From Country to Coast
The Fraser Coast hinterland is a thriving region of sugar cane, macadamia trees and cattle farms. The region itself covers an area of 2562kmsq with its western boundary extending about 100kms from Hervey Bay.
The western and southern areas are characterised by rolling green country side, rugged bush land, national parks and massive granite outcrops and cliffs.
The Mary Rivers dominates the southern countryside of the Fraser Coast regions. It runs from Booroobin in the Sunshine Coast to River Heads and into the Great Sandy Strait.
The Western Hinterland is a predominantly rural area, with a village at Woocoo. Land use is largely for cattle grazing, sugar cane growing and timber production, with some industrial land use in Maryborough West.
North & South
Southern Hinterland is a predominantly rural area, with a small township at Tiaro and villages at Bauple, Glenwood, Gundiah and Munna Creek. The land is used largely for timber production and agriculture, particularly sugar cane growing and cattle grazing.
The Northern Hinterland is a predominantly rural area, with a small township at Howard and villages at Aldershot and Torbanlea. The land is used largely for timber production, cropping and grazing, with some industrial land use in Dundowran.
About 26 km south-west of Marybourough, 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.
Poona National Park
Poona Nation Park is 6km south-east of Maryborough on the northern side of the Maryborough-Cooloola and Boonooroo Road. Access is possible by four-wheel-drive vehicle, boat or walking. The park is and is the traditional country of the Butchulla people who also lived on nearby Fraser Island.
Tuan State Forest
Tuan State Forest is about 20 minutes drive south-east of Maryborough. The park’s forests include extensive exotic pine plantations and small remnants of wallum heaths, melaleuca wetlands, banksia woodlands, and blue gum and scribbly gum open forest.