South Burnett Region

Wide Bay Burnett, South Burnett

Quick Facts

Bunya Mountains National Park; Queensland’s second oldest national park protects the largest Bunya Pine rainforest.

Peanut & Navy Bean Capital of Australia

Leading wineries and food trails

With the majestic Bunya Mountains as its backdrop, the South Burnett provides a perfect blend of vibrant town and country living set amongst rich soil and rolling hills. Located on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, it is an easy 2-hour drive north-west of Brisbane and directly west of the Sunshine Coast.

The South Burnett is underpinned by a history of agriculture and other entrepreneurial endeavours such as the wine industry and engineering manufacturing. The presence of the Tarong Power Stations and Meandu Mine (owned by Stanwell Corporation), Kingaroy Aerodrome, food processors, available industrial land, strong health and retail sectors all provide employment and assist to attract investment into the region.

The region hosts three major dams, the Bunya Mountains, vineyards and importantly the South Burnett towns are not susceptible to flooding. It is great for families with affordable housing, public and private hospitals and highly regarded schools, all major fast food chains and large grocery and retail stores such as Woolworths, IGA, Foodworks, Harvey Norman, Target, Big W and Aldi. It also has great sporting/ recreational clubs which enjoy strong membership.

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Towns in South Burnett

Blackbutt and Benarkin

Wide Bay Burnett, South Burnett, Blackbutt, Benarkin

Generally known as the ‘Gateway to the South Burnett’, Blackbutt is a popular spot for bushwalkers, artists, campers, wildlife enthusiasts and horse riders. For a town of just 1500 residents, Blackbutt boasts a vital cultural, social & sporting lifestyle. A regional cellar door operates out of the ‘Butt Art’ gallery in the main street. Located next door is the award-winning wood-fired bakery; just one of many eateries in Blackbutt. The deep volcanic soils of the surrounding countryside support a variety of agriculture, from forestry hoop pine plantations to avocado orchards, olives and commercial flower growers. Blackbutt is a northern destination on The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. The section from Linville to Blackbutt is 23km and can be travelled by foot, push-bike or horseback.

Benarkin is on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. The quaint little community has a general store for fuel & general supplies, perfect for those choosing to stay overnight. A short drive up the highway is Blackbutt commonly known as the ‘Gateway to the South Burnett’.

Kingaroy

Kingaroy is the South Burnett’s regional centre which is serviced by major grocery and retail chains, hospitals and health services and with affordable and abundant land and housing. It is surrounded by rolling hills of rich red soil & picturesque farmland. The town plays host to a variety of accommodation options including modern motels, caravan parks, farm stays and B&Bs.

Major food processors, retailers, the service sector and small businesses provide employment opportunities. The Heritage Museum, Art Gallery, Kingaroy Aerodrome and other attractions and facilities, together with no traffic congestion, all add to an enjoyable place to live and work. Residents enjoy the low-humidity which creates a liveable climate which is also ideal for grape growing & wine production.

On the northern outskirt of Kingaroy, the Booie Range is fast gaining a reputation as a tourist must-do thanks to wineries & cellar doors, restaurants & boutique accommodation. The Range offers majestic panoramic views spanning hundreds of kilometres – northeast beyond Bjelke-Petersen Dam toward Gympie; overlooking east toward Amamoor, Kandanga and Coolum; and north toward Kenilworth. As a vantage point some 600 metres above sea level the breathtaking views include a vastness to produce.

Murgon

Wide Bay Burnett, South Burnett, Murgon

Murgon is a bustling rural town with an impressive CBD of shops and facilities. The Lions Park in Lamb Street is a popular stopping spot for visitors, providing picnic tables, barbeque and covered playground equipment. The kids love the brand new Murgon undercover skate park in Gore Street which was opened in August 2013. Choose from a number of eateries in Murgon including the stylish RSL.

Located the Murgon CBD is the Bunya Wakka Wakka Cultural and Heritage Corporation displaying authentic Aboriginal arts & crafts.

Not too far from the Murgon town centre are caravan and recreation parks, B&Bs, self-contained cottages, farm stays, the Dairy and Heritage Museum, busy cattle saleyards and an opportunity to experience the spectacular views from Boat Mountain Reserve.

Named by original German settlers, Moffatdale which is a few kilometres from Murgon lies in the heart of the South Burnett’s wine growing region which is home to vineyards, cellar doors and restaurants.

Nanango

Wide Bay Burnett, South Burnett, Nanango

The 4th oldest town in Queensland and the first to be established in the South Burnett, Nanango has a rich history. The CBD features chainsaw sculptures and murals which reflect the town’s connections with timber-felling, farming and mining. The legendary Nanango Country Market is held monthly and is one of the biggest markets in the South East.

One of Queensland's largest power stations - Tarong Power Stations and Meandu Mine (owned by Stanwell Corporation) is located 20 kilometres from Nanango. A visually exciting experience awaits at The South Burnett Energy Centre which reflects the past, the people and the energy technology that developed the region and continues to mould its future. The historic Ringsfield House was built in 1908 and later used at a maternity hospital and Lifeline shelter centre and now is a great functional tourist attraction.

Wondai

Wide Bay Burnett, South Burnett, Wondai

Traditionally a dairying and timber area, Wondai is now much more diversified. The rich soil produces a great variety of crops including sorghum, oilseeds, barley, cotton and peanuts. The Sawmill is a major industry, as is local beef cattle and pig farms. The town has plenty to offer in the way of accommodation, eateries and service facilities. The local community radio station, CROW FM 90.7 is broadcast from Wondai.

The South Burnett Region Timber Industry Museum is located at Wondai and is also home to the Visitor Information Centre and Woodcrafter’s Workshop. The nearby Wondai Art Gallery showcases the work of local artists & regularly opens exciting exhibitions. Wondai is a popular destination for travellers.

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