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Kilkivan Shire Museum

Kilkivan, Gympie Area

The Kilkivan Shire Museum contains a comprehensive display of ore and mineral samples common to the district, photographs and documents relating to mining, forestry, dairying and town, school and family histories of Goomeri, Kilkivan, Widgee and Woolooga. Research facilities – fee applies.

The main building has rooms furnished in style of yesteryear, for example parlour, bedroom, general store and barber's shop. Fettler's barrack houses a school room and kitchen. Large slab shed contains buggy and wagon, mining, farm and forestry tools. A genuine stockman’s hut, made from slabs laundry and containing original contents has been relocated to the museum grounds.

There is an unmanned Visitor Information Centre in the front of the main building which is open everyday to visitors and tourists for approximately seven hours.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $3 - $3

Facilities

  • Car park

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.
12 Bligh Street
Kilkivan, Gympie Area
Queensland
Australia

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Coongarra Rock

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
Free Entry
For Four Wheel Drive enthusiasts, Coongarra Rock and Falls provide an opportunity to explore rocky outcrops, caves, rock pools and natural vegetation. It is possible to climb the rock but should only be attempted by fit and experienced bushwalkers. It is situated 24 kilometres south of Biggenden and Coalstoun Lakes. Lords Road is the turn off to Coongarra Rock. The road goes to within a short distance of this spectacular outcrop in a dry scrubby State Forest. The road to the falls branches off the road to Coongarra Rock and goes within walking distance of the top of the falls. The roads should only be attempted by Four Wheel Drive vehicles. These roads can be dangerous after heavy rain and care should be taken at all times.

Mount Walsh National Park

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
A prominent landmark in the Biggenden region is the granite bluff area of Mount Walsh, in the northern part of mountainous Mount Walsh National Park. Exposed granite outcrops, rugged ridges and steep forested slopes support a range of vegetation. Follow the 300 metre trail from the picnic area through open eucalypt forest to a rocky creek gully fringed in rainforest, then on to lookouts over surrounding countryside. With caution, experienced walkers can take the strenuous (unmarked) two and a half hour hike to Mount Walsh's bare granite summit. You will be rewarded with stunning views.

Mudlo National Park

Kilkivan, Gympie Area
Mudlo National Park, known locally as Mudlo Gap, protects one of the area’s few remaining stands of native hoop pine rainforest. Tall hoop pines once covered much of the coastal ranges. The park is near the site of Queensland's first gold discovery - at Kilkivan township in 1852. Go for the short, scenic drive to Mudlo Gap for excellent views. The Mudlo Gap track is steep with many steps, but the view from the lookout is impressive. Enjoy a picnic beside Scrubby Creek. Part of the one kilometre Scrubby Creek walking track is wheel chair accessible - through dry rainforest, past giant figs and pleasant creeks. On your walks, keep your eyes open for whiptail wallabies and listen for wonga pigeons.

Brooyar State Forest

Gympie, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Brooyar State Forest features sandstone cliffs, hoop pine plantations and a mix of tall open eucalypt forest with spotted gums. Pockets of riparian rainforest fringe Glastonbury Creek. Take a scenic drive, stopping to enjoy views from Point Pure lookout (300 metre return walk) or a short stroll along an old logging road through rainforest. You can picnic at Glastonbury Creek, or set up your tent or caravan on the grassy camping area nearby. Relax and absorb the tranquillity. In summer, feast your eyes on the forest's colours: rich red and yellow flowers of black bean trees, and vivid orange flower spikes of silky oaks. You can camp with your dog overnight, but must keep it on a leash.

Kilkivan

Kilkivan, Gympie Area
Kilkivan is the north-eastern entrance to the South Burnett and is home to a host of experiences. Tempt your tastebuds with local olives and redclaw crayfish. Tantalise your senses with the aroma and healing properties of lavender direct from the farm. Allow yourself to glimpse life as it used to be, by wandering the town's historical museum in the main street. Queensland's first gold discovery was at Kilkivan in 1852 and subsequent findings escalated into a gold rush in 1868. Small pockets of gold are still found to this day and visitors can have a go at gold panning. Brochures describing short walks and drives to places of interest are available. Check out Mudlo Gap Conservation Park, north of Kilkivan especially if you have an interest in bird watching. Have a cold drink at the hotel and meet some of the locals. As well as lovely accommodation, the local B&B offers sumptuous meals and the opportunity to take some of the goodies with you in a South Burnett gift hamper. Annually, the town hosts 'The Kilkivan Great Horse Ride', an exciting event which has been known to attract over 1000 riders to its trek along parts of the Bicentennial National Trail.

Bauple

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Discover the ancestral home of the Macadamia Nut with a visit to the charming village of Bauple in Queensland's Fraser Coast. Bauple sits in the foothills of Bauple Mountain and offers the chance to relive the pioneering past, discover incredible nut facts and enjoy locally grown nuts products. The nut was discovered thousands of years ago on the Mountain by the Butchulla and Kabi Kabi People who would meet in large gatherings to feast upon the prized delicacy. At Bauple's Macadamia House, visit a working nut sorting and drying facility and see displays of macadamia products. Crack nuts on the 'cracka pad' and take a seat in "Nosh", the iconic Nutmobile whose celebrity passengers have included Prince Charles and Lady Di. At the Bauple and District Museum, which opens daily, delve into the area's impressive history through photographs, early faming tools, antiques and rare coins and telephones. There is even a 3.3 metre skin from a crocodile shot in the Mary River in the 1960s. Picnic in the Museum's gardens next to a restored 1907 locomotive, similar to the one used by the Bauple Sugar Mill. Ask at the museum about the Bauple Historic Walk - which is a self-guided walk to discover the town's key historical sites. While the Bauple (or Bopple) nut trees once grew prolifically in the area, today the original trees are kept safe in a scientific reserve on the mountain. You can still see four examples of original varieties directly across from the Museum as well as large commercial plantings around Bauple. Camp for free in the heart of Bauple with overnight stays available for self-contained caravans and RVs. There is another free RV site at Rossendale Park, just outside of Bauple. During your visit, join in community events at the Bauple Community Shed and Band Hall. Hinterland markets are held every fourth Saturday. The Bauple Nut Bash is held every September. Explore the wider area by following the Fraser Coast Country Drive, which takes in the historic Dickabram Bridge and small towns oozing country charm such as Tiaro and Theebine.

Tiaro and Fraser Coast Hinterland

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Discover the rural charms of Tiaro and the surrounding area of Queensland's beautiful Fraser Coast Hinterland. Visit the ancestral home of the Macadamia nut, dine in historic hotels or picnic riverside while taking in the picturesque scenery and genuine country hospitality. The southern hinterland is defined by the Mary River which provides opportunities for camping, fishing and canoeing. A quiet trip down the Mary can bring you face to face with some of Australia's rarest species including the ancient Australian lungfish and Mary River turtle, while country roads and old stock routes lend themselves to bushwalking, horse riding and mountain biking. Begin your journey of discovery at the Tiaro Visitor Information Centre and Craft Cottage in the restored railway station on the Bruce Highway where you can stock up on locally produced art and crafts, and produces as well as local knowledge. Enjoy a hearty meal and good old fashioned hospitality in an historic country pub including Tiaro's Hideaway Station Hotel (circa 1881) or the Royal Hotel in its main street. Taste some top quality bacon and smallgoods at one of the town's more unusual attractions, its butcher shop which is famous throughout Australia. Explore the wider area by following the Fraser Coast Country Drive Trail, which takes in old rail sidings, the historic Dickabram Bridge and small towns oozing country charm such as Bauple, Gundiah and Theebine.

Boonooroo

Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Coast Area
Boonooroo and neighbouring Tuan on Queensland's Fraser Coast are not your typical sleepy fishing hamlet - they also boast spectacular views across the Great Sandy Strait to Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. With a caravan park, bowls club, golf course, tennis court, and bike and boat hire, Boonooroo is the perfect place for a holiday filled with great fishing and relaxation. Boonooroo is one of a handful of charming seaside hamlets doted along the spectacular shoreline of the Great Sandy Strait - a cluster of small islands and sand bars in the waterway between the Fraser Island, and the Fraser Coast mainland. Follow the Great Sandy Strait Discovery Drive to experience these coastal villages, surrounding national parks, coloured sands and sand blows, incredible birdlife, fishing and boating. From Boonooroo sail, canoe or cruise the strait's protected waterways which rival the beauty and diversity of the Whitsunday Passage. At nearby Poona National Park discover wallum heath and a unique collection of Australian flora and fauna including tea trees, kangaroos, eucalypts, galahs, bottle brush and sea eagles. The area is also the second largest protection area in Queensland for the dugong.

Poona

Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Coast Area
One word to describe Poona? Peaceful. This little township is tucked away in the Great Sandy Strait between Boonooroo and Tinnanbar, adjacent to Fraser Island and is an ideal place to pitch your tent and lap up the serenity. Throw in a line, have a dip in the ocean, let the kids play in the sand while you relax. You can reach Poona via the Cooloola Coast Road, from either Maryborough or Gympie.

Tuan

Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Coast Area
Tuan on Queensland's Fraser Coast is a low-key holiday destination for people who love boating and fishing - but also boasts spectacular views across the water to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Tuan is one of a collection of enchanting seaside hamlets which are dotted along the shoreline of the Great Sandy Strait, a stunning water passage located between the Fraser Coast mainland and Fraser Island. Tuan has long maintained its 'old fishing village' character and with barbecue along the Esplanade and a great public boat ramp, it is the ideal place for people wanting the simple pleasures of fishing and relaxation. From Tuan and its neighbouring villages, you can enjoy a host of nature-based experiences including wildflower displays in late winter and spring and spotting rare shorebirds from as far away as Siberia using the Strait for their summer feeding grounds. Watch dolphins play off the beach or seeing dugong graze on seagrass in the Strait's crystal clear waters. From Boonooroo sail, canoe or cruise the strait's protected waterways which rival the beauty and diversity of the Whitsunday Passage. Follow the Great Sandy Strait Discovery Drive to experience these coastal villages, surrounding national parks, coloured sands and sand blows, incredible birdlife, fishing and boating.
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