Burrum Coast

This often forgotten stretch of Queensland's coast lies just a short distance north of Hervey Bay and Maryborough. Burrum Coast National Park is a showcase of protected coastal lowland vegetation types.


The townships of Howard and Torbanlea are relics of the bygone coal mining era, filled with old fashioned country charm, historic homes, and a mining museum depicting the olden days. The picturesque villages of Burrum Heads and Toogoom where you can eat fresh local seafood in a cafe, stroll on the unspoiled beaches, or fish from the shore or a tinny.

Burrum Head

Located approximately 30 minutes outside of Hervey Bay, this seaside village is a destination in its own right for visitors. Burrum Heads experiences a major influx in travellers each year as they return to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the area. Explore rivers and creeks by boat or canoe; take advantage of the clear warm water and great fishing.


A tiny seaside community 15 minutes from Hervey Bay, on the beautiful Fraser Coast. It is the perfect spot to indulge in a week of relaxing by the water. This picturesque area boasts unspoilt beaches, great fishing, wildlife and bird watching. Visit the nearby teagardens or waterfront restaurant. Toogoom's emergence as a residential area began in the 1970s, following the development of the Hervey Bay coast between Point Vernon and Urangan.

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Nestled in the hinterland of Hervey Bay is the lovely historical village of Howard. The town has several buildings of historical significance including a beautifully restored Queenslander offering guided tours and Devonshire Teas. Howard's small museum tells of the coal mining and farming history of the area and includes war memorabilia.

Coal had been mined on the eastern and western sides of the Burrum River in the 1860s, but river flooding had caused mining to be abandoned. Howard's discovery on land owned by William Whitley on the west bank of the river led to the opening of the Whitley Colliery in 1877.


Located a pleasant 25 minute drive from Hervey Bay, Torbanlea is one of the small historic towns found on the road to Bundaberg. Coal was discovered near Torbanlea in the late 1860s, and a shaft was unsuccessfully excavated and abandoned in 1871. The Burrum Mining Museum has 11 buildings housing 4400 items of memorabilia, providing an insight into the history of the area, when coalmining was the industry driving the local economy.

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