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Kilkivan

Kilkivan is the north-eastern entrance to the South Burnett and is home to a host of experiences. Tempt your tastebuds with local olives and redclaw crayfish. Tantalise your senses with the aroma and healing properties of lavender direct from the farm. Allow yourself to glimpse life as it used to be, by wandering the town's historical museum in the main street.

Queensland's first gold discovery was at Kilkivan in 1852 and subsequent findings escalated into a gold rush in 1868. Small pockets of gold are still found to this day and visitors can have a go at gold panning. Brochures describing short walks and drives to places of interest are available. Check out Mudlo Gap Conservation Park, north of Kilkivan especially if you have an interest in bird watching.

Have a cold drink at the hotel and meet some of the locals. As well as lovely accommodation, the local B&B offers sumptuous meals and the opportunity to take some of the goodies with you in a South Burnett gift hamper.

Annually, the town hosts 'The Kilkivan Great Horse Ride', an exciting event which has been known to attract over 1000 riders to its trek along parts of the Bicentennial National Trail.

Kilkivan
Kilkivan, Gympie Area
Queensland
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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.

Wongi State Forest and Forest Reserve

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
In Wongi National Park and Forest Reserve, beautiful waterholes fringed by paperbarks and rushes are surrounded by eucalypt forest and exotic pine plantations. In the heart is Lake Lenthall, which provides the water supply for Hervey Bay. Camp under shady eucalypt trees at Wongi recreation area. Enjoy a picnic by the waterholes, which are stained golden brown from paperbarks. Supervise children, as some waterholes are deep. Fish at Lake Lenthall recreation area; but obtain a permit from the Wide Bay Water Corporation first.

Mudlo National Park

Kilkivan, Gympie Area
Mudlo National Park, known locally as Mudlo Gap, protects one of the area’s few remaining stands of native hoop pine rainforest. Tall hoop pines once covered much of the coastal ranges. The park is near the site of Queensland's first gold discovery - at Kilkivan township in 1852. Go for the short, scenic drive to Mudlo Gap for excellent views. The Mudlo Gap track is steep with many steps, but the view from the lookout is impressive. Enjoy a picnic beside Scrubby Creek. Part of the one kilometre Scrubby Creek walking track is wheel chair accessible - through dry rainforest, past giant figs and pleasant creeks. On your walks, keep your eyes open for whiptail wallabies and listen for wonga pigeons.

Brooyar State Forest

Gympie, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Brooyar State Forest features sandstone cliffs, hoop pine plantations and a mix of tall open eucalypt forest with spotted gums. Pockets of riparian rainforest fringe Glastonbury Creek. Take a scenic drive, stopping to enjoy views from Point Pure lookout (300 metre return walk) or a short stroll along an old logging road through rainforest. You can picnic at Glastonbury Creek, or set up your tent or caravan on the grassy camping area nearby. Relax and absorb the tranquillity. In summer, feast your eyes on the forest's colours: rich red and yellow flowers of black bean trees, and vivid orange flower spikes of silky oaks. You can camp with your dog overnight, but must keep it on a leash.

Lenthalls Dam

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
Lenthalls Dam is an ideal picnic and fishing spot with barbecue facilities, picnic shelter and tables, walking tracks and a small boat ramp provided. Built in 1984 on the Burrum River, about 30 kilometres north-west of Maryborough, Lenthalls Dam is reached by turning off the Bruce Highway about halfway between Torbanlea and Maryborough, and then travelling seven kilometres along a sealed gravel road. Lake Lenthall offers a superb location for anglers with smaller vessels, and is also proving to be a popular fishing location for fly-fishing anglers chasing a variety of popular freshwater species. The lake is officially stocked with Australian bass, barramundi, golden perch (yellowbelly) and silver perch. But there have been reports of saratoga being caught, along with eels, eel-tailed catfish (jew) and the introduced spangled perch. Bass are the main species caught, but barramundi are starting to show and will no doubt make this a noteworthy fishing location in coming years.

Kilkivan

Kilkivan, Gympie Area
Kilkivan is the north-eastern entrance to the South Burnett and is home to a host of experiences. Tempt your tastebuds with local olives and redclaw crayfish. Tantalise your senses with the aroma and healing properties of lavender direct from the farm. Allow yourself to glimpse life as it used to be, by wandering the town's historical museum in the main street. Queensland's first gold discovery was at Kilkivan in 1852 and subsequent findings escalated into a gold rush in 1868. Small pockets of gold are still found to this day and visitors can have a go at gold panning. Brochures describing short walks and drives to places of interest are available. Check out Mudlo Gap Conservation Park, north of Kilkivan especially if you have an interest in bird watching. Have a cold drink at the hotel and meet some of the locals. As well as lovely accommodation, the local B&B offers sumptuous meals and the opportunity to take some of the goodies with you in a South Burnett gift hamper. Annually, the town hosts 'The Kilkivan Great Horse Ride', an exciting event which has been known to attract over 1000 riders to its trek along parts of the Bicentennial National Trail.

Bauple

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Discover the ancestral home of the Macadamia Nut with a visit to the charming village of Bauple in Queensland's Fraser Coast. Bauple sits in the foothills of Bauple Mountain and offers the chance to relive the pioneering past, discover incredible nut facts and enjoy locally grown nuts products. The nut was discovered thousands of years ago on the Mountain by the Butchulla and Kabi Kabi People who would meet in large gatherings to feast upon the prized delicacy. At Bauple's Macadamia House, visit a working nut sorting and drying facility and see displays of macadamia products. Crack nuts on the 'cracka pad' and take a seat in "Nosh", the iconic Nutmobile whose celebrity passengers have included Prince Charles and Lady Di. At the Bauple and District Museum, which opens daily, delve into the area's impressive history through photographs, early faming tools, antiques and rare coins and telephones. There is even a 3.3 metre skin from a crocodile shot in the Mary River in the 1960s. Picnic in the Museum's gardens next to a restored 1907 locomotive, similar to the one used by the Bauple Sugar Mill. Ask at the museum about the Bauple Historic Walk - which is a self-guided walk to discover the town's key historical sites. While the Bauple (or Bopple) nut trees once grew prolifically in the area, today the original trees are kept safe in a scientific reserve on the mountain. You can still see four examples of original varieties directly across from the Museum as well as large commercial plantings around Bauple. Camp for free in the heart of Bauple with overnight stays available for self-contained caravans and RVs. There is another free RV site at Rossendale Park, just outside of Bauple. During your visit, join in community events at the Bauple Community Shed and Band Hall. Hinterland markets are held every fourth Saturday. The Bauple Nut Bash is held every September. Explore the wider area by following the Fraser Coast Country Drive, which takes in the historic Dickabram Bridge and small towns oozing country charm such as Tiaro and Theebine.

Torbanlea

Burrum Coast, Fraser Coast Area
The quaint country town Torbanlea on the Fraser Coast was one of Queensland's first coal mining settlements and is famous for its annual picnic races. Every October, visitors can experience the fantastic atmosphere of the annual event at the town's Racetrack and Sports grounds - it is Queensland's best picnic races by a country mile! While at Torbanlea, visit its historic hotel, which retains much of its characteristics from its days when an enterprising miner built it as a waterhole for his workmates in the 188os. There are great swimming, fishing and camping spots on the nearby Burrum River. A good access point is the Powerhouse Road Picnic Area and Boat Ramp near neighbouring Howard. Follow a Mining Villages and Waterholes Trail or Burrum Coast Discovery Trail to explore the area. The trails take in Howard, also one of Queensland's first coal mining settlements and the picturesque fishing villages Burrum Heads and Toogoom. Explore nearby Lenthall's Dam and the Wongi Waterholes - a beautiful picnic and camping spot, fringed by paperbark trees and surrounded by forest.

Tiaro and Fraser Coast Hinterland

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Discover the rural charms of Tiaro and the surrounding area of Queensland's beautiful Fraser Coast Hinterland. Visit the ancestral home of the Macadamia nut, dine in historic hotels or picnic riverside while taking in the picturesque scenery and genuine country hospitality. The southern hinterland is defined by the Mary River which provides opportunities for camping, fishing and canoeing. A quiet trip down the Mary can bring you face to face with some of Australia's rarest species including the ancient Australian lungfish and Mary River turtle, while country roads and old stock routes lend themselves to bushwalking, horse riding and mountain biking. Begin your journey of discovery at the Tiaro Visitor Information Centre and Craft Cottage in the restored railway station on the Bruce Highway where you can stock up on locally produced art and crafts, and produces as well as local knowledge. Enjoy a hearty meal and good old fashioned hospitality in an historic country pub including Tiaro's Hideaway Station Hotel (circa 1881) or the Royal Hotel in its main street. Taste some top quality bacon and smallgoods at one of the town's more unusual attractions, its butcher shop which is famous throughout Australia. Explore the wider area by following the Fraser Coast Country Drive Trail, which takes in old rail sidings, the historic Dickabram Bridge and small towns oozing country charm such as Bauple, Gundiah and Theebine.
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