Tiaro is a small town on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia. The town is situated on the Bruce Highway 27 km south of Maryborough and 227 km north of the state capital, Brisbane. Timber and farming are the predominant industries in the Tiaro area, although the town’s position on Queensland’s main coastal highway also brings economic benefits. Tiaro is the administrative centre of the surrounding Tiaro Shire Council, which stretches south to include the towns of Bauple, Glenwood, Gunalda and Curra – the shire’s population, as of 2001, stands at 4,533.
In the northern section of the shire, the landscape is dominated by Mt. Bauple National Park, home of the original Macadamia.
Tiaro Shire has a diverse range of natural and social environments with a rich array of flora and fauna. Platypus abound in secluded creeks and rare protected species, such as lungfish and the huge Mary River cod, are found in larger waterways. On the coast, nestles the tiny, unspoiled beach of Tinnanbar, in the south, spanning the Mary River, lies historic Dickabram Bridge.
Agricultural products of the shire include sugar cane, citrus and tropical fruits, market garden crops, nuts and forestry plantations. Other primary industries consist of beef, dairy, emu, ostrich and crayfish farms. Hand crafted items by local artists may be found at selective outlets.