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Burrum Heads, Fraser Coast

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by Flo Bridger (subscribe)
I'm a writer and consultant living in Brisbane who loves travel in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and elsewhere.
Published October 25th 2013
Surround yourself with water and wilderness
Burrum Heads is one of those sleepy coastal villages that feels like you've gone back 30 years to those long, lazy holidays of childhood at the beach. It's laid back. It's surrounded by water and wilderness. You won't find trendy coffee shops or designer boutiques here, and that's just how the locals and regular holidaymakers like it.

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The Beach at Burrum Heads


Burrum Heads is around three and a half hours' drive or 300 kms north of Brisbane. The town has around 800 residents, with many more making it their temporary home during holiday seasons.

It's located on the Fraser Coast opposite Fraser Island. The major regional centre of Maryborough is 50 kms to the south, or Hervey Bay is 35 kms away.


This is a fisherman's paradise where anglers catch bream, flathead and whiting either off the beachfront, along the river or from boats.

The Burrum Heads Easter Fishing Classic is held from Good Friday to Easter Sunday with many prizes and lots of fun for all ages and abilities. Details of upcoming events are here.

Boat hire is available on the left on Burrum Street near the waterfront. Bikes can also be rented.

The tide goes out a long way here, allowing kids to explore the sand flats for crabs, tiny fish and other marine life. During high tides the beach is quite narrow. It's a great place for kids to swim.

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Steps down to the beach at Burrum Heads

This area is surrounded by Burrum Coast National Park which has walking tracks. Birdwatchers find plenty to spot here.


Accommodation options abound here, with many holiday rental houses, units, caravan parks and camping. Houses and units can be found on online directories. During peak times many require bookings for seven days from Saturday to Saturday. Rates vary from around $900 to $1400 per week during Easter and Christmas holidays for houses sleeping 6 to 8 guests. More information is here.

Burrum Sands Holiday Units has two bedroom units from $100 per night during peak holiday season. Details are here.

Hillcrest Holiday Park has a range of accommodation options, including ensuite cabins from $690 per week during the Christmas and Easter holiday seasons. Find details here.

Powered caravan sites are available at Burrum Heads Beachfront Tourist Park from $322 per week during peak times. Information is here.

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Kids love to explore the beach at low tide


There are places to eat out, including takeaways and the bowls club.

The town has a number of shops. Book lovers might even stumble across a second hand bookshop that only opens in peak holiday season.

Exploring the Region

Day trips to magnificent Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island depart from Hervey Bay, as well as whale watching cruises.

It is worth taking a scenic drive through other coastal villages along this stretch, including Toogoom, or a little further afield at Woodgate Beach. Childers is a regional town inland from Burrum Heads worth a visit with sugar cane farms, shops and cafes.
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Why? Relaxed family holiday spot
When: Anytime
Where: Fraser Coast, Queensland
Cost: Ensuited cabins from $690 per week in peak times
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