Miriam Vale

Population 362

Miriam Vale lies south-east of Gladstone, in the hinterland of the 'Discovery Coast'. The town is renowned for its charming hospitality, its historic fig trees in the main street and its mud-crab sandwiches. The hinterland and coastal national parks are ideal places for bushwalking, four-wheel driving and horseriding.

Visitor Information

Discovery Coast Information Centre, 27 Roe St (Bruce Hwy); (07) 4974 5428


Nearby national parks

  • 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

  • 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

  • Isla Gorge National Park

    Isla Gorge National Park, in Queensland’s Central Highlands, lies at the southern end of the Dawson Range and features rugged...more

Nearby towns

  • Gladstone

    Gladstone is a modern city on the central coast of Queensland. Matthew Flinders discovered Port Curtis, Gladstone's deep-water harbour, in...more

  • Monto

    Monto, one of the most recent towns in the Capricorn region, was settled in 1924. It is the centre of a rich dairy and beef cattle district...more

  • 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


Deepwater National Park A diverse vegetation covers this coastal park, including paperbark forests, swamp mahogany, Moreton Bay ash and subtropical rainforest. Walk along the sandy beaches or enjoy the birdlife of the freshwater stream, Deepwater Creek. Bush camp at Wreck Rock, and explore the rockpools. 4WD access only; (07) 4131 1600; 63 km NE via Agnes Water.

Eurimbula National Park: rugged coastal park with walks along the beach, canoeing on Eurimbula Creek, fishing, and scenic views from Ganoonga Noonga Lookout. 4WD recommended; (07) 4131 1600; access between Miriam Vale and Agnes Water; 50 km NE.

Agnes Water: this coastal town has the most northerly surfing beach in Queensland. A local history museum includes documents of Cook's voyage in 1770. The town holds the surfing competition 1770 Longboard Classic each Mar; 57 km NE.

Seventeen Seventy: Captain Cook, while on his discovery voyage, made his second landing on Australian soil at the town site. Today the seaside village has the Joseph Banks Environmental Park and is the departure point for daytrips and fishing charters to the Great Barrier Reef and Lady Musgrave Island; 63 km NE.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Awoonga 39 km

The jewel in the crown of the Bass to Barra Trail, Lake Awoonga is Queensland’s premier barramundi impoundment. Clean waters, the result of a largely undisturbed watershed, contain barramundi, mangrove jack,... Find out more

Lake Monduran 65 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

Cania Dam 68 km

Located close to Monto, Cania Dam holds yellowbelly, silver perch and Australian bass to 3 kg. Cania’s big drawcard though is the saratoga. Initially stocked with only 200 individuals, the saratoga have bred to a... Find out more

Lake Callide 94 km

Built on upper Callide Creek, a Dawson River tributary 20 km east of Biloela (pronounced bilo-wela), this lake supplies cooling waters for the nearby coal-burning power station that’s part of the Boyne Island... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bush camping areas 26 km

Bush camping is permitted anywhere throughout the bunya pines of Bulburin, but the most popular site is a former forestry barracks on Granite Creek Forest Rd. There are no facilities here besides a picnic platform, so... Find out more

Middle Creek camping area 31 km

About 35 km north-west of Agnes Water, this campsite can be accessed by boat or by 4WD (off the Eurimbula Access Rd). Bring your own drinking water, rubbish bags and a gas/fuel stove, as fires are prohibited.... Find out more

Bustard Beach camping area 34 km

Set behind the foredunes on the eastern side of the park, this campground with a sand-and-woodchip surface has 17 defined camping sites with a maximum of 6 people per site. You’re just a short stroll to the beach,... Find out more

Kalpowar camping area 38 km

This campground beside Crane Creek has plenty of grassy sites for camping beside your car, and also accommodates those with caravans and trailers. To get here from Monto, travel 37 km north-east on the... Find out more

Workmans Beach Campsite 39 km

Just a short stroll to the unpatrolled surf beach, this campground is 1 km from the Agnes township and across the road from a skatepark. There are cold-water beach showers and free gas BBQs. Signposted access is off... Find out more

Lake Awoonga Caravan Park 39 km

Catching huge barramundi is easy at Lake Awoonga – or so the locals say. If you fancy yourself as an angler, this caravan park provides a comfortable base. Set on the lake’s edge, there are plenty of bonus... Find out more

Middle Rock camping area (bush camping) 40 km

At the north-eastern side of Deepwater National Park, this sand and woodchip bush camp has undefined sites behind the foredunes and is accessible only by 4WD. There are no facilities provided and you need to take a... Find out more

Wreck Rock camping area 41 km

This small campsite behind the frontal dunes at the south-eastern end of Deepwater National Park has 14 sites for a maximum of 6 people each. It provides excellent beachfront camping with sand and woodchip surfaces and... Find out more

Mitchell Creek camping area 48 km

Fantastic for fishing and wildlife-watching, the campground is accessible by 4WD or boat along Rules Beach; check tides and entry points before proceeding to the beach. There are no facilities so you’ll need to... Find out more

Mouth of Baffle Creek camping area 53 km

Visitors to this park can camp behind the dunes, 2 km south of the beach access point. There are no facilities and it is recommended for self-sufficient campers only: bring everything. Beware of marine stingers... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Seventeen Seventy Camping Ground 38 km

It is hard to resist the excellent, absolute beachfront location of this council-owned park. Here in a subtropical hideaway it is almost possible to tie the dinghy up to the caravan. The popular park has good basic... Find out more

Lake Awoonga Caravan Park 39 km

A picturesque park overlooking Lake Awoonga, this spot is 9 km from the Bruce Highway along a sealed road. The dam is stocked with barramundi, making it a popular fishing destination. There is a well-stocked shop with a... Find out more

Tannum Beach Caravan Village 46 km

Close to Gladstone and across the road from the beach, this spotless park with good facilities is ideal for a few days or convenient for an overnight stay. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Barney Beach 61 km

This is a quality park with a good range of facilities and spotless amenities. It is in a quiet area away from the centre of town and just 80 metres from the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Lake Monduran Holiday Park 67 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 98 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Edge on Beaches Resort

The four pools at Edges include one that is solar heated, although the weather is rarely cool up here. The resort is centrally located between the two towns of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy, with a 300-metre walk to... Find out more

The Beach Shacks

The beach is just across the road and the tropical architecture will have you slipping into a sarong and sipping a long cool drink as soon as you check in to this property of just four two-bedroom apartments. It’s... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Bororen park area 12 km

At Bororen

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Granite Creek rest area 33 km

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

Well off the highway among some large trees.

Boyne River rest area 42 km

31km N of Bororen (L) or 1km S of Benaraby (R)

Just off the highway among trees on the riverbank.

Calliope River rest area 58 km

T/O 21km N of Benaraby (L) or 30km S of Mt Larcom (R)

Well off the highway and overlooking the river.

Gin Gin rest area 81 km

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

Well off the highway under shady trees.

Mount Larcom park area 83 km

At Mt Larcom

Just off the highway in front of a cafe.

Sharon rest area 92 km

T/O to Bundaberg

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

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