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Birdwatching in the South Burnett

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area

With more than 350 recorded species, the South Burnett is a bird watchers dream. The region is known for the Black-breasted Button-quail and Glossy Black-Cockatoo, but expect to see the likes of the Red-rumped Parrot, Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater too.

A diverse array of habitats from dry rainforest and hoop pine forests, to expansive water masses, open woodlands and soft vine scrub, ensures prolific bird life year round.

Try these local hot spots: Lake Barambah, Nanango Fauna Sanctuary, Mudlo Conservation Park Kilkivan, Wooroolin Wetlands; Gordonbrook Dam; Boat Mountain Regional Park, Bunya Mountains National Park. Viewing platforms, lookouts and walking tracks are great vantage points, but keep your eyes peeled wherever you are, as you can spot birds along quiet country roads, in parks and urban areas.

The South Burnett is ideally situated two and a half hours from Brisbane, the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts. It is fringed by the pine-clad Bunya Mountains to the south-west, the hoop-pine covered Blackbutt Range to the east and the historic Burnett Range to the north.

Pack your walking shoes, picnic, hat, bird book and binoculars and record your own list of sightings in the South Burnett.

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Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

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Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.
South Burnett Visitor Information Centre
128 Haly Street
Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Queensland
Australia

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Nanango Fauna Reserve

Nanango, South Burnett Area
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The Nanango Fauna Reserve offers many different environments of seasonal waterholes, eucalypt woodland, acacia scrub, and dry vine scrub. It is a birdwatcher's delight with a variety of birds to be found including the Yellow-Faced Honeyeater, Australian Darter, Varied Sittella, Nankeen Night Heron, and Little Black and Little Pied Cormorant.

Maidenwell

Maidenwell, South Burnett Area
Maidenwell, around 20 minutes drive south west of Nanango, is a charming village at the gateway to the Bunya Mountains. Stop in at the quaint country pub for a beer or relax over lunch and a coffee at the Maidenwell Trading Post (home to locally grown Yalbury Olive products).

Bjelke-Petersen Dam

Murgon, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Bjelke-Petersen Dam, also known as Lake Barambah or BP Dam, is just 15 kilometres from Murgon, at Moffatdale in the South Burnett. It is a popular and well-equipped area for recreational freshwater fishing, birdwatching, boating, picnicking and camping / caravanning.

Peranga

Peranga, Toowoomba Area
Peranga is a small town in the Darling Downs that lies on a country road between Quinalow and Kulpi. The community is within a short drive of a number of surrounding tourist attractions, including the Acland Coal Mine, Moorlands Host Farm and the Muntapa Rail Tunnel.

Booie

Booie, South Burnett Area
What a view! On the northern outskirts of Kingaroy, the elevated locality of Booie or the Booie Range, as it's known, is fast gaining a reputation as a tourist must-do thanks to wineries, cellar doors, restaurants and boutique accommodation.

Cherbourg

Cherbourg, Cherbourg Area
Cherbourg is located off the Buyna Highway in the South Burnett region, very close to the dam wall of Bjelke-Petersen Dam. Cherbourg is home to a sizeable Aboriginal community and is the oldest and largest government settlement in Queensland.

Goomeri

Goomeri, Gympie Area
Goomeri is a former timber town that retains a relaxed old-world atmosphere. Many of Goomeri’s buildings were constructed in the 1920s and retain all their original charm.  The town is steeped in history, the ‘Lest We Forget’ town clock built in 1939 has become a landmark, earning Goomeri the name of ‘Clocktown’.

Bell

Bell,
Bell is a picturesque township nestled in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains and surrounded by panoramic views of rolling farmland. Just 30 minutes drive from the Bunya Mountains National Park, Bell is an ideal spot to take a break and look around.

Wooroolin Wetland

Wooroolin, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
The Wooroolin Wetland is located at the township of Wooroolin, 16 kilometres north of Kingaroy along the Bunya Highway. Wooroolin Wetlands was declared a fauna sanctuary in 1973, now classified as a palustrine wetland, a non-tidal, inland, seasonally flooded, vegetated swamp.

Bunya Mountains

Bunya Mountains, South Burnett Area
The majestic Bunya Mountains, situated about 150 kilometres from the coast, is a spectacular wilderness range forming an isolated section of the Great Dividing Range. The immense subtropical range of cool, green rainforest, eucalypt forests and woodlands is home to the world's largest forest of bunya pines.
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