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Gordonbrook: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Gordonbrook Dam


The Dam is the sole source of water supply for Kingaroy; it was built in 1941 to provide water for the Royal Australian Air Force Training Base during WWII. In 1987 due to increased demand the dam wall was raised and the inundated area is now 229 hectares.

Take time to enjoy the beautiful views of the dam from either the viewing platform or the variety of walking tracks along the waters edge. Enjoy a picnic at the tables provided and use the wood fired barbecues.

The dam provides a haven for over 100 different species of birds. Bring your binoculars and camera to record sightings. The area is a significant migratory water bird site with sightings of Jacanas, White Breasted Sea Eagles and Pygmy Geese as well as the more common water birds such as Black Ducks and Egrets.

Camping is not permitted at the dam along with swimming, fishing, sailing and low horse-power boating due to blue/green algae in the water.




Recreation Drive
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 9.5K from Gordonbrook

Wooroolin Wetland


The Wooroolin Wetland is located at the township of Wooroolin, 16 kilometres north of Kingaroy along the Bunya Highway. Wooroolin Wetlands was declared a fauna sanctuary in 1973, now classified as a palustrine wetland, a non-tidal, inland, seasonally flooded, vegetated swamp. After successive floods in 2011 and 2013, the wetland burst its banks and Wooroolin was flooded for the first time in recorded history.

A bird hide and two walking trails have been established for naturalists to fully appreciate resident and migratory fauna. However the walking trails are only accessible during dry periods and can be accessed from Wooroolin Sports Ground. Over 25 different birds have been sighted including nankeen kestrels, striated pardalotes and golden-headed cisticola.

Over two kilometres of endangered vegetation has been fenced to help restrict access and protect the local and regional species. Revegetation is taking place in this eucalypt woodland and particular attention is being paid to the endangered Queensland Blue Gum.

Wooroolin State School planted 80 native trees in 2003 and will continue with an annual tree-planting program. Nesting boxes have been provided as alternative habitats for sugar gliders and possums. Interpretive signage has been erected to promote project achievements, local information, wildlife and tracks.




Sportsground Road
Wooroolin, QLD, 4608

Located 17.9K from Gordonbrook

Mount Wooroolin


Mount Wooroolin lookout is located just over four kilometres west of Kingaroy; the Kingaroy Shire Council developed it in 1988 as a bicentennial project. There is a grassed area available for picnics with tables and wood barbecues. 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.

The elevated viewing platform offers 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding countryside: Coolabunia Hill, home to Kingaroy's most famous family, Sir Joh and Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen, 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 Gordonbrook Dam, the source of Kingaroy's water supply; the dam was built in 1941 to supply water to the Royal Australian Air Force training school based in Kingaroy during World War Two.

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. Birdwatchers can be rewarded with sightings of Regent Bower Birds, Black Breasted Button Quail and Eastern Shrike-tit.




Mount Wooroolin Access Road
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 19.9K from Gordonbrook

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 22.0K from Gordonbrook

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 22.2K from Gordonbrook

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 22.3K from Gordonbrook

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 22.8K from Gordonbrook

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 23.1K from Gordonbrook

Gordonbrook: Events

Wine and Food in the Park


The annual South Burnett Wine and Food In The Park Festival will be held at Memorial Park in Kingaroy right in the heart of Queensland's newest wine region from 12:00 noon to 8:30pm.

This year's Festival will feature a great line-up of live entertainment all through the day and into the night. Sample great wines from the South Burnett's leading multi award winning wineries, be entertained by 8 non-stop hours of live music from some of Australia's top music acts, be amused by incredible street entertainers or try any of the wide variety of foods available on-site.


Event Dates
2017
      11th Mar


Memorial Park
Kingaroy, QLD, 4610

Located 22.2K from Gordonbrook

Gordonbrook: 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 23.0K from Gordonbrook

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