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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).

You can also access Benarkin State Forest on the Blackbutt Range. With majestic hoop pines rising above dense subtropical rainforest. Pines planted in the 1920s thrive near blue gum and ironbark forests. The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail which follows the old Brisbane Valley rail line is suitable for horses, walkers or cyclists and is easily accessible from Benarkin.

Benarkin: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Roy Emerson Museum

The Roy Emerson Museum is situated in Blackbutt, high on the Great Divide, approx 180 kilometres North West of Brisbane and adjacent to the very popular Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
The building was the original Nukku State School where tennis great Roy Emerson completed his primary years.

There are many photos and stories about Roy as well as the "soon-to-be" life size bronze statue situated at the Nukku Nook precinct. The museum houses a collection of photos and memorabilia from the days of local timber getting, early schooling, farming and the building of the railway.

The old Nukku Siding, with refurbishment almost finished, takes pride of place behind the museum. They are presently laying track in the hope they can access a carriage, completing the stage, so to speak.

There are many old videos to sit and watch; the timber industry, rail building, tennis matches from last century and the restoration of the severely, flood damaged Taromeo Cemetery.

Tag-along-tours are another feature conducted by this band of passionate members with visits to Taromeo Station, Jessie's Well, Hill 60 and local Bora and Kippa rings. The museum is open 10am to 2pm daily and all visitors are made most welcome.

Bowman Road,
Lot 31
Blackbutt, QLD, 4306

Located 3.7K from Benarkin

Benarkin State Forest Park

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.

Two camping areas, Clancys and Emu Creek, are open areas beside Emu Creek (a tributary of the Brisbane River) and cater for a range of camping experiences from tents to caravans and motorhomes.

Toilet facilites and tap water (treat before drinking) are provided at both sites; cold showers are provided at Emu Creek. Open fires are permitted in fireplaces only (except during fire bans). Please bring firewood.

Dogs are permitted (on a leash) at Clancys camping area. Visitors can walk or ride mountain bikes, or horses on the Bicentennial National Trail, the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail or on formed roads and tracks; except where signed or when access is restricted due to timber harvesting activities. Riding trail bikes is permitted in some parts of the park.

D'Aguilar Highway
Benarkin, QLD, 4306

Located 4.1K from Benarkin

Linville War Memorial

The small timber-milling community of Linville saw 24 young men enlist in WWI, eight died while serving, including the brother of the men who designed and built Linville's war memorial.

War veteran Tom Cross designed the timber structure with its pagoda-like roof. His brothers Frank, a cabinetmaker, and Jim built the memorial, using materials and labour donated by local residents. It was completed in 1921, the same year that Linville was allocated a German machine gun or 'war trophy', housed within.

The copper honour board facing the street lists all who enlisted in the district. A second plaque below pays tribute to those who died.

The Australian War Memorial allocated gun trophies to communities. Linville's has some local significance. It was captured in April 1918 by the 9th Battalion to which five local men were attached.

Tom and Ben Cross had set off together to war. While Tom was plagued with 'trench foot', similar to frostbite, for the rest of his life, Ben didn't come home.

Tom became well-known for his cartoons and drawings of life aboard troop ships, training in Egypt and the battlefields of France. They were published in magazines and as postcards.

George Street
Linville, QLD, 4306

Located 14.5K from Benarkin

Yarraman Heritage Centre

This property is situated in the heart of Yarraman on two and three quarter acres. There are eight historic buildings on the site including what was once a Sisters of Mercy Convent. This is a two story building 25 metres by 15 metres. The internal walls are stained tongue and groove crows ash timber. Also included are the Yarraman Railway Station, Arthur Brown's Butcher Shop, c1921 slab hut, c1930 farmer's cottage.

The first floor of the main building houses a restaurant with licensed bar, licensed Cellar Door with wine tasting, a community resource centre, internet lounge with public access terminals and tourist Visitor Information Centre.

The ground level contains a district cultural museum displays; 'Wooden Wealth', the history of timber in the district; Tarong Energy display, the history of the town's first power house; the Beersheba Room, a military memorabilia display featuring a bugle used in the Light Horse Charge at Beersheba in 1917 and an Art Gallery featuring a new artist each month.

There is an area of one acre, which is called the 'Australian Area'. It consists of natural scrub walk ways and barbecue facilities.

26 Millar Street
Yarraman, QLD, 4614

Located 15.9K from Benarkin

Benarkin: Travel Tips

South Burnett Visitor Information Centre - Blackbutt

The South Burnett Visitor Information Centre - Blackbutt is located at Les Muller Park on Hart Street in Blackbutt.

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 - Blackbutt 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.

Hart Street
Blackbutt, QLD, 4306

Located 3.6K from Benarkin

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