Situated near the centre of Bundaberg but a world of wildlife away, Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park is replete with walking tracks, bridges and boardwalks, making exploration easy.
Start at the shelter shed at the car park and study the large map for an idea of the activities which draw birdwatchers, artists, walkers, cyclists, school groups and nature lovers here.
Look for large colonies of water birds such as Magpie Geese and Whistling Ducks and the rare Cotton Pygmy Geese or Comb Crested Jacana.
Baldwin Swamp is home to Paperbark trees and Woongarra Scrub. There’s also open eucalypt forest with Blue Gums. A specially-designed fishway contains species of native fish and at the western end of the park, there’s a children’s playground with toilets and other facilities.
Steindl Street, Bundaberg East
An entire village of more than 50 beautifully restored buildings, the village of Herberton – an old tin mining town – is an incredible tribute to Australia’s past. Allow plenty of time to marvel at the incredible detail of this outdoor museum as you wander through the old school house, bank, toy shop and chemist.
The only distillery in Tropical North Queensland, Mt Uncle is set among banana, avocado and macadamia trees. Wonder the grounds with the peacocks; visit the cellar door for a taste of its award-winning spirits and liqueurs; or drop by the restaurant for a spot of lunch.
More than 500 years old, and only a short drive from Yungaburra, the curtain tree fig is a fascinating display of nature and a must-see attraction of the Atherton Tablelands.