Blackbutt

Blackbutt is an attractive small town surrounded by native forests. Situated on the D'Aguilar Highway, at the southern entrance to the South Burnett. 'Blackbutt' is the common name for the Eucalyptus Piluralis tree, native to the area. Often referred to as the 'Timber town', Blackbutt has a strong association with the timber industry dating back to the mid-1800s when European settlers first arrived here.

The distinctive song of the Bellbird can be heard in the natural surrounds of Blackbutt. Bushwalkers, cyclists and horse riders tend to use the Blackbutt Rail Head as their main access point to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail - refer to the Yarraman section for more details. Blackbutt is also a great place to join the Bicentennial National Trail, a trail open to walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders which links up
over 5,000km of old stock routes along the Great Dividing Range from Victoria to Tropical North Queensland.

In town, next to the park, you'll find the Visitor Information Centre housed in a replica of an old slab hut. Ask for advice on local art and directions to the Woodfired Bakery where you can buy one of Australia's best pies. Cosy accommodation can be found at a range of quality establishments. If
you're travelling in September plan for The Bloomin' Beautiful Blackbutt Festival, a celebration of agriculture, the beauty of the countryside and the local creative community.

Blackbutt, South Burnett Area
Queensland
Australia

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Wondai

Wondai, South Burnett Area
Wondai is the ideal place from which to explore local art and craft, museums and Lake Boondooma. Between the towns of Murgon and Kingaroy, Wondai features cattle and grain growing country as well as grasslands interspersed with eucalypt forests.

Lake Boondooma

Proston, South Burnett Area
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Peaceful Lake Boondooma is paradise for anglers, campers, bird watchers and water sports enthusiasts. The 1,900 hectare dam was purpose-built across the Boyne River in 1983 to provide a water supply to the Tarong Power Station.

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.

Bjelke-Petersen Dam

Murgon, South Burnett Area
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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.

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).

Yarraman

Yarraman, Toowoomba Area
Fringed by hoop pine plantation forests, bunya pines and picturesque grazing countryside, the timber town of Yarraman sits at the junction of the D'Aguilar and New England Highways. Hotel/motel, B&B, caravan park and cabin accommodation is available.

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.

Coral Gardens Dive Site Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
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Located on the Inner Gneerings off Mooloolaba, the Coral Gardens are like a small section of the Great Barrier Reef on the Sunshine Coast. Lovely hard and soft corals rule this reef in depths from 10 to 15 metres, with the site topography dominated by a series of gutters.

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!

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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