The southern and western country areas of the Fraser Coast are characterised by rolling green countryside, rugged bush land, national parks and massive granite outcrops and cliffs.
About 26 km south-west of Marbourough, on the Bruce Highway, is the small country town of Tiaro is a timber and farming service centre. It originated as a in the late 1860s as an overnight stop between the goldfields of Gympie and the port of Maryborough.
Tiaro has the only official boat ramp on the Mary Borough south of Maryborough at Petrie Park, and a tourist information centre, in the restored railway station.
Bauple lies 10kms from Tiaro and is named for the first “bopple” (Macadamia) nut trees that were discovered by local Aborigines. The local museum features displays on the town’s heritage and you can still see four examples of original macadamia varieties directly across from the museum as well as large commercial plantings around Bauple.