2018 Brown Signs

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Another year has gone by and all of the 2018 brown sign destinations visited during the year have been published. It is time to look back on where the brown signs have led us in our beautiful country during 2018.

The year started around Mt Coot-tha and Ipswich during the school holidays. The Planetarium was a hit with the kids as was the Australian animal zoo in Queens Park at Ipswich.

A weekend in Springbrook National Park in March led to one of my favourite spots with Purling Brook Falls and the many lookouts in a fairly small area, including peaking into NSW at Best Of All Lookout and the Canyon Lookout right next to the parking area. Another spot in the Springbrook National Park is not near the rest of the destinations, the
beautiful Natural Bridge finished the weekend at Springbrook National Park.

Maleny was our next adventure with a day trip in April along the Blackall Range. Gardners Falls and Mary Cairncross Park were our favourites of the day. We aimed to reach Kondalilla Falls but we ended up doing the southern part of the Kondalilla National Park to finish up and leaving the falls for another day.

May involved a couple of day trips, the first starting at the museum in Kenilworth and continuing on to the Fig Tree Walk outside of town. The Fig Tree Walk is opposite the road into Charlie Moreland that is where we headed. We were surprised with the updates having been a few years since the last time we had been there. We then headed to Peach Trees, which must be the most western destination within the Brisbane tourist region. I have travelled by the Peach Trees brown sign so many times, it was good to go in and have a look to find a lovely spot for a weekend camp with the same updates Charlie Moreland had received.

The second day trip in May was at the Glass House Mountains, starting with a climb up Mt Ngungun and debating how to pronounce the name (gun-gun or noo-noo, the answer is revealed).

A solo weekend in June completed the Main Range National Park, started at the end of 2017 with the Falls Drive including Queen Mary Falls. Governors Chair Lookout at Spicers Gap is one of the most stunning lookout views around. The beauty of this national park continued the following day at the Goomburra Section and finishing off with the walks at Cunningham’s Gap.

Our longest adventure was around Cania Gorge National Park near Monto, heading north-west from Brisbane through Gayndah, Mundubbera, Eidsvold, and Mulgildie. We added the northernmost brown sign at Kroombit Tops National Park where we saw Beautiful Betsy, a World War II plane that crashed and went missing and wasn’t found again until the 1990s.

Our Cania Gorge trip also added one of the ‘big things’ destinations with the Big Mandarin at Mundubbera and the Bunyip Statue in Mulgildie. The Giant Murray Cod and Meat Ant were added by Wayne and Bette Brian.

Big Things will be added this year as the first category that will include destinations without a brown sign. No big things without a brown sign have been added to the website yet as we work out the rules for including big things amongst the brown signs, however, we do have at least one that we visited in 2018 and there will be more going forward.

We had a fruitful day trip in August, finally getting back to visit Kondalilla Falls. The time of the year was good for walking but not ideal for a swim, so we’ll have to go back there when the weather is warmer. On the same day, we went to Mapleton Falls National Park, Wappa Dam, and another swimming spot at the wrong time of the year, Wappa Falls.

In September we headed north and found some more destinations around Bundaberg and called into Maryborough to find a few more. The Mystery Craters was a destination I had wanted to go to for many years with some family connection and finally we can say we have been. Mystery Craters attracted the most interest on our Facebook page during December 2018. A stop at Sharon Gorge Nature Park along the same road was a given once we spotted the brown sign.

Maryborough introduced us to PL Travis, the creator of Mary Poppins, with the aptly named Cherry Tree Lane. As one of Queensland’s original port town, Maryborough has a lot of history. We visited the Bond Store and Customs House in the Maryborough Heritage Gateway and dropped in to see the Pioneer Graves on our way out.

The ocean side of Bribie Island was added to the map in September with the Surf Beach at Woorim and the Ocean Beach along the Bribie Island National Park. In December we expanded it further with the calmer waters at Buckley’s Hole, Red Beach, and the popular Bongaree Jetty.

We also added a few more destinations at our local Redcliffe Peninsula. Settlement Cove Lagoon at Redcliffe was the first added with the Bicentennial Park near Woody Point and Pelican Park added soon afterwards. Later in the year, we added in Scott’s Point, Gayundah Arboretum and the Gayundah Wreck, and updated Pelican Park with the addition of Aquasplash during summer. There are a few more brown signs around so well be adding to them during 2019.

It has certainly been a busy year, with so many more not mentioned above. With more than 150 additional destinations there are 230 destinations on the website and growing. From opportunistic visits, one-day ventures, weekends, and longer week-long adventures, there are many brown signs to discover and follow.

2018 is also our first full year online, the website starting late in 2017. Queensland remains the main state representing most of the destinations on the Brown Signs website. With contributions from Wayne and Bette Brian, there are a few additions to New South Wales and Victoria became the third state to be represented.

New South Wales has 20 destinations, up by 4 in 2018 while Victoria has 8 destinations at The Murray region. Queensland finishes 2018 with 202 destinations, up by 144. Our goal was to add at least 120 in total, so we are happy with the results.

We look forward to another great year in 2019, discovering and experiencing more brown sign destinations and sharing them with you. For now, below is the full list of the brown sign destinations visited in 2018.

  • Botanic Gardens (Mt Coot-tha) – The Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot-tha is 56 hectares of subtropical gardens, with more than 100,000 plants of 5,000 species
  • Herbarium – The Queensland Herbarium is at Toowong, at the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, plant specimen collection of over 850,000 Qld native and naturalised plant species
  • Mt Coot-tha Library – Mt Coot-tha Library at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, specialising in botany, gardening, landscape design, conservation, herbal medicine, astronomy
  • Planetarium – The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is located at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, with an observatory and a 12.5-metre diameter projection dome
  • JC Slaughter Falls – JC Slaughter Falls is a picnic ground and access point for walks in Mt Coot-tha Reserve, a nice bushy area with a creek running through, grassy areas for picnics
  • Settlement Cove Lagoon – Settlement Cove Lagoon or Redcliffe Lagoon is a free water park at Redcliffe. Very popular with families, shallow to deep sections, BBQs and picnic tables
  • Victoria Park Golf Complex – Victoria Park Golf Complex is a golf course, driving range, and putt-putt golf course near the Brisbane CBD. Family friendly, bistro cafe, playground
  • The Workshops Rail Museum – The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich was originally Queensland Rail’s North Ipswich Railway Workshops. Interactive features such as the train driving simulator
  • Enviro Park Lookout – Denmark Hill Conservation Reserve is bushland near the centre of Ipswich, an old quarry and fossils site from the 1800s. Lookout from the top of a water tower
  • Queens Park – First park developed in Queensland dating back to 1860s, Queens Park in Ipswich is 3 destinations in one. Playground, Australian animal zoo, & Japanese gardens
  • North Pine Dam McGavin View – McGavin View is a picnic and viewing area of North Pine Dam on Lake Samsonvale, west of Petrie. Closest area to view the dam wall from
  • Old Petrie Town – Old Petrie Town is a historical village, with speciality shops in historic buildings dating back to the 1800s, a variety of museums, and Sunday markets
  • Bicentennial Park (Woody Point) – Bicentennial Park is on Redcliffe Peninsula, between Pelican Park and the Woody Point Jetty. Picnic tables, BBQs, children’s playground, and a parkour park
  • Pelican Park – Pelican Park on the Redcliffe Peninsula, named by the pelicans that visit. AquaSplash inflatable water park in summer, views of the bridge and Woody Point Jetty
  • War Museum – Gold Coast War Museum is at Mudgeeraba, has a large collection of military equipment and artefacts, ranging from small memorabilia through to aircraft and tanks
  • Boomerang Farm Golf Course – The Boomerang Farm is in Mudgeeraba near the Gold Coast. Originally a dairy farm, now a 9 hole golf course, mountain bike park, and events venue incl weddings
  • Hinze Dam – Hinze Dam is Gold Coast’s main water supply. Picnic areas with BBQs and tables, views of the dam, and mountain bike trails at the other end on the dam wall
  • Wunburra Lookout – Wunburra Lookout is the first lookout entering into the Springbrook Mountain area, with views across the Little Nerang Dam, and up the valley to the Gold Coast
  • Apple Tree Park – Apple Tree Park is a shady park with toilets, BBQs and picnic tables great for a stop on your way back out from a day at Springbrook Mountains
  • Gwongorella Picnic Area – Gwongorella Picnic Area is at Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland. Picnic tables, free BBQs, and toilets, and a popular access point to Purling Brook Falls
  • Canyon Lookout – Canyon Lookout is in Springbrook with views across the canyon, and down the valley through to the Gold Coast in the distance
  • Tallanbana Picnic Area – Tallanbana Picnic Area is at Springbrook Gold Coast. Tallanbana is Aboriginal meaning ‘out of the rushes’. A walk leads to the Twin Falls circuit following the cliffs of the canyon
  • Goomoolahra Picnic Area Lookouts – Goomoolahra Picnic Area at Springbrook, beside the Mundora Creek flowing over the Goomoolahra Falls. Lookouts view the falls, The Pinnacle, Gold Coast
  • Best Of All Lookout – Best Of All Lookout in Springbrook looks south into New South Wales, with Mt Warning prominently higher than the other mountain areas
  • Hardys Lookout – Hardys Lookout is along Springbrook Rd, looking to the west over the farmland. A monument commemorates the pioneers of Springbrook in 1906 including James Hardy
  • Purling Brook Falls Lookout – Purling Brook Falls Lookout is a highlight at Springbrook, accessible from the Gwongorella Picnic Area, or from The Settlement Day Use Area
  • Historic Port – The Historical Port on the Murray River in Echuca was built in 1865 to support sawmills in the area. The wharf is 3 stories high, once over 1/4 of a mile long
  • Natural Bridge – Natural Bridge is a rock formation in a section of the Springbrook National Park, making an arch over Cave Creek. The cave is home to glow worms and microbats
  • Yatala Pie Shop – The Famous Yatala Pies has to be one of the most well-known pie shops in Australia between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with a history over 130 years
  • National Holden Motor Museum – Visit National Holden Motor Museum in Echuca to appreciate the history and progression of Holden cars, from 1948 Holden FX 48-215 to 1970s Monaros to Commodores
  • Catalina Aircraft and Museum – The Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum is at Lake Boga, Swan Hill, with a restored Catalina A24-30 flying boat from WW2, and the original hidden communications bunker
  • Pioneer Settlement – The Pioneer Settlement museum in Swan Hill, with farming equipment, pioneer-era buildings, paddle steamer cruise, and a laser, light and water show
  • River Cruises – The river cruises in Swan Hill is operated at the Pioneer Settlement, on the paddle steamer PS Pyap. Cruise the Little Murray River and Murray River
  • Giant Murray Cod – The Giant Murray Cod is at Swan Hill, a monument to the large cod fish that have been caught in the Murray River. The monument is 15m long, 5m high, and 3m wide
  • Pental Island – Pental Island is an inland island bound by the Murray River and the anabranch Little Murray River
  • Loddon Floodway – Loddon Floodway is a free camp area on Pental Island in The Murray region. It is on the northern section of the island on the banks of the Murray River
  • Wharf – The Bourke Wharf is a replica of the original wharves in Bourke. In the late 1850s, the Darling River was opened up as a key transport route
  • Crossley Engine – The Crossley Engine in Bourke is a 1923 oil fuelled stationary engine manufactured by the Crossley Brothers. An early 2 cylinder 4 stroke 108.6 litre diesel
  • Fred Hollows – Fred Hollows gravesite in the Bourke Historical Cemetery. An ophthalmologist known for his work in restoring eyesight to people in Australia and abroad
  • Historic House – Historic House in Charleville was the chambers and manager’s residence of the Queensland National Bank, built in 1889. Now a museum with items from the period
  • Kenniff Tree – The Kenniff Tree is named after the bushrangers Patrick and James Kenniff (Pat and Jimmy). They tethered horses to the Coolibah tree when visiting Augathella
  • Meat Ant Park – The Meat Ant Park in Augathella has a 300:1 scale meat ant sculpture. The park has landscaped gardens, picnic tables, BBQ and a playground
  • Historical Pioneer Bore – In 1885, Blackall became the first town in Queensland to sink an artesian bore. The bore named Pioneer Bore can be seen along with a replica of the drilling rig
  • Historical Wool Scour – The Blackall Woolscour is a museum in a heritage listed wool scour built from 1900s to 1920s, and operated until the late 1970s. It was restored in the 2000s
  • This Side of the Black Stump – This Side of the Black Stump is used to convey a perceived eastern border in Australia where civilisation is contained, defined by the Black Stump in Blackall
  • Historical Black Stump – The Black Stump was established as an astro station in 1886 for surveying the region around Blackall. It is claimed to be the origin of “beyond the black stump”
  • Beyond the Black Stump – Beyond the black stump is considered to be a marker of the limits of established settlement in pioneering days in Australia, at the Black Stump in Blackall
  • McCarthys Lookout – McCarthy’s Lookout is in Maleny, looking east off the Blackall Range towards the coast and the gorgeous Glasshouse Mountains
  • Mary Cairncross Park – Mary Cairncross Park is a conservation reserve in Maleny, education discovery centre, rainforest walk, picnic tables, free BBQs, views of Glasshouse Mountains
  • Gardners Falls – Gardners Falls is a popular spot near Maleny, Obi Obi Creek. Easy walk to the swimming hole, swinging ropes & rock ledges to jump in, shallower water above falls
  • Scenic Lookout – Gerrard’s Lookout is along the Maleny-Montville Rd on the Blackall Range near Montville, and looks east off the range towards the coast
  • Baroon Pocket Dam – Baroon Pocket Dam is near Montville, built on Obi Obi Creek, and forming Lake Baroon. The ungated dam was completed in 1989 for potable water supply
  • Lake Baroon (Northern Area) – Lake Baroon is between Maleny and Montville, created from the Baroon Pocket Dam on the Obi Obi Creek. The recreational area has picnic tables, BBQs, playground
  • Kondalilla National Park – The southern access to Kondalilla National Park, the start of Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Shorter walks to Obi Obi Gorge, Narrows Lookout, Baroon Lookout
  • Historical Museum – Kenilworth Historical Museum is a volunteer-run museum capturing the history and heritage of the Kenilworth area
  • Fig Tree Walk – The Fig Tree Walk is a riverine rainforest, 6.5km south of Kenilworth. The walk is an easy 1.1km circuit, displaying Moreton Bay Figs and Giant Stinging Trees
  • Charlie Moreland – Charlie Moreland is a campground in the Imbil State Forest with a swimming hole in Little Yabba Creek. Also has a day use area with picnic tables and BBQs
  • Peach Trees – Peach Trees is a camping ground in the Jimna State Forest. Peach trees growing around the camping area are remnants of growing fruit trees near forestry camps
  • Mt Ngungun – Mount Ngungun is one of the smaller of the Glass House peaks at 253m. Climb to the summit, with stunning views of Mt Tibrogargan, Mt Coonowrin, and Mt Beerwah
  • Mt Coonowrin Viewing Point – Mt Coonowrin is one of the peaks forming the Glass House Mountains. The area is closed from public access, the viewing point provides space to view Mt Coonowrin
  • Glass House Mountains Scenic Lookout – The scenic lookout, centrally located amongst the Glass House Mountains, offers views of many of the peaks from the one location
  • Aboriginal Site – Historical site of the Aboriginal Gubbi Gubbi people for tool making, rubbing tools in the sandstone grooves to give them a sharp edge
  • Historical Museum – The Historical Museum in Landsborough, original Landsborough Shire Chambers opened in 1924, displays a collection related to the historical aspects of the area
  • Hennessey Mtb Track – Hennessey Mountain Bike Track is an IMBA black diamond rated downhill track in the Glass House Mountains area, west of the Beerburrum township
  • Mt Beerburrum Lookout – Lookout on the summit of Mt Beerburrum with views in all directions including Mt Coonowrin, Mt Beerwah, Mt Tibrogargan, Wild Horse Mountain, and Bribie Island
  • Benarkin State Forest – Benarkin State Forest is on the D’Aguilar Hwy west of Kilcoy. Camping in Benarkin State Forest at Clancy’s or Emu Creek, day use area at Emu Creek
  • Roy Emerson Museum – Roy Emerson, born in Blackbutt, an Australian tennis player who won 12 major singles titles between 1961 to 1967 and the most titles won in men’s tennis
  • Rail Trail (Blackbutt) – The Rail Trail in Blackbutt is along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, a shared-use path on an abandoned railway corridor from Ipswich to Yarraman
  • Heritage House – Heritage House in Yarraman is a museum, information centre, and the relocated home of the Yarraman train station building, end of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail
  • Elec. BBQ Playground – A park in Yarraman with covered picnic tables, free BBQs for use, playground, skate park, and toilets. Information board has places of interest around Yarraman
  • The Palms National Park – Previously Boldery Park, The Palms National Park is a remnant of the palm subtropical rainforest, with tall palms, bunya and hoop pines, eucalypt, and fig trees
  • Swinging Bridge Park – The Swinging Bridge Park is a park at Cooyar with a suspension bridge over the Cooyar Creek. Free camp location with power available by paying at the pub
  • Muntapa Tunnel – The Muntapa Tunnel is Queensland’s longest straight railway tunnel that operated between 1913 and 1964, on an old railway line between Oakey and Cooyar
  • Crows Nest National Park – Crows Nest National Park north of Toowoomba, Crows Nest Falls Lookout, Koonin Lookout, Bottlebrush Pool, Kauyoo Pool, and The Cascades on Crows Nest Creek
  • Museum (Crows Nest) – The Crows Nest Historical Village has over 20 buildings, including Carbethon House homestead, Ray White Auctioneer building, and local historical memorabilia
  • Crows Nest Heritage Trail – Trail walk in Crows Nest starts at Bullocky’s Rest Park, follows Applegum Walk along Crows Nest Creek, Bald Hills Creek, Hartmann Park then through the township
  • Lake Perseverance – Lake Perseverance is one of three dams supplying water to Toowoomba, park on either side of the spillway and a separate park at the pump station with facilities
  • Lake Perseverance Active Recreation Centre – Lake Perseverance Active Recreation Centre is to provide youth justice adventure-based learning activities. Available for booking by social groups and schools
  • Lake Cressbrook – Lake Cressbrook is a water supply dam for Toowoomba, with camping and day use areas. Boating, canoeing, fishing are permitted, and a walking trail along the dam
  • Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (Esk) – The Rail Trail in Esk is along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, leading to Lowood to the south, and to Toogoolawah to the north
  • Lakeview Park & Lookout – A park and lookout on the outskirts of Esk. Views are meant to be over Wivenhoe Dam, however, trees have grown to mostly obscure the views
  • Ramblers Parachute Drop Zone – Ramblers is a skydiving organisation, offering skydiving, parachuting and tandem skydiving, and onsite accommodation. Ramblers Drop Zone is at Toogoolawah north of Esk
  • Purga Nature Reserve – Purga Nature Reserve is the largest protected area of endangered Swamp Tea-Tree forest in the world. Two walking trails including a boardwalk over the swamp
  • Churchbank Weir Reserve – Churchbank Weir Reserve is a free camp area south of Ipswich along Warrill Creek. Upstream from the weir, the creek has water for fishing
  • Historical Site Cunningham Lookout – Cunningham Lookout is on a raised ridge 3km out of Warrill View, with views over the surrounding flat plains and the mountains to the east and west
  • Historical Marker – Historical Marker in honour of surveyor Robert Dixon, on the Normanby Plains Trigonometrical Baseline established in 1839 for the accurate mapping of Queensland
  • Historical Museum – The Harrisville Museum has a collection of items from around the area. A feature item is a Stiger Vortex Rain Gun, used to attempt to break the 1902 drought
  • Historical Museum – Templin Historical Village Museum showcases local memorabilia and artifacts, farming history, war memorabilia, 1900s fashion, medical memorabilia, and more
  • Pioneer Graves – Pioneer Graves of pioneers in the Fassifern area, Alexander Balbi, Sarah Campbell Mercer, and Anders Nielsen
  • Moffatt Park – Moffatt Park is a small playground park at Aratula. It has a fenced-in playground and a picnic table beside it
  • Spicers Gap – Spicers Gap is a pass over the Great Dividing Range, found in 1847 by a stockman as an easier route to Cunninghams Gap which proved to be too steep
  • Governors Chair Lookout – Governors Chair Lookout is perched at the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range of the historical Spicers Gap route and looking over the Fassifern Valley
  • Main Range National Park Goomburra Section – Part of the Main Range National Park, Goomburra Section provides spectacular walks and views through the rugged mountain area of the Great Dividing Range
  • Main Range National Park Picnic Area – Picnic Area with toilets and picnic tables just west of the Cunningham’s Gap walking tracks area of the Main Range National Park
  • Main Range National Park Walking Tracks – Walking Tracks in the Main Range National Park at Cunningham’s Gap. Mostly class 4 walks with a couple of easier class 3 including to a lookout off the range
  • Norfolk Point – Norfolk Point forms the northern edge of Manly Boat Harbour and extends out as a rock wall, fishing from the rock wall, picnic area and playground at the park
  • Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk – Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk goes through mangrove foreshore of Moreton Bay at Wynnum. From Elanora Park and continues to a bird hide overlooking tidal saltmarshes
  • Fort Lytton National Park – Fort Lytton was built in 1881 for the defence of Brisbane until after the end of WWII. At the end of the Brisbane River with military exhibits and re-enactments
  • Historic House – The historic homestead is on Booubyjan Station, originally 281 square miles and one of the earliest pastoral leases in Queensland. Between Goomeri and Gayndah. It is not open for access to the public at this time.
  • Historical Museum (Gayndah) – The Gayndah Museum has a wide collection of small items and large. Working steam engines operate a few times a year. Rare vintage vehicles including a Bessemer truck
  • Big Mandarin – The Big Mandarin is a 9-metre high fibreglass model of an Ellendale Mandarin at a Caravan Park in Mundubbera, one of the “big things” across Australia
  • Kirar Weir – Kirar Weir is west of Eidsvold on the Burnett River and a day use area with a toilet, picnic tables, and wood BBQ
  • Langley Flat Provisional School 1927-1928 – A brown sign for Langley Flat Provisional School for the years 1927-1928. It is located near another sign for Langley Flat School 1929-1946
  • Langley Flat School 1929-1946 – Brown sign for Langley Flat School 1929-1946 in a field on the side of Burnett Hwy near Monto-Mount Perry Rd. Other than the sign nothing of the school remains
  • Cania Gorge National Park – Cania Gorge National Park is a place with amazing sandstone cliffs and landscapes, located near Monto west of Bundaberg
  • Historical Site Bartlett’s Memorial – Memorial for Clark Bartlett for his contribution to tourism, located at the site of his family home at Cania Gorge
  • Kroombit Tops National Park – Kroombit Tops is a national park in Queensland with views from the escarpment and the site of the crashed WWII B-24D Liberator bomber, Beautiful Betsy, in 1945
  • Mt Scoria Conservation Park – Mount Scoria is a mountain formed from a volcano. The columns make a note when struck. Known as Dangama Mungar to the Gangulu people meaning talking mountain
  • Bunyip Statue – Bunyip Statue in Mulgildie depicts the bunyip from the legend of the nearby Bunyip Hole, a place of stories of monsters taking livestock as they drank
  • Bunyip Hole – The Bunyip Hole near Mulgildie where Aboriginal stories tell of strange noises, bubbling, churning water in the waterhole, and of cattle disappearing
  • Anyarro Provisional School 1928-1929 – Anyarro Provisional School 1928-1929 is a brown sign in a paddock marking where the provisional school used to be
  • Hurdle Gully Lookout – Hurdle Gully Lookout is near Monto in the Coominglah State Forest, looking from above the gully and across the valley of Three Moon Creek
  • Scenic Lookout – The scenic lookout at Cania Dam is on a high point above the dam across from the Castle Mountain cliffs
  • Cania Dam – Cania Dam is north of Monto and is highly regarded as one of the great dams for fishing, stocked with Australian bass, golden perch, silver perch, and saratoga
  • Smelter Site – The Smelter Site is of the Mount Perry Copper Smelter originating in 1872. It was one of Queensland’s first smelters, now only the slag heaps remain
  • Boolboonda Tunnel – The Boolboonda Tunnel was built for a railway line in 1883 and disused in 1913. Walk or drive through the tunnel, now occupied with a colony of microbats
  • Historical Village (Gin Gin) – The Gin Gin Historical Village at the disused Gin Gin Railway Station, on the railway from Bundaberg. Museum weekdays & Saturday markets, free to wander any day
  • Baroon Pocket Dam (Southern Area) – Baroon Pocket Dam at North Maleny is the southern recreational area of Lake Baroon, paddle craft, electric motor boats, swimming, fishing, and nature walk
  • Kondalilla Falls National Park – Kondallila Falls near Montville is an 80-metre waterfall with a natural rock pool at the top of the falls, picnic area with BBQs near the parking area
  • Mapleton Falls National Park – Mapleton Falls National Park with viewing platform above the falls less than 50m the parking area, a picnic area and Woompoo Circuit walk through the rainforest
  • Kanyana Park – Kanyana Park is a small park halfway between Nambour and Mapleton with views over Nambour through to the coast with highrise buildings of the Sunshine Coast
  • Dulong Lookout – Dulong Lookout provides a panoramic view from behind Nambour across the Sunshine Coast from a platform built for the lookout
  • Cilento Park – Cilento Park in Nambour is a park and bushland conservation reserve, with a playground, picnic tables, BBQ, and a circuit walk to a waterfall and swimming hole
  • Wappa Falls – Wappa Falls is on the South Maroochy River downstream from Wappa Dam. The falls run through rocks and water pools into a large waterhole in the final plunge
  • Wappa Dam – The un-gated Wappa Dam is on the South Maroochy River, upstream from Yandina. The day use area, Jack Harrison Park, has BBQs, picnic facilities, and toilets
  • Surf Beach – Surf Beach at Woorim on Bribie Island is on the ocean side of the island, the closest surf beach on the north side of Brisbane, accessed by Bluey Piva Park
  • Ocean Beach – Bribie Island is the most accessible of three islands protecting the Moreton Bay area. The Ocean Beach stretches for over 30 kilometres, accessible only by 4WD
  • Mammino Gourmet Ice Cream – Tucked in the country cane fields of Childers, Mammino Gourmet Ice Cream will delight any ice-cream lover, with gluten-free and dairy-free options
  • Bird Park – The Flying High Bird Sanctuary is the largest free-flight aviary in Australia, over 7 metres high and around 2 acres to walk through and interact with the birds
  • Bundaberg Rum Distillery – The Bundaberg Rum Distillery is a Queensland icon, the distillery was established in 1888 making use of the molasses waste from the sugar industry
  • Mystery Craters – The Mystery Craters is an unusual natural rock formation between Bundaberg and Gin Gin, the mixture of ochre and sandstone has baffled geologists over the world
  • Sharon Gorge Nature Park – Sharon Gorge Nature Park is a rest stop and nature park between Bundaberg and Gin Gin, with a walk from the rest area to the Burnett River along a creek
  • Hospital Museum – The Wide Bay Hospitals Museum in Maryborough, collating documents, photos, building plans, and old medical equipment. From 1850s and 1880s of the current site
  • Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens – Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens, renamed from Elizabeth Park and earlier Coronation Park. Originally Maryborough’s 2nd cemetery before becoming a public park in 1921
  • OLDS Engine House – OLDS Engineering is an ongoing business in Maryborough established at the close of World War II, light engineering, custom engineering jobs
  • Cherry Tree Lane – A bronze statue of Pamela Lyndon Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins, outside the building of her birthplace in Maryborough with a Cherry Tree Lane brown sign
  • Maryborough Heritage Gateway – Maryborough Heritage Gateway, or Portside Heritage Precinct, is a historical look at Maryborough and its port district, one of Queensland’s oldest cities
  • Pt Lookout – Point Lookout was used by the pioneers of the old township of Maryborough from 1843 to 1856 to keep watch for supply ships and signal their arrival
  • Ululah Lagoon Water Bird Sanctuary – Ululah Lagoon borders with Anzac Park in Maryborough, abundant with bird wildlife who make the lagoon their home. Playground, picnic tables, BBQs, skate park
  • Pioneer Graves – The Pioneer Graves are located at the original site of the Maryborough settlement of the 1840s, several pioneers were buried until 1870s
  • Petrie Park – Andrew Petrie Park is in West Maryborough just west of the Bruce Hwy. A few picnic tables and flushing toilets, good for a stop without going into Maryborough
  • Scotts Point – Scotts Point in Redcliffe is a popular beach spot in Redcliffe at the Scotts Point Bathing Pavilion and views up the hill at the Scotts Point Progress Park
  • Botanic Gardens (Gold Coast) – The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens is in the middle of the Gold Coast, tucked between Ashmore Road, the Royal Pines Resort Golf Course and the Nerang River
  • Royal Pines Resort – The Royal Pines Resort at the Gold Coast is 5 minutes from Metricon Stadium and around 15 minutes to the beaches, shops, and attractions at Surface Paradise
  • Harbour Town – Harbour Town is an outlet shopping centre with over 240 stores with brand direct outlets and clearance stores
  • Sanctuary Cove – Sanctuary Cove is a self-contained gated community on Hope Island in the Gold Coast. Entertainment facilities, shopping centre, boating marina and golf courses
  • Hope Island Resort – Hope Island Resort is a gated community with facilities such as a marina, half-Olympic pool, golf course, and tennis
  • Peak Crossing Historical Well – The Peak Crossing Historical Well is possibly the last surviving well in a series along the Old Warwick Road between Fassifern and beyond the Southern Downs
  • Western Trailhead – Western Trailhead is the western end of Lake Wyaralong at the Lillybrook Recreation Area and the western end of the 25km Shoreline Trail
  • Queensland Moto Park – Queensland Moto Park (QMP) is a 745-hectare motocross park near Boonah in the Wyaralong area, operated by Motorcycling Queensland who helped develop the park
  • Wyaralong Dam – Wyaralong Dam is an ungated dam on the Teviot Brook, west of Beaudesert. It has a day use area, sculpture art area, and mountain bike trails
  • Museum (Beaudesert) – The Beaudesert Museum consists of a large collection of historical items from around the Beaudesert region, with indoor and outdoor displays
  • Buckley’s Hole – Buckley’s Hole is a conservation park on the southern end of Bribie Island, a habitat used by local and migratory shorebirds, some flying 6000km non-stop
  • Red Beach – Red Beach is a dog-friendly beach at the bottom end of Bribie Island, it is one of the lesser known beaches sitting hidden from the main traffic roads
  • Bongaree Jetty – Bongaree Jetty on Bribie Island is a popular spot, calm beach, BBQ picnics in the park, an ice-cream from Scoopy’s, jumping from the jetty and fishing
  • Gayundah Wreck – The wreck of the HMAS Gayundah beached in 1958 as a breakwater off the Woody Point cliffs in Redcliffe
  • Gayundah Coastal Arboretum – The Gayundah Coastal Arboretum is a park located at Woody Point on the foreshores of the Redcliffe Peninsula

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