Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)


Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)


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You're feeling adventurous and thinking of heading a tad out of the Fraser Coast towards Bundaberg.

Your naturally splendid day trip is Childers and Woodgate Beach. Today's your chance to drive about 60km north to Childers, which is a National Trust town.

The main street is lined with amazing Brazilian leopard trees and wonderfully preserved historic buildings. A walk guide is available at the visitor information centre.

In 1902 a fire destroyed most of the western side of the main street, and ironically a more recent fire, in June 2002, has given Childers international notoriety but turned the burnt backpackers accommodation into an art, craft and visitors centre and moving memorial to the 15 backpackers who died in the fire.

Childers is the southern most township of central Queensland and sits on a ridge with magnificent views overlooking thousands of hectares of vivid green sugar-cane and avocado farms. Nearby Woodgate Beach and Burrum Coast National Park offer an unspoilt coastal playground for visitors seeking peace and quiet.

Get up close and personal with the world's most venomous snakes who call Australia home at Snakes Down Under just north of town.

The Childers area was first explored by Europeans in the 1850s. The name of the town of Childers comes either from the village of Childre in Oxfordshire (there are other Oxfordshire names in the area including Didcot, Abingdon and the Isis River) or from the Hugh Childers, auditor-general of Victoria.

The area grew slowly as teamsters stopped in the town and the land around was taken up by pastoralists eager to raise cattle on the fertile soil.

Things to see include:

* The Pharmaceutical Museum in the main street was originally built in 1894 and retains much of the charm of the late 19th Century. The shop fittings are made from cedar, there are leather bound prescription books, mortars and pestles that are works of art and an early cash register dating back to 1906. …

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