Take a food- focused road trip around the Fraser Coast

Locals on the Fraser Coast, that stretch of Queensland’s shoreline from the top of the Sunshine Coast to the bank of the Isis River at Burrum Heads, know how good the food is here but, until recently, haven’t been shouting about it.

Now the secret is out, here’s your hit list for a lip-smacking visit. Start at family-owned Lychee Divine on the Bruce Highway at Tinana, just south of Maryborough. Stop here to pick up lychee liqueur and sample a lychee ice cream.

With a nod to Maryborough’s Mary Poppins connection, A Spoon full of Sugar is a convenient coffee or light lunch stop.

For a memorable lunch or dinner, head to Muddy Waters Café, located in a heritage building close to the old Post Office.

On Thursdays, Maryborough’s Heritage Markets take over Adelaide Street making it easy to pick up fine, local produce.

Just a 20-minute drive from Maryborough is The Esplanade, fringed by Hervey Bay’s quiet waters and home to many delectable destinations. Locals love the Japanese charcoal grill menu at Tanto and the laid-back atmosphere of Enzo’s on the Beach.

My Kitchen Rules 2013 winners Dan and Steph Mulheron’s restaurant, Dan & Steph’s, has an all-day menu that will have you come for breakfast and stay for lunch.

At Coast, the focus is firmly on Hervey Bay seafood with plenty of scallop, prawn, crab and fish options. The Vineyard turns the tables on traditional menus by styling food to fit the wine. Try their trio of Hervey Bay’s famous scallops.

Sample the region’s best in one spot at the Relish Food and Wine Festival. Make a weekend of it and stay in airconditioned comfort at Villa Cavour Bed & Breakfast at Point Vernon. Chef Rocco can even give you a cooking lesson.

Images by Krista Eppelstun, Andrew Tallon