Wide Bay Burnett

Wide Bay Burnett

The Wide Bay Burnett Region consists of countryside to coastline towns and cities, you will enjoy exploring the rustic country landscapes surrounding timeless towns or taking a short drive and visiting sea-side cities – the options and enjoyment to be had are simply endless.

The area is much more than meets the eye, travelling through you may not think there is much here, but travel the back roads or take a pit stop break and talk to the locals and you will find it’s so much more than a bunch of sleepy little towns.

It’s also the only area where you can access Fraser Island and be surprised to find out that Fraser Island itself is a part of the Wide Bay Burnett region. With so many adventures to be had on the island, it’s no wonder why people choose to holiday in the adjacent towns with opportunities for day trips to the island.

Come with us on the journey as we help you to explore all the things and information you need to know about the area. Whether you’re holidaying or thinking of moving or just travelling through, you are sure to find your own hidden gem.

Transport Options Within The Wide Bay Burnett Region

With four large airports located in Hervey Bay, Kingaroy, Maryborough and Bundaberg, you are able to sit back and enjoy approximately an hour flight over some of the vast and most beautiful areas as you come into the Wide Bay Region.

Another popular choice of transportation to the area has been in the introduction of the comfortable Queensland Rail tilt train facility. Making travel to the big cities for flights or cruises a breeze.

Queensland Rail Service

Maneuvring passengers on an approximate 4-hour journey from Brisbane to Gympie, Maryborough and Bundaberg, with the ability to venture to connected towns and cities via the provided bus facility services of Wide Bay Transit.

Through the bus company, you can also obtain information regarding other timetables to make your booking to other surrounding areas within the region.

Travelling to the Wide Bay Burnett Region is listed below for your convenience.

City/ Region Start Point
To Wide Bay Burnett Region
Distance In KilometresTravel Time
Sydney1085 Kilometres11 Hours 16 minutes
Gold Coast246 Kilometres2 Hours 51 Minutes
Brisbane170 Kilometres2 Hours 10 Minutes
Bundaberg to Gympie194 Kilometres2 Hours 22 Minutes
Gladstone347 Kilometres4 Hours 4 Minutes
Rockhampton449 Kilometres5 Hours 20 Minutes
Townsville1,166 Kilometres13 Hours 26 Minutes
Woodgate Beach
Woodgate Beach

Wide Bay Burnett Population, Elevation, And Distance

The Wide Bay Region, home to well over 273,276 people is located in the southeast of stunning Queensland, with this growth expected to expand to an astonishing 430,000 people calling the Wide Bay ‘home’ by 2031.

The Wide Bay Burnett Region is located North of Brisbane, bordering at the end of the Sunshine Coast all the way to the start of Bundaberg. It includes the towns between Gympie and Bundaberg spanning a huge 48,598 square kilometres.

An elevation between 8 meters and 145 meters makes it an ideal area to live in because it doesn’t get too cold and it doesn’t get too hot. With averages around 26 degrees Celsius.

Town and
Square Kilometres
Gympie- 69.3km squared21,599 people145 meters
Maryborough- 170.7km squared27,282 people11 meters
Rainbow Beach- 14.3km squared1,249 people14 meters
Hervey Bay- 93.2km squared52,288 people8 meters
Woodgate- 189.2km squared1,182 people9.79 meters
Childers- 19.2km squared1,584 people109 Meters

Things To Do In Wide Bay Burnett

The Wide Bay Burnett Region has beautiful hidden places such as Tinnanbar, Poona, Maaroom, Big Tuan with tranquil environments and complete untouched surroundings. They are places to escape from the everyday. Places you could totally enjoy relaxing in the peaceful atmosphere. Somewhere to take the whole family and discover hidden beauties.

Tinnanbar beach
Tinnanbar Beach

Wide Bay has so much to offer locals and travellers, grey nomads and holidayers. Many may think that it is just a quiet little region but it is far from that.

We hope to open your eyes and open your imagination to the knowledge that there are some remarkable remote places within the Wide Bay that are just waiting to be discovered for your next day away or holiday destination.

These are places the entire family, of all ages, can go to and explore, be amazed and completely lose themselves in. A place of relaxation and memories that can be created. A uniqueness quite like no other. Offering many unique events that are specific to the region for either historical reasons or economical reasons.

Some of the many events that are held yearly in the Burnet Region can be found in the chart below, make sure to check up with these events as to when they are held each year as they are subject to change.

Fraser Coast Food And GrooveHervey Bay Seafood Festival
Fraser Coast ShowGympie Music Muster
Relish Food And Wine FestivalFraser Coast Wings and Wheels
Tailor Fishing Run Fraser IslandDunga Derby
Humpback Whales And The Humpback Whale FestivalMary Poppins Festival Maryborough
Fraser Coast ExpoBarge 2 Beach 2Km Swim
Hervey Bay 100 Traithalon Swim, Bike, RunBush To Bay Festival

You can find all the information on the unique features about each town, holiday rental information, interesting things to do and see, personal photographs from along the journey, fishing within the areas along with information on how to arrive at these hidden slices of heaven.

If you are wishing to travel via vehicle, you should find yourself on a pleasant journey along some of the most newly refurbished bitumen roads upon the Bruce Highway stretch.

Making it 169.7 kilometres from Brisbane to Gympie with smooth roads that offer picturesque scenery and plenty of convenience service station stops along the way, where you can enjoy stretching your legs as you unwind over a cuppa along with a roadside café.

Travel slightly inland towards Maryborough where the ‘Mary Heritage’ city- home of Author P.L.Travers attracts new visitors to the area yearly with this city being noted many times over as the ‘tidy town’.

P.L. Travers Statue, Maryborough Queensland

Weather Averages For Wide Bay Burnett

There are many places within the region of Wide Bay to explore and stay for a unique style vacation. Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Gympie and Maryborough are the major cities that are high on the travel destination agenda.

Both these divine destinations not only provide perfect weather all year round with the average lows in winter of 16 degrees and 26 degrees in the summer months but they are also surrounded by a pristine coastline that attracts many visitors to the areas all year round.

Weather within Maryborough sits at an average of 15 degrees in the winter months and a pleasant 26 in the summer season. Gympie cools down to 13 degrees in the winter and warms to a pleasant 27 degrees when summer approaches.

Other Beautiful Destinations That Await Your Arrival:

Rainbow BeachTin Can Bay
Little TuanBig Tuan
ToogoomBurrum Heads
Burnett HeadsGin Gin

Daniel Clarke

The website is run by myself Daniel Clarke, I’m lucky enough to have been living in Hervey Bay, for 31 years so I’m classed as a local I have seen many changes over this time. Read more about us here

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