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Kingaroy

Surrounded by picturesque farmlands interspersed with low rolling hills, Kingaroy is the largest town in the South Burnett and central to this diverse and beautiful region. Kingaroy plays host to a variety of accommodation options including modern motels, caravan parks, B&Bs, cottages and farmstays.

From here you can explore one of Australia's most exciting new boutique wine regions. With a low-humidity, Kingaroy and the South Burnett are ideally suited for grape cultivation. The first vines were planted in 1995 and now you can visit and taste wine at more than five cellar doors nearby.

There's plenty of variety to explore on the wine trail, at venues ranging from some of Queensland's largest wineries to small boutique vineyards. Verdelho is the region's signature varietal, along with all the usual favourites, and some exciting alternative varieties.

Kingaroy is renowned for its peanut production - you can't miss the towering silos. Stop off to try local icon The Peanut Van's tasty range of more than 20 types of flavoured peanuts as well as boiled, chocolate-coated and roasted peanuts. Kingaroy's rich soils also yield many other crops and there's a growing gourmet food scene with chefs featuring local produce on menus at many of the award-winning restaurants and caf?s around town (try the mouth-watering local Barker's Creek Pork).

Drop into the Kingaroy Visitor Information Centre in the town's Arts and Heritage Precinct to chat to locals who can help you plan your itinerary. You can also purchase locally produced products, arts and craft. The precinct is home to Kingaroy Heritage Museum and a collection of historic buildings.

Taste South Burnett at the heritage-listed Old Butter Factory is a combined cellar door and providore where you can enjoy tastings of local boutique wines, regional gourmet produce and a range of freshly made fudge.

Panoramic views can be had from lookouts at Apex Park and at nearby Mt Wooroolin, which is also a nature refuge where you might spy regent bower birds or the black breasted quail. Water birds can be studied from bird hides at nearby Gordonbrook Dam and the Wooroolin wetlands.

Kingaroy

Kingaroy: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery


The Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery is the oldest public art space in the South Burnett. Since gaining full operational independence in 2015, it is gaining a reputation as a new South East Queensland art hub.

The Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery is run by Kingaroy Arts Team Inc, a not for profit organisation of art lovers who banded together to give new impetus and direction to the Gallery, and to kick- start 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 they call home. The Gallery is part of the Kingaroy Information, Art and Heritage precinct, directly opposite the towns iconic peanut silos. Shop 38 is the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery's surprise for locals and for out of town visitors as it boasts 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 retains many Deco features.




128 Haly Street
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 0.2K from Kingaroy

Kingaroy Soldiers Memorial Rotunda


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, QLD, 4610

Located 0.3K 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


The Museum is housed in what was Kingaroy's Power House from 1925 to 1952, which is now part of the Kingaroy Information, Art and Heritage Precinct.

The main focus of the museum is the history of the peanut industry. This is depicted by the collection of agricultural machinery showing the ingenuity and inventiveness of the local farmers and tradesmen. Machinery for growing peanuts was not available in the early 1920's so a farmer invented his 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 1920's 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


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. In December 1978 the Kingaroy Rotary Club donated a fountain to Kingaroy town and district to celebrate 30 years of Rotary in Kingaroy. The fountain has since been closed due to safety concerns and a large covered picnic table and barbecue now provide a welcome area for travellers to break their journey.

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


Apex Park is 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

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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