Kingaroy Observatory

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area

Kingaroy Observatory is a public stargazing attraction, located just four minutes out from the town's Central Business District. Large, roadside tourist signs point the way!

They have three, Meade 14 inch telescopes to show you the Moon, Stars and Planets up close!

The observatory works on two basic observing parameters: Stars and Planets and Moon and Planets - nights.

Stars and Planets nights have no Moon allowing you to view the Milky Way, Star clusters, Nebula and Galaxies, Moon nights are best for primary school children.

During your night visit, the astronomer points out various constellations and stars using a registered Green Laser pointer, and gives an ongoing commentary of what you are about to see in the telescopes.

During the day, you can sit in comfort in their 70 seat air conditioned Star Theatre and see the sun projected onto a big screen. This is where you see the real surface of the Sun. It's absolutely awesome!

The observatory has no steps. Telescopes are accessible to wheelchairs.

Plenty of parking along Geoff Raph Drive.

The observatory is owned and operated by professional astronomer and photographer, James Barclay with over 60 years experience.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $60.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Day and Night show.
Adult $55.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Combined Day and Night show for adult.
Adult $30.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Daytime Star Theatre session only.
Adult $35.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Night Stargazing sessions only.
Child $25.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Day and Night show.
Child $30.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Combined Day and Night show for child.
Child $15.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Daytime Star Theatre session.
Concession $50.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Day and Night show.
Concession $25.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Daytime Star Theatre session.
Concession $50.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Combined Day and Night show for a Pensioner.
Concession $25.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Stargazing session only.
Concession $145.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Combined Day and Night show for two pensioners and two children. Extra child will cost AUD25.
Family $90.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Two adults and two children for a Stargazing show. Extra children cost AUD15.
Family $80.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Day show only for two pensioners and two children. Extra children will cost additional AUD15 per person.
Family $80.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Concession for retirees. Two pensioners and two grandchildren for Stargazing show only. Extra grandchild cost AUD15 per child.
Family $160.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Combined Day and Night show for two adults and two children. Extra child will cost AUD25.
Family $80.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Day Show for two adults and two children. Extra child will cost additional AUD15.
Student $15.00 2 April 2014 – 30 June 2016 Stargazing session (school age only). Teachers and Community Leaders are free of charge.

Open Times

Public Holiday: Stargazing shows are weather dependant. If the skies look suspect, please phone the Observatory at 6pm to see that the show has not been cancelled. ...... Their night shows start at 1930 sharp from 1 October - 28 February and from 1900 from 1 March - 30 September. They do not do any shows close to a Full Moon as there is too much moonlight to see the stars! No shows on Christmas night or New Year's Eve.


  • Pets not allowed

Other Information


Disabled access is available including ramps to and from display centre, observation deck and amenities. All three telescopes are accessible for wheelchair visitors.


Night and Day sessions are not suitable for children under five.
Geoff Raph Drive , Taabinga, (Kingaroy Airport)
Kingaroy, South Burnett Area

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Nanango Fauna Reserve

Nanango, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
The Nanango Fauna Reserve offers many different environments of seasonal waterholes, eucalypt woodland, acacia scrub, and dry vine scrub. It is a birdwatcher's delight with a variety of birds to be found including the Yellow-Faced Honeyeater, Australian Darter, Varied Sittella, Nankeen Night Heron, and Little Black and Little Pied Cormorant.

Carroll Nature Reserve Kokoda Track

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
In 1995 The Kingaroy Apex Club erected the plaque and gateway to mark the start of the Kokoda Track and the Carroll Nature Reserve. This was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of victory in the Pacific in 1945 and to honour the people who gave their lives defending Australia in the Pacific Islands. Descendants of Kingaroy's earliest settlers, Dan and Bridget Carroll, donated the use of these five-acres of soft wood vine scrub to the people of Kingaroy as a nature reserve. The area was dedicated in 1987; this marked the 100th anniversary of Dan Carroll's arrival in Australia from Ireland in 1887. The nature reserve is a peaceful oasis of bushland close to the centre of Kingaroy and the track offers an enjoyable walk through native bushland - a fitting memorial to those who gave their lives in the Pacific. Take time out to relax, enjoy the serenity of your surroundings and listen for the birds in the area. This track gives visitors the opportunity to stretch their legs after a long day of travelling. This conveniently located bird watching area will give sightings of Indian Koel, Dollar Bird, Rufous whistler, Rufous Fantail and Eastern Whipbird.

Wooroolin Wetland

Wooroolin, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
The Wooroolin Wetland is located at the township of Wooroolin, 16 kilometers north of Kingaroy along the Bunya Highway. The walking trails can be accessed from the parking area beside the Grand Hotel, over the railway line and follow the signage. Alternatively you can access the walking trails via the bird hide by turning right into Sportsground Road from the Bunya Highway on the outskirts of Wooroolin. A bird hide and two walking trails have been established for naturalists to fully appreciate resident and migratory fauna. Over 25 different birds have been sighted including nankeen kestrels, striated pardalotes and golden-headed cisticola. Over two kilometers of endangered vegetation has been fenced to help restrict access and protect the local and regional species. Revegetation is taking place in this eucalypt woodland and particular attention is being paid to the endangered Queensland Blue Gum. Wooroolin State School planted 80 native trees in 2003 and will continue with an annual tree-planting program. Nesting boxes have been provided as alternative habitats for sugar gliders and possums. Interpretive signage has been erected to promote project achievements, local information, wildlife and tracks.

Coomba Falls

Maidenwell, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Coomba Falls, at Maidenwell, is an exceptionally beautiful place, featuring a deep natural swimming hole and striking granite cliffs. The water is icy most of the year, so it's the ideal site to cool down on a hot day. Located just a few kilometres from the heart of Maidenwell, picturesque Coomba Falls provides the ideal setting for a picnic and a day of swimming and relaxing. It's also a lovely spot for photography and birdwatching.

Benarkin State Forest Park

Benarkin, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Benarkin State Forest on the Blackbutt Range is a great spot to picnic, fish, spot platypus or hike or ride on forest trails. From the D'Aguilar Highway an unsealed 16 kilometre scenic forest drive leads through rainforest, hoop pine plantations and eucalypt forests containing blackbutt, tallowwood, white mahogany, gums and ironbarks to small flats beside the inviting waters of Emu Creek. Two camping areas, Clancys and Emu Creek, are open areas beside Emu Creek (a tributary of the Brisbane River) and cater for a range of camping experiences from tents to caravans and motorhomes. Toilet facilites and tap water (treat before drinking) are provided at both sites; cold showers are provided at Emu Creek. Open fires are permitted in fireplaces only (except during fire bans). Please bring firewood. Dogs are permitted (on a leash) at Clancys camping area. Visitors can walk or ride mountain bikes, or horses on the Bicentennial National Trail, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail or on formed roads and tracks; except where signed or when access is restricted due to timber harvesting activities. Riding trail bikes is permitted in some parts of the park.

Bunya Mountains National Park

Bunya Mountains, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
The Bunya Mountains National Park is perched 1100 metres high and 200 kilometres north-west of Brisbane and considered Queensland's second-oldest national park being gazetted in 1908. It's there ancient rainforest-clad peaks stand tall and shelter the world's largest formation of bunya pines (Araucaria bidwillii) - once a popular meeting place for Aboriginal folk to gather nuts in the 1800s. Trek 35-kilometres of walking trails, through eucalypt forest and natural grassland covered in hoop pines, rare orchids and herbs. Be rewarded with panoramic lookouts and keep an eye out for catbirds overhead and red-necked wallabies grazing. The Bunya Mountains offer the quiet allure of a retreat environment favoured by families, groups and honeymooners alike. The Bunya Mountains are pristine, peaceful and spectacular, and its position only three hours from Brisbane and the Fraser Coast and approximately one hour from Kingaroy, Nanango or Dalby makes it an ideal weekend or long weekend getaway for locals. Overnight in any of three designated camping and picnic areas at Dandabah, Westcott and Burtons Well with a permit, and keep an eye for glimpses of the rare sooty owl, noisy pitta and paradise riflebird.

Jimna State Forest

Jimna, Somerset Area
Free Entry
Jimna State Forest has had a colourful history of gold mining and timber milling. The last flurry of mining, in the 1940s, yielded 2.8 kilograms of gold. Attractions include creeks, log bridges and wildlife including platypus and many species of birds. Go bushwalking on one of the easy or moderate walking tracks. Peach Trees camping area, beside Yabba Creek, is perfect for a picnic or overnight stay and is suitable for caravans. It is also home to a family of eastern grey kangaroos. Possums reside in the toilet block! Ride your mountain bike or explore in your four wheel drive.

Boat Mountain Regional Park

Murgon, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
This distinctive flat-topped ridge, shaped like an upturned boat, is a landmark near Murgon. Rising to a height of 589 metres, Boat Mountain is covered in dry rainforest with areas of open eucalypt forest. See panoramic views across the South Burnett - ripening crops forming a colourful tapestry across the surrounding countryside. This small park has four walking tracks. Capture views from two lookouts - Braithwaites (370 metres return) or Daniels Lookout (2.2 kilometre return) - or see impressive vine forest along Silburns Vine Scrub Walk (2.2 kilometres return) or the Boat Mountain circuit (1.8 kilometres return). To avoid being scratched by prickly shrubs, wear protective clothing. Naturalists, photographers and birdwatchers will also enjoy this park. Birdwatchers have the opportunity to spy at least 46 species of birds including rufous whistlers, black-faced cuckoo-shrikes, double-barred finches, red-backed wrens, honeyeaters, fantails, doves and pigeons. You might also see black-striped wallabies and echidnas by day or pygmy-possums and sugar gliders on dusk. Overnight camping is not permitted.

Birdwatching in the South Burnett

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
The South Burnett is a bird watchers dream; possessing a diverse array of habitats, the South Burnett hosts a variety of birds that even the most avid bird watcher aspires to see. The diversity of habitats from dry rainforest and hoop pine forests, to expansive water masses, open woodlands and soft vine scrub will ensure prolific bird life all year round. The South Burnett is ideally situated two and a half hours from Brisbane, the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts. It is fringed by the pine-clad Bunya Mountains to the south-west, the hoop-pine covered Blackbutt Range to the east and the historic Burnett Range to the north. The following locations have been chosen so that bird watching enthusiasts can discover a variety of habitats, species of birds and even uncover a few endangered and rare species. Features such as bird hides, viewing platforms, lookouts and walking tracks will make your bird watching experience more pleasurable. Pack your walking shoes, picnic, hat, bird book and binoculars and record your own list of sightings in the South Burnett.


Benarkin, South Burnett Area
Benarkin is a small timber town located off the D'Aguilar Highway, just shy of three and a half kilometres from Blackbutt. Benarkin has a general store and a population of around 200 residents (the rest area at First Settlers Park is a popular overnight stop for travellers). You can also access Benarkin State Forest on the Blackbutt Range. With majestic hoop pines rising above dense subtropical rainforest. Pines planted in the 1920s thrive near blue gum and ironbark forests. The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail which follows the old Brisbane Valley rail line is suitable for horses, walkers or cyclists and is easily accessible from Benarkin.
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