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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 11.0K from Goodger

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 11.4K from Goodger

Coomba Falls


Coomba Falls, at Maidenwell, is an exceptionally beautiful place, featuring a deep natural swimming hole and striking granite cliffs. The water is icy most of the year, so it's the ideal site to cool down on a hot day.

Located just a few kilometres from the heart of Maidenwell, picturesque Coomba Falls provides the ideal setting for a picnic and a day of swimming and relaxing. It's also a lovely spot for photography and birdwatching.




Coomba Falls Road
Maidenwell, QLD, 4615

Located 11.5K from Goodger

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 14.3K from Goodger

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 14.5K from Goodger

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 14.8K from Goodger

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 14.8K from Goodger

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 14.9K from Goodger

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 14.9K from Goodger

Goodger: 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 14.9K from Goodger

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