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Luring SEQ into the Wide Bay Burnett

Nov 18, 2016 | Front Page Feature, News

WBBROC Media Release…

Cr Mick Curran, Chair of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC) says that he and his fellow Mayors are hoping to lure as many South East Queenslanders to the Wide Bay Burnett as possible.

WBBROC has just launched a brochure, map and website pages on the Regional Water Trails of the Wide Bay Burnett.

The Water Trails brochure is the end result of 6 Councils working together, with input from local tourism organisations, to develop a water trail that encourages people to visit the many water features of the region.

Cr Curran said that the Wide Bay Burnett region has magnificent water features, ranging from dams and lakes, to rivers and estuaries. If that is not exciting enough, there is Fraser Island and the many beaches and fishing spots ranging from Rainbow Beach in the South of the region to Bargara, Burrum Heads, Woodgate and so many more further North.

Cr Curran added that the Wide Bay Burnett is unique in having such a broad range of water features.

“The naturally beautiful North Burnett is home to a variety of water ways making it an ideal adventure destination for the avid fisherman, boatie and lover of recreational water sports. There are also many spots perfect for those of us who prefer just to sit and enjoy the view,” North Burnett Regional Council Mayor, Cr Rachel Chambers said.

The brochure demonstrates what Councils can do by working together to  benefit both the community and local businesses at the same time.

We are not only trying to lure South East Queenslanders to our amazing region, Cr Curran added. We are also hoping that the brochure will excite residents in our own region and encourage them to be even more active and healthy.

The dams, rivers, and lakes in the region are great for many activities, including fishing, canoeing, water-skiing and more.

The coastal areas and Fraser Island are probably better for diving, snorkeling, boating, sailing and stand-up paddle activities, but the options are endless, Cr Curran said.

The initiative is the first of its type in Queensland, and the State Government has asked if it can use it as a “case study” for other regions to follow.

The brochure will be available from all Wide Bay Burnett tourism information centres, and the web pages can be accessed at

Media Release courtesy of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC).