The Wide Bay Burnett region sits just north of South East Queensland, where the state’s capital resides. Consisting of Gympie, South Burnett & Cherbourg, North Burnett, the Fraser Coast (including the worlds largest sand island, Fraser Island) and Bundaberg, the collective Wide Bay Burnett region is an enticing mix of spectacular coastline and wide-open spaces. The comfortable day’s drive from Brisbane Airport makes this beautiful region even more alluring.
Gympie, Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay & More
As the southern & easternmost sub-region of the Wide Bay Burnett region, Gympie is the most accessible. Once you beat the traffic lights and congestion of Brisbane, it’s an easy drive up the Bruce Highway to get to the city of Gympie.
But Gympie isn’t just a city beloved for its train history. Lying within the region it shares the same name with is one of Australia’s most revered coastlines. An hours drive ocean-bound will lead you to Rainbow Beach, and there you’ll find the stunning coloured sands.
There’s 10kms+ of cliffs, rocks and sand of every shade of red, yellow, grey and brown stretch south from the township south along Great Sandy National Park to Double Island Point. That’s just one of the many stunning and picturesque places to visit in a region full of beautiful things.
Kingaroy, Murgon, Nanango, Cherbourg, Wondai & More
Directly to the west of Gympie lies South Burnett. The pace in these parts is much slower. The major hub here is Kingaroy, which is famous for its peanut production. Unfortunately, for those who love big things like the Big Banana and the Big Pineapple, you’re out of luck. There is no “big” statue decided to the small crunchy nut. (But there is a stand where you can put your face through if you don’t mind looking like a nut.)
There’s not a whole lot of natural attractions either, as much of it has been forfeited for crop growing and to facilitate the insanely cruel animal agriculture industry.
But they haven’t all disappeared. One that remains is the lovely and mystical Bunya Mountains National Park, home to the largest remaining bunya pine forests. Aside from seeing these distinctive, towering beauties in their natural setting and eat their delicious nuts, you can also learn about their significance to the Aboriginal culture.
As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also got many walks you can embark on and an abundance of animals to come across. It’s the perfect way to get back to nature in a region where most of it has been plundered.
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