could explore at your leisure …that is every man’s dream isn’t it? For me, Fraser was like the proverbial Neverland and seeing how my name is Peter, I thought that this was where I was meant to be.

Peter Meyer – award-winning Fraser Island photographer and resident

Why photography? provided a new medium for me to show and educate people about the island. “InPhotography all things I do I have had the quote: 'We only preserve what we love, we only love what we understand, we only understand what we study' in the back of my mind. Taking photos of the amazing things that I was able to see was another way of doing this.

Why should Fraser Island be a “must do” for everyone?

Fraser should be on everyone’s bucket list for the variety of experiences it offers to people. “From rainforest, sand dunes, freshwater lakes and creeks, volcanic headlands for marine life viewing, whale watching, four wheel driving, fishing, camping, bird watching. ” What is your favourite Fraser moment? favourite experiences are those which are unexpected. Where through some simple twist “ofMyfate you arrive at a place to see something amazing unfold. This could be something like a butterfly landing on a grasstree or a shaft of light falling on a single red leaf within a forest of green. These are the moments which raise your awareness and make you more sensitive to the world around you.

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FANTASTIC FOUR

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Magical, madcap mary poppins mania

People from all over the world flock to Maryborough every June to take part in this crazy, colourful crawl. Dress in your most outrageous costume and set off to the bang of an historic time cannon around Maryborough’s old hotels –  all in the name of raising money for charity.

Maryborough’s heritage streetscapes and riverside parks are the setting for the world’s biggest festival celebrating its unique connection with Mary Poppins and author Pamela Travers.

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The supercalifragilistic family fun includes: Meeting the Poppins characters Pavement art Great Nanny and Chimney Sweep challenge Street theatre, brass bands and entertainment Steam trains, penny farthings and antique cars Puppets, magicians, jesters and clowns Camel and horse and buggy rides Rides and traditional children’s games Grand costume parade Prizes and giveaways

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The arrival of the humpback whales each year marks the start of festival time in Hervey Bay, with a series of festivities to celebrate the sea and all of its creatures.

Thousands of students with a thirst for speed and a bent for technology compete in four energy busting state titles over one big super meet in Maryborough.

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See teams design, build and race aerodynamic, highly engineered energy efficient vehicles of the future.

Fantastic family day carnival Illuminated street parade Sand sculptures Live entertainment Educational marine displays Fireworks Followed by Queensland’s biggest and best seafood picnic –  the Fraser Lions Hervey Bay Seafood Festival at Fisherman’s Park, Urangan Harbour on 15 August.

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Includes: Queensland 24 hour Human Powered Vehicle Championships Solar boats and cars Robotics Push carts CO2 dragsters The Inventables competition

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Australia Day celebrations across the region Australia Day Family Fishing Competition, Toogoom Boat Ramp

Fraser Coast Cultural Festival Woocoo Family Picnic, Oakhurst North Aramara Fun Day, North Aramara Hervey Bay Family Fishing Competition, Urangan Shakespeare on the Bay, Hervey Bay Toogoom Easter Fair Glenwood Easter Fair Burrum Heads Easter Fishing Classic Poona Family Fishing Competition Easter Family Fun Day, Scarness Park Kids in the Park, Hervey Bay Heritage Week Fraser Coast Heritage Awards Bay to Bay Yacht Race Fraser Island Bird Week Fraser Coast Show

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Fraser Coast Golf Classic Seniors' Expo, Hervey Bay

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Spring Garden Competition Technology Challenge Maryborough Disability Achievement Awards Community & Disability Services Expo Rotary Living Expo Scooter Convoy

Torbanlea Picnic Races

Experience thrills and spills and the fantastic atmosphere of a country rodeo at Teebar, west of Maryborough, every third weekend in June. The action includes campdraft, Ute Muster show, exhibits, rides and live entertainment.

August

Glenwood Swap Meet Car & Bike Show

September

See It – Live It – Love it! A world of culture comes to the Fraser Coast with two weeks of colourful, stimulating events, including dance, comedy and cultural workshops and a spectacular Gala performance. The Hervey Bay foreshore features four stages, authentic acts representing cultures from around the world, food from every corner of the globe, street theatre and café style wining and dining. www.culturalfestivals.com.au

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World’s Greatest Pub Crawl, Maryborough Mary Poppins Festival in the Park Mary Poppins Market Day, Maryborough Brolga Theatre 10th Anniversary, Maryborough Heritage Art Festival, Maryborough Hervey Bay Art Society Show Tiaro Field Day

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Head to the small community of Glenwood, south of Maryborough, every August for this award-winning annual Swap Meet, Car and Bike Show and all day Charity Concert. See one of the finest collections of classic and vintage bikes and cars. Entertainment includes country, folk, blues and rock. Browse through almost 200 buy, sell and swap sites.

October

Torban Picnic lea Races

Maryborough Masters Games Maryborough Craft Fest, Maryborough City Hall Tiaro Landcare Catch & Release Fishing Competition, Petrie Park

Torbanlea Recreation Reserve Yes! They are racing…featuring a seven race program ranging from 300m to 800m, the Torbanlea Picnic Races is one of the best race meets on the Queensland calendar by a country mile. Join with thousands of race goers for a fantastic day out for all. Highlights include a local stockhorse race and ladies races, high fashion, wood chopping and tug-of-war.

Mary River Festival, Petrie Park, Tiaro

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Hervey Bay Game Fish Classic, Hervey Bay Tiaro Lions Children’s Christmas Party Bauple Nut Bash Light Up Fraser Coast competition Festive Fraser Coast Carols by Candlelight Concerts, Hervey Bay and Maryborough

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Petrie Park, Tiaro are bursting with great family fun as the region celebrates the Mary River Festival in early October each year. Men, women and children compete in two days of craft and canoe races including the barrage to bridge race. Dry land events include live music, face painting and tug-of-war games.


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Coastal villages and rainforests, country drives, heritage trails, pub crawls and more – the choice is yours. So is the style of journey – from self-drives, bushwalking and biking trails, half day sojourns, overnight stays and week long adventures.

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Choose from 18 Discovery Trails – each designed to take you to some of the Fraser Coast’s most famous attractions and also unlock its many hidden gems.

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Finding Fraser Discovery Trail.... 28 Camping & Caravanning............. 29 Fraser Coast Fishing Trail........... 30 Fraser Coast Museums Trail........ 32 Art and Culture Trail.................. 34 Perfect Parks and Picnic Spots..... 36 Maryborough Heritage Trail ....... 38 Great Sandy Discovery Trail ....... 39 Burrum Coast Discovery Trail..... 40

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Coal Heritage Trail..................... 40 Wongi Waterholes Trail............... 41 Tiaro Discovery Trail.................. 42 Woocoo West Discovery Trail....... 42 Rambling 'round the Mary Trail... 43 Hervey Bay Discovery Trail......... 44 Food and Wine Trail.................... 45 To Market, to Market.................. 46 Historic Hotels and Pub Trail...... 47

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The island is a haven for adventure. Take a self-drive getaway, join a guided tour, go on a camping safari or explore the island on foot. World Heritage listed, the island is composed almost entirely of sand, built up over 800,000 years of tidal action – the world’s oldest dune building sequence. Fraser Island has the best Australia has to offer on one island – cool ancient rainforests to walk through; over 100 beautiful fresh water lakes to swim in, huge sand blows to climb, crystal clear fast-flowing streams, ‘Champagne’ rock pools to play in and an amazing 75 mile beach highway to drive along complete with a shipwreck and cliffs of stunning coloured sands. Fraser Island is a nature lover’s paradise with over 325 bird species plus wallabies, possums, turtles, flying foxes, echidnas, and largely pure bred dingoes. From the headlands see whales playing in the seas on the horizon and turtles, dolphins and dugong in the waves below.  See below for some essential Fraser facts:

Camping ermits required. National Park campgrounds P are located at: Waddy Point, Dundaburra, Wathumba, Central Station, Lake Boomanjin and Lake Allom. Beach camping is allowed where signed.

accommodation Fraser Island offers a number of excellent private accommodation options from holiday houses and units to the award winning Kingfisher Bay Resort, a leader in eco-tourism.

Fraser Island GREAT WALK

Explore Fraser’s exceptional landscape

on foot with over 90 kilometres of walking tracks between Happy Valley and Dilli Village. Follow the pathways of the island’s original inhabitants and see some of the hidden treasures like the Valley of the Giants. There are many shorter walks along the way. See www.derm.qld.gov.au/greatwalks

access F our wheel drive vehicles only. Permits required. Off-road camper trailers allowed but caravans are discouraged. Daily barge services from River Heads and Inskip Point. Air charters and transfers depart from Hervey Bay Airport.

tours ne of the best ways to discover Fraser Island O is by guided tour. Choose a one day safari, exclusive tour, two day backpacking safari or a longer exclusive camping adventure.

DINGOES Eli Creek, Fraser Island   Image: Peter Meyer

For bookings, permits and information go to www.ourfrasercoast.com.au or contact a Fraser Coast Visitor Information Centre.

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Pitch your tent or park the caravan at one of many superbly located caravan parks and camping grounds on the Fraser Coast while you explore the region's Discovery Trails. It's not only a terrific way to experience the great outdoors– it's an inexpensive way to take a vacation or Staycation. Hervey Bay and Maryborough have a fantastic collection of caravan parks to base yourself as you experience the Fraser Coast. Aside from the incomparable Fraser Island, there are secluded camping spots in a number of small seaside villages like Boonooroo, Poona and Maaroom.

You can also pitch your tent in one of the region’s beautiful national parks such as the Wongi Waterholes, Burrum National Park (permits required) and at Kauri Creek in Tuan State Forest (wheelchair accessible toilets and boat ramp). If you want absolute water frontage, the Fraser Coast Regional Council operates four caravan parks at Torquay, Pialba, Scarness and Burrum Heads – all with access to calm waters and beautiful golden beaches. These beachfront tourist parks offer an ideal holiday experience for families, backpackers or anyone just looking for a tranquil getaway by the sea.

Mary River camp, Petrie Park, Tiaro

You can camp for free in the heart of Tiaro behind the Royal Hotel (in Inman & Price streets), with toilet and shower facilities in the adjacent Tiaro Memorial Park. A popular spot to enjoy the Mary River is at Petrie Park, a couple of kilometres north of Tiaro. Facilities include a boat ramp, toilets, barbeque and shady camping area. Free camping is available at the Munna Creek Hall on Woolooga Road. A maximum of two nights is permitted. There are no facilities. 

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The Fraser Coast is Australia’s best destination for unforgettable fishing experiences – but don’t just take our word for it. Grab your fishing gear, follow this guide and find out for yourself. A word of warning though – you’ll be hooked! Take the protection of world heritage listed Fraser Island from prevailing winds. Add one of Australia’s largest seagrass beds which acts as a nursery and feeding ground for prawns and fish. The result – some of the world’s most ideal fishing conditions and a species of fish to suit almost every angler. The choice of fishing is just as impressive, with some of the best sport and game fishing, sheltered beach fishing and the most magnificent deep sea fishing in Australia.

Fishing facts Make sure you know the rules before you go fishing! Marine national park zones – or green zones – are “look but don’t touch areas”. Be aware of bag and size limits. Follow safety guidelines. Maps and information, including details of zone restrictions and bag limits, are available from Maritime Safety, DPI Fisheries www.dpi.qld.gov.au and local tackle stores. For general information about fishing on the Fraser Coast go to www.sunfish.com.au

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Fraser Island Recreational fishers describe the ocean side of Fraser Island as the “holy grail” of beach fishing with catches of whiting, dart, tailor, flathead and jewfish. Fly fishers come from all over the world to cast on the flat, sandy shallows near the island for milk fish and the chance to snag the highly sought golden trevally. Fraser Island's ocean side

Hitting the water from Tinnanbar

The Great Sandy Strait

Tinana Creek

The Strait is a maze of sandy channels and deep snag-ridden holes that house almost every fish that anglers dream of. The Great Sandy Marine Park has a few green zones as well as some go-slow areas for the protection of turtles and dugong, both of which are plentiful in the area. Maps are available.

Try kayak fishing or fish from the bank at Tinana Creek for bass, either upstream or downstream of Teddington Weir, 10km out of Maryborough.

Maaroom, Boonooroo/Tuan, Poona and Tinnanbar The townships of the Great Sandy Strait are made for fishing – either on shore or explore the mangrove lined creeks or the sheltered waters with a small motorboat or kayak.  A great variety of fish including coral trout, bream, whiting, flathead, mackerel, tailor and mangrove jack inhabit the waters, along with sand and mud crabs.

Hervey Bay Hervey Bay’s 800m long Urangan Pier gives shore-based anglers the opportunity to fish deeper waters for whiting, bream, flathead, reef fish and pelagics including giant trevally, tuna and mackerel. Fish off the rock wall at the Urangan Harbour, and the groynes and other piers at Hervey Bay, as well as just off the beach.

Big Woody Island and the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef The inshore reefs around Big Woody Island and the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef – one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere – are easily accessible from Urangan Harbour. It is here you will find a large variety of reef fish and pelagics.

The Mary River From Beaver Rock to the mouth of the Mary at River Heads, you can pick up bream, king salmon, flathead, summer whiting and cod.

Tiaro Tiaro’s Petrie Park is the best place to access the Mary River. Launch a boat off the ramp or fish off the bank for bass, barramundi and catfish.

BOAT RAMPS The following boat ramps are managed by the Fraser Coast Regional Council:

Toogoom

Hervey Bay

Toogoom and the surrounding waters are a haven for many species including flathead, bream, snapper, tailor, summer and winter whiting, mangrove jacks and queen fish. Go up Beelbi Creek for crabbing.

• River Heads: Barge Ramp, North Ramp, South Ramp • Point Vernon: Gatakers Bay, The Gables • Scarness: Esplanade • Torquay: Esplanade • Toogoom: Moreton Street • Burrum Heads: Caravan Park, Burrum Heads Road, Ross Street • Howard: Beelbi Creek, Burrum Barge, Wal's Camp

Burrum Heads The calm blue waters of this popular seaside village provide an excellent place to fish from the beach, a boat or from the foreshore. Catch mackerel out from the mouth of the Burrum River.

Burrum River The river’s extensive sand flats, channels and mangrove-lined banks offer the angler great fishing, crabbing and prawning. It is one of Queensland’s best kept barramundi secrets. Along with hard-hitting mangrove jacks, barra can be located around the rock bars littering the lower tidal reaches.

River Heads River Heads, located at the head of the Mary River, has rocky outcrops and ledges which are home to many bream, particularly in winter. Other commonly caught fish include flathead, javelin fish, mulloway, threadfin salmon and barramundi. 

Susan River The Susan is a labyrinth of mangrove creeks, sandbanks, rock bars and deep holes. This river system is almost completely unmarked by navigation beacons and care should be taken when boating. Bread-and-butter species such as flathead, whiting and bream are all likely to be encountered.

Maryborough • Granville: Raglan Street • Lamington Bridge Aquatic Area: South Street • Beaver Rock: Approx 17km from Maryborough along Beaver Rock Road • Public jetty, Mary River Parklands: Near the end of March Street

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Tuan: Big Tuan Creek Maaroom: Maaroom Creek Boonooroo: Adjacent to Bates Street Poona: Owen Cox Street adjacent to the caravan park • Tinnanbar: Boat Ramp Drive

Tiaro • Petrie Park: Vandoorn Road

Woocoo • Yengarie: Pleasant View Road

Lake Lenthall Regarded as one of the most consistent bass fisheries in the country, the lake also has good catches of yellow belly (golden perch) and barramundi along with silver perch, spangled perch and eel-tailed catfish. A fishing permit is required. Urangan Boat Harbour, Hervey Bay Choose your own Fraser Coast 

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Brooweena Historical Village and Museum This  charming historical village at Brooweena has an extensive array of memorabilia, equipment and musical instruments and aboriginal rock carvings, housed in a collection of 12 heritage buildings in a tranquil bush setting. The complex includes blacksmith and butcher shops and an authentic rustic barn with a collection of bullock and horse drawn vehicles. There is an original settler’s slab dwelling with detached kitchen, dairy shed, an old railway goods shed, railway station and old carriage, along with a school and church display. Brooweena is 50 kilometres west of Maryborough. Ph: (07) 4129 9262 Open on the second Sunday of the month from 10am – 3pm (other times by prior arrangement).

Mt Bauple and District Historical Society Cultural Centre and Museum

HERVEY BAY

Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum This award winning tourism complex has 19 original buildings spread across three grassy acres, including a faithfully furnished slab hut from 1898, a complete railway station, an old church, a fully equipped blacksmith shop and a dairy shed. In all, the museum houses a collection of more than 8,000 historical items – including authentic furnishings, household items and clothing, the wagons of early settlers and machinery used in Hervey Bay’s sugar cane industry. Blacksmith, woodturning and rope-making demonstrations are held every Sunday from 1pm – 3pm, and can also be organised at other times by appointment for large groups. 13 Zephyr Street, Hervey Bay. Ph: (07) 4128 4804. Open Friday and Saturday 1pm – 5pm (closes 4.30pm in winter) and during public holidays and school holidays. Open from 10.30am on Sundays. 

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Reflecting the early history of the Tiaro area, the museum is set within extensive gardens. It houses a treasure trove of memorabilia including old photographs, family histories, war records, a rare coin collection and an extensive display of telephones, antiques and collectables dating back more than a century. Of special interest is a crocodile skin from a large reptile shot in the Mary River near Owanyilla in 1964 and a 1907 locomotive. The gardens have free BBQs and picnic tables.

Burrum District Museum

Bauple Drive, Bauple. Phone: (07) 4193 9341 Open 9am – 4pm daily. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Burrum Street, Howard. Ph: (07) 4129 0677 Open Tuesday and Wednesday 9am – 12pm. First Saturday of each month from 8am – 12pm.

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The Burrum District Museum at Howard reflects the area’s past as a major coal mining centre dating back to 1863, when the first seam of coal was discovered on the banks of the Burrum River. Mining of the area spanned over 130 years until the closure of the last coalmine (Burgowan Number 12) in 1997. The museum also features displays of local history from Howard and Torbanlea, early farming, war memorabilia and cottage crafts.

BROOKLYN HOUSE Visit the childhood home of Dame Annabelle Rankin, Queensland’s first female senator.  Brooklyn House (1890)  has been lovingly restored and reflects the best of a bygone era. 23 William Street, Howard. Ph: (07) 4129 4943. Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am – 3pm (except school and public holidays). Entry fee applies.

MARYBOROUGH Brennan and Geraghty Store Museum Brennan and Geraghty Store Museum is the store that time forgot. The store opened in 1871 and ceased trading in 1972 complete with trading records and stock dating back to the 1890s. The  old grocery  store is  one of only three museum stores in the world where the contents have been preserved in original condition. The collection contains more than 100,000 relics such as rusty tins of World War II Lucky Hit tobacco and long-forgotten Australian brands like Brasso and Chief floor polish. 64 Lennox Street, Maryborough. Ph. (07) 4121 2250. Open 10am – 3pm daily.

Croydon Foundry Museum The Croydon Foundry Museum is a valuable piece of Maryborough’s history that gives an insight into one of the city’s major industries during the last century. The foundry was established by English immigrant William Stevenson in 1908 and operated in Maryborough until 1968. It produced the popular Croydon fuel stoves and boiler stands along with agricultural, mining and timber milling machinery and equipment for Queensland’s sugar mills.


The complex also houses Bottlebrush Crafts whose members paint china, make bobbin lace, pottery, cloth dolls, scrapbook and spin and weave. Crafts are on sale. 30 Ferry Street, Maryborough. Ph: (07) 4122 2533. Open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 2pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm. Free entry.

Maryborough Heritage Centre On the ground floor of the historic Bank of New South Wales building, the Maryborough Family Heritage Institute holds one of the largest collections of genealogy records in Queensland, covering the immigrant passengers into Queensland and cemetery and burial records. Maryborough Family Heritage Institute Cnr Wharf and Richmond Streets, Maryborough. Ph: (07) 4123 1620. Open Monday to Friday from 9am – 4pm; Saturday afternoon 1 – 4pm and Thursday evening by appointment. Located on the top floor of the Maryborough Heritage Centre, the  Maryborough District Family History Society provides vital research resources for anyone interested in genealogy and heritage. It has an extensive library of records, historical books, articles, photographs, CD-ROM, microfiche and publications.

Maryborough District Family History Society Ph: (07) 4123 1842. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am – 3pm and Saturday 1 – 4pm (other times by appointment).

Maryborough Military Museum Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum is regarded as one of the best community museums in Australia, with over 3000 items of military and colonial memorabilia. Located in a beautifully restored heritagelisted building in the heart of Portside, it has an extensive navy, army and air force display, including three  Victoria Crosses and a Cross of Valour.  It also has  uniforms, historic vehicles and  scale models, murals, wood sculptures and a 2000 book research library. 106 Wharf Street, Maryborough. Open daily 9am – 3pm. Ph: (07) 4123 5900 www.maryboroughmuseum.org

Maryborough Portside Centre and Bond Store Museum Housed in the former Customs House (c.1901), the Portside Centre celebrates the region’s early history with interactive displays including listening posts with first settler stories, time capsules and multimedia displays. The neighbouring Bond Store managed the thriving import, export and liquor trade of the era and the museum documents the history of the Port of Maryborough. Experienced guides and scores of publications at both centres help give people insight into the region and the city’s colourful origins. Wharf Street, Maryborough. Ph: (07) 41 905 730. Open 10am – 4pm daily. Public holidays 10am – 1pm.

Original Maryborough Site

Mavis Bank

Tour the Original Maryborough Site – one of the few original township sites in Australia left intact. Pioneer graves help create a lingering sense of history at the old township, which was settled in 1847, and was originally known as Wide Bay Village. It was abandoned in 1855 when its residents voted to relocate to where Maryborough’s city centre and port area is located.

Mavis Bank (formerly Ormond), built in 1874 by the family of prominent settler James Cleary, consists of eleven rooms completely furnished as a Maryborough home of the period 1890–1940. Owners Liz and Patrick Mackenzie live among these extraordinary antiques and collectables – continually adding to and improving their collection.

Aldridge Street (off Alice Street) Maryborough.

Maryborough Wide Bay Burnett Historical Society Located in the School of Arts, one of Maryborough’s most beautiful heritage buildings, the Maryborough Wide Bay Burnett Historical Society offers a wonderful snapshot of early history through a collection of more than 3500 photographs. The collection also includes historical records, over 3000 books, wedding gowns from 1890– 1910, needlework and lace artefacts. Kent Street, opp. City Hall. Ph: (07) 4121 6646. Open Wednesday and Friday 9am – 12pm, Thurs 9am – 1pm.

Maryborough Whistle Stop Museum Maryborough’s impressive rail heritage is on show at the Whistle Stop Museum located on the site of the heritage-listed railway station (c. 1882). The museum contains a small but remarkable collection of railway memorabilia. The museum’s dedicated team of volunteers also crews the Mary Ann, a working replica of Queensland’s first steam engine built in Maryborough in 1873. Mary Ann runs through Queens Park every Thursday and last Sunday of the month. Railway Station, Lennox Street. Ph: (07) 4121 0444. Open Thursday and last Sunday of the month.

Historic homes & collections Bears, Dolls and Golli too Housed in a historical 1915 cottage, this vast collection of memorabilia, consisting of dolls, teddies, gollies, tin toys, trains and much more, is intended to bring back fond memories. Share the atmosphere, then relax and take in the pleasant surroundings of Lilly Pilly Cottage and its gardens.

Period pictures line the walls and clothes from 1890–1940 fill wardrobes and blouse chests. At night the home is lit by kerosene lamps and filled with music from antique gramophones. 256 Queen Street, Maryborough. Ph: (07) 4123 5497. Open 7 days 1pm – 4pm (morning and afternoon tea available for buses and groups only. Pre-booking is essential). Entry fee applies.

St Mary’s Catholic Church The heritage room of St Mary’s offers an insight into the early history of the Catholic Church in the region. The first Mass was said in Maryborough in 1852. This heritage listed church (c. 1872) replaced an earlier wooden church built in 1858 which was also used for the town’s first school. 269 Adelaide Street, Maryborough. Heritage Room open Thursdays 10am – 11.45am. Enter from opposite Post Office. Free entry.

Wide Bay Hospitals Museum Society This museum displays items and documents from the Maryborough Public Hospital, which opened in 1854 as Queensland’s first hospital outside of Brisbane. It  contains  admission and birth registers  and  19th century nursing books. Learn details of Australia’s first and only recorded outbreak of Pneumonic Plague or the  Black Plague, which occurred in Maryborough  in 1905, killing eight people including two nurses. Some displays from the Hospital Museum are also on show at the Maryborough Heritage Centre in Wharf Street. 199 Neptune Street, Maryborough. Open third Thursday of the month 9.30am – 1pm. Entry by gold coin donation.

Lilly Pilly Cottage, 15 Scott Street, Maryborough. Ph: (07) 4121 6646 or Mob: 0438 105 589. Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4pm (weekends by appointment). Entry fee applies.

Grand Shirl’s Doll And Toy Museum Take a step back in time and see beautiful antique dolls and old toys including a rare Holden Pedal Car made in 1944 and clockwork dating back to 1824. The museum is housed in a special cottage. 123 Walker Street, Maryborough. Ph: (07) 4121 2051. Open Thursday to Sunday, 9.30am – 4pm (or by appointment). Entry fee applies.

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Art and Culture Trail

With a first class theatre, two major art galleries, and a yearly calendar of performances, workshops and exhibitions, it is no wonder that creative juices flow and artists abound on the Fraser Coast.

Image: Kim Thomsen LEFT:  Fraser Coast artist Ben Gerdsen’s contemporary paintings, including The Model and Her Artist, will be exhibited in Beyond Decorative from 5 April to 15 May, 2010. ABOVE: Sculpture at the entrance to the Brolga Riverside Theatre and Convention Centre.

Brolga Riverside Theatre and Convention Centre One of Australia’s finest cultural and convention centres, bringing the best in entertainment and conference facilities to the Fraser Coast. 5 Walker Street, Maryborough For show and function information and bookings, call (07) 4122 6000 or go to www.brolgatheatre.org

Gatakers ArtSpace Maryborough’s Art Gallery building has undergone a major redevelopment, transforming the heritage listed warehouse gallery into the Gatakers Artspace. This community arts and cultural hub will cater for a broad range of creative activities, including visual arts, performers, musicians, writers, photographic groups, dance, community groups, workshop facilities and school based arts activities. There will be touring exhibitions and a permanent rotating exhibition of Council’s art collection. Admission is free. Outside the Artspace is the Portside Passage – a landscaped lane with works of art reflecting the area’s rich history and providing a delightful link between the heritage precinct of Wharf Street and the CBD.

HERVEY BAY REGIONAL GALLERY The visual arts are a vibrant part of the Fraser Coast and the best place to experience them is at Hervey Bay Regional Gallery. Operated by the Fraser Coast Regional Council, the gallery showcases the creative talents of regional artists as well as amazing artworks and artefacts in high-quality, touring exhibitions from state and national galleries and museums. An exciting array of public programs, from bus tours to artist’s talks, workshops to children’s art trails and activities, are also offered throughout the year. The gallery’s 2010 program of exhibitions offers a dynamic and exciting mix of subjects, media and styles.

PUBLIC ART

It includes cutting edge craft in Grid II; Japanese indigo-dyed textiles by Yaeko Niitsu; surrealist-style works by Norwegian artist Liv Grønlund; Ben Gerdsen’s contemporary paintings; a beautiful showcase by the Hervey Bay Quilters; and two touring exhibitions by major Australian artists, Lawrence Daws and John Winch.

Inspiring public art is everywhere to be seen on the Fraser Coast – by the water, in green spaces and on street corners and laneways.

Trained and friendly volunteers are on hand to welcome you and answer any queries. Admission is free.

Gatakers Artspace 102 Wharf Street, Maryborough Moha Moha sculpture on the Torquay esplanade

Quirky, innovative and often historical, the collection includes sculptures, signposts, statues, memorials, water features, murals and architecturally striking heritage architecture.

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Hervey Bay Regional Art Gallery 161 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay Telephone (07) 4197 4210 www.herveybayregionalgallery.org


Take a bow BrolGA THEATRE! Ten years is a long time in show business – but the Brolga Theatre is proving its star potential as it celebrates a decade on centre stage as one of Australia's leading regional performance venues.

Alex Whitaker (Dorothy) performs with Gavin Bolderrow (Scarecrow) in the Brolga Community Theatre's 2009 production of The Wizard of Oz.   Image: Jan Rolston

I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or village, a great theatre is the outward sign of an inward culture .

in-house equipment is very good as well. Another tribute to the staff and the design,” English said.

Sir Laurence Olivier – English actor and producer (1907 – 1989).

In the past decade, close to 300,000 people have watched almost 600 acts by local, Australian and international performers, including Julie Anthony, Human Nature, Jimmy Barnes, Strassman, John Williamson, the Australian and Russian Ballets, and the Buena Vista Social Club.

Jon English has performed in countless venues over the years, however the stage and screen veteran can still recall being one of the first to perform at Maryborough’s new and “squeaky clean” Brolga Theatre when it opened in 2000. “I was impressed by the facilities and the friendly staff. Also the fabulous location,” he says from on tour with his latest hit production “The Rock Show”, which he will bring to the Brolga in July 2010 during the theatre’s 10th anniversary celebrations. The “fabulous location” is a high river bank with sweeping views of the Mary River and Maryborough’s historic and beautiful Queens Park. The building reflects Maryborough’s industrial heritage and seamlessly incorporates elements of the former sawmill which once occupied the site. While its architecture has won prestigious awards for its cutting edge style – it is the Brolga Theatre’s stunning 919 seat auditorium, with its exceptional acoustics, large main stage, orchestra pit and magical atmosphere of warmth and style that has earned it rave reviews as one of the best venues in regional Australia. A status supported by Jon English. “I think the Brolga should be used as a template for all regional theatres. It is very versatile, attractive, and user friendly. I remember the

For Maryborough singing teacher, youth choir director and musical director Tracy Wright, the appeal of the Brolga Theatre lies not with its celebrity performers, but the potential stars of the future it nurtures. In the past decade, thousands of young dancers and singers from the Fraser Coast have had the thrill of standing on the Brolga’s commanding stage and experienced the exhilaration of playing to a capacity crowd.

“I think that people who have never been involved in a production such as this one would find it hard to understand the complete transformation that occurs on and behind the stage. The characters become synonymous with the person playing them; in fact we all go through a period of mourning when the show is over.  “It’s experiences like this that form a sense of community, people of all ages sharing a wonderful eight weeks of fantasy (and a lot of hard work) in order to take the audience on a wonderful journey, and to make our region proud to say that it was performed and produced by locals!” The Brolga Theatre will mark its 10th anniversary with a Brolga Festival from 7 – 14 July, 2010. For more information go to www.brolgatheatre.org

“It gives our young talent an enormous advantage when it comes to auditioning, and developing confidence in performing. The Brolga has allowed the region to experience a heightened level of professionalism in production,” says Tracy.  She has been involved with many notable local performances at the theatre, but there is one memorable moment among many that stands out. It was the finale of The Wizard of Oz in 2009, and talented young performer Alex Whitaker who played Dorothy was so upset that the show was over she could not sing the encore of Over the Rainbow.  “I tried to help her but couldn’t even remember the words (I’d only heard the song 100 times!)" recalls Tracy.

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The weather on the Fraser Coast is just made for long, lazy days in the great outdoors. So grab the family and friends, fill the picnic basket with goodies and start working your way around the region’s fantastic collection of parks, gardens, playgrounds and nature reserves. Here are a few local favourites to get you started.

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An early settler statue at Wook-Koo Park

The rotunda in Queens Park

Wook-koo Park Woocoo Drive, Oakhurst

Queens Park Sussex and Lennox streets, Maryborough

This great park is a child’s dream come true with life size statues of settlers, farm animals and native wildlife to discover. The unique artwork, including mosaics and large wooden carvings, were created by local artists, and tell the story of the local area and the Mary River. There is a lagoon, water features, playground, tennis courts, electric BBQs, covered picnic areas, toilets and a hall for hire.

The features of this stunning park are endless: sweeping river views, rolling green lawns, towering trees and a waterfall. Queens Park is one of Australia’s earliest botanic gardens and dates back to 1866. Unique heritage features include cannons, a wishing well and rotunda.

Wook-Koo Park is nine kilometres west of Maryborough on the Maryborough-Biggenden Road (turn right into Woocoo Drive).

Petrie Park Van Doorn Road, Tiaro A blissful, shady oasis, Petrie Park is the only access point to the Mary River in the Tiaro area making it a great spot for fishing and canoeing. Facilities include toilets, overnight camping, a boat ramp and wood BBQ. 

There is something to discover at almost every step – including the magnificent banyan tree, believed to be one of the oldest and biggest of its kind in Australia. The park has an open air wedding chapel, playground, electric BBQ, picnic tables and toilets. Steam trains run in the park every Thursday and the last Sunday of the month.

Mary River Parklands Wharf Street, Maryborough Right in the heart of Portside, this riverside park is built on the site of the original Port of Maryborough and is surrounded by museums,

Many parks have great facilities for kids to enjoy

historic hotels and restaurants. With natural terracing, a community forecourt, stunning public art works, gardens and a viewing deck, it is a great spot for a family picnic or for just soaking up the views of the Mary River.

Anzac Park / Ululah Lagoon Alice Street, Maryborough Centred on a beautiful man-made lagoon, this popular park is Maryborough’s major playground, with a space net, flying fox, skate bowl, ball courts, exercise stations and a Liberty Swing for people in wheelchairs. It has picnic tables, BBQ facilities, an access friendly toilet block, and is bordered by walk and cycle paths. The wildlife includes black swans and other birdlife who have made the lagoon home. The park’s history dates back to when it was an early gathering place for aboriginal corroborees. Horse-drawn scoops were used to clear the lagoon to form Maryborough’s first water supply in 1859.

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Hervey Bay Orchid House Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010, the Orchid House at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens is a must for flower lovers. Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens

Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens Elizabeth Street, Urangan Wander through an impressive 26 hectares of serene, beautiful sub-tropical rainforest and garden displays featuring plants of the region. Built upon 6000 year old foreshore sand dunes, the gardens are inhabited by many species of native birds and animals and include a unique section where the melaleuca wetland meets riparian vine forest and dune strand vegetation. Walk the cultural trail and experience the Aboriginal Bush Tucker Garden which has plants used by Aboriginal people for food, medicines and materials. The garden’s Bush Chapel is an open air “cathedral” formed by a towering canopy of rainforest trees. Tree species include magnificent old blue gums, a kapok tree, rain tree and the twin headed palm. Other charming features include the lagoon, a natural amphitheatre and the Orchid House.

It is home to a collection of around 20,000 orchids of approximately 75 different orchid genera and showcases many hybrid and species of orchids from around the world as well as Australian natives. The major seasonal flower displays occur in spring (September – October) and autumn (February – March), with smaller displays every month. Orchid and plant sales occur in April and September.

Opening Hours & Bookings Monday to Friday, 10am – 3.45pm. An admission fee applies and includes complimentary tea & coffee. Group and tour bookings are welcome and must be arranged through the Parks and Gardens Office on  (07) 4125 9700.

Since 1998, Joan Cummings has been overseeing the running of Fraser Coast Regional Council’s popular Orchid House, ancillary infrastructure and the volunteer program that supports its functioning.

Dayman Park Dayman Street, Urangan The lookout at this beachside park offers some of the best views of Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Strait. Impressive public artwork tells the dreamtime stories of the Butchulla People, the traditional owners of the Fraser Coast. There are also memorials to Captain James Cook who named the Bay, Matthew Flinders who stepped ashore here on his exploration of Australia, and to the Z Force Australian Commandos who trained on Fraser Island during WW2. The park has BBQ and picnic facilities and a fantastic playground.

Left: Vanilla orchid. Right: Stanhopea orchid

“The orchids chose me” Joan Cummings left 20 years in the banking industry to reinvent herself – and ended up in her dream job, surrounded by the beauty and perfume of the queen of flowers –  the orchid.

Some of Dayman Park's public artwork

The Orchid House boasts a wide variety of species

The orchids are mostly from the private collection of a local resident, donated to the city in 1997. Over the years, other residents have contributed orchids and various plants, making it one of the largest and finest collections owned by a Regional Council in Queensland.

Here she shares her passion and knowledge of orchids, the oldest flowering plants in the world.

Why orchids? "I had no idea what I would be doing when I first studied horticulture. Six months after I started at the Botanic Gardens, the job of looking after the orchids was presented to me. I believe the orchids chose me and that I was at the right place at the right time. I love their beauty, uniqueness and perseverance. They are very tough and yet when they bloom they are also very delicate."

Joan Cummings (left) and onlooker

What is the most unusual orchid in the collection? "One of the rarest would be the Fraser Island Swamp orchid. The Vanilla orchid is unusual because of the fact that is a climbing vine and we hand pollinate the flowers. The other unusual orchid is the Stanhopea (or nicknamed the Up-Side Down Orchid) because the flowers appear from under the bottom of the hanging pot. The flower is very different from most orchids and some might say very ugly. However its ugliness is what makes it very beautiful and unusual."

What is the favourite part of your job? "The favourite part of my job is working with a great dedicated team of volunteers who all contribute to the beautiful presentation of orchids that are on show to the many visitors to the Orchid House in the Botanic Gardens."

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Maryborough Heritage Discovery Trail

Experiences: Historic buildings, old Queenslander homes, parks, original township site, river views and museums. Route: Start your journey at City Hall in Kent Street.

Mary River Parklands

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Maryborough’s majestic City Hall was erected in 1908. The clock tower, curtain tower and stage were added in 1935. The auditorium features a semi-circular barrel-vault ceiling and elaborate classical details. Note the School of Arts Building (c.1887) across the road.

Heritage listed Queens Park overlooks the Mary River and features a waterfall, lily pond, band rotunda and century old trees. It is one of Australia’s earliest Botanical Gardens (c. 1866). (See Parks feature on page 36) Follow the park and turn left into Sussex Street, right into Bazaar Street, left into Wharf Street and into Portside.

Starting from City Hall, turn left into Lennox Street. On the left you will see the ...

Bauer and Wiles Memorial Fountain The fountain honours two nurses who died during Australia’s only outbreak of the pneumonic plague in Maryborough in 1905. Proceed along Lennox Street past …

St Paul’s Anglican Church (c.1879) The Bell Tower was a gift from city founder Edgar Aldridge in 1887. On the opposite side of the street is …

Railway Station (c.1882) Note the air raid shelter built during the Second World War. Continue on Lennox Street, then cross the Alice Street intersection. On your right is …

Brennan & Geraghty’s Store Museum (c.1871) This museum contains old stock and records dating back to the 1870s. See Museums Trail p 32

Wharf Street Heritage Precinct Edgar Aldridge and is now a private residence. Retrace along Queen Street, turn left into Jupiter Street, then left into Alice Street and left into Aldridge Street, Continue on to the end to the …

Original Township Site The original township, known as Wide Bay Village, was first settled by in 1848 and was abandoned by mid 1850. Turn right into Alice Street, left at Russell Street and follow to Walker Street. Turn right and continue along Walker Street. On the corner of Neptune Street is the ...

Maryborough Base Hospital (c.1887) The first public hospital outside Brisbane was established in Maryborough in 1856. The present hospital was opened in 1887.

Turn right into Ann Street, past several fine examples of early colonial and Queenslander homes. Turn left at Cheapside Street …

Proceed along Walker Street, noting fine examples of 1920s housing …

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St Michael’s Convent (c.1892)

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This two storey brick building was originally used as a residence for teaching nuns at St Mary’s Catholic School. Since undergoing a major restoration, it has been used for administration.

Maryborough Golf Course

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This picturesque golf course is regarded as one of the best regional courses in Queensland.

Parkview Cottage (c.1874)

Continue along Queen Street. On the left is…

Mavis Bank (c.1874) This living museum at 256 Queen Street is open to the public with furniture and collectables from 1620 to 1920. Continue to the end of Queen Street to view…

Baddow House (c.1883) Recently restored to its original design, Baddow House was built by pioneer settler

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This charming cottage, now a café, was built by Englishman Edward Priddy, who twice escaped the hangman’s noose, before immigrating to Maryborough. On the left is ...

Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre This leading entertainment venue was built to reflect and celebrate the industrial heritage of Maryborough and sits on the site of a former sawmill (c.1865). Turn right into Lennox Street to …

The precinct is part of Portside, Maryborough’s original port district, and contains an impressive collection of colonial buildings including: Queensland’s oldest operating Post Office (c.1866); Court House (c.1887); Bond Store Museum (c.1864) and Criterion Hotel (c.1878).

Mary River Parklands Stunning public artwork in the parklands celebrates Maryborough’s days as a thriving river port, as well as the contribution of SouthSea Islander, Chinese and Aboriginal cultures to its make-up. At the marina you can see the last remnants of the original wharves. Turn right at the end of Wharf Street into March Street, and turn right into Kent Street. Note more fine examples of colonial architecture. On the right is the …

GATAKERS ArtSpace Enjoy touring and local exhibitions at this newly redeveloped art and cultural centre. It is located in the Gatakers Building (c.1868), which was once a wine and spirits warehouse and is one of Maryborough’s oldest surviving commercial buildings. Continue along Kent Street to the corner of Richmond Street to the …

Mary Poppins Statue This famous statue sits outside the former bank building (c.1882) where Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers was born in 1889. Artwork along Richmond Street reflects the themes of her novels. Continue along Kent Street back to City Hall to complete your tour. For a more detailed tour, pick up a Heritage Walk and Drive brochure from the Maryborough Visitor Information Centre or download from www.ourfrasercoast.com.au For information on the Museums Trail see page 32.


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Mount Dam Bauple provides a stunning backdrop to this tiny township and the surrounding farming and bush land. The mountain was a place of aboriginal importance. It is currently closed to the public and has limited access for scientific study only.

At nearby Theebine visit another grand old Queenslander hotel or tour a red claw crayfish farm.

Step back in time at the Bauple Museum, run by the Mt Bauple and District Historical Society, in the heart of the town. (see Museums Trail page 32)

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Return to the Bruce Highway and take the Nanango turnoff to Gundiah, home to another historic pub, the Prince Alfred Hotel. From Gundiah To Toowoomba you can continue for a picnic at Munna Creek on the Woolooga Road, or return to the Bruce Highway.

Free camping is available in Tiaro district near the Tiaro Visitor Information (two night maximum stay); Munna Creek (two nights maximum); and Petrie Park (overnight).

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NORTHERN END Musket Flat marks the start of the northern end of the BNT Trail in the Fraser Coast region. This area has its roots in the earliest days of the settlement when Old Gayndah Road was the pioneering road from the port of Maryborough to Gayndah from the 1840s to the 1880s, until the railway opened. A shelter shed with picnic table and water tank erected by Fraser Coast Regional Council is available to trekkers at Musket Flat. From here day trekkers can follow the old coach road out of town to check out the convict cutting on Seaview Range or climb Mt Doongul just off the Trail to enjoy the views. An interpretive sign details some of the history of the town of Elliot. Through trekkers could continue on past the sites of the Broomfield Hotel and Golden Fleece Hotel (with its superb lagoon on the camp and water reserve) to the BNT shelter at Biggenden. This end of the Trail is somewhat more rugged, passing through hilly forestry country but it is not particularly difficult. At Melville Creek the Trail leaves Old Gayndah Road to travel cross country south over the Maryborough Biggenden Road. Finally, after crossing Glenbar Road the Trail reaches the Mary River near Emery’s Bridge. National Trail Guidebooks and memberships can be purchased from the BNT office on 1300 138 724 or visit the comprehensive website at www.nationaltrail.com.au for a wide range of BNT related information.

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Gatakers Bay in Point Vernon boasts some magnificent views, and has boat ramp facilities and a restaurant.

A dance circle containing hand-made concrete plinths decorated with sea shells celebrates our indigenous Australians.

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Osprey Nest Spot this magnificent bird as it glides overhead. Continue along The Esplanade to …

Begin your self drive route at Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre on the Maryborough –  Hervey Bay Road. Collect free maps, guides and booklets. You can also purchase unique artwork and choose from a range of locally inspired souvenirs and regional products. Ample parking is available at the rear of the centre for motor-homes, trucks and vehicles towing trailers and caravans. From here you can access Scrub Hill Road to…

Dhugamin Cultural Centre Take a journey of discovery and learn the history and dreamtime stories of the Butchulla people. Drive into the city along the Maryborough - Hervey Bay Road and at the roundabout, veer left into Tooth Street and go past the Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club. Turn left at Martin Street and head up to …

Discover The Gables at Col Gardner Memorial Park and take in the magnificent view from Gables Point. Continue to … Families will enjoy a stop at The Pines at Sandy White Memorial Park. This playground is challenging for older kids with something for the little ones as well. BBQs are available and it is ideal for picnics. At the roundabout, turn right into Beach Road, left onto Old Maryborough Road and follow to the …

Hervey Bay Library and Regional Gallery (See Art and Culture feature page 34) See exhibitions from local and visiting artists at this leading gallery. Upon leaving, turn right towards Main Street and turn left towards The Esplanade to …

Seafront Oval AND WATER PARK Hervey Bay’s zero-depth Water Education Park, WetSide will thrill kids of all ages and encourage everyone to appreciate this natural resource. Seafront Oval is also home to an all abilities playground and access friendly toilets. Follow The Esplanade past the …

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Hervey Bay HistoricAL Village and Museum This award winning complex has 19 historic buildings and over 8000 exhibits, open Friday, Saturday (and Sunday during summer). (See Museums Trail page 32) Return to The Esplanade and continue to …

Scarness Beach The Scarness precinct is a popular swimming spot, especially for young families who flock to the foreshore playground and jetty. A caravan park, cafés and restaurants, accommodation and shops line the Esplanade along Scarness. Off Scarness Beach is a rocky reef that is a delight to explore at high or low tide. Reefs dot the ocean just offshore from Torquay to Scarness. Continue to …

Torquay The Torquay precinct is also a hub of activity with its shops, water sports hire, cafés and restaurants. It is also home to the Hervey Bay Sailing Club and has a public boat ramp. Stroll along the board walk in front of the sailing club and out on to the Torquay Jetty – a popular fishing spot at all tides. Torquay has two great parks – the Ernie Organ Park and the Bill Fraser Park. See a sculpture of the Moha Moha – a creature from the Butchulla legends. A trail of fitness equipment is spaced along the pathway through Torquay.


Continue along The Esplanade taking in the expansive views of the Bay’s beaches. There are many sheltered picnic areas along the landscaped foreshore. Stop at the …

Sea Wall See a sculpture of the Ariadne, a sailing ship which brought thousands of immigrants to Australia through the Port of Maryborough. Turn right at Elizabeth Street to the …

Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens and Orchid House (see feature page 37) Be sure to visit these beautiful gardens with its spectacular display of orchids. Return to the foreshore and turn right on The Esplanade to the …

Urangan Pier The historic Urangan Pier built in 1917 is a Hervey Bay landmark and a popular spot for walkers and fishing enthusiasts. Here you will find Pier Park, which marks the start of the Urangan precinct with its public art, art gallery, alfresco dining, cafés, resorts and clubs. Turn right into Pier Street, left into King Street, right into Short Street and left into Dayman Street to …

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Hervey Bay Airport The airport has a café and Airport Visitor Information Centre and Quintessential Fraser Coast Gift Shop featuring regional produce and keepsakes. Further along Booral Road is the turnoff to …

River heads Barges for Fraser Island leave from this tiny coastal community which has commanding views of Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Strait. Follow Booral Road all the way round and it will eventually loop back onto Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road. Turn right to return to Hervey Bay or left to continue to Maryborough.

There is also the option to extend the experience into a loop by continuing from The Esplanade to the Link Mobility Corridor. The Link Mobility Corridor extends 6.2km from the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens in Elizabeth Street, Urangan and connects with the CBD in Pialba. This link follows the former rail line that once took goods to ships at the Urangan Pier.

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Leave the car behind and walk, cycle or rollerblade along the beautiful Hervey Bay Esplanade. The 14km long shared pathway stretches from the Urangan Harbour at the eastern end of the city to Gatakers Bay in the west. You can tackle The Esplanade in one go, or you can break it up into smaller trips.

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Experiences: Wine tasting, cultural heritage, bushwalking, fishing, fossicking, antiques, farm stays, art and craft and heritage sites. Route: Travel south from Maryborough along the Bruce Highway towards Gympie. Before you reach Gympie take the Kilkivan turn-off onto the Wide Bay Highway.

KILKIVAN – GOOMERI Follow the highway until you reach Kilkivan. Enjoy a relaxing stop here and visit a heritage café and the Kilkivan Shire Historical Museum or sample local olives and redclaw at the Fat Hen Farm. Continue on to Goomeri where you will find antique and craft shops and renowned pumpkin pies.

SOUTH BURNETT Turn onto the Burnett Highway and then follow the Wineries signage for a true taste of the South Burnett.The towns of Kingaroy, Nanango, Wondai, Murgon, Cherbourg and Yarraman – all offer their own unique rural charms. Cellar door outlets offer quality award-winning wines.

BUNYA MOUNTAINS The region is also bound by the magnificent Bunya Mountains – an isolated section of the Great Divide and a bushwalker’s paradise featuring a unique natural stand of Bunya and Hoop Pines. Head back to Maryborough via the Burnett Highway to Murgon.

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Maryborough Heritage CITY Markets

FRASER COAST MARKETS

Thursdays 8am – 1.30pm Adelaide and Ellena Streets Every Thursday, Maryborough’s city centre undergoes an amazing transformation into a colourful outdoor heritage bazaar. Wander around over 120 stalls with an amazing array of farm fresh produce and unique wares. Original hand-made craft, homemade treats, artwork, jewellery, clothes, accessories, natural beauty products and gorgeous cut flowers. Meet a cast of characters in historical dress, including the Town Crier, and hear the firing of the historic time cannon at 1pm. Soak up the atmosphere of music and entertainers and enjoy weekly giveaways. Enjoy hot food stalls, relax at an inner city café or find wonderful condiments and gourmet pantry items to take home. Make a day of it in the city and join a guided Heritage Walk Tour from outside the City Hall at 9am, ride on a replica steam engine through nearby Queens Park or cruise the historic waterways of the Mary River.

Angel Flight Markets Second and fourth Sunday 7am – 12pm Woolworths Car Park, Lennox Street, Maryborough Trash and treasure, home made goods, art and craft.

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In markets stalls, on restaurant dinner plates and in local stores and gift shops, you will find mouthwatering local produce from the Fraser Coast.

Howard Country Markets

Seafood is a centrepiece of the Fraser Coast food scene, including Hervey Bay scallops and prawns plucked fresh from local waters which can be bought cooked or fresh at regional outlets.

First Saturday 7am – 12pm Steley Street, Howard Fresh produce, local arts and crafts, plants, home made delights and clothing. Breakfast available from 7am.

Stores and market stalls stock a wide range of local delicacies, including homemade jams, chutneys and deli goods, marinated olives and Maryborough’s famous gingerbread men biscuits.

Burrum Heads Markets Second Saturday of each month Burrum Heads Community Hall, Burrum Heads Almost 50 stalls offer a variety of arts, crafts, gifts and foods to suit everyone.

Koala Markets Second, fourth and fifth Sunday 6am – 12pm Kruger Court, Hervey Bay Over 250 stalls of trash and treasure, antiques, books, arts and crafts, cakes and jams and local delights.

Fill your picnic hamper with fresh local produce from the market stalls throughout the region, including macadamia nuts, nectarines, lychees, honey and peaches. Select pasture-fed beef, lamb and smoked hams and bacon from local butchers.

Make It! Bake It! Grow It! Saturday, 8.30am – 2pm St Johns Gardens Arcade, Torquay Road, Hervey Bay All locally produced and hand made goods. Raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service Patient Facility.

Nikenbah Markets

Maryborough State High School Flea Markets

Poona Markets

Third Sunday 8am – 12pm Cnr Kent and Ferry streets, Maryborough Bric-a-brac, home made goods, art and craft.

First and third Sundays 6am – 12pm Nikenbah–Dundowran Road, Hervey Bay Raising funds for the Hervey Bay Animal Refuge. Arts and crafts, fresh produce, trash and treasure, cakes and jams and much more. Second Saturday 7am – 2pm Poona Community Hall, Poona Sample the delights of a seaside country market.


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Join in the time honoured tradition of the Aussie pub crawl, quench your thirst for history or just soak up pub culture on the Fraser Coast Historic Pubs Trail. From grand old city hotels to classic old country pubs, hotels have been a way of life on the Fraser Coast since the days of the first shanty inns in the 1850s. Now our pubs are the talk of bars around the globe thanks to the quirky World’s Greatest Pub Crawl, held every Queen's Birthday weekend in June around Maryborough’s historic hotels.

Dining From fish and chips by the beach to à la carte dining with million dollar views of Fraser Island – the Fraser Coast's lively restaurant and café scene offers a range of dining options to satisfy all tastes. Choose from sophisticated cuisine, alfresco dining by the river, delightful country cafés, stylish boutique coffee shops, old fashioned lolly shops and great take-away.

The Pubs Trail brochure is your complete guide to uncovering the bottled history of the region’s impressive collection of hotels. It covers more than 20 historic hotels around the Fraser Coast . Many retain features from their days as colonial “watering holes” for stage coaches or as the first port of call for new immigrants arriving on sailing ships. Visit the pub where guests once showered in beer, or meet some unwelcome spirits said to haunt a number of our heritage-listed hotels. Use the Pubs Trail brochure as your guide to follow the path of the World’s Greatest Pub Crawl at your leisure at any time of the year. The Fraser Coast Historic Pubs Trail brochure is available from Fraser Coast Visitor Information Centres or from www.ourfrasercoast.com.au (available from March 2010).

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Hervey Bay Airport Don Adams Drive ph (07) 4197 4730 OPEN Mon–Fri 8am–4pm Sat & Sun 8am–3pm

Hervey Bay 227 Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road ph 1800 811 728 OPEN daily 9am–5pm

Special Deals and offers

For further information contact:

STAYCATIONS is a program just for residents with special deals and seasonal offers for a selection of Fraser Coast attractions, tours and businesses. Taking advantage of this great program is easy. Simply call into a Fraser Coast Visitor Information Centre or join online to receive your Staycations card. The next step is to use your card to make a booking with a participating operator or business. Bookings must be made directly with the operator, and terms and conditions may apply.

For the latest STAYCATIONS discounts and special offers go to:

www.ourfrasercoast.com.au and click on STAYCATIONS

Fraser Island Aussie Trax 4x4 Rentals Phone: 4124 4433 www.fraserisland4wd.com.au 15% off for cardholders. Fraser Experience 2 Day Tour Phone: 4124 4244 www.fraserexperience.com 5% off for cardholders or 5% when booking for a bonafide visitor. Fraser Experience 1 Day Hummer Tour Phone: 4124 4244 www.fraserexperience.com 5% off for cardholders and their guests. Fraser Magic 4WD Phone: 4125 6612 www.fraser4wdhire.com.au Free secure parking when on Fraser Island. Safari 4WD Hire Phone: 4124 4244 www.safari4wdhire.com.au 5% off for cardholders or when booking for a bonafide visitor. Tasman Venture – Remote Island Tour Phone: 1800 620 322 www.tasmanventure.com.au 20% off for cardholders or 50% off when bringing a bonafide visitor. Your Fraser Island Holidays Phone: 0417 015 211 www.yourfraserislandholiday.com.au Stay 1 week and receive $100 off rate. Located at Wathumba, Orchid Beach.

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Whale Watching Late July to early November Awesome Adventure Whale Watch Phone: 4128 9611 www.herveybaywhalewatch.com.au 20% off for cardholders or 50% when bringing a bonafide visitor. Blue Dolphin Marine Tours Phone: 4124 9600 www.bluedolphintours.com.au 25% off for cardholders or 50% off when bringing a bonafide visitor. Freedom III Phone: 4125 1996 or 0438 187 494 www.freedomwhalewatch.com.au 20% off for cardholders or 50% off when bringing a bonafide visitor. Hervey Bay Whale Watch – Quick Cat II Phone: 4128 9611 www.herveybaywhalewatch.com.au 20% off for cardholders or 50% off when bringing a bonafide visitor. Spirit of Hervey Bay Phone: 4125 5131 www.spiritofherveybay.com 50% off when bringing a bonafide visitor. Free souvenir DVD with every tour booking. Tasman Venture Phone: 1800 620 322 www.tasmanventure.com.au 20% off for cardholders or 50% off when bringing a bonafide visitor. Whalesong Cruises Phone: 4125 6222 or 1800 689 610 www.whalesong.com.au 20% off for cardholders.

Business and Services A Touch of the Past Antiques Phone: 4123 3622 5% off for cardholders and their bonafide visitor. AVIS Hervey Bay and AVIS Maryborough Phone: Hervey Bay 4124 9877 Phone: Maryborough 4122 3644 www.avis.com.au FREE upgrade on vehicle groups at no extra cost subject to availability. Cardholders must show card when taking delivery. Bonafide visitors must be accompanied with cardholder for pickup or delivery of vehicle. Breathe Easy Therapies Phone: 4128 4331 www.breatheeasy.com.au 10% off for cardholders.

Maryborough City Hall, Kent Street ph 1800 214 789 OPEN Mon–Fri 9am–5pm Sat & Sun 9am–3pm

Tiaro Mayne Street ph (07) 4129 2599 OPEN daily 9am–4.30pm

Extended Vision Phone: 4125 5316 5% off art, 10% off all framing for cardholders. Hervey Bay Service Centre – RACQ Phone: 4128 1594 10% off for cardholders. Maryborough Service  Centre – REPCO Phone: 4123 6399 www.maryboroughservice.com.au 10% off for cardholders. QUINTESSENTIAL FRASER COAST Hevey Bay Airport Phone: 4197 4730 5% discount for cardholders on regional produce and keepsakes, excluding wine. Serendipity Spa Retreat Shop 4, Mantra Resort Phone: 4125 3888 www.serendipityspa.com.au Cardholders pay for one treatment over $80 and get 50% off treatment to equal value or less. Mention ‘Staycations’ at time of booking for treatment upgrade on treatments over $80.

Accommodation Akama Resort Phone: 4197 0777 www.akamaresort.com.au 10% off for cardholders or when booking for a bonafide visitor. Not valid school holidays and long weekends. Minimum 2 night stay. Alexander “Lakeside” B&B Phone: 4128 9448 www.herveybaybedandbreakfast.com $10 off for cardholders or when booking for a bonafide visitor. Annesley Haus at the Bay Phone: 4124 0164 http://annesleyhaus.googlepages.com/ Discounts apply for cardholders. Pet friendly. Arkana Motel Phone: 4121 2261 www.arkanamotel.com.au 15% off for cardholders or when booking for a bonafide visitor. Arlia Sands Apartments Phone: 4125 4360 www.arliasands.com.au 10% off for cardholders or 10% off when booking for a bonafide visitor. Does not apply Christmas and Easter holidays. School holidays subject to availability.


STAYCATIONS is an initiative of the Fraser Coast Regional Council with the support of Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism, Fraser Coast Chronicle and local business operators.

Bayshores Holiday Apartments Phone: 4125 1315 www.bayshores.com.au Discounts offered for cardholders and their guests. Boat Harbour Resort Phone: 4125 5079 www.boatharbourresort.net 10% off for cardholders. Coconut Palms on the Bay Phone: 4124 0200 www.coconutpalmsonthebay.com.au 5% off rack rate for cardholders or when booking for a bonafide visitor. Excludes Christmas, Easter, public and school holidays. Chamomile Bed & Breakfast Phone: 4125 1602 www.chamomile.com.au $10 off for cardholders or when booking for a bonafide visitor. Council Beachfront Tourist Parks Burrum Heads – 4129 5138 burrumheads@beachfronttouristparks.com.au Pialba – 4128 1399 pialba@beachfronttouristparks.com.au Scarness – 4128 1274 scarness@beachfronttouristparks.com.au Torquay – 4125 1578 torquay@beachfronttouristparks.com.au www.beachfronttouristparks.com.au 10% off entire stay or stay for 7 pay for 5. Conditions apply. Not valid school holidays and other peak periods. Hervey Bay Colonial Lodge Phone: 4125 1073 www.colonial-lodge.com.au 5% or $10 off for cardholders or when booking for a bonafide visitor. Mantra Hervey Bay Phone: 4197 8200 www.mantraherveybay.com.au 20% off for cardholders. Marian’s Near the HaRbour Phone: 0428 155 523 www.holidayrentalsherveybay.com.au 20% for cardholders or when booking for a bonafide visitor. Free bottle of wine per stay and linen included. Queenslander Lydia B&B Phone: 4121 3915 www.queenslanderlydia.com 10% when bringing a bonafide visitor. ramada hervey bay Phone: 1300 886 202 or 4197 0500 ramadaherveybay.com Cardholders pay $115 in studio rooms. tiaro tourist stopover Phone: 4193 9375 www.tiarotouriststopover.com.au Please contact us to find out more about our current season specials for cardholders.

Dining Dom’s Italian Cantina Phone: 4124 0683 10% off total bill for cardholders and their guests.

Become a tourist in your own backyard

Parkview Coffee & Gallery Phone: 4122 4143 www.parkviewcoffee.com.au 10% off total bill when accompanied by at least one other person. Temptations on the Bay Phone: 4125 1336 5% off total bill for cardholders. TRulys the finest Phone: 4125 1403 www.trulys.com.au 10% off for cardholders and their guests. Buy one coffee, get one free when accompanied by at least one other person. The Wheelhouse Restaurant Phone: 4125 5109 10% off total bill for cardholders and their guests.

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DISCLAIMER: Information is provided as a guide only and may be subject to change. Terms and conditions may apply. Fraser Coast Regional Council will not be held liable for any incorrect information. Please check directly with operators to confirm and book offers.

Hervey Bay Day Tripper Phone: 0401 804 205 www.herveybaydaytripper.com 10% off for cardholders or when bringing a bonafide visitor.

Season. Check with operators for tour availability.

Hervey Bay Historical Village Phone: 4128 4804 www.herveybaymuseum.com 50% off when bringing a bonafide visitor or free when bringing two visitors.

Aquavue Café and Watersports Phone: 4125 5528 www.aquavue.com.au 10% off on non-motorised equipment for cardholders or when bringing a bonafide visitor.

Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum Phone: 4123 5900 www.maryboroughmuseum.org 20% off for cardholders or when bringing a bonafide visitor.

Awesome Adventure Sun Indulgence Cruise* Phone: 4128 9611 www.herveybaywhalewatch.com.au 20% off for cardholders or 50% off when bringing a bonafide visitor for cruises operating between November and April.

Maryborough Tours Full Day or 10 at 10 Tour Phone: 4121 3915 www.maryboroughtours.com.au 20% off for cardholders. 1 hour & full day tours available.

Attractions and Activities *Note: Tours operate outside Whale Watch

Bay Bicycle Hire Phone: 0417 644 814 www.baybikehire.com.au 10% off for cardholders or when bringing a bonafide visitor. Blue Dolphin Marine Tours* Phone: 4124 9600 www.bluedolphintours.com.au Dolphin Cruise and Champagne Sunset Sail. 25% off for cardholders and 50% off when bringing a bonafide visitor. Dolls Bears and Golli Too Phone: 4123 2809 Free for cardholders.

Watermark Apartments Phone: 4125 5079 www.watermarkherveybay.net 10% off for cardholders or when booking for a bonafide visitor. Min 3 night stay.

Freshwater Kayaking Tour Phone: 1300 725 578 www.freshwaterkayaking.com.au $5 off for cardholders for River Escape and The Bay Escape tours. Not available public or school holidays.

Whalecove Resort Phone: 4194 7000 www.whalecove.com.au 10% off for cardholders or when booking for a bonafide visitor.

Heritage Walking Tour Phone: 4190 5742 www.visitmaryborough.info Free tours start at 9am in front of Maryborough’s City Hall.

Maryborough Tours Half Day M’boro 8am or See the Bay Tours 2pm Phone: 4121 3915 www.maryboroughtours.com.au 20% off for cardholders. Mavis Bank Historic House Museum Phone: 4128 5497 10% off for cardholders. Free when bringing a bonafide visitor. Portside Centre – Bond Store Museum & Customs House Interpretive Centre Phone: 4190 5730 www.visitmaryborough.info Free entry to both museums last Sunday of the month. Susan River Homestead Phone: 4121 6846 www.susanriver.com 10% off on horse riding, ski boat hire or parasailing for cardholders or when bringing a bonafide visitor. Tea with Mary Tour Phone: 4190 5742 www.visitmaryborough.info 10% off for cardholders. Choose your own Fraser Coast 

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OPEN at the Hervey Bay Airport Purchase unique keepsakes as a memento of your visit to the Fraser Coast and surrounding regions at the Visitor Information Centre and Gift Shop located at the airport.

Hervey Bay Airport

Tell us about Your Fraser Coast and go into the monthly prize draw to win a Quintessential Fraser Coast gift pack. Go to ourfrasercoast.com.au for details or pick up an entry form from a Fraser Coast Visitor Information Centre or Administration Centre.

Don Adams Drive ph (07) 4197 4730 OPEN Mon–Fri 8am–4pm Sat & Sun 8am–3pm

Hervey Bay 227 Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road ph 1800 811 728 OPEN daily 9am–5pm

Maryborough City Hall, Kent Street ph 1800 214 789 OPEN Mon–Fri 9am–5pm Sat & Sun 9am–3pm

Tiaro Mayne Street ph (07) 4129 2599 OPEN daily 9am–4.30pm

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