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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.
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.
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.