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Gin Gin

Gin Gin must be one of the only towns in Australia that can link bushrangers, thick scrub, red soil and barramundi together through its unique and varied history and landscape.

A perfect pit stop on your way North or South, Gin Gin is often referred to as Wild Scotsman country as one of Queensland's rogue bushrangers was captured here in 1866.

There are markets of the same name held every Saturday in the main street with lots of local produce to be had and while you are there you can check out the old Courthouse which now houses a community run gallery space.

A gateway to great Barramundi fishing, Gin Gin is just 20 minutes south of this international fishing destination at Lake Monduran.

Only the locals know to head to the bakery and get one of the famous pies before they are all snaffled up and to go and stock up on snacks and supplies before checking out Goodnight Scrub National Park while in the area.

Goodnight Scrub is the perfect place to spot some 166 listed species of birds, including powerful owls, regent bowerbirds, forest kingfishers and king parrots. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and butterflies too as they flutter by.

Take a trip down Queensland's pioneering past with rural countryside and cattle country, vineyards and olive groves in Gin Gin and surrounds.

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Gin Gin, Bundaberg Area
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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.

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.

Coalstoun Lakes

Coalstoun Lakes, North Burnett Area
Coalstoun Lakes rises 200 metres above a broad cultivated valley, Mt Le Brun, an extinct volcano, contains two large craters which form shallow lakes. Formed more than 600,000 years ago, the mountain is one of the youngest volcanic formations in Australia. Protected by Coalstoun Lakes National Park, the lakes were named after Coalstoun in Scotland by Wade Brun, manager of nearby Ban Ban Station. Perfect for those wanting to observe nature or participate in some birdwatching, visitors can park at the base and make their way up the side of the crater for views and spectacular rural scenery.

Cordalba

Cordalba, Bundaberg Area
Cordalba is home to a fantastic Bed and Breakfast just off the highway which offers fresh sea perch fishing opportunities and local produce from their seasonal stall as well as a great range of accommodation. If you aren't the fishing type, then there is a fantastic, historic pub and locals reckon you should check out the Mango Tree Church on Hodges Road. Cordalba is surrounded by the Cordalba State Forest which is characterised by it's rugged hills of open eucalypt woodland, this park is an adventurer's retreat. You can spotlight for possums and gliders at night and go mountain biking or birdwatching during the day. There are mountain biking trails which are frequented that can be accessed by taking the turn-off to Cordalba via Claytons Road and then turn left onto Promisedland Road. The turn-off to Promisedland mountain bike trail network is approximately three kilometres along this road.

Gin Gin

Gin Gin, Bundaberg Area
Gin Gin must be one of the only towns in Australia that can link bushrangers, thick scrub, red soil and barramundi together through its unique and varied history and landscape. A perfect pit stop on your way North or South, Gin Gin is often referred to as Wild Scotsman country as one of Queensland's rogue bushrangers was captured here in 1866. There are markets of the same name held every Saturday in the main street with lots of local produce to be had and while you are there you can check out the old Courthouse which now houses a community run gallery space. A gateway to great Barramundi fishing, Gin Gin is just 20 minutes south of this international fishing destination at Lake Monduran. Only the locals know to head to the bakery and get one of the famous pies before they are all snaffled up and to go and stock up on snacks and supplies before checking out Goodnight Scrub National Park while in the area. Goodnight Scrub is the perfect place to spot some 166 listed species of birds, including powerful owls, regent bowerbirds, forest kingfishers and king parrots. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and butterflies too as they flutter by. Take a trip down Queensland's pioneering past with rural countryside and cattle country, vineyards and olive groves in Gin Gin and surrounds.

Gayndah

Gayndah, North Burnett Area
Gayndah lays claim to being the oldest towns in Australia, founded in 1849 maintaining its old fashioned charm today. Several buildings have been heritage listed including Mellors Drapery (one of the few buildings in Australia which still uses a flying fox to deal with transactions), old section of the State School, Gayndah Soldier's Memorial
Hall (Town Hall and Council Chambers), Racecourse and several rail bridges. Sheep and mining brought settlers into 
the area, but it was the drier, less humid climate, rich volcanic and alluvial soils and plenty of sunshine that set the area up as a prime citrus growing centre and is popular during the cooler months of May to August with local and visiting fruit pickers. Gayndah is famous for it's biennial Orange Festival which is a celebration of the abundant citrus produce which comes from the region. Among the many historical points of interest, the Gayndah Art Gallery, Gayndah Museum with it's extensive display dedicated to the Queensland Lungfish (or Ceratodus)Archers Lookout and the town clock are all worth a mention. Gayndah is part of the Burnett Circle Touring Route and can be visited as part of a six day drive tour to take in all of the rural and authentic Australian experiences as part of the North Burnett.

Biggenden

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
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.

Mount Perry

Mount Perry, North Burnett Area
Mount Perry settlement began in the late 1840s with the taking up of large sheep grazing stations, mining activity began in the 1860s and the discovery of rich copper deposits led to a mining boom. Today there is still mining activity in the town. One of the most interesting sites in the Mount Perry area is the Boolboonda Tunnel, despite the fact that it extends 192 metres into the rock, it is unlined and unsupported. In fact it has the dubious distinction of being the longest unsupported tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere. The tunnel was originally built in 1883 for the railway line between Bundaberg and Mount Perry to service the copper mines. Now it is home to a colony of bent-winged bats and used to access residential properties. You can explore the tunnel at your leisure. Mount Perry is 100 kilometres north west of Bundaberg and is home to an array of arts and cultural experiences that can be had at the Pat Augustine centre and Bicentennial museum. There is an active Mount Perry Arts Group that facilitate an annual exhibition in September. Any history buffs can check out the smelter slag heap mining site, heritage walk and survey the view from the Normanby and Schuh lookouts. Some major sporting events are the twice-yearly Mount Perry Races, the annual Mount Perry Mountain Bike Cup and Mount Perry Woodchop, all drawing large crowds.

Childers

Childers, Bundaberg Area
Rows of red rich soil, green macadamia trees dotting the horizon, "hedges" of sugarcane along the roadside and a main street with history and heritage oozing out of its facades - history, heritage, arts, culture, food and wine is all here in Childers. There is plenty to check out if you are in Childers with the family, one of the largest open air bird aviaries, a snake and reptile park, art gallery, library and the restored 1920's Paragon Theatre has a schedule of movies and events. You could spend a whole day here doing wineries with four to visit, all doing a range of wines and other alcoholic beverages based on the local produce grown in the region. Make sure you take a moment to indulge in gourmet ice-cream famous from the region and head to the Palace memorial which is a touching tribute to those who lost their lives. From its darker days to new beginnings stop a while under a shady leopard tree and take a break in this heart of sugar cane country.

Lake Monduran

Gin Gin, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
You can't avoid Bass and Barra when it comes to Lake Monduran. You can do Barramundi charters, fish yourself for barra on the lake, eat barra, picnic with barra, barbecue with Barra and even be in a competition to catch the biggest Barra. If fishing isn't really your game then you can kayak, canoe, swim and waterski too. The area has great cabins, camping and picnic spots, you can hire a houseboat to cruise the lake or hire a boat if you don't have one with you and makes a lovely short-break away or longer stay to lure yourself the big one.
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