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Mount Scoria Conservation Park

Thangool, Banana Area

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Rising 150 metres above cultivated plains, Mount Scoria is a striking landmark near Biloela in the Banana Shire. Formed by volcanic activity 20 to 26 million years ago, this volcanic plug features many-sided basalt columns.

Known as the 'Musical Mountain', Mount Scoria is one of only three prehistoric rock formations in the world which were originally the core of a volcano. When the basalt columns are struck (carefully) by another rock, musical notes ring out over the plain. Hence the term, Musical Mountain.

Take the short cultural track to view the mountain and learn about its significance to the Gangulu people. Have a picnic, go birdwatching or barbecue at the picnic area.

Activities

  • Animal Viewing
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking

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Children are welcome.
Mount Scoria Conservation Park
Thangool, Banana Area
Queensland
Australia

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Mount Scoria Conservation Park

Thangool, Banana Area
Free Entry
Rising 150 metres above cultivated plains, Mount Scoria is a striking landmark near Biloela in the Banana Shire. Formed by volcanic activity 20 to 26 million years ago, this volcanic plug features many-sided basalt columns. Known as the 'Musical Mountain', Mount Scoria is one of only three prehistoric rock formations in the world which were originally the core of a volcano. When the basalt columns are struck (carefully) by another rock, musical notes ring out over the plain. Hence the term, Musical Mountain. Take the short cultural track to view the mountain and learn about its significance to the Gangulu people. Have a picnic, go birdwatching or barbecue at the picnic area.

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Queensland Heritage Park

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The Queensland Heritage Park complex in Biloela, Central Queensland, represents a celebration of our nation's glorious past and the pioneering spirit of Australians. Through a remarkable range of exhibits the Queensland Heritage Park provides and insight into the past for present and future generations. The restored vintage church and railway station buildings are a testament to early pioneers and families who settled in the Callide and Dawson Valleys. The walls of these buildings are lined with historical photographs and associated memorabilia from the families who shaped the district's early days. Each photo is like a window back in time. The Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club grounds at the rear of the complex compliment the many exhibits found inside the main display area, housed in the "Silo" structure that was originally built to showcase Australia's rich primary industries at the World Exhibition held in Brisbane in 1988. Take the time to explore, discover and relive the past as you browse through the machinery sheds and the large array of vintage agricultural machinery. Marvel at the workmanship of these beautifully crafted machines which have been collected, preserved and placed on display for the enjoyment of the travelling public.

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