Maryborough tops locations from Wotif.com on Queensland’s biggest higlights for tourism for Easter holidays

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MOVE over Noosa, step aside Surfers Paradise and bye-bye Brisbane.

Queensland tourism has a new star – Maryborough.

The historic Queensland town, which has an annual festival devoted to Mary Poppins in June, has recorded a huge surge in tourist bookings for the Easter holidays, according to leading travel website Wotif.com.

Hotel bookings for the town, 30km southwest of Hervey Bay, have skyrocketed 75 per cent for the holiday period compared with the same time last year.

It’s shaping as a bumper holiday period for the whole region, with nearby Rainbow Beach recording a 70 per cent increase in bookings, according to Wotif.com.

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Caloundra (up 60 per cent), Redcliffe (50 per cent) and Hamilton Island (almost 50 per cent) round out the top five. Hervey Bay is also expected to be packed, according to booking data from Mantra, Queensland’s biggest hotel group. But leading the pack is Maryborough, famous for its Mary Poppins festival and not much else. CRAP.

Maryborough has a timber city heritage with some of the most beautiful wooden houses in the state. The beer festival & so much more. So get a life ‘Not much else’ ????

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Parade during the Mary Poppins Festival held annually in Maryborough.

Visitors are encouraged to follow the Mary Poppins Trail, in honour of the character’s author P.L. Travers who was born in the town, before checking out the town’s “history and heritage” and “art and culture”.

Wotif.com managing director Daniel Finch said there was plenty for visitors to like about Maryborough.

“This is a small town with a big personality. Not only does it celebrate the world’s most famous nanny with a town statue, visitors can also take part in a Magical Mary Trail, following in the footsteps and learning all about the region’s most famous ‘Mary’ as well as the character filled town itself,” he said.

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“It’s a great little town for Queenslanders looking to swap the beach for an inland stay this April.”

He also said it was one of the cheapest holiday options in the state, with a predicted daily accommodation rate of $124 a night through the holiday period.

WE JUST LOVE THE FRASER COAST, BUT WHY THIS HERVEY BAY ENTRY SIGN STIGMA FOR 16 YEARS?

This sign has been looking at me for 16 years every time I go to Hervey Bay from the Bruce Highway. It is situated in the Craignish area on the main road leading to Hervey Bay.

It is such a let down that nobody in The Fraser Coast Regional Council has noticed or done anything about it. It is one of two ways that visitors gain access from the Bruce Highway to Hervey Bay. One from Torbanlea & the other from the Burrum District or road.

Please correct me if I am wrong.. Even if I am wrong in some respects the sign needs urgently to be redone or replaced. The sign entry to Hervey Bay from Maryborough I am told cost around $70,000. THIS ONE WOULD COST PROBABLY UNDER $1K TO FIX.

Read my lips guys. Not all visitors to Hervey Bay come via Maryborough.

The Virgin or Greyhound bus uses ‘this sign route’ sometimes & we would be seen as a joke.

Everyone in the last several councils must be living in dreamland or out of touch. The Bruce Highway entrance from Torbanlea or the Burrum River Road needs some serious welcome to visitors to our region.

The only reason this is being posted is because after 16 years of looking at this pathetic entry sign it is about time it was fixed.It looks worse in real life, believe me. Check it out.

Look at the sign & judge for yourself. Why has it been not noticed and fixed before???

Well am I wrong or is this acceptable?????  FIX IT ANYWAY MR COUNCILLORS PLEASE

Let’s just see how long it takes to get this sign upgraded..

MAKE THIS GREAT FRASER COAST AREA EVEN GREATER.

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Henry

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BACKPACKERS IN AUSTRALIA FRASER ISLAND & COAST CROSSROADS

So here we are at the Fraser Coast. Situated on the Bruce Highway @ Torbanlea which runs along the coast of Queensland between Brisbane in the south & Cairns in the top north of the state.

At Torbanlea it is the main route to go to Hervey Bay & Fraser Island from the highway going along the Queensland coast in Australia.

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Here are two European travellers who are heading north towards Cairns after visiting Hervey Bay.

Let me introduce them to you. I met them on the Bruce Highway not far from my place where these pics were taken.

Dominique from France who is studying literature in England. She is in her early twenties & has a thirst for adventure, so she is here in the wide brown land of Oz.  www.ozrural.com.au

Harry Wood is her travelling companion who boasts he is from England. He also is in his early twenties.

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We here in Australia wish them an enjoyable journey here in this land of plenty down under.

Henry Sapiecha

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The location here at Torbanlea is an ideal spot to take off to Hervey Bay & Fraser Island, or carrying on one’s adventure going north or south. Fraser coast & Fraser Island Crossroads to adventure in Queensland

 

THE HOWARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM AT THE FRASER COAST IN PICTURES

VISIT SEE & APPRECIATE THE HISTORY OF THE HOWARD TORBANLEA REGION

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A must see facility for all visitors to the Fraser Coast region is this great intimate museum where the ambiance wreaks of historical artifacts & information making you feel like you have gone back in time.So enjoy your journey through the historical museum in Howard Qld.

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TORBANLEA BRUCE HIGHWAY INTERSECTION USED BY INTERNATIONAL BACKPACKERS TO ACCESS HERVEY BAY & FRASER ISLAND

TORBANLEA INTERSECTION @ THE BRUCE HI-WAY TAKEOFF POINT FOR BACKPACKERS COMING TO HERVEY BAY

Polish beauty traveling this country was assisted to get transport from the Torbanlea intersection to Hervey bay as part of her voyage around this country heading north.

We wish her the best.

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A few pics are posted below-Go Barabara Marsinova & enjoy this beautiful country.

She was assisted by Henry Sapiecha [yours truly] not shown..

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FISHING GROUP FORMED TO REPRESENT AMATEUR ANGLERS IN THE FRASER COAST

FISHING ASSOCIATION SET UP IN THE FRASER COAST FOR RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN

A NEW fishing body has been set up in the Fraser Coast to represent the interests of recreational anglers.

Scott Mitchell, who helped create the Fraser Coast Fishing Alliance, said the new entity would lobby to have the Great Sandy Marine Park brought into line with other Australian conservation zones.

“The removal of commercial netting from the current yellow conservation zones will not ban the harvesting of seafood for our region,” Mr Mitchell said.

“We actually question how much locally caught seafood is being sold in the region.”
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Mr Mitchell said the new body would like to see the State Government introduce a permit-based recreational fishing structure on the Fraser Coast.

He said similar to the model used in New South Wales, funds raised from the permit-based system would be used to compensate commercial anglers to prevent them from fishing in the Great Sandy Marine Park.

“I think one of the biggest problems we have seen is when they close other areas it keeps pushes people into this area and I don’t think that’s fair to the people that have been fishing here already,” he said.

“And it is a balancing act. I know the industry employees a lot of people in Hervey Bay…and you have to look at the viability of it all and look to ensure scallops and prawns and the industry viable.”
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IS TORBANLEA @ THE FRASER COAST THE CROSSROADS FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKPACKERS TRAVELLING THE QUEENSLAND COAST

BACKPACKERS HITCH A RIDE AT THE CROSSROADS @ TORBANLEA

Several days ago these charming 3 girls travelling north from Hervey Bay heading to Bundaberg & beyond, claimed a truck driver heading that way to take them to the next hot spot of their journey.

Despite the fact that it rained in part during their hitch hike attempt & yours truly supplied them with a tarp & umbrella & ‘cold drinking water’ whilst here, they persisted until the ride came.

We at the Fraser Coast wish the girls the best in their quest for adventure in Australia & welcome them back at any time as well as telling their folks back home to come and adventure here as well
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GREAT DEALS BEING OFFERED FOR TOURISTS TO THE FRASER COAST VIA WOTIF.COM

WOTIF.COM PLEDGES MAJOR HELP IN PROMOTING TOURISM & CHEAP HOLIDAYS IN THE FRASER COAST QUEENSLAND

TOURISM Fraser Coast has joined forces with Wotif.com in a major campaign to rekindle interest in home-grown holidays and attract stressed-out couples and young families to the region after the busy holiday period.

Starting on January 17, the Wotif Fraser Coast Natural campaign offers a range of value-for-money deals and exclusive bonuses for holiday-makers booking their Fraser Coast escape through the accommodation and flight-booking website.
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Tourism Fraser Coast general manager Pip Close said the campaign aimed to build on the strong Christmas and new year period to attract more visitors after the peak school holidays and from late January through to July.

“With the generous assistance of Tourism Queensland we are delighted to be working with Wotif.com on this exciting campaign encouraging Australians to rekindle their love of a home-grown holiday and visit the Fraser Coast region after the busy holiday period,” she said.

“The Fraser Coast welcomed almost 700,000 Australians to the region last year and this campaign will help us build on this as we work towards our goal to double overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.

“Our region has so much to offer including scenic drive trails, beautiful beaches, World Heritage Listed Fraser Island and historic attractions.

“The newly opened Fraser Coast Cultural Centre is also a must to visit for those heading to Hervey Bay.

“We hope Queenslanders and interstate visitors will take advantage of the campaign which features a range of fabulous holiday deals, attractions and packages to be rolled out through the Wotif.com and GoDo.com networks.”

The Wotif Fraser Coast Natural campaign is being supported by a significant media campaign comprising outdoor billboards, cafe screens, radio advertising, social media and more.
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Some deals include:

  • Stay three nights in a studio or suite at Ramada Hervey Bay and enjoy a free Tastes of the Bay seafood platter valued at $110 and a bottle of award winning oyster bay wine in your room. Stay five nights and, in addition, receive a copy of the latest Australian Geographic Magazine and daily breakfast for two. The offer is valid for stays from January 17 to March 28, inclusive.
  • Book a one-bedroom family apartment at Hervey Bay’s multi award-winning Emeraldene Inn & Eco Lodge for the discounted rate of $110 a night for travel before March 28 and also receive a free family pass to the new Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere and a bonus LED torch ideal for your turtle watching adventures within the region.
  • Set sail on a spectacular adventure with Blue Dolphin Marine tours to see bottlenose and Indo-pacific humpback dolphins and perhaps dugongs and turtles in their natural habitats in the Great Sandy Strait. The special offer available through Wotif’s activities website GoDo.com is $70 for adults, $40 for children or $200 for a family of two adults and two children including morning tea plus a bonus nature inspired Blue Dolphin 2013 Calendar, a Blue Dolphin stubby cooler and family pass to the Discovery Sphere with each booking.
  • Other deals include accommodation in Hervey Bay from $89 per night, Fraser Island from $89 per night and Rainbow Beach from $84 per night. Flights from Sydney to Hervey Bay are available from $159.

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FRASER COAST MAYOR GERARD O’CONNELL HAS A GRAND VISION FOR THE FRASER COAST

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THE Mary River needs to be “brought back” and in 2013 the Mayor is determined to “enhance this great natural asset”.

“I said I’d enhance Hervey Bay’s Esplanade and I did,” Mayor Gerard O’Connell said.

“We still have a bit of work to do along there with walkways and viewing stations.

“Meanwhile, I’m intent on bringing back the Mary River through mangrove management and supporting local clubs to take more sporting activities onto this great river.

“Let’s see the boats come back and tie up at the wharf and people getting out on the river and having fun like we did in past years.”
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Cr O’Connell said 2013 looms as a year of enormous potential for the Fraser Coast.

“We have already started playing host to thousands with the scout jamboree this week and we’ll be doing that with the Ulysses AGM, the Surf Nippers carnival and the State Touch carnival.

“Thousands and thousands of people are coming to the Fraser Coast this year.”

The mayor indicated that, in the longer term, aviation and the marine sector industry may by key to the region’s prosperity.

“Just in the last fortnight people with significant investment ability have been asking about our Avion airport precinct and the marine industry precinct in Maryborough.

“We’ve also pushed preliminary approval through for the master planned Airside development at Hervey Bay Airport.”

The mayor’s philosophical priority might prove a thornier problem to progress than seducing investors to invest in the region.

Cr O’Connell wants Fraser Coasters to think and act in unity, rather than foster the “them-and-us” mentality that continues to create barriers between Hervey Bay and Maryborough and some of the 17 villages.

“We must have unity of purpose and work and speak as a region.”

He said he favours neither Maryborough nor Hervey Bay but just wants to see the cities complement each other.

“I’m not going to get into tit for tat on comments I am leaving one city or the other behind, I am not.”

“Big ticket” items like Warren Persall’s $6 million investment into rebuilding the Beach House Hotel complex, the Stockland extension and Station Square’s expansion get him excited.

“In a couple of weeks we’ll be turning the sod at the new St Stephen’s and that project is going to bring up to 3000 Coast jobs.”

With no “disrespect to anyone” Cr O’Connell says the feedback on him and his new councillors is “nothing short of phenomenal”.
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DINGO KILLS WALLABY FOR FOOD IN FRASER ISLAND SURF SEE VIDEO HERE

RARE and dramatic footage of a dingo attacking a swamp wallaby in the surf on Fraser Island has been captured by a ranger-guide hosting a tour.

Fraser Explorer Tours ranger-guide Hayden Webber was taking tourists on a Cool Dingo bus tour last week when he shot the amazing video of the dingo capturing and killing the wallaby in small waves near the shore at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

“It’s just nature folks,” he told the tour group as they watched the wallaby struggle and try to jump away from the dingo.

“I know it’s not very nice to see folks but that is just life, it’s just nature.”
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Warning: some readers may find the video distressing.

Hayden and his bus load of 33 international passengers from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom were on the second day of their Cool Dingo tour and were driving just north of The Pinnacles coloured sands about 9.30am on Thursday when Hayden noticed the wallaby in the water.

“I said to my passengers: ‘hey there’s a wallaby in the water’… and they all grabbed their cameras and, as you can imagine, there was lots of excited chatter in the bus,” he said.

“I knew when we stopped, that it was unusual to see the wallaby on the eastern beach – they’re normally found in the swamps on the western side of the island – let alone in the water, so I immediately started scanning the dunes for dingoes… and sure enough an old experienced male came bounding out of the dunes… so I leapt for my camera and let it roll

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“Whilst initially there were gasps from some of the girls in the group about watching this scene unfold, I explained that it may not be all that nice to watch, but that it was just nature in action.

“When we talked about it later that day, everyone said they were glad they had seen the dingo doing what nature intended.

“It’s actually not unheard of to hear about this sort of hunting behaviour – where dingoes shepherd their prey to the water’s edge to make it easier to catch.

“Our fraternity of Fraser Island Tours guides can recall one instance from a long time ago where a similar thing happened – but it is certainly unusual to occur in front of a bus load of passengers.
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“Add to this the fact that I’ve been guiding on Fraser Island for a little over six years and have only seen four wallabies in that time – and you’ll start to appreciate how rare and exciting this was for me.

“I have never seen this before and I never expect to see it again.”

Head ranger Colin Anderson said all Fraser Explorer Tour guides conducted talks on dingoes and dingo behaviour and on the animals of Fraser – including swamp wallabies – so it was fascinating for international guests and friends on social media sites to see normal hunting behaviour in action.

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Fraser Explorer Tours was named a Finalist in last Friday’s Queensland Tourism Awards and conducts one and two-day accommodated tours from Hervey Bay and Rainbow Beach.

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Guides also work for the Cool Dingo Tours, aimed at 18 to 35 year olds, from Kingfisher Bay Resort.

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