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Located a pleasant 25 minute drive from Hervey Bay, Torbanlea is one of the small historic towns found on the road to Bundaberg. The Burrum Mining museum has 11 buildings housing 4400 items of memorabilia, providing an insight into the history of the area, when coalmining was the industry driving the local economy.


Torbanlea: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Burrum and District Mining Museum

The Burrum District Museum at Howard reflects the area's past history as a major coal mining centre dating back to 1864, when the first seam of coal was discovered on the banks of the Burrum River.

It also features displays of local history from Howard and Torbanlea, early farming, war memorabilia and cottage crafts.

Burrum Street
Howard, QLD, 4659

Located 4.5K from Torbanlea

Howard War Memorial

Wide Bay's rural town Howard is home to an intriguingly different looking soldier statue.

The Howard War Memorial, unveiled by local war hero and politician Colonel CDW Rankin on 18 December 1921, was imported from Italy, as was the soldier statue in nearby Bundaberg. Soldier statues were more popular in Queensland than in southern states. They were seen to personify the ANZAC traits of loyalty, innocence, courage, youth and masculinity.

However Howard's life-size soldier is clearly not an Australian: he wears a full Italian-Alpino uniform and trappings, including badges, and bears the rank of a sergeant.

The soldier stands on a pedestal, produced by Maryborough monumental mason John T Satchwill. The pedestal bears the names of 37 local soldiers who died in WWI.

The Howard and Burrum district memorial committee, assisted by ladies of the Red Cross, had raised ?300 for their WWI tribute.

Memorial plates have been added honouring two soldiers who died in WWII and one who died in the Korean conflict.

William Street
Howard, QLD, 4659

Located 4.6K from Torbanlea

Lenthalls Dam

Lenthalls Dam is an ideal picnic and fishing spot with barbecue facilities, picnic shelter and tables, walking tracks and a small boat ramp provided.

Built in 1984 on the Burrum River, about 30 kilometres north-west of Maryborough, Lenthalls Dam is reached by turning off the Bruce Highway about halfway between Torbanlea and Maryborough, and then travelling seven kilometres along a sealed gravel road.

Lake Lenthall offers a superb location for anglers with smaller vessels, and is also proving to be a popular fishing location for fly-fishing anglers chasing a variety of popular freshwater species.

The lake is officially stocked with Australian bass, barramundi, golden perch (yellowbelly) and silver perch. But there have been reports of saratoga being caught, along with eels, eel-tailed catfish (jew) and the introduced spangled perch. Bass are the main species caught, but barramundi are starting to show and will no doubt make this a noteworthy fishing location in coming years.

Lenthalls Dam
Aldershot, QLD, 4650

Located 6.9K from Torbanlea

Wongi State Forest and Forest Reserve

In Wongi National Park and Forest Reserve, beautiful waterholes fringed by paperbarks and rushes are surrounded by eucalypt forest and exotic pine plantations. In the heart is Lake Lenthall, which provides the water supply for Hervey Bay. Camp under shady eucalypt trees at Wongi recreation area. Enjoy a picnic by the waterholes, which are stained golden brown from paperbarks. Supervise children, as some waterholes are deep. Fish at Lake Lenthall recreation area; but obtain a permit from the Wide Bay Water Corporation first.

Wongi State Forest and Forest Reserve
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 7.8K from Torbanlea

Arkarra Lagoons and Tea Gardens

Arkarra is an aboriginal word meaning "place of many ducks" and was so named by the local Aboriginal tribe of the Fraser Coast Region. Arkarra's melaleuca wetlands, covering a substantial part of the original 200 acre freehold property, were first identified as "swamp" in 1880. Owned by Hervey Bay pioneer Lars Jacobsen, the property was sold and became a sugar cane, pineapple and small crops with some dairy and beef cattle. During the 1960s with Hervey Bay growing, sand was extracted and sold and used in the laying of waster mains and sewer pipes. Over several years a considerable amount of sand was extracted and huge lagoons dotted with islands were subsequently formed as the excavation holes filled with water.

A levee bank was built to prevent surrounding areas draining the lagoons of its precious water, the tracks were raised and today it is a great place to picnic and visit. There are numerous signed tracks and is home to over 170 species of birds, goannas, echidnas, wallabies, and in the water ducks, turtles, eels and fish species survive.

28 Panorama Road
Dundowran, QLD, 4655

Located 20.1K from Torbanlea

Fay Smith Wetlands

For a different type of experience on the Fraser Coast, walk through one of the last remaining wetlands in the Maryborough area, Fay Smith Wetlands. There is a series of walking bridges and walking trails through the Fay Smith Wetlands, allowing visitors to enjoy the abundant variety of wildlife on offer. Fay Smith was a nature lover and photographer, along with her husband Ted.

Neptune Street
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 20.9K from Torbanlea

Original Maryborough Town Site

Pioneer graves help to create a sense of history when visiting the Original Maryborough site, known as the Wide Bay Village, it was first settled by Aldridge and the Palmer Brothers in 1848, although George Furber had set up a store and wharf on the opposite bank a year earlier. It was largely abandoned by the mid 1850s in favour of the deeper port downstream, the city's current location. The town was renamed Maryborough in January 1849 after the death of the Governor's wife, Lady Mary Fitzroy.

Located on the banks of the Mary River, about four kilometres from the city centre, the 30 hectare site has interpretive signage, walkways and trails along the creek frontage, pioneer graves, picnic tables, barbecue facilities and toilets.

Aldridge Street
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 21.0K from Torbanlea

Pioneer Graves

Witness an abundance of history at the Pioneer Graves in Maryborough on the Fraser Coast.

During the early days of Maryborough's settlement before there was an official cemetery, many people were buried either on their own land or in the bush. The McAdam and Furber family pioneer graves are the only surviving headstones of what was Maryborough's first cemetery which saw the burials of some 270 pioneers.

If you are looking to dig deep into the past of the Maryborough region, make sure you give the Pioneer Graves a visit.

Aldridge Street
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 21.0K from Torbanlea

Torbanlea: Events

Torbanlea Picnic Races

At the Torbanlea Picnic Races there will be thoroughbred and quarterhorse races, VIP marques with catered food, drinks and live entertainment. Food and licensed bar all day. Children's entertainment and activities. Transport with Wide Bay Transit. Call them to ask about the Torbanlea Races Day Tour.

Event Dates
      28th Oct

Torbanlea Pialba Road,
LOT 32
Torbanlea, QLD, 4662

Located 3.4K from Torbanlea

Fraser Coast Carols in the Park

The much loved annual regional Christmas Carol event will again be held in Queens Park Maryborough. This year the Fraser Coast Carols in the Park will be held in conjunction with the Apex Santa Fair. The Apex Santa Fair runs from 2.30pm to 5.30pm with kids rides, face painting, jumping castles and more.

The Carols event will begin at 5.30 pm, after the Apex Santa Fair wraps up, with a fireworks finale after 8.00 pm. There will be a full program of entertainment, food stalls will set up in Sussex Street, or bring a picnic, rug and/or folding chair. (A road closure will be in place in Sussex Street from Adelaide to Wharf Streets).

Make sure you keep your eyes open for Santa who will arrive during the night. Candles and glow products will be available for purchase.

Event Dates
      10th Dec

Sussex Street
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 22.5K from Torbanlea

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