The Burrum Coast Discovery Trail is a great days outing or a few days stay in some of the most peaceful and picturesque seaside villages the Fraser Coast has to offer. Just a short drive from Hervey Bay, the journey takes you to the fishing hamlets of Toogoom and Burrum Heads where you will find kilometres of unspoilt beaches, calm waters, walking tracks, picnic spots, boat ramps, cafes, wildlife and wildflowers in season.... more
Stroll along soft, sandy beaches, collect fascinating shells, get out a fishing rod or two and try your hand to catch mackerel or one of the many other species which abound along this coastline. The rivers and creeks are magic to explore by boat or canoe. The extensive sand flats, channels and mangrove lined banks are teeming with fish and crabbing is another popular pastime.
If you want a more relaxed visit, just sit back and watch the pelicans or some of the other 90 species of bird life that inhabit the area, or watch as the fishermen clean their catch of the day as the pelicans watch on. This is a great family holiday area with plenty of natural things for the children to do like explore the beaches, swim in the safe areas, fly a kite, learn to fish, and to share quality family time.
While you are out and about you can journey a short distance inland and visit the historic townships of Howard and Torbanlea. Howard is a small town, 284 kilometres north of Brisbane and 37 kilometres west of Hervey Bay and was the home of Andrew Fisher, the first Federal Member for Wide Bay and first Labour Prime Minister of Australia. There are excellent playgrounds, skate park, post office drapery and remnants of an historic past. Torbanlea is a rural village near the Bruce Highway, 25 kilometres north west of Maryborough and has a history of more than 100 years of coal mining. On the way to visiting these places you will find surprising spots to visit such as an adventure park and historic homes... less
|Duration||1 Day||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||32 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||Return
|Mode of Travel||4x4|
|Level of Difficulty||Unrated|
Departing from the Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre turn left onto Pialba-Burrum Heads Road and follow the road until you get to the base of the hill. Turn right on to Ansons Road and follow the road to Dundowran Beach.
This quiet, dog friendly beach with gentle waves at high tide also offers a relaxing sandy haven out of the horizon at low tide. Off Sempfs Road you will find the Ted and Maud Montgomery Vine Forest Reserve - the last littoral vine forest remaining in Hervey Bay. Access the walking tracks at Cissus or Ebony Courts only.
Head up the road to Panorama Drive and discover the valuable self-sustaining ecosystem at the beautiful Arkarra Lagoons; a haven for turtles, eels fish, ducks, pelicans, waterbirds, insects and many more species. Have a drink or tee-off up the road at Craignish Gold and Country Club located on the left off the Pialba-Burrum Heads Road.
Continue along the Burrum Heads Road and take the turn off to Toogoom one of the most picturesque seaside spots on the Fraser Coast and is only 15 minutes from Hervey Bay. Here you will find unspoilt beaches, great fishing, wildlife and bird watching.
Fishing is a favourite pastime and there is a boat ramp, jetty, holiday accommodation, bakery and licensed restaurant.
Return to the Burrum Heads Road to reach Burrum Heads.
This friendly fishing village is nestled in the mouth of the Burrum River, about 36 kilometres north of Hervey Bay. From the Esplanade you can look across to Hervey Bay and on most days see the top end of Fraser Island.
Take a stroll along the miles of soft, sandy beaches, collect fascinating shells, explore or fish rivers and creeks by boat or canoe or just sit and watch the pelicans and some of the other 90 species of birds that inhabit the area.
Covering 23,1000 hectares, Burrum Coast National Park has mangrove-lined riverbanks, wallum heath with spectacular wildflowers and tea tree-dominated swamps. The southern section of the park, the Burrum River Section, is located on both sides of the Burrum Heads Road, just before Burrum Heads township.
(The central section of Woodgate National Park can be reached from Woodgate Board, 38 kilometres from Childers).
Return to Hervey Bay back along the Pialba-Burrum Heads Road. Keep a look out for wildflowers lining the road on the way back to Hervey Bay.
For a longer drive, continue along the Burrum Heads Road, to the mining villages of Howard and Torbanlea on the Bruce Highway.
|Start from:||LOT 2 Maryborough Hervey Bay Road, Urraween QLD 4655, Australia|
|End at:||927-931 Pialba-Burrum Heads Road, Craignish QLD 4655, Australia|
|Start from:||927-931 Pialba-Burrum Heads Road, Craignish QLD 4655, Australia|
|End at:||15-29 Toogoom Road, Toogoom QLD 4655, Australia|
|Start from:||15-29 Toogoom Road, Toogoom QLD 4655, Australia|
|End at:||11 Burrum Heads Road, Burrum Heads QLD 4659, Australia|
|Start from:||11 Burrum Heads Road, Burrum Heads QLD 4659, Australia|
|End at:||Hervey Bay Road, Eli Waters QLD 4655, Australia|