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Duaringa

Duaringa is located 107 kilometres west of Rockhampton along the Capricorn Highway. The small town is the essence of a small rural community.

Duaringa is the oldest township in Duaringa Shire with buildings dating back to the 1860s and a corner of the local hotel has been preserved to show how early pioneers lived.

The Mackenzie Park has a man-made waterfall and is also home to the rare endemic Duaringa Stringy Bark, known as "Budgeroo" trees. These trees were of great cultural significance to the early indigenous community who used its bark to make rope, baskets and building materials.

Free hot showers and camping amenities are available. Try the hotel for dinner and a drink.

Duaringa, Central Highlands Area
Queensland
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Mount Scoria Conservation Park

Thangool, Banana Area
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Rising 150 metres above cultivated plains, Mount Scoria is a striking landmark near Biloela in the Banana Shire. Formed by volcanic activity 20 to 26 million years ago, this volcanic plug features many-sided basalt columns. Known as the 'Musical Mountain', Mount Scoria is one of only three prehistoric rock formations in the world which were originally the core of a volcano. When the basalt columns are struck (carefully) by another rock, musical notes ring out over the plain. Hence the term, Musical Mountain. Take the short cultural track to view the mountain and learn about its significance to the Gangulu people. Have a picnic, go birdwatching or barbecue at the picnic area.

Lake Callide

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Lake Callide is located 12 kilometres from Biloela via sealed road and approximately 90 kilometres south-west of Gladstone via the Dawson Highway. While compact, the lake provides visitors with rewarding fishing - especially for golden perch (yellowbelly) and has in recent times been well stocked with barramundi. Red-claw is abundant and it's well worth placing (tagged) traps for a catch of the tasty crayfish. A variety of other freshwater species are available to you and anglers report good success from bank fishing though the boat ramps make this an ideal spot for to launch a boat and follow the fish with a sounder. The lake also attracts a wide variety of birdlife and the local region includes some spectacular scenery at nearby Kroombit Tops National Park. It is a comfortable drive from the major cities of Gladstone, Rockhampton and popular costal areas.

150th Meridian

Moura, Banana Area
Free Entry
Located one kilometre east of Moura on the Dawson Highway, the 150th Meridian marker shows the position of the imaginary line (150 °E) on which Queensland (Eastern Standard) time is based. At the time of the equinox, a day is exactly 12 hours long anywhere on the Meridian line. The meridian line in Greenwich represents the Prime Meridian of the world, Longitude Zero (0° 0' 0"). Every place on the Earth is measured in terms of its angle east or west from this line. 'Holey rocks' like the ones at the Meridian Marker can be found all around Moura. They are a product of the process used for blasting of rock in Coal Mining. Take a sighting through the holes and you're looking along the 150th Meridian.

Goovigen

Goovigen, Banana Area
Nestled among some of the regions rural farming properties, Goovigen is one of the smaller townships within Banana Shire, with a population of just 287 people. Originally set up as a supply depot for the railways, it now forms an intricate part of a rich agricultural area with surrounding properties farming cotton, cattle and grain. Located just 52 kilometres from Biloela and approximately 121 kilometres south west of Rockhampton, the name Goovigen came from the Aboriginal word for Box Tree, a species of Eucalypt. Once a hive of activity for farmers and graziers, Goovigen has developed into the ideal tranquil retreat for travellers wanting a peaceful escape. The well maintained sports grounds provides camping with showers, toilets and barbeques nestled under the shade of numerous large trees. Goovigen's hidden treasures are easily accessible from this camping area. The town's historical society has transformed the School of Arts into a time capsule on stumps. Inside the restored corrugated iron hall, the walls are lined with panels full of stories about pioneers and families who made the district what it is today. Goovigen is also home to a collection of groups that have a passion for sport including the Goovigen Pony Club, Indoor Bowls and Tennis Club. The tiny town is blessed with numerous lovely renovated buildings and manicured gardens, one - the peaceful 'Willey's Walk' park is a used to host Anzac Day parades and other special functions. Several kilometres north of Goovigen, hidden out in the bush, is a pleasant surprise. Lake Victoria is a refreshing retreat with shady trees, a wide expanse of water, water birds and other wildlife. It is a popular spot amongst locals for water skiing, swimming or fishing, but usually is deserted, making it an ideal location to hide away from the world.

Jambin

Jambin, Banana Area
The village of Jambin is located is located 29 kilometres north west of Biloela on the Burnett Highway. Originally set up as a supply depot for the railways, Jambin now forms an intricate part of the rich agriculture area. A visit to Jambin isn't complete without a stop at the local pub. Located on the Burnett Highway, the local pub is a popular spot for a cool drink and break in your journey.

Biloela

Biloela, Banana Area
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What do coal, gold, cotton, beef and herbs have in common? Biloela. You truly are in the heart of cattle country in Biloela or "Bilo" as you might hear it called, where a town tells its story best through a 'spirit of the land' mural which connects it's early beginnings to present day history. If staying a while or just passing through make sure you check out the Queensland Heritage Park which has heaps of different displays from restored machinery, buildings, images, day to day items from the yesteryear - anything which shaped the region from the early days can be found here. Bilo could be said to be feeding and clothing the nation with cotton fields, sorghum, wheat, herbs, spices, pork and beef all active industries here. Take some time to explore, discover and relive the past as you browse through the machinery sheds and the large array of vintage agricultural machinery. If you love Four Wheel Driving and a bit of adventure, then Kroombit Tops National Park is not far away with an awesome range of Four Wheel Drive tracks, walks (including the wreckage of a World War II Liberator Bomber) and authentic Aussie landscape. Bilo is part of Australia's Country Way (the Burnett Highway) and you will see why when you pay this Central Queensland heartland a visit.

Duaringa

Duaringa, Central Highlands Area
Duaringa is located 107 kilometres west of Rockhampton along the Capricorn Highway. The small town is the essence of a small rural community. Duaringa is the oldest township in Duaringa Shire with buildings dating back to the 1860s and a corner of the local hotel has been preserved to show how early pioneers lived. The Mackenzie Park has a man-made waterfall and is also home to the rare endemic Duaringa Stringy Bark, known as "Budgeroo" trees. These trees were of great cultural significance to the early indigenous community who used its bark to make rope, baskets and building materials. Free hot showers and camping amenities are available. Try the hotel for dinner and a drink.

Wowan

Wowan, Banana Area
Wowan is small rural township steeped in history and located approximately 70 kilometres north-west of Biloela in the Banana Shire. Nestled amongst ancient gums and a myriad of creeks and gullies, the town was settled back in 1912; perched on the banks of Pocket Creek, Wowan is rich with native flora and fauna and is bordered by mountains to the south and west and offer visitors the chance to experience the friendly rural lifestyle that is 300 residents enjoy. The local museum offers an impressive collection of relics, memorabilia and history of the early settlers in the surrounding area. Stop by for a picnic in the museum's park, set by a creek and under shady gum trees. A visit to Wowan would not be complete without a visit to the very impressive, locally owned doll collection, which is open by appointment only - please contact the Biloela Visitor Information Centre for details. For a small town, Wowan has plenty of facilities for travellers, including three churches, a caravan park, hotel, fuel and groceries and a public multi-purpose centre.
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