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Bruce Highway - Buxton to Miriam Vale
3 Hours  / 173 Kilometres

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Description

The true adventure on the Bruce Highway begins through the Bundaberg North Burnett Region. From Buxton in the south through to Miriam Vale in the north. Bushrangers, barra, ancient predators, exotic treasures, liquid gold, frozen and bottled delights, history and heritage, and art displays await those travelling to the region.


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Journey Routes


  • Buxton to Childers

    On the southern approach to the region, Buxton is only 10 minutes from the highway on the Burrum River and is great for fishing or just taking it easy. Childers is the next stop, you could spend a good couple of day exploring this historic town, several award winning wineries, animal encounters with a variety of reptile enclosures and shows, blast into the past with a visit to the Pharmaceutical Museum and Military Museum, tickle the tastebuds with the unique homemade ice-cream or a stop at the peanut van. Or discover your inner critic by visiting the Palace Gallery and walking along the artistic main street - pavement art and creative sculpture await.
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  • Childers to Gin Gin

    Leaving Childers in the rear vision mirror, the next discovery is only 10 minutes down the road - Apple Tree Creek. Famous for its rodeos, it also houses the largest free flight walk-in aviary in Australia, at around two acres in size. Thousands of feathered friends await your undivided attention. Departing Apple Tree Creek, half way to the next town, you travel through Booyal, a small dot on the map which can divert you into the North Burnett Shire within the Bundaberg North Burnett Region. They say 'it's so nice they named it twice' - Gin Gin is the next port of call. This town is at the crossroads for discovering the magic of the region, but has a story of its own. Learn the struggle of pioneers against the regions only bushranger - the Wild Scotchman - at the courthouse gallery in the main street, or at the historical society which also holds a country market on a Saturday. The newly transformed and artistic main street shares Gin Gin's journey from the central meeting place of the Wakka Wakka tribe through to today's booming population.
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  • Gin Gin to Miriam Vale

    On the outskirts of Gin Gin, within the free rest area, are four monuments representing the town's beginnings and also sharing in its dark past between settlers and aboriginals at Gin Gin Creek. Located nearby is also the gateway through to Mount Perry and the North Burnett. Journeying north on the Bruce Highway 20 kilometres from Gin Gin is Lake Monduran. When this body of water reaches 100 per cent, which it has in recent years, it holds a larger volume of water than the Sydney Harbour. A vital source 'liquid gold' to the farms of the region through many irrigation channels which can be seen throughout. But also is claimed to be the most southerly point in which you can land the elusive 'Barra'. But don't panic if you're unsuccessful as you can cry over those monsters in viewing tanks located behind the caravan park kiosk. Leaving the lake the journey north is a nice easy 80 kilometres to the next town, Miriam Vale, which will lead you to Agnes Water and the Town of 1770, an historic town to commemorate the landing of Captain James Cook in 1770.
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Journey Details

Duration3 Hours Itinerary TypeLand
Distance173 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of TravelCar
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - 1

Facilities

  • Public toilet
    Public toilet

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided
  • Wine Tasting
    Wine Tasting


Other Information


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Bruce Highway - Buxton to Miriam Vale Full Itinerary


Buxton to Childers

On the southern approach to the region, Buxton is only 10 minutes from the highway on the Burrum River and is great for fishing or just taking it easy.

Childers is the next stop, you could spend a good couple of day exploring this historic town, several award winning wineries, animal encounters with a variety of reptile enclosures and shows, blast into the past with a visit to the Pharmaceutical Museum and Military Museum, tickle the tastebuds with the unique homemade ice-cream or a stop at the peanut van. Or discover your inner critic by visiting the Palace Gallery and walking along the artistic main street - pavement art and creative sculpture await.



Route Details

Duration:
41 Mins
Distance:
28 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Burrum River
- Childers

Experiences
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Childers to Gin Gin

Leaving Childers in the rear vision mirror, the next discovery is only 10 minutes down the road - Apple Tree Creek. Famous for its rodeos, it also houses the largest free flight walk-in aviary in Australia, at around two acres in size. Thousands of feathered friends await your undivided attention.

Departing Apple Tree Creek, half way to the next town, you travel through Booyal, a small dot on the map which can divert you into the North Burnett Shire within the Bundaberg North Burnett Region.

They say 'it's so nice they named it twice' - Gin Gin is the next port of call. This town is at the crossroads for discovering the magic of the region, but has a story of its own. Learn the struggle of pioneers against the regions only bushranger - the Wild Scotchman - at the courthouse gallery in the main street, or at the historical society which also holds a country market on a Saturday.

The newly transformed and artistic main street shares Gin Gin's journey from the central meeting place of the Wakka Wakka tribe through to today's booming population.



Route Details

Duration:
35 Mins
Distance:
54 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Apple Tree Creek
- Booyal
- Gin Gin

Experiences
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Gin Gin to Miriam Vale

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On the outskirts of Gin Gin, within the free rest area, are four monuments representing the town's beginnings and also sharing in its dark past between settlers and aboriginals at Gin Gin Creek. Located nearby is also the gateway through to Mount Perry and the North Burnett.

Journeying north on the Bruce Highway 20 kilometres from Gin Gin is Lake Monduran. When this body of water reaches 100 per cent, which it has in recent years, it holds a larger volume of water than the Sydney Harbour. A vital source 'liquid gold' to the farms of the region through many irrigation channels which can be seen throughout. But also is claimed to be the most southerly point in which you can land the elusive 'Barra'. But don't panic if you're unsuccessful as you can cry over those monsters in viewing tanks located behind the caravan park kiosk.

Leaving the lake the journey north is a nice easy 80 kilometres to the next town, Miriam Vale, which will lead you to Agnes Water and the Town of 1770, an historic town to commemorate the landing of Captain James Cook in 1770.



Route Details

Duration:
1 Hr 6 Mins
Distance:
99 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Gin Gin Rest Area
- Lake Monduran
- Miriam Vale
- Agnes Water
- 1770

Experiences
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Farm Stay
    Farm Stay
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



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Driving Directions

1 - Buxton to Childers
Start from:Buxton Road, Buxton QLD 4660, Australia
End at:Bruce Highway, Childers QLD 4660, Australia
Distance:28.6 km
Duration:40 mins
Directions:
  1. Head southwest on Buxton Rd toward Isis St
  2. Turn right onto National Highway A1
    Destination will be on the right
2 - Childers to Gin Gin
Start from:Bruce Highway, Childers QLD 4660, Australia
End at:11 Campbell Street, Gin Gin QLD 4671, Australia
Distance:55.0 km
Duration:37 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on National Highway A1
  2. Turn right onto Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd/State Route 3
  3. Take the 1st left onto Campbell St
    Destination will be on the right
3 - Gin Gin to Miriam Vale
Start from:11 Campbell Street, Gin Gin QLD 4671, Australia
End at:6 South Street, Miriam Vale QLD 4677, Australia
Distance:99.3 km
Duration:1 hour 6 mins
Directions:
  1. Head south on Campbell St toward Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd/State Route 3
  2. Turn right onto Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd/State Route 3
  3. Turn right onto National Highway A1
  4. Turn right onto South St




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