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Kingaroy

Named after the aboriginal word for 'red ant' and renowned for its towering peanut silos, Kingaroy is home to several quality wineries located both in town and scattered throughout the surrounding countryside. From shiraz to chardonnay, the range is wide and quality is high. This rich agricultural area is producing a host of gourmet delights, including olives and cheeses, to complement the wines and more traditional crops such as peanuts! Take a farm tour and find out more about the agricultural side of life, from growing, to harvesting to tasting! The South Burnett is a myriad of contrasting colours - rich red earth patch-worked with vivid green crops. At the Mount Wooroolin Nature Refuge bird watchers may be rewarded with sightings of Regent Bower Birds, Black Breasted Quail or the Eastern Shrike-tit. Water birds can be studied from bird hides Gordonbrook Dam. Groups and families will find plenty to do with an abundance of free or low cost tours and activities on offer. The town is constantly progressing and expanding but remains proud of its long and rich history. One of the region's earliest homesteads is open to the public by appointment and is immaculately maintained for a true experience of yesteryear. The Heritage Museum also depicts the pastoral and agricultural history of Kingaroy. Kingaroy caters for special interest shoppers with plenty of arts, crafts and antiques in and around the town. Much of the local craft and produce can be seen at the Visitor information centre, including the distinctive ochre Kingaroy mud - dyed shirts. Kingaroy has a range of accommodation to offer its visitors. You can choose from modern motels, well-appointed cabins and excellent caravan park and villa accommodation. Or try a hosted accommodation option, staying in one of the lovely bed and breakfasts, homestead retreats or farm-stays.

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Kingaroy: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery


Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery is the place if you're looking for beautiful local art or a creative keepsake of your travels. It's the oldest public art space in the South Burnett and has a growing reputation as one of South East Queensland's most dynamic arts hubs.

The gallery is run by not-for-profit Kingaroy Arts Team Inc, a group of art lovers intent on giving it new impetus and direction , and focussed on kick- starting public art in Kingaroy and the South Burnett. They delight in hosting exhibitions which break new ground, and can be fun, thought provoking or just plain quirky.

The Gallery is supported by the South Burnett Regional Council which maintains the heritage-listed Art Deco building it occupies within the Kingaroy Information, Art and Heritage precinct (directly opposite the town's iconic peanut silos).

'Shop 38' is the Gallery's surprise package for locals and out-of-town visitors, as it presents a constantly changing showcase of South Burnett art and high-end craftwork. Shop 38 takes its name from the year the Art Deco-style former Shire Council Chambers were opened. The building is a destination in itself, retaining many handsome Deco features.




128 Haly Street
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 0.2K from Kingaroy

Kingaroy Memorial Park


Kingaroy's beautiful Memorial Park is located near the heart of town and is the major formal park in the Shire. The War Memorial is located in the park and is a band rotunda constructed of eight classical columns, supporting a frieze and a domed roof. The frieze contains the names of the areas where the armed forces fought in World War I. Sir Thomas William Glasgow dedicated the memorial on 29 June 1932. To the west of the rotunda is the Stone of Remembrance honouring those who served from World War I to Vietnam. All ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services are held there.

The park has extensive flower gardens, paved paths, modern play equipment, picnic tables, barbecue facilities (coin operated on William Street side) and amenities which also have disabled access. The park also offers an off leash area for dogs on the Alford Street side. It is also home to the annual Wine and Food in the Park Festival held each March.

The Kingaroy swimming pool is beside Memorial Park on William Street and this adds to making the park a pleasant place to stop and have a quiet break and relax while taking advantage of the facilities.




Haly Street
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 0.4K from Kingaroy

Kingaroy Lions Park


Lions Park is located in Kingaroy Street, near the heart of town. It is a pleasant small park with roofed picnic tables, play equipment, a coin operated barbecue and disabled toilet facilities. This park is a good place to break your journey to relax and plan your drive around the South Burnett. Children will love the colourful playground equipment and the fun photo cut out frames of a peanut and a navy bean! Both crops have contributed much to the development of the Kingaroy area.

Kingaroy's famous Peanut Van is beside the park and what better way to finish off your meal than by sampling local produce. Lions Park is also the location for South Burnett Regional Council's dump point for caravans.

Adjacent to Lions Park is the Bjelke-Petersen Recreation Area - a large green open space with walking and cycle paths, centred on Kingaroy's Town Common. It was developed on reclaimed land created by the town's flood mitigation scheme in the early 1980s.




Kingaroy Street
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 0.5K from Kingaroy

Kingaroy Heritage Museum


Kingaroy's fascinating Heritage Museum is housed in what was the town's power house from 1925 to 1952 - and is now part of the Kingaroy Information, Art and Heritage Precinct.

The history of the local peanut industry is a main focus of the collection , with exhibits of agricultural machinery showing the ingenuity and inventiveness of the local farmers and tradespeople. Machinery for farming peanuts was not available in the early 1920s, so farmers invented their own. The first being a bicycle powered thresher built in 1909, then an American-made wheat thresher was converted by a local farmer to thresh peanuts. In the late 1920s Mr Harry Young designed and built his very own dinosaur - a stationary peanut thresher.

These machines are on display in the museum along with other prototypes of peanut harvesting machinery designed and built by local inventors. Some of their ideas are still in use today.




128 Haly Street
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 0.6K from Kingaroy

Kumbia Federation Heritage Centre


In this collection you'll find a treasure trove of historical photographs, local historical records and artefacts relating to the early residents of Kumbia. The collection is thanks to the efforts of the Kumbia and District Historical Society (established 1980) and the Kumbia Hall Committee who joined forces to preserve and present as much local history as possible for the benefit of future generations and those interested in local history.

Of particular note is memorabilia from the early 1900s and a large collection of historic photos of the district, many of which were the work of local freelance photographer Harold Mears. After his death in 1977, the Historical Society was successful in acquiring his entire collection of 13000 negatives. Many are of the local district, people and events. Many of the photos have been printed off and are available for sale as postcards. To carry on from Harold Mears' era the Society has been given a collection of slides of local interest, these are the work of Mr Ernie Garrett and covers the 1950s to the 1970s.




31 Bell Street
Kumbia, QLD, 4610

Located 0.7K from Kingaroy

Birdwatching in the South Burnett


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.




South Burnett Visitor Information Centre,
128 Haly Street
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 0.7K from Kingaroy

Kingaroy Rotary Park


In Kingaroy Rotary Park you'll find a large covered picnic table and barbecue provide a welcome area for travellers to break their journey. The Rotary Park is located on the eastern side of Kingaroy. Travel east along Haly Street until the lights at Fisher Street. The park is just through the lights on the right.

The park is ringed by tall shady trees, which provide welcome shade on hot days. Children delight in playing on the modern play equipment and there are wide grassed areas to play in.

Toilet facilities with disabled access are available here as well.




Fisher Street,
Corner of Haly Street
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 1.2K from Kingaroy

Kingaroy Apex Park and Lookout


A peaceful rest stop, Apex Park was the site of the first public hospital in Kingaroy and was developed by the Apex Club in the mid 1960s. The large trees you see today are the original plantings from the hospital grounds. A resident of the area donated the steam engine in the centre of the park.

There is a memorial in the park in recognition of the great contribution of Matron Norma McDiarmid (1915-1944) erected by Kingaroy Past and Present Nurses Association.

A walking track through native bush takes you to the lookout on Coral Street. The viewing platform affords panoramic vistas of Kingaroy and surrounds including the iconic peanut silos, Tarong Power Station and Coolabunia Hill (home to the late Joh and Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen). Towards the south-west, are expansive views of the Bunya Mountains.

There is a large playground and towering shade trees perfect for relaxing under. Bring a picnic and enjoy a pleasant afternoon in the peaceful surroundings.

All play equipment is on rubber-based soft fall material designed to reduce impact. There is a wood barbecue under the sheltered picnic area and toilet amenities available.




Fisher Street
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 1.7K from Kingaroy

Mount Wooroolin Lookout


You'll find great views from Mount Wooroolin Lookout, just over four kilometres west of Kingaroy. Established in 1988 as a bicentennial project by Kingaroy Shire Council, the area features a grassed area with picnic tables and wood barbecues.

The elevated viewing platform offers 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding countryside: Coolabunia Hill, the Bunya Mountains, Queensland's second oldest National Park and Tarong Power Station, which generates approximately one fifth of Queensland's power. To the northwest is pretty Gordonbrook Dam, the source of Kingaroy's water supply.

The ramp to the viewing platform is smooth for disabled access, but care needs to be taken, as it's quite steep. The nature reserve is 160 acres of endangered eucalypt woodland and dry vine forest. Bird watchers are often rewarded with sightings of Regent Bower Birds, Black Breasted Button Quail and Eastern Shrike-tit.

Visitors are advised to take care while ascending or descending the narrow sealed road to the top; it's not suitable for cars towing caravans or trailers.




Mount Wooroolin Access Road
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 2.7K from Kingaroy

Kingaroy: Travel Tips

South Burnett Visitor Information Centre, Kingaroy


The South Burnett Visitor Information Centre is situated in the Kingaroy Information Art and Heritage Precinct located on Haly Street in Kingaroy.

This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries. Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, the South Burnett Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do and where to eat. Discuss with the friendly staff your travel plans or make a booking.

The Art Gallery showcases local professionals and emerging artists as well as hosting travelling exhibitors.

The Heritage Museum depicts the history of the Kingaroy region under the themes of People, Power and Peanuts.

The Interpretive Area is an open park landscape area behind the precinct planted with local crops and vegetation as well as an inviting covered Arena with chairs and tables for coach groups to gather and partake of self catered refreshments.




128 Haly Street
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 0.5K from Kingaroy

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