Area Info

Burrum District

QUEENSLAND – AUSTRALIA

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Burrum – Torbanlea – Toogoom

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The Burrum District is a beachside/hinterland area of Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia, located 284 km north of Brisbane.on the edge of the ocean where you have the largest sand island in the world and Hervey Bay boasting to be the whale watching capital of the world.

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Nestled in the hinterland of Hervey Bay is the lovely historical & thriving village of Howard situated on the Burrum River with its boat ramps and tidal fishing opportunities. A weir has been constructed further upstream for fresh water fishing enthusiasts.

Great Fishing
Great Fishing

Lenthalls Dam supplies the water for the area and beyond

Lenthalls Dam
Lenthalls Dam

Serviced twice daily by the ‘Tilt Train,’ Howard is an easy 15 minute drive to Maryborough, 2o minutes to Hervey Bay, 20 minutes to Childers and 12 minutes to the beaches of Toogoom and Burrum Heads.

Tilt train stops here
Tilt train stops here

That means that all major hospitals, airports, university, shopping centres, cultural centres, theatres, cinemas, botanical gardens, night life, high schools, beaches & other services are at our doorstep if required via car or multi daily bus routes that are available.

Regular Bus Services
Regular Bus Services

Country markets are held in Steley Street on the first Saturday of every month and there are a couple of great swimming and fishing spots to enjoy on the nearby Burrum River exiting at Burrum heads which is a Noosa like retreat.

Monthly Markets
Monthly Markets

Howard is a small service centre area for the entire Burrum region of Torbanlea, Toogoom, Burrum Heads and fringe areas of Hervey Bay and its ever growing people explosion so close to the lovely beaches

Burrum Beach Park scene
Burrum Beach Park scene

yet easy and direct access to the electric tilt train and the Bruce highway for use by industry and the general public alike.

All the conveniences of modern living with a far more serene lifestyle and pace.

Relax and EnjoyThere was a time when coal mining made Howard an important centre but a combination of factors has redetermined its focus. Miners had moved into the area as early as 1864 when a seam of coal was discovered on the banks of the Burrum River and many years back was a thriving mining area.Coal is still here.

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mining coal

Howard has several buildings of historical significance including a beautifully restored Queenslander offering guided tours and Devonshire Teas.

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One historic building and a major attraction is the Grand Hotel

grand-hotel-howardanother is Brooklyn House. This fully restored, historic colonial home was built in 1890 for Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin and William Rankin, the manager of the Queensland Collieries Ltd mine at Howard. Annabelle Rankin was a successful State and Federal parliamentarian. Brooklyn House is still a family home, offering guided tours, Devonshire teas, and local arts and crafts. Some locals say there’s even a ghost…

Brooklyn House Howard
Brooklyn House Howard

The Burrum District museum has displays of local history from Howard and the district, including early coal mining, farming, war memorabilia, and cottage crafts.

Pioneer spirit
Pioneer spirit

The museum is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays and the 1st Saturday of each month from 9 -12.

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MUSEUM@HOWARD

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Visit the monument for the fallen soldier in the centre of the township.

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Howard boasts a community centre to be envied by all

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Howard railway station is used by passengers for the tilt train running up the Queensland coast from the capital Brisbane

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A great park,public toilets and child care centre and respite centre also are centrally located for your convenience.

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What about the skateboard facility below

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Yes we do have a memorial hall come library below.

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It is worthwhile to visit a newer addition to the tourists’ agenda, and that is

Python jungle plant nursery and DPI approved fish hatchery

rare bat plant
rare bat plant

at the [54] Old Bruce Highway just over the Burrum River which boasts up to 155 varieties of aquarium fish both locally bred and exotic imported species that are on display and for sale.

Huge range of Tropical & Dam fish
Huge range of Tropical & Dam fish

A range of animals sculptured in fibreglass can be viewed and purchased for your own jungle

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Whilst there amongst the many palms in the jungle atmosphere created over the last 20 years explore the rare and unusual as well as rainforest species of plants available for purchase to take home and create your own jungle

Python Jungle entrance sign,
Python Jungle entrance sign,

The Bruce Highway passes through the edge of the town and Queensland’s main north-south rail line and the tilt train cuts through its centre stopping daily for pickups & dropoffs of passengers at the Howard train station going and coming from Brisbane as well as north of here to Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Cairns. MAJOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS ARE PLANNED FOR THE AREA.

Industrial development in pipeline
Industrial developments in pipeline

It is a regular occurrence of people coming from many areas to Howard to catch the tilt train for access to the main cities and townships of the state and nationally via the rail services we have here.

The main streets of Howard consist of a Post Office, Milk Bar, Butcher, Bakery, Pharmacy, Pub, Bottle Shop, Newsagency, IGA Supermarket, RACQ, Primary school, Police station, Cafe, 4 Real estate agents, Laundramat, Hairdresser, Bric–a-Brac, Drapery, 4 square supermarket, Vet, Doctors surgery, Lawyers office, Ambulance centre, Fire services rural depot, Golf & country club, Council library, Kids skate park, Community centre hall, Fully facilitated childrens playground, Produce store, Recycling centre, Solar heating & power centre, Hardwood sawmill, Mechanical workshop, Dress shop, Plant nursery & licensed fish breeding hatchery, Water treatment plant, State emergency services facility, Builders office, Heavy machinery workshop, Cemetry, Modular home construction facility, and an assortment of home based businesses

hot spot map howard torbanlea
hot spot map howard torbanlea

The Burrum river separates the Howard township from Torbanlea with even more facilities to add to the area only a few hundred metres away such as- Miners Arms hotel, State school, Race track & sports arena, Lawn bowls club, Softwood sawmill, Caravan park & cabins, Bamboo display gardens, Hairdresser, Citrus tree plant nursery, A major service station, Corner store with caltex fuel and a post office with PO Box facilities and again a number of home based businesses.

Howard was the home of Andrew Fisher, first Federal Member for the electorate of Wide Bay and first Labour Prime Minister of Australia. The house he built and lived in, at Howard, still stands..

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Andrew Fisher

The state Labour parties and their MPs were mixed in their support for the Federation of Australia. However Fisher was a firm federationist, supporting the union of the Australian colonies and campaigned for the ‘Yes’ vote in Queensland’s 1899 referendum. Fisher stood for the electorate of Wide Bay at the inaugural 1901 federal election and won the seat, which he held continuously for the rest of his political career. At the end of 1901 Fisher married Margaret Irvine, his previous landlady’s daughter.

Labour improved their position at the 1903 election, gaining enough seats to be on par with the Protectionists. When the Deakin government resigned in 1904, George Reid of the Free Trade Party declined to take office, resulting in Labour taking power and Chris Watson becoming Labour’s first Prime Minister. Fisher established himself as one of Labour’s most prominent leaders as Minister for Trade and Customs in the Watson Labour government of 1904.

At the 1906 election, Deakin remained Prime Minister even though Labour gained considerably more seats than the Protectionists. When Watson resigned in 1907, Fisher succeeded him as Labour leader, although Hughes and William Spence also stood for the position. Fisher was considered to have a better understanding of economic matters, was better at handling caucus, had better relations with the party organisation and the unions, and was more in touch with party opinion

.Howard boasts a number of organizations such as The Burrum Chamber of Commerce and the Burrum Progress Association as well as family & community orientated groups & clubs such as service, gardening & Fishing. Etc. etc

The community centre is a state of the art public function area

Temperatures for Howard

Howard has hot summer temperatures. The summer high temperature for Howard is approximately 37 °c. The summer low temperature is approx.14 °c.

Howard has warm winter temperatures. The winter high temperature for Howard is approximately 30 °c. The winter low temperature is approximately 4 °c.

MONTH

LOW °c

HIGH °c

January

20

30

February

19

30

March

18

29

April

16

27

May

13

24

June

11

22

July

9

22

August

11

23

September

13

25

October

15

27

November

17

29

December

19

30

Presentation of Burrum District Info was collated and published from a variety of sources by Wide Bay District Developments Pty Ltd Director Henry Sapiecha.

Publicity Officer Burrum Chamber of Commerce

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See you here soon and have a great life

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