Miriam Vale

As well as being the seat of local government this town is on Queenslands main north, south highway and is a request stop on the Railways new Tilt Train. All this provides the infrastructure for the tourist destinations along the Discovery Coast.

The town as a result of the tourist influx along the coast has supported the tourism push with an information center in the middle of town to promote the Discovery Coast. The Gladstone Regional Tourist and Development Board has also been actively involved in the center.

This nice town has recently opened a small Retirement Village, has a good Golf Course and a Lawn Bowls Club.


Bororen is also a Highway and Railway town with it’s focus on the Cattle and Timber Industries.
It boasts the major cemetery in the shire, an interesting Hotel and 2 Motels.

Miriam Vale Shire

Now there’s an interesting thing, the Miriam Vale Shire is exactly the same size and shape as the Discovery Coast which is about 3700 square Kilometers. The Shire Council meets at the town of Miriam Vale which is on the main north, south Bruce Highway.

The Shire is experiencing a few growing pains at the moment due to the rapid residential growth, the majority of this growth taking place in the Agnes Water and Town of 1770 district. It has just been made official that this Shire is the fastest growing Shire in the state of Queensland.

The shire has previously existed through primary production, mainly Beef and to some extent Dairying and Timber Cutting however Tourism has now been embraced and is leading to a rejuvenation of interest in the area.

Turkey Beach

Is the township at the northern end of the Discovery Coast and the calm Rod’s Harbour is a fisherman’s paradise.

If the quiet getaway style of holiday is your dream then this is the place for you, the place runs on quiet and there is somewhere to fish at all times with some of the best Mud Crab areas in the country.

For posterity the area is protected with Rods Peninsula National Park, and Rod’s Bay Dugong Sanctuary.


This little place can’t be called a town it is too small but if some people have their way it is about to turn into the focus of a large part of the world. This area will be the entrance to the proposed Rocket Launching Site at the nearby Hummock Hill Island.