Snuggled on the Queensland coast just 175 kilometres north east of Rockhampton is the tranquil town of Stanage Bay. Turn off the Bruce Highway and travel through cattle properties, which can be abundant with wildlife – especially after the wet. You don’t have to travel far before you find pure peace, loads of fresh reef fish and barramundi, huge mud crabs, serene beaches, mountainous bushwalking, beach combing around cliffs and caves, islands, whales, turtles and dugongs. Stay for a week or a day. Camp or rent one of the clean, self contained houses, from budget to luxury.