Seventy kilometres long, the Great Sandy Strait separates mainland Queensland from World Heritage listed Fraser Island.
A complex landscape of mangroves, sandbanks, intertidal sand, mud islands, salt marshes and seagrass beds, the Strait is an important habitat for breeding fish, crustaceans, dugongs, dolphins, marine turtles and a wide variety of migratory birds.
Along its coastline are charming coastal townships that retain that elusive ‘old fishing village’ character and are popular holiday and fishing retreats.
Maaroom is a small, fishing village on the waterfront with views to Fraser Island and only 20 kilometres south of Maryborough.
There is a pleasant spot to have a picnic with a sheltered gazebo and playground near the boat ramp. There is a caravan park at Maaroom.
Tuan is for people who love boating and fishing. The village of Tuan is close to Boonooroo and has maintained its ‘old fishing village’ character. Tuan is the ideal place for people wanting to take a boat out into the Great Sandy Strait. There are BBQ facilities along the esplanade and a great public boat ramp.
For those who enjoy nature there is the wildflower display in late winter and spring and birdwatching in the nearby Great Sandy Conservation Park, including the Tuan State Forest, along the Tinnanbar Road.
Boonooroo has a bowls club, a golf course, a tennis court and a caravan park. This wallum swamp area is home to tea trees, kangaroos, eucalypts, galahs, bottle brush and sea eagles.
It is the second largest protection area in Queensland for the dugong.
Poona is located 35 kilometres from Maryborough and is popular with people who enjoy good fishing from boats or the beach. This area offers a great place for children to play and swim safely. When the tide goes out, explore the tidal pools or pump for yabbies on the beach. There is a caravan park for holidaymakers in Poona.
Tinnanbar’s white sandy beach and clear turquoise water make it one of the best along the Queensland coast. This area attracts sea turtles and dugongs and is suitable for swimming and sailing at all tides. There are a number of nearby creeks and good access to offshore fishing grounds.