Burrum Coast National Park Bundaberg | Fraser Coast

Take a seat at the picnic table at the end of the Russell's Rest track and take in the fantastic views over the ocean. Photo credit: © Chris Whitelaw

Quiet beaches, flourishing wetlands and abundant wildlife make Burrum Coast National Park a great spot to retreat and relax. Photo credit: © Chris Whitelaw

Russell's Rest track

Reward yourself with a picnic and endless ocean and estuary views at the end of this pretty walk.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
500m return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 10mins walking time.
Grade
Grade 2 walking track
Where
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Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD
  • Boat

Journey facilities

  • Walking

After you’ve set up camp in the Burrum Point camping area, pack a picnic and meander through cypress pine and tea-trees to a small rest area on the beach. Soak up endless views of the ocean and the Burrum and Gregory river mouths.

Unwind to the sound of the wind in the trees and watch brahminy kites circle overhead. Look for shorebirds—resting here during long migratory flights. If you visiting during winter, keep your eyes glued to the horizon, you might be lucky enough to see whales breaching and playing in the offshore waters of the Great Sandy Marine Park.

Getting there and getting around

Russell's Rest track is in Burrum Coast National Park, 46km north of Maryborough or 57km south of Bundaberg in the Wide Bay area. The park is spread over four sections—Kinkuna, Woodgate, Burrum River and Buxton sections.

Russell's Rest track is in the Woodgate section of the park and is accessible only by high-clearance 4WD.

  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

From the south to Woodgate section

  • Follow the Bruce Highway north to Childers and turn right onto Goodwood Road.
  • Travel 18km along Goodwood Road then turn right on Woodgate Road and drive a further 19km.
  • At the Woodgate township, turn right onto Acacia Street and drive 3.5km.
  • At the side street turn-off to Twelfth Avenue in Woodgate, drive along Walkers Point Road to the Burrum Point camping area to the start of the track.

From the north to Woodgate section

  • Follow the Isis Highway south from Bundaberg and turn east onto Walker Street.
  • Drive 2.4km then turn right onto Barolin Street towards Goodwood and Burrum Coast.
  • Follow Barolin Street and Goodwood Road for 34km and turn left on Woodgate Road and drive a further 19km.
  • At the Woodgate township, turn right onto Acacia Street and drive 3.5km.
  • At the side street turn-off to Twelfth Avenue in Woodgate, drive along Walkers Point Road to the Burrum Point camping area to the start of the track.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Russell's Rest track is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Burrum Coast safely and Walk with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.