Craggy blue mountain ranges are a backdrop for Biggenden, known as 'the Rose of the Burnett' due to the towns impressive range of roses in the main street. Biggenden was founded in 1889 as a service centre to the short-lived goldrush towns of Paradise and Shamrock; and for coach passengers travelling west from Maryborough. The township, including the intriguingly named Live And Let Live Inn, moved to a new location alongside the railway station when the rail line arrived in 1891.
Along with agricultural pursuits - beef, grain crops, piggeries, peanuts, dairying, citrus and timber - the area is rich in minerals. Some of the other local industries include a livestock selling centre, domestic meatworks and engineering works. The township is surrounded by open pastures offering views of the surrounding ranges.
The district also contains two of Queensland's relatively undeveloped National Parks - Mount Walsh and Coalstoun Lakes National Parks - and large tracks of forest at Mount Woowoonga. Mount Walsh offers short walks to the peak's base, with more strenuous walks to the bare granite summit for experienced bushwalkers. Multi-day hikes over rugged terrain offer a true wilderness experience. Coongara Rock and falls also provides excellent mountaineering and views, best accessed by four wheel drive.
If watersports is your thing, Biggenden is also home to Paradise Dam. Opened in 2005, Paradise Dam is about 30 Minutes north-west of Biggenden on the Burnett River. The 300,000ML dam, which submerges the former gold mining town of Paradise is the perfect place for camping, skiing & kayaking. Artifacts and Buildings removed from Paradise before the dam wall was built are now on display by the Biggenden Historical Society.