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Kingaroy Soldiers Memorial Rotunda

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area

Queensland's peanut capital Kingaroy remembered its WWI heroes by erecting a silver domed band rotunda set in a park. The establishment of the soldier's memorial park had commenced in 1921, after the land had been donated by Mr Youngman. The stone of remembrance was unveiled on ANZAC Day 1922, by Sergeant Norman Booth, a serving member of the Australian Army and local RSL president.

ANZAC commemorations were held at the stone of remembrance for the next 10 years. Its design echoes those of Sir Edwin Lutyns whose works are better recognised in England. He was one of three principal architects appointed for the Imperial War Graves Commission, involved in many monuments to commemorate the British Empire's war dead.

Kingaroy residents wanted a further memorial that would function as an attraction in the park, so the concept of a memorial rotunda was conceived. Gallipoli hero Sir Thomas (Bill) Glasgow was there to dedicate the rotunda on 29 June 1932. Constructed of concrete, eight classical columns support a frieze beneath the domed roof. The frieze carries the names of the theatres of WWI conflict: Gallipoli, France, Cocos Island, Egypt, New Guinea, Sinai and Belgium. 'Gallipoli' is inscribed over the main red steps.

Haly Street
Corner of William Street
Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
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Murgon

Murgon, South Burnett Area
Amid tranquil bushland and diverse farmlands, the historic town of Murgon, settled in 1846, offers a relaxed pace and offers the perfect base to discover the Barambah Wine Trail. The trail takes in the nearby winery area of Moffatdale where you'll find the largest vineyard in Queensland and five vineyards and cellar doors within a 15 kilometre radius of Murgon.

Nanango

Nanango, South Burnett Area
Nanango is one of Queensland's oldest towns and is proud of its unique heritage and colourful past. It's located about 20 minutes' drive south-east of Kingaroy. Don't miss one of the town's historic highlights - the beautiful Ringsfield House - you can do a tour and have morning tea or lunch in the cafe (and they do a great Sunday breakfast!

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.

Benarkin State Forest Park

Benarkin, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Benarkin State Forest on the Blackbutt Range is a great spot to picnic, fish, spot platypus or hike or ride on forest trails. From the D'Aguilar Highway an unsealed 16 kilometre scenic forest drive leads through rainforest, hoop pine plantations and eucalypt forests containing blackbutt, tallowwood, white mahogany, gums and ironbarks to small flats beside the inviting waters of Emu Creek.

Mount Wooroolin

Kingaroy, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Mount Wooroolin lookout is located just over four kilometres west of Kingaroy; the Kingaroy Shire Council developed it in 1988 as a bicentennial project. There is a grassed area available for picnics with tables and wood barbecues.

Jimna State Forest

Jimna, Somerset Area
Free Entry
Jimna State Forest has had a colourful history of gold mining and timber milling. The last flurry of mining, in the 1940s, yielded 2.8 kilograms of gold. Attractions include creeks, log bridges and wildlife including platypus and many species of birds.

Coomba Falls

Maidenwell, South Burnett Area
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Coomba Falls, at Maidenwell, is an exceptionally beautiful place, featuring a deep natural swimming hole and striking granite cliffs. The water is icy most of the year, so it's the ideal site to cool down on a hot day.

Kumbia

Kumbia, South Burnett Area
Kumbia is a small town nestled into the foothills of the Bunya Mountains, on the Bunya Highway, between the Mountains and Kingaroy. This picturesque little town offers a great opportunity to stop and stock up on groceries and fuel before you head up into the Bunyas - note there are only basic supplies available at The Bunyas general store and no fuel or bottle shop on the mountain.

Benarkin

Benarkin, South Burnett Area
Benarkin is a small timber town located off the D'Aguilar Highway, just shy of three and a half kilometres from Blackbutt. Benarkin has a general store and a population of around 200 residents (the rest area at First Settlers Park is a popular overnight stop for travellers).

Proston

Proston, South Burnett Area
Once a country locality known for its diary products, Proston, just north of Wondai in the South Burnett, is now a major growing area for duboisia - a native tree valued for its pharmaceutical properties.
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