Rocky Road Trip Stop 2: Tiaro

♪ Gotta make a move to a town that’s right for me
Town to keep me movin’
Keep me groovin’ with some energy ♪

For a population of approximately 758 people, Tiaro is one funky little town.

Located in the Fraser Coast Region of Queensland, the town takes its name from the pastoral run name in the 1840s. It is believed to be a corruption of the Kabi word (Dauwabra dialect) meaning dead trees.

The town is on the Mary River, situated 27 kilometres (17 mi) south of Maryborough and 227 kilometres (141 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane.

We started out by paying a visit to Mr T, a bronze sculpture of a Mary River Turtle, an endangered short-necked that is native to the Mary River.

Mr. T,  Mary River Turtle structure at the Tiaro Interpretive Centre


When passing through Tiaro, you cannot miss Hippie Garage. And I mean it- you literally cannot miss it. You could probably see it from space.

The multi-coloured weatherboard house, with its tie-dye scarves strung through the shady courtyard trees, is positioned on Mayne Street which leads right through the centre of town.

I first glimpsed Hippie Garage when I was traveling through the township on my way to Hervey Bay in 2018. This time I was determined to stop and have a look. Hippie Garage stocks clothing, homewares and makes an awesome cup of coffee.

And the funk doesn’t stop with Hippie Garage. Just a two minute walk down the street is Retro Espresso Coffee Co. Retro Espresso Tiaro combines the best Espresso Coffee with a retail store selling Retro themed items.
Found a new pushbike at Retro Espresso!
The funky town of Tiaro is bursting with personality and colour, and a must-do in the Fraser Coast Region. Next stop on my Rocky Road Trip is Childers– I hope to see you there!

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