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Attractions on the QLD Central Coast

Mission Beach

First stop is the Tully Visitor Centre opposite the old saw mill to arm yourself with information on the surrounding attractions. The Ingham Botanical Gardens make an excellent spot to stop for lunch before continuing on to Cardwell's Reef and Rainforest Centre with displays, Dalrymple Gap Walk, Damper Creek and the State Forest. Further on the Wet Tropics Visitor Centre has a range of day walks and hikes to keep you busy and the lovely Murray Falls are just 22 km from the Bruce Highway.

Cardwell

If you're visiting Cardwell you have to stop at Blencoe Falls, providing breathtaking views of the Herbert River Gorge. Five Mile Swimming Hole is also a popular place to stop as it offers a beautiful setting for a picnic as well as the chance to take a dip in a safe, shaded swimming hole. The Cardwell Bush Telegraph Heritage Centre is a fascinating journey back in time to the historic post office and telegraph station built in 1870. Hinchinbrook Island is the county's biggest island National Park and is surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef - a must see attraction!

Townsville

Reef HQ is your chance to immerse yourself in an underwater wonderland of living coral and amazing reef creatures. The Museum of Tropical Queensland is a fascinating attraction filled with interactive and fun yet educational displays. The Strand is lined with cafés, restaurants, bars, picnic areas and playgrounds along the beachfront or for panoramic views of Magnetic Island take a drive to Castle Hill. Other local attractions include Cotters Market, Magnetic Island, Charters Towers and Ravenswood.

Bowen

Famous for its luscious mangoes, a trip to Bowen wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Big Mango. The Bowen Historical Museum is also a great place to learn about Bowen's fascinating history and really appreciate the town. Mullers Lagoon is also one of Bowen's most beautiful recreation areas with gorgeous botanical gardens and wetlands to explore. Fantastic for the whole family, the parkland has a great range of facilities including free barbeques as well as picnic tables and chairs.

Mackay Region

Mackay is a surprising blend of rich heritage, beautiful landscapes and modern culture. Visit Artspace Mackay and see how the stunning natural environment inspires local artists or stop in at Greenmount Homestead and discover the fascinating history of the areas pioneers. The city's Heritage Walk is a great way to explore the local area and the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens are a fantastic showcase of the diversity and beauty of central coast flora. Queens Park Orchid House is renowned as one of Mackay's hidden gems and The Horizons Mosaic is popular with little kids and big kids alike.

Rockhampton & Yeppoon

There is plenty to explore in Rockhampton - from the fascinating CQ Military and Artefacts Museum to Heavens Above Skywatching that is sure to leave you starry eyed. If you're feeling daring, smile at a crocodile at the Koranna Crocodile Farm but if spectacular views and beautiful native flora and fauna is more your style then it's the Mount Archer National Park or Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park for you. Despite development, Yeppoon has managed to retain its charming coastal village atmosphere offering a relaxing strip of restaurants, shops and galleries to stroll.

Gladstone, Agnes Water & Town of Seventeen Seventy

Gladstone is renowned for its great marine activities and has one of Australia's highest boat ownerships of any community. The Gladstone Marina is where you'll catch all of the boaties but if you're up for something a little more stylish, the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum is a testament to the visual arts. For some outdoor fun on dry land, the Tondoon Botanic Gardens are 83 hectares of diverse flora and fauna. Agnes Water is a town steeped in a rich history with Captain Cook and his crew aboard the Endeavour while the Town of Seventeen Seventy is a gateway to day trips to the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Bundaberg & Beaches

Bundaberg is famous for its rum so a visit here isn't complete without stopping in at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. However there are a number of other attractions that you simply must see while you're there including Schmeider's Cooperage and Craft Centre, Tropical Wines, the Bundaberg Railway Museum, the fascinating Mystery Craters, Mon Repos Turtle Rookery and of course the iconic Southern Great Barrier Reef. The coral isles of Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot Island are also worth visiting.

 

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