Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Biggenden Well Worth the Drive

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Biggenden Well Worth the Drive

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IF YOU'RE looking for something different to do while on the Fraser Coast, why not take a day trip to the small town of Biggenden?

Located 84km west of Maryborough, Biggenden came into existence in 1889 as a service centre to the short-lived gold rush towns of Paradise (after which the Paradise Dam is named) and Shamrock.

Formerly the Paradise police station, the Biggenden Museum is located at the far end of Edward St. It is a small folk museum that can be inspected by obtaining the keys from the council office.

The Biggenden Mine is 8km out of town and is clearly signposted off the Ban Ban Springs Rd. It is owned by Poseidon, the legendary company whose shares climbed to astronomical heights in the share boom of the late 1960s.

The mine is an extraordinary example of how humans can literally convert a mountain into a hole. It has been operating since 1888.

West of Biggenden on the Degilbo-Gayndah Rd is the railway bridge at Chowey, which was constructed for the railways and opened in 1905. …

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