Population 644

This agricultural town south-west of the city of Bundaberg, known as the 'Rose of the Burnett', is proud of its impressive range of roses in the main street. Situated in a valley, the majestic ranges of Mount Walsh National Park tower over the town.

Visitor Information

Rose's Gallery Cafe Shoppe, George St; (07) 4127 1901

Nearby national parks

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  • Cania Gorge National Park

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  • Noosa National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Gayndah

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  • Gin Gin

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In Town

Historical Museum: exhibits history of shire and life of the early pioneers; open Thurs and 2nd Sat each month, or by appt; Brisbane St; (07) 4127 5137.

Blacksmith Shop: established in 1891, this recently restored shop contains displays and relics; open by appt; George St; (07) 4127 1298.


Mt Walsh National Park Featuring the impressive Bluff Range, this wilderness park commands the skyline. Walks take in rugged granite outcrops and gullies and are for the experienced bushwalker only. From the picnic area the views are still commanding; Maryborough Rd; (07) 4121 1800; 8 km S.

Mt Woowoonga: bushwalking in a forestry reserve; picnic and barbecue facilities; 10 km NW.

Coalstoun Lakes National Park: protects 2 volcanic crater lakes. Walk up the northern crater for a view over the rim; 20 km SW.

Coongara Rock: a volcanic core surrounded by rainforest; 4WD access only; 20 km S.

Chowey Bridge: 1905 concrete arch railway bridge, one of 2 surviving in the country; 20 km NW.

Brooweena: small town with Pioneer Museum; Biggenden Rd; 30 km SE.

Paradise Dam: this 30 000-megalitre dam took 4 years to build and has a tourist centre. Walking track and fishing areas nearby; barbecue facilities; 35 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Lenthall 50 km

Anyone who has read about the barramundi boom in Queensland’s impoundments will know about lakes like Awoonga, Faust and Callide. But there are many, less- known waters that also offer excellent fishing, and one of... Find out more

Lake Monduran 74 km

Lake Monduran is near Gin Gin, a four-hour drive north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway. Although it appears narrow, it has a surface area of 53 sq km and a holding capacity of 585 900 ML of water, which is about 1.6... Find out more

Lake Boondooma 90 km

Situated on the Boyne River to the west of Bjelke Petersen Dam, this lake is about 15 km from Proston. Since its construction in 1983, a variety of species have been stocked here. Australian bass, silver perch and... Find out more

Hervey Bay 90 km

Hervey Bay and Fraser Island are inseparably linked to each other and to fishing. Variety and quality of species is a true measure of a fishing destination and here you can catch longtails (northern bluefin tuna),... Find out more

Bjelke Petersen Dam 92 km

Lake Barambah is a 22 sq km water about 15 km south-east of Murgon. It is regarded as one of the state’s best waters for big bass, but also has yellowbelly, silver perch and saratoga. It is relatively shallow for a... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Dolphin tours around Hervey Bay 87 km

All year-round Blue Dolphin Marine Tours runs eco-tours to see the two species of dolphin in the area – the bottlenose, and the rare Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin. You have a 95 per cent chance of seeing the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 12 km

Bush camping is permitted at Mt Walsh for self-sufficient campers; no facilities are provided. It is recommended that walkers bring along a topographic map and compass. Campers are required to meet with the park ranger... Find out more

Wongi camping area 50 km

Chill down with a dip in the beautiful waterholes at Wongi, but note that fishing is not allowed and jumping or diving is not recommended. There is conventional vehicle access and plenty of space for caravans, motorhomes... Find out more

Kinkuna camping area (bush camping) 67 km

Take your pick from 40 sandy sites behind the beach foredunes in the Kinkuna section. There are no facilities but open fires are allowed (except when fire bans apply). Bring drinking water. Note: the Woodgate–Palm... Find out more

Burrum Point camping area 71 km

Whether you prefer swimming at the beach or boating on a river, you’re blessed with the choice of both at Burrum Coast National Park. The sandy camping area is just a short walk from the beach at Burrum Point, and... Find out more

Lake Monduran Holiday Park 73 km

A fantastic spot for big barramundi fishing, Lake Monduran is 20 km north-west of Gin Gin and 4.5 km east of the Bruce Hwy. The campground, on Claude Wharton Dr, has free wireless internet, laundry facilities, a kiosk,... Find out more

Glastonbury Creek camping area 86 km

This large grassy camping area with a maximum capacity of 120 people is on the south-eastern edge of Brooyar State Forest. There is a day-use area with picnic tables and wood BBQs, and open fires are allowed in the... Find out more

Yallakool Caravan Park on Bjelke-Petersen Dam 88 km

Outdoor movies and friendly tennis competitions might not be typical tourist park activities, but Yallakool offers more bang for your buck. Situated 13 km south-east of Murgon, there are sheltered swimming areas, good... Find out more

Poona Creek camping area 88 km

This very basic clearing for self-sufficient campers can be accessed by entering Tuan State Forest from Cooloola Coast Rd. Campers must bring their own untreated wood for campfires, as gathering wood in the forest is not... Find out more

Lake Boondooma Caravan and Recreation Park 89 km

An angler’s paradise, the lake camping area features powered sites, hot showers, a dump point and laundry facilities. Other facilities include a kiosk, playground, tennis court and boats for hire. The site is 20 km... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Burrum River Caravan Park 57 km

In a quiet location on the banks of the Burrum River, on the south side of Howard, and less than 1 km from the Bruce Highway this is an ideal park for a quiet rest away from the traffic and the beach bustle. There are... Find out more

Wallace Motel & Caravan Park 65 km

This is a good quality park close to the city centre and on the banks of the Mary River. Access is easy from the southern approaches – just across the bridge. It is good value here and there is space for larger... Find out more

Woodgate Beach Tourist Park 69 km

In the centre of a small beachfront community and just across the road from a wonderful beach, this is a convenient and popular park with a relaxing coffee shop. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Lake Monduran Holiday Park 73 km

Lake Monduran is a stocked impoundment, very popular with anglers; a fishing permit, available at the kiosk, is required. The park has good facilities and is a great place for an overnight stay, easily accessible from... Find out more

BIG4 Cane Village Holiday Park 74 km

This is a very good quality park on the western approach to the city, in a convenient location for an overnight stay and excellent for a longer visit. The Sugarland shopping centre is close by. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Glenlodge Caravan Village 74 km

This owner-operated park is 6 km south of the town centre and easily accessible, ideal for an overnight stay or as a base for a few days exploring the region. It has very good amenities. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Barambah Bush Caravan Park 83 km

This is a bush area with a caravan park. There are good facilities and several kilometres of bushwalking trails. Bookings required at peak periods and a minimum-length stay at Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Fraser Lodge Holiday Park 87 km

Explore Hervey Bay, go whale-watching or relax and enjoy the pool, barbecues, and the ducks in the lake or have a game of tennis at this great park. Set in a quiet street, it is just a short walk to the beach and close... Find out more

Happy Wanderer Village Caravan Park 88 km

With more ensuite sites than anything else, this is a large quality park with plenty of shade and excellent facilities to make your Hervey Bay holiday something to remember. It is not far to the waters edge and the boat... Find out more

Yallakool Caravan Park on Bjelke-Petersen Dam 88 km

This is a large park on the shores of the Bjeilke-Petersen Dam. Modern extensions have seen the installation of ensuite sites. It is an ideal location for breaking the journey, catching up on some rest or catching a... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Emeraldene Inn and Eco-Lodge, Hervey Bay 81 km

The 14 hotel-style rooms here, including two disabled rooms, have solar hot water and an envirocycle treatment system so that all sewage and greywater is treated and reused on site. The lodge has a solid environmental... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Apple Tree Creek rest area 38 km

At Apple Tree Creek

Just off the highway under shady trees. On the south side of town.

Wongi camping area 51 km

T/O 36km N of Tiaro (L) or 42km S of Childers (R)

Secluded bush setting 10km (unsealed) west of the highway in Wongi State Forest.

Wallum rest area 53 km

T/O to Bundaberg

Just off the road among shady trees 18km north-east of the highway or 28km south-west of Bundaberg.

Petrie rest area 58 km

T/O 1km N of Tiaro (L) or 81km S of Childers (R)

Small secluded area 1km west of the highway on a riverbank.

Tiaro camping area 59 km

At Tiaro

Just off the highway via Inman St. Facilities at adjacent town park.

Gin Gin rest area 60 km

2km N of Gin Gin (R) or 97km S of Miriam Vale (L)

Well off the highway under shady trees.

Sharon rest area 72 km

T/O to Bundaberg

Just off the road among shady trees 34km east of the highway or 15km west of Bundaberg.

Gunalda rest area 75 km

29km N of Gympie (R) or 32km S of Tiaro (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Chatsworth rest area 92 km

6km N of Gympie (L) or 55km S of Tiaro (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Market: Lions Park; 3rd Sat each month.

Show: May.

Dallarnil Sports Day: June.

Auto Spectacular: Aug.

Rodeo: Nov.

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