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Booie

What a view!! On the northern outskirts of Kingaroy, the Booie Range is fast gaining a reputation as a tourist must-do thanks to wineries, cellar doors, restaurants and boutique accommodation. The Range offers majestic panoramic views spanning hundreds of kilometres - north-east beyond Bjelke-Petersen Dam toward Gympie; looking east toward Amamoor, Kandanga and Coolum; and north toward Kenilworth. As a vantage point some 600 metres above sea level, there are very few places that offer similar clarity and vastness to produce such breathtaking views.

Booie, South Burnett Area
Queensland
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Nanango Fauna Reserve

Nanango, South Burnett Area
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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.

Wooroolin Wetland

Wooroolin, South Burnett Area
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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.

Carroll Nature Reserve Kokoda Track

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
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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.

Coomba Falls

Maidenwell, South Burnett Area
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Coomba Falls, at Maidenwell, is an exceptionally ravishing place, featuring a deep natural swimming hole and striking granite cliffs. The water is icy most of the year so this is 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.

Benarkin State Forest Park

Benarkin, South Burnett Area
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In Benarkin State Forest on the Blackbutt Range, majestic hoop pines rise above dense subtropical rainforest. Pines planted in the 1920s thrive near blue gum and ironbark forests. Turn off the D'Aguilar Highway and take the unsealed 16 kilometre forest drive to picnic or camp by Emu Creek. 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 .

Bunya Mountains National Park

Bunya Mountains, South Burnett Area
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Bunya Mountains National Park, Queensland's second-oldest national park, protects the world's largest remaining bunya pine rainforest. Until the late 1800s, Aboriginal people travelled here from far distant places for gatherings coinciding with large crops of bunya nuts. Today visitors camp, walk and relax in the cool air and enjoy mountain scenery and colourful birdlife. The park has three picnicking and camping areas and is a walkers paradise, with 35 kilometres of tracks (from 500 metres to 10 kilometres). Walks lead through rainforest, eucalypt forest and natural grassland balds, past waterfalls and onto lookouts giving panoramic views east or west. Watch red-necked wallabies graze and catch a glimpses of catbirds, rare sooty owls, noisy pittas and paradise riflebirds.

Jimna State Forest

Jimna, Somerset Area
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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 Conservation Park

Murgon, South Burnett Area
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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. Overnight camping is not permitted.

Birdwatching in the South Burnett

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
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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

Benarkin, South Burnett Area
Benarkin is a small timber town located off the D'Aguilar Highway less than a few kilometres away 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.
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