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Biggenden

Biggenden rests in a dramatic landscape below the rugged cliffs of Mount Walsh on the Isis Highway 339 km north of Brisbane and just over one hour's drive from the coastal regions of Bundaberg.

Settled originally as a service town to the gold fields of Paradise and Shamrock in the 1880s, Biggenden is now famous for it's history and life on the land.

There are a range of facilities and services available with a diverse variety of natural and adventurous experiences to be had. Among the must do's for Biggenden are a visit to the museum, Beirs' Park which hosts a public art work dedicated to past industries of the region, Chowey Bridge, Coongarra Rock and Falls for four wheel driving enthusiasts and the beautiful Waterfall Creek Rock Pools at Utopia.

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
Queensland
Australia

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Ohana Winery and Exotic Fruits

Childers, Bundaberg Area
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Set amongst the rolling red hills of Childers in lovely tropical Queensland, Ohana Winery and Exotic Fruits is a boutique winery and fruit farm that offers you and your tastebuds a unique experience you won't find anywhere else! At their winery you can enjoy a tasting of their unique range of fortified wines made from the Brazilian grape - Jaboticaba. Plus try their tropical fruit liqueurs or selection of grape wines. After the tasting you can enjoy a glass of wine with a freshly made lunch platter in their tropical cafe area. Then for dessert you can try Zoe's homemade baked goods with a cup of their freshly roasted blend of coffee or organic tea. They also provide fun for the family by offering a tour of their exotic fruit orchard, where you can try any fresh fruit in season. Plus take a walk through the bush tucker trail and learn all about Australia's native food trees and plants.

Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo

Childers, Bundaberg Area
Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo is a fun and affordable day out to be enjoyed by the whole family. Admission cost includes the opportunity to handle a python and baby salt water crocodile, view snakes shows and a crocodile feeding display and enjoy guided tours of various static displays. Other attractions include a fantastic Snake House, a walk though vivarium housing dragons and frogs and a kangaroo reserve where the animals can be hand fed. The most recent additions to the Zoo are their koalas. They invite visitors to come and meet Millie and Matilda. There is no charge for photography within the park and this includes during handling sessions. As you can see, Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo is "much more than just snakes".

Brooweena War Memorial

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Brooweena War Memorial, found in the Woocoo Historical Museum's grounds, has a one-off soldier statue erected by the residents in late 1922. The origin and designer of this soldier statue is unclear, although produced by Maryborough monumental masonry firm FW Webb. The pedestal is of a style not found elsewhere in Queensland and it bears an unusual inscription, a verse: On fame's eternal camping ground/ Their silent tents are spread/Where glory guards with solemn around/The Bivouac of the Dead. WWI had an immense impact on the Australian population. Brooweena's war memorial notes that 39 local men enlisted. Nationally, 60,000 Australians (or one in five soldiers) died in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Curiously the Bridge Pylon memorialises nine soldiers and the soldier statue mentions 10. The soldier statue is not this tiny rural community's only war memorial, nor was it the first. A local station owner paid for a memorial bridge and honour roll, south of the village, a year earlier. Brooweena also funded an ambulance for France as a further memorial tribute. A set of plates recording 43 men and women from the district who served in WWII has been added to the soldier statue memorial.

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.

Hill of Promise Winery and Cellar Door

Childers, Bundaberg Area
Your 'wine experience' at Hill of Promise Winery and Cellar Door starts with the warm country welcome from winemakers and cellar door hosts Mary and Terry Byrne, as they invite you to come on board for a personalised journey to discover the taste sensation of their multi-award winning preservative-free wines and fortifieds. Absorb some local history including a snapshot of Terry's Sicilian grandparents, the inspiration for this tourist destination. Walk away with more than your swag of wine. Get ready for some family recipes, food matching suggestions or cuttings from their leafy garden. The cute cellar door, part of their century-old Queenslander also has on offer a small range of gourmet products made from local ingredients and designed to appeal to foodies! Groups can join them in the winery for a first-hand 'grape to glass experience ' tour. Find out what a wine thief is and enjoy port directly from the barrel. Glass in hand, take in the waterlily-covered dam, green hills and a flash of rich, red volcanic soil. On the Bruce Highway 4.5 kilometres south of Childers, it is one of the four wineries in the Childers Wine Trail. Definitely a 'must visit' on your holiday planner!

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.

Brooweena Historical Village and Museum

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
The Brooweena Historical Village is a charming village depicting of what life was like in days gone by, set in a tranquil rural setting in the hamlet of Brooweena 304 kilometres north of Brisbane. This area was first settled by Europeans in 1849 and the town developed with the arrival of the railway line in 1889. The local sawmill opened in 1924 and timber continues to be an important local industry today. Sugar production is also one of Woocoo Shire's major industries. A collection of 12 heritage buildings presents a mosaic of the past, during peace and war - early education, recreation, elegance and gracious living are on display, There is a rustic barn with a collection of bullock and horse drawn vehicles and an original settler's slab dwelling with detached kitchen. Other buildings in the village well worth an inspection include a dairy shed, blacksmith's shop, the original Woocoo Shire Office (which was constructed in the town), the former Brooweena railway station, a brake van, railway goods shed, a settler's slab hut and a butcher shop. The museum contains an extensive array of memorabilia, musical instruments, including of course,accordions, those indispensable items of bush dances in the past.
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