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Coolabunia: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Burnett War Memorial Museum


The Burnett War Memorial Museum is located three kilometres south of Kingaroy, off Goodger Road, next to Kingaroy Airport (access from Warren Truss Drive).

The Museum houses a comprehensive display of wartime memorabilia that recognise the important role that Kingaroy and the South Burnett played in Australia's WWII efforts. Of interest are four paintings by local artist Vasantha Barrett depicting WWII air ambulances A display of photos taken by Maurice Kingston, a local teacher who was drafted into the Army in 1942, makes an interesting record of wartime scenes from Esk to Murgon.

The Museum Association is slowly restoring all buildings erected at the airport during WWII to house and service troops who were stationed in Kingaroy during training and exercises.

The Motor Pool building is used as the Museum workshop and houses a 10-ton Miles Field Kitchen complete with boiler, a WD6 Dodge carrier and a two-ton ammunition carrier as static displays. Other buildings include the Airport Morgue and Ambulance Hut, which is home to a short wheelbase Ford Blitz with an ambulance body on the back. In one day during the war 96 huts were built some of which were moved into Kingaroy and are still in use.




Warren Truss Drive
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 6.8K from Coolabunia

Kingaroy Observatory (formerly Maidenwell Observatory)


Kingaroy Observatory is a public stargazing attraction, located at the town's airport just a short drive from the town's Central Business District. Large, roadside tourist signs point the way.

They have three, Meade 14 inch telescopes to show you the Moon, Stars and Planets up close!

The observatory works on two observing parameters: Stars and Planets nights which allows you to view the Milky Way, Star clusters, Nebula and Galaxies. Moon and Planet nights are best for adults and school children who want view the Moon up close in the telescopes.

During your night visit, the astronomer points out various constellations and stars using a registered Green Laser pointer, and gives an ongoing commentary of what you are about to see in the telescopes.

During the day, you can sit in comfort in their 70 seat air-conditioned Star Theatre and see the sun projected onto a big screen. This is where you see the real surface of the Sun. It's absolutely awesome!

The observatory has no steps. Telescopes are accessible to wheelchairs.

Plenty of parking along Geoff Raph Drive.

The observatory is owned and operated by professional astronomer and photographer, James Barclay with over 60 years experience.




Geoff Raph Drive,
Kingaroy Airport
Taabinga, QLD, 4610

Located 7.0K from Coolabunia

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 8.8K from Coolabunia

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 9.1K from Coolabunia

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 9.2K from Coolabunia

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 9.3K from Coolabunia

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 9.4K from Coolabunia

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 9.6K from Coolabunia

Coolabunia: Events

South Burnett and Cherbourg on Show


An annual festival of events held over the Queensland long weekend in October to showcase the South Burnett Region and Cherbourg Shire. A range of events that embrace the region's indigenous culture, arts, music, heritage, foods, wines, sports, adventure, natural attractions and country living.

Various events held across the region offering something for every taste and interest including attending a Wine Masterclass at Kingsley Grove Estate, getting hands on at a Heritage Day at the Queensland Dairy Museum in Murgon, enjoying a Picnic in the Paddock at Bunya Red Farm, chilling out at the Maidenwell Folk Festival hosted at the Maidenwell Hotel, appreciating fine art at Wondai and Kingaroy Art Galleries, immerse yourself in indigenous culture at Yhurri Gurri US Mob Arts and Cultural Festival, and relax with Music on the Mountains at the Bunya Mountains.

Opening dinner Friday 30 September smorgasboard including local wine, hosted at Dimities Cottage Wondai and afterparty at Wondai Hotel presenting Muddy Flats.


Event Dates
2016
      30th Sep
      1st Oct
      2nd Oct
      2nd Oct
      3rd Oct


128 Haly Street
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 9.4K from Coolabunia

Coolabunia: 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 9.4K from Coolabunia

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