Discover wonderful bushland, quaint towns, hotels from bygone eras and even the ancestral home of the Australian macadamia nut.
The Fraser Coast hinterland is the place for adventure with quirky, hidden gems well off the beaten track. The mighty Mary River defines the southern hinterland and provideds many ideal spots for picnics,camping, fishing and canoeing.
Keen to get some fishing in? The Mary River is the southernmost natural habitat of barramundi and also hosts Australian bass, bream, mullet and more.
Tiaro: Settled in 1867, Tiaro is the perfect place to stock up on local knowledge. A trip to Tiaro would not be complete without sampling old fashioned pub far at one of its historic hotels, built in the late 1800s.
Bauple: Stop in at nearby Bauple, and savour the rare experience of eating macadamia nuts where they were first discovered by the Butchulla People an estimated 30,000 years ago. This small village is nestled in the foothills of the mountain and its wonderful museum offers the opportunity to delve into the origins of the nut as well as learn about the history of the whole hinterland.
Utopia Rock Pools: About an hour's drive west of Maryborough are the Waterfall Creek Rock Pools, known localls as Utopia Rock Pools, in the Mount Walsh National Park. Grab your walking shoes...there's a 1.5km hike to the pools which are best seen after rainfall.
Tip: Free overnight camping is allowed for self-contained caravans and RVs at Bauple, Rossendale Parl, Petrie Park and in the heart of Tiaro.