Things to see and do Things to see and do

The South Burnett region offers many exciting and unique attractions and experiences. We welcome over 65,000 visitors every year from all over Queensland, Australia and overseas.

Our region is probably best known for peanuts (Kingaroy is famous as the "Peanut Capital of Australia!"), the Bunya Mountains National Park and wineries; however, we also have a diverse range of other experiences.

Wineries, Eco-tourism, Festivals and Fun!

During the past decade the South Burnett has developed into one of the largest wine producing regions in Queensland.  We now have numerous multi award-winning wineries complemented by a string of cellar doors.

Our beautiful Bunya Mountains National Park - the largest natural bunya pine forest anywhere in the world - draws visitors all year round to experience the awesome prehistoric beauty and prolific wildlife.

The South Burnett is the stage for a number of major annual festivals which draw visitors from all over Australia.  They include Nanango Funfest, the iconic Peanut Festival,  Wine and Food in the Park Festival, Burrandowan Races, Wondai Garden Expos (Autumn and Spring)  and the Dairy Museum 'Kids Kapers' to list just a few.

We have a thriving art and craft industry, producing everything from pottery to clothing.  An extensive range of local art and craft is available at the region's Visitor Information Centres and Art Galleries.

Yet with all this variety, many people are surprised to find that we are only a 2.5 hour drive from Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast, and only a little over 3.5 hours drive from the Gold Coast.  This makes our region easily accessible for a weekend getaway, a long weekend break or a more extensive holiday.  Take the time to "Discover the Magic" of the South Burnett!

Wonders not to miss!

The South Burnett's growing tourism industry has value-added to the available experiences for local residents as well as visitors with a plethora of  things to do, see and enjoy.

Take some time to explore the wonders of the region!  Here are some ideas for you and your family to try out, with more information available at our local Visitor Information Centres.

  • Sample the region's wines and gourmet cuisine

Why not visit one of the region's numerous wineries and cellar doors?  Call into one of our Visitor Information Centres and pick up a free South Burnett Wine Trail brochure. There's a world of award-winning wines and gourmet food to discover. Olives, cheeses, dragon fruit, lavender scones, yummy fudge, bunya cake ... just some of the delicacies on offer.

A number of private tour operators offer interesting and diverse itineraries, providing an opportunity for groups to get out and explore the area without the responsibility of driving or navigating the region.  For more information contact the Visitor Information Centres.

  • Step back into the past

The South Burnett has a rich and colourful history.  Gain a glimpse of this by visiting one of the historic homesteads open to the public.

Ringsfield House, 41-45 Alfred Street, Nanango, is a magnificent old Queenslander designed by famed architect, Robin Dodds.  Built in 1908 as a private home, it was later used as a Maternity Hospital and Lifeline Shelter.  Now, lovingly restored to its former glory, it is open to visitors 10.00am - 2.00pm Monday to Friday and weekends by appointment.  Sit on the wide verandahs and soak up the ambiance while enjoying a relaxing Devonshire tea.

The Boondooma Homestead Museum and Heritage Complex, 8262 Mundubbera-Durong Road, via Proston, features the homestead and outbuildings of Boondooma Station on its original site.  Exuding a peaceful bush atmosphere, the complex represents a step back to the 1850s, providing visitors with an authentic glimpse into a way of life no longer with us.  The complex is usually open 9.00am to 4.30pm (Ph: 4168 0159) with a resident caretaker able to provided a guided tour.

  • Visit the Bunya Mountains

How long is it since you have taken a drive through the beautiful Bunya Mountains National Park?  Go for a bush walk, enjoy a picnic or try the taste-tempting menus at the local restaurant and tea room.  A ‘must do' has to be feeding the birds and wildlife outside the Dandabah General Store.

Of course, there are camping areas and a range of accommodation available for longer stays. For information about camping in the park (permits are required), phone 13 13 04 or log onto www.qld.gov.au and click on ‘camping permits'.  The South Burnett Visitor Information Centres can provide contact details for the extensive range of accommodation options available on the mountain.

 

  • Take a trek down the old rail trail 

    (for walkers, cyclists and horse riders;  motorised vehicles and motorbikes are not allowed)

Stretching from Ipswich to Blackbutt, and planned for completion in 2012, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail will be the longest of its type in Australia.

The Linville to Blackbutt section is 23km in length.  Located in the upper reaches of the Brisbane river valley, it crosses the rugged and picturesque Blackbutt Range. Linville to Benarkin is 17kms in length with the Benarkin to Blackbutt section 6kms.

Car parking is available at Linville, Benarkin and Blackbutt, along with horse float parking and sturdy yards for horses at Linville and Blackbutt.

It takes around half a day to ride a bike from one end of the trail to the other;  slightly longer going from Linville to Blackbutt.  However, take your time;  enjoy a picnic under the shady trees;  breathe in the fresh country air and listen to the bell birds.

For more information please contact the Blackbutt  - Ph: (07) 4163 0633 - or Nanango - Ph: (07) 4189 9446 - Visitor Information Centres.