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The Southern Great Barrier Reef hinterland and country areas are well worth exploring too, it's not just about the coast and islands. The Sandstone Wilderness is one of outstanding natural beauty, featuring unique sandstone gorges, water sculptured formations and significant Aboriginal art sites. The area encompasses 25 separate mountain ranges radiating from the Great Dividing Range and includes over 100 State Forests and National Parks. The Sandstone Wilderness covers an area larger than Tasmania and includes more National Parks (a total of 25 National Parks). Aside from the natural wonders, there are a number of country towns that are worth a visit.

Take a scenic drive inland west of Bundaberg and you will find yourself in the North Burnett. Offering great fresh water fishing and the most flavoursome fresh locally grown produce, the North Burnett offers real friendly country hospitality set amongst a myriad of landscapes to explore, from rugged gorges, imposing mountain ranges, serene rural views and the mighty Burnett River.

Discover your inner country soul with a genuine bush experience at Myella Farm Stay, or revel in the natural wonders at Expedition, Isla Gorge, Kroombit Tops or Mount Scoria National Parks.

Get a feel for the real rural Australian life with a visit to Capricorn's Central Highlands, west of Rockhampton. The Central Highlands are home to vast and diverse agricultural and mining operations as well as some of Queensland's most dramatic natural landscapes. Fossick for gemstones in the Sapphire Gemfields and discover immense sandstone gorges and sweeping views of the endless plains at Carnarvon Gorge or the Blackdown Tablelands National Park.



Discover and experience Southern Great Barrier Reef's Sandstone Wilderness region through the eyes of local characters and communities. Connect with their stories and hear first-hand from the people that know and love it best. 

Browse through the videos below and become inspired to create your own Sandstone Story.