Burrum Heads, found on the shores of Hervey Bay and the Burrum River, is a thriving town that is endowed with spectacular natural beauty, amazing fishing opportunities and a range of amenities, accommodation options and recreational pursuits to suit just about any level of desire.
Local Brad Dyson with a cracking flathead caught in the Gregory River.
Coal was the catalyst for development in the Burrum Heads region and 1863 is widely considered as the first significant milestone in the town’s development.
As only the second coalfields to be actively worked in Queensland, the Burrum Coalfields played a major role in the development of the entire region providing impetus for the extension of the railway north from Brisbane and the construction of the Urangan Pier.
In total, mining of the area spanned around 130 years, from 1866 until the closure of the last coalmine in 1997, and saw some 94 shafts and tunnels dug and, at its peak, employed over 400. But it wasn’t all coal mining with timber harvesting, citrus growing, cattle farming and small agriculture business being established firstly to support the coal industry and then dominating the local economy.
Throughout this history, fishing and making a living from the ocean and rivers was always part of the life style and this has continued to the current day where Burrum Heads has developed into a delightful seaside holiday village that has a wonderful array of essential services that will see any visitor well catered for.