St George

From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, St George relaxes the senses in all the right ways. Perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, it is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Balonne Shire. A star feature, the two kilometre stretch of shady riverbank walkway which begins below the Jack Taylor Weir and travels alongside the township where you'll find picnic and barbecue facilities, a flood height marker, exercise equipment and information signs on fish and birds unique to this area.

In an unassuming small brick building in the main street, you'll find humble emu eggs carved into stunning, illuminated pieces of art at The Unique Egg. Local character and artisan Steve Margaritus or 'Stavros' has hand-carved an amazing variety of scenes on each egg and illuminated them. For the wine lover Riversands Wines satisfies your thirst for a good drop. With a free, personalised wine tasting at the cellar door you're sure to find a new favourite. Not only do they offer superb wine but why not relax and enjoy their shady country gardens and outdoor café offering scones and homemade jam or a cheese platter and a glass of wine.

To really take in the Balonne River's magnitude of water, pack a few drinks and nibbles and jump on board a Sandytown River Cruise. As you idle down the middle of the river, sit back and enjoy the views and abundant birdlife including pelican's cockatoo's and eagles.

Fill in the morning or afternoon by experiencing the St George Cotton Self-Drive Trail. Pack your thermos and smoko as you head off and get to know more about the local cotton industry. The St George Heritage Centre also offers plenty of historical information and artefacts, blacksmith, printing press, old gaol and courthouse. Take a step back in time as early as the 1800s by discovering the 45 minute drive route known as the St George Heritage Trail. Pick up a brochure from the Visitor Information Centre to explore important historical sites, colourful stories and buildings that have shaped the town's history.

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Mount Archer National Park

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
With a height of 604 metres, Mt Archer dominates Mt Archer National Park and provides a dramatic backdrop to Rockhampton. The park protects a range of plants and animals, including plant species with restricted distributions, also the glossy black-cockatoo.

Blackdown Tableland National Park

Dingo, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
As the traditional home of the Ghungalu people, the Blackdown Tableland National Park is a place of ancient aboriginal art, deep gorges and scenic waterfalls. There are several walking tracks in the park which will allow you to discover unusual plant communities that thrive in the cooler, elevated climate - as well as lookouts and relics from the past.

Blackwater

Blackwater, Central Highlands Area
Best known as the Coal Capital of Queensland, Blackwater is home to the Blackwater International Coal Centre where you can learn everything there is to know about coal. With over 20 exhibits and displays, the centre tells the story of the region's coal mining industry - past, present and future.

Marlborough

Marlborough, Livingstone Area
Marlborough is situated 102 kilometres north of Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway (Highway 1) and is the site of the chrysoprase mine. There is motel and caravan park style accommodation and the Marlborough Historical Museum to visit.

Dingo

Dingo, Central Highlands Area
Nestled in hundreds of hectares of grazing country, Dingo is a convenient access point for exploring the Blackdown Tableland National Park as well as home to the annual World Dingo Trap Throwing Competition and Picnic Races in July.

Gracemere

Gracemere, Rockhampton Area
Gracemere is located nine kilometres west of Rockhampton, the Beef Capital of Australia. The town is home to the largest saleyards in the Southern Hemisphere and is the heart of the Capricorn cattle industry.

Bluff

Bluff, Central Highlands Area
Bluff is located in the Central Highlands, 94 kilometres east of Emerald on the Capricorn Highway. A must see for rail enthusiasts, Bluff is the major interchange station for coal trains. Many trains are over two kilometres long.

Rockhampton

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Rockhampton's charming historical architecture has captured the hearts of visitors for many decades. Founded in 1853, the city is home to heritage post offices, historic streetscapes, majestic cathedrals and quaint homes.
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