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Cooyar

Located north of Toowoomba on the New England Highway, Cooyar is a tranquil country village. The wide verandahs of Cooyar Hotel are a friendly spot for a drink and the low-down on what to see and do around the town. You'll have to be up early or wait patiently at dusk to spot a platypus in Cooyar Creek. The best vantage is from the suspension bridge in Swinging Bridge Park. The suspension bridge is a real talking point in this town. It was rebuilt in 1988 after a devastating flood swept away the previous bridge, a local hall, three houses and several cars.

Each February Cooyar's Agricultural Show features great country competitions, including a night rodeo.

Easily access from Cooyar, the Palms National Park preserves remnant rainforest and stand of piccabeen palms in a spring-fed gully. Whilst at the park enjoy a 650 metre circuit walk looking for grey-headed flying foxes camping over the creek in summers and black-breasted button quails in winter and spring. See the piccabeen palms, large strangler figs, buyna and hoop pine trees and buttressed trees. Or simply stop here for a Picnic on your way back from the Buyna Mountains.

Cooyar, Toowoomba Area
Queensland
Australia

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Thrifty Car Rental

Multiple Locations
From AU$39.00 - 39.00
Thrifty is one of the most dynamic vehicle rental companies not only represented in South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales, but in every State, Territory, major Town and major Airport in Australia. They're 100 per cent Australian owned, so they really know your local area. The modern fleet of vehicles includes an extensive range of cars, trucks, vans, utes and buses and is amongst the youngest in the industry.

Cowboy Up Trail Riding

Crows Nest, Toowoomba Area
From AU$60.00 - 180.00
Cowboy Up Trail Riding offers you the experience to ride the 'Cowboy Way' on their friendly good natured Quarter Horses. In comfortable western saddles, you will have a relaxing ride through a working cattle property. Trails will take you through picturesque country where wallabies, wild deer and native birdlife thrive. From rolling hills you will witness magnificent views of surrounding mountains and farmland. All rides are fully guided and you can choose from a one hour ride, two hour ride (includes coffee and cake), half day cattle muster or half day ride (includes light lunch). One of their specialities is the Sunset Ride which takes a couple or party of friends on a 45 minute ride then leaves them alone, with a bottle of sparkling wine and a cheese platter, to enjoy the sunset on their beautiful property before being picked up by vehicle and taken back to the homestead. A great way to propose or celebrate your anniversary! Your hosts, Peter and Gill Gould have over 30 years experience with horses and are great teachers - particularly if you haven't ridden before or if you haven't ridden for a long time. Bookings are essential.

Bunya Mountains National Park

Bunya Mountains, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
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.

Taste South Burnett

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
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Now in a new, larger, more central location, right in the heart of Kingaroy's Central Business District! They are the one stop shop for all your regional gourmet and artisan deli foods as well as acting as the cellar door for local boutique wineries, including Barambah, Bellbird Vineyards, Kingsley Grove Estate, Tipperary Estate and Booie Range liqueurs (makers of the unique and very popular Peanut liqueur). Taste South Burnett is not just about wines though, with a huge selection of gourmet delicacies, such as Kingaroy's Luxury Fudge (which they make fresh on-site), Kingaroy Cheese, including the award winning Bunya Black and Triple Cream Brie varieties, Kingaroy Gourmet Peanuts, Ivyhome Organic Milk, Pressed Purity cold pressed natural oils and peanut butter, smallgoods, olives, chutneys, capers, honey, local chilli sauces and other deli fare, mostly gluten free. They specialise in making quality gift hampers stocked with their local foods and wines. A selection of selection of gluten free platters, snacks and locally roasted coffee (freshly-ground in a state-of-the-art self-serve coffee machine) are available daily and a fully Gluten Free Take-away Cafe Menu is also on offer (Monday to Friday only). They're the must see destination on your South Burnett adventure.
Captain's Paddock, in Kingaroy, is home to a vineyard, cellar door and the Modern Australian Captains Paddock Cafe. The vineyard's wines, and those from surrounding producers, are available by the glass or the bottle and staff will help you pair them with contemporary dishes. The Cafe is known for its spicy peanut soup and peanut pesto, made with peanuts from the Kingaroy region. On fine days, opt to eat outdoors on the cafe veranda, with a view of the vines.

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.

Coomba Falls

Maidenwell, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
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.

South Burnett Wine Trail

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
A visit to a wine region can be an interesting and rewarding experience, with each winery offering visitors a unique opportunity to sample their best wines on offer. The South Burnett is no exception. Wine buffs will love exploring the vineyards of this new wine producing region, where they will have the opportunity to experience a full range of white and red wines, ports and meads. However, you don't have to be a connoisseur to appreciate these award winning wines, you just have to enjoy good wine as much as good company. With its warm summer days, crisp cool nights and fertile soils, the South Burnett is a haven of vineyards stretching from Goomeri in the north, through the Murgon region to the Bunya Mountains, Kingaroy and south to Nanango. Along the way vineyards can be seen alongside olive groves, timber plantations, orchards and traditional agriculture. This palate of contrasting colours makes for breathtaking scenery and each stop provides a new experience. The South Burnett is considered a 'boutique' region with small vineyards concentrating on quality wine products. Visitors will enjoy sampling the best wines on offer at one of the cellar doors, while learning first hand about winemaking from the vineyard and winery staff.

Crane Wines

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Crane Winery, a small family owned Boutique Winery and Bed and Breakfast accommodation, was the first winery in the beautiful South Burnett. The grand old colonial homestead and rustic cellar door perch high on the Booie Range with breathtaking views east. Cranes is just eight kilometres from Kingaroy, and less than an hour to the majestic rainforests of the Bunya Mountains, making it the perfect place to base your stay while exploring the South Burnet. Crane's Bed and Breakfast accommodation offers up to four adults a memorable stay in two beautifully furnished, self contained rooms in a private wing of the old homestead. A substantial continental breakfast is provided, and a bottle of Crane Wines on arrival. The recently completed Garden Terrace can seat up to 50 people for lunch, or pre arranged evening functions. This all weather facility offers a limited menu for lunch, a gourmet platter for two showcasing home made and local products, or our specials which change weekly, hearty winter warmers, and in summer salads, or BBQ sizzlers are on offer to enjoy, while you enjoy the views, the gardens and the prolific bird life. Go and visit them soon, they would love to meet you.

Kingsley Grove Vineyard and Winery

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Kingsley Grove is a family owned and operated business, established in 1998 by Michael and Patricia Berry. Kingsley Grove take great pride in operating a self-sustaining winery with the concept of From Berry to Bottle. This means that they grow all the grapes used in winemaking on site and use their modern, fully equipped winery to create a wide range of wines. This allows them to make a range that includes traditional wines and more innovative styles that are designed to suit the Queensland climate. They have produced medal winning wines, and continue to innovate and develop their list which includes varietals, blends, sparkling wines and a selection of fortified wines. Kingsley Grove's cellar door is open for wine tasting 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm and on Saturday's and Sunday's serve Pat's famous wood-fired pizzas. Tours of their working winery are available by the winemaker if booked in advance. They can also cater for groups and can provide a unique venue for Christmas parties, contact them to book in advance.
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