The Fraser Coast hinterland is a perfect place to get out and explore the unbeaten path with many hidden gems that can be found well off the typical tourist routes. Here you can discover wonderful bushland, quaint towns, hotels from another era and the original home of the macadamia nut.
At the heart of the southern hinterland is the Mary River, offering breathtaking places to explore, tranquil picnic spots, camping, fishing and perfect conditions for kayaking. As you continue on the adventure, don’t forget to pop into the quaint town of Tiaro to taste some old-fashioned pub fare or put the hiking boots on to discover the local favourite haunt – Utopia Rock Pools.
Top ways to explore the hinterland
Drop a line in the Mary River
The mighty Mary River in the Fraser Coast hinterland provides the perfect spot to drop the line as the southernmost natural habitat of Barramundi. Top tip: head to the boat ramp at Tiaro’s Petrie Park where they can be found in the ponded area above the barrage. No matter where you are on the Mary, this is the perfect spot to sit back and take it all in.
Soak up the local history in Tiaro
If it’s local Fraser Coast history you are looking for, you can’t miss a stopover in Tiaro. Settled in 1867, Tiaro began its life as an overnight stopping point for transporting gold from Gympie to the port of Maryborough. Before you continue on your travels, a taste of local old-fashioned pub fare and a stop at the Tiaro Visitor Information Centre are musts.
Go nutty in Bauple
Stop in at Bauple and savour the Macadamia Nuts near where they were first discovered by the Butchulla people around 30,000 years ago. This small village is nestled in the foothills of the mountain and its museum offers the chance to delve into the origins of the Bauple Nut and history of the entire Fraser Coast hinterland.
Take a quiet canoe or boat trip down the Mary River
If you’re looking to slow the pace down and experience the outdoors of the Fraser Coast hinterland, take a quiet canoe or boat trip down the wide waters of the Mary River. Take a moment to try and spot some of Australia’s rarest species of wildlife including the ancient Queensland Lungfish and the Mary River Turtle. The river is also a great base for camping, fishing and bird watching.
Take a hike and cool off in Utopia Rock Pools
Pack those swimmers and shoes because we’ve got the perfect day trip! About an hour’s drive west of Maryborough are the Waterfall Creek Rock Pools, known by Fraser Coast locals as Utopia Rock Pools. The rock pools are found in the Mount Walsh National Park after a 1.5km hike from the car park. Note: The best time to visit this hotspot in after a good rainfall.
Learn about Queensland’s early pioneers in Brooweena
For those looking to learn all about history on the Fraser Coast, you can visit the Brooweena Museum and Historical Village. Make your way to Pioneer’s Park to learn about the trials and tribulations of Queensland’s early pioneers. A market day is also held at the Brooweena Museum on the 4th Sunday of every 3rd month featuring many stalls, drinks and food options.
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