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Population 1352

Childers is a picturesque National Trust town south of Bundaberg, part of the state's sugarcane belt. With leafy streets and a lovely outlook over the surrounding valleys, the town's history has been blighted by fire. One ravaged the town in 1902 (though many of the heritage buildings survived) and another engulfed a backpacker's hostel in 2000, tragically killing 15 people and making international news. A memorial to those lost in this fire stands in Churchill Street. Thankfully life has returned to normal in Childers and the flow of backpackers on the fruit-picking trail is as strong as ever.

Visitor Information

The Palace Building, 72 Churchill St; (07) 4130 4660.

Nearby national parks

  • Great Sandy National Park

    Great Sandy National Park encompasses World Heritage–listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world; nearby Woody Island;...more

  • Cania Gorge National Park

    Cania Gorge, a dramatic landscape of gullies, caves and spectacular 70-metre-high sandstone cliffs, is the centrepiece of this national park...more

  • Noosa National Park

    The natural delights of Noosa National Park include spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife and wildflowers. Rocky headlands protect quiet...more

Nearby towns

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  • Bundaberg

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  • Gin Gin

    Some of Queensland's oldest cattle properties surround this pastoral town south-west of Bundaberg. The district is known as 'Wild Scotchman...more

In Town

Pharmaceutical Museum: collection of memorabilia including leather-bound prescription books and Aboriginal wares; open 8.45am–4.30pm Mon–Fri, 8.30am–12pm Sat; Churchill St.

Historical complex: area of historic buildings including school, cottage and locomotive; Taylor St.

Baker's Military and Memorabilia Museum: 16 000 items on display covering all the major wars, including uniforms and communications equipment; closed Sun (open by appt); Ashby La.

Art Gallery: Churchill St.

Snakes Downunder: informative exhibits on native snakes; open 9am–3pm, closed Wed; Lucketts Rd.

Historic Childers: self-guide town walk past historic buildings; highlight is the Old Butcher's Shop (1896) in Churchill St.


Flying High Bird Habitat The native vegetation here is home to 600 bird species. Follow the boardwalk tracks to see the many Australian parrots and finches. Cnr Bruce Hwy and Old Creek Rd, Apple Creek; 5 km N.

Buxton and Walkers Point: unspoiled fishing villages to the east.

Woodgate: coastal town to the north-east with 16 km beach. Access to Burrum Coast National Park is from here; see Bundaberg.

Good Night Scrub National Park: 27 km W; see Gin Gin.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Lenthall 32 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 61 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

Hervey Bay 64 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Dolphin tours around Hervey Bay 60 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

Hiking on Fraser Island 91 km

Fraser Island, with its 1653 square kilometres encompassing 200-metre-high sand dunes, 80 beautiful lakes and pockets of rainforest, is a delight for those prepared to put on a pack. Hikers can camp beside some of the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Kinkuna camping area (bush camping) 30 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

Wongi camping area 34 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

Burrum Point camping area 37 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

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 47 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

Lake Monduran Holiday Park 59 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

Jeffries Beach camping area (boat-based camping) 70 km

This bush campground with no facilities is the only camping area on Woody Island. You’ll find Jeffries Beach on the south-east side of the island, about 5 min south of the gas shed. Experienced sea kayakers... Find out more

Ungowa camping area 77 km

Expect plenty of open, shady spots for tents, and defined camper trailer sites, at Ungowa, 12 km south-west of Central Station on the south-west coast of Fraser Island. The facilities are relatively basic but include a... Find out more

Lake McKenzie camping area (walk-in camping) 81 km

This basic clearing with few facilities is 6.6 km from Central Station camping area and 11.9 km from Lake Wabby camping area. The maximum stay is 2 nights and groups should be no bigger than 8. Boil or treat water before... Find out more

Poona Creek camping area 82 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

Garrys Anchorage camping area 83 km

Unfenced campsites and picnic tables in a very quiet, remote location are 19 km south of Ungowa on Fraser Island’s south-west coast. Access is by 4WD or boat. Bring drinking water and a gas/fuel stove (fires... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Burrum River Caravan Park 32 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

Woodgate Beach Tourist Park 32 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

Glenlodge Caravan Village 38 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

BIG4 Cane Village Holiday Park 39 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

Bargara Beach Caravan Park 51 km

This large, quality beachside tourist park is in a popular holiday destination. Snorkelling, diving and fishing are popular in the surrounding waters. Bargara is a small coastal community not far from Bundaberg. The Mon... Find out more

Wallace Motel & Caravan Park 53 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

Lake Monduran Holiday Park 59 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

Fraser Lodge Holiday Park 60 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 61 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Gateway Motor Inn

Backpackers flock to Childers in fruit-picking season, so this is a good choice if you’re looking for guaranteed peace, quiet and comfort, being a kilometre from the heart of town. With very little late-night... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Emeraldene Inn and Eco-Lodge, Hervey Bay 55 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

Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island 78 km

With 1000 beds, and a choice of pools, restaurants and bars, this is the largest accommodation place mentioned in this book, but it has a longstanding reputation as being a positive role model for large ecotourism... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Apple Tree Creek rest area 5 km

At Apple Tree Creek

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

Wallum rest area 20 km

T/O to Bundaberg

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

Wongi camping area 35 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.

Sharon rest area 39 km

T/O to Bundaberg

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

Gin Gin rest area 44 km

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

Well off the highway under shady trees.

Petrie rest area 61 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 63 km

At Tiaro

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

Gunalda rest area 88 km

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

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Granite Creek rest area 92 km

63km N of Gin Gin (R) or 36km S of Miriam Vale (L)

Well off the highway among some large trees.

What's on around town

Village Market: historical society; 3rd Sun each month.

Festival of Cultures: a week of celebrations also includes workshops by visiting artists and performers; July.

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