Miriam Vale

A small town of some 600 people, that is renowned for its mud crabs.

Location: 150 km north of Bundaberg on the Bruce Highway.

Places of interest: Bilburrin State Forest; Baffle Creek; Eurimbula National Park; Mount Colosseum National Park; Castle Tower National Park; Blackman Gap; Many Peaks Range; Bobby Range; Grevillea Range; Edinburgh Mountains; The Giant Crab.; localities of Bororen, Turkey Beach, Lowmead, Rosedale.

Mount Colosseum National Park

Enjoy nature in this undeveloped park, but remember to take your own food and water. No facilities are provided and camping is not allowed. There are no walking tracks in the park. More

Eurimbula National Park

Deepwater National Park and Eurimbula National Park are characterised by rainforests, native shrubs, open heathland, swamplands, coastal vegetation, waterholes, plenty of native animals and birdlife including emus. There are some lovely secluded beaches which afford excellent opportunities for swimming and both beach and rock-fishing. You can obtain a camping permit, pay your fees and gain further information from the Seventeen Seventy National Parks office, tel: (07) 4974 9350.

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Brief history

During his 1770 exploratory trip north along the east coast of Australia, Lieut. James Cook made his second landing here (the first was at Botany Bay). His visit is remembered in the name of the locality, Town of 19770. The building of the railway line through Miriam Vale in 1897 bought new people to the area. The timber industry was growing in the area and with it the need for a service town, hence Miriam Vale had established.

Origin of name: Arthur Chauvel discovered a large area of well grassed and watered country in 1853. He was so impressed with its scenery he named it Miriam Vale in honour of his sister Miriam who was considered to be very beautiful.

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