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The town of Bell lies almost midway between Dalby and Kingaroy at the western gateway to the rainforests of the unique Bunya Mountains National Park.

It is a handy jumping off point for visits to the nearby Rimfire Winery, historic Jimbour House and sorties into the park, which takes its name from its signature tree, the bunya pine.

A species of Araucaria, the bunya dates back 65 million years to a prehistoric time when Australia was still part of the megacontinent of Gondwana. The rugby-ball sized bunya cone has long been prized by Aborigines who gathered in the mountains during the harvest season to feast ceremoniously on the ancient tree"s highly-nutritious fruit.

Nearby Kingaroy is both the peanut and naval bean capital of Australia. The naval, of course, is the preferred lentil of baked bean canneries.

Bell: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Bluebelles Art Gallery


Bluebelles Art Gallery has been operating out of the Bell Bunya Community Centre since October 2012, and is managed by the dedicated members of the Bell Art Group Inc. The spacious, modern and aesthetically pleasing art gallery focuses on the work of local artists, members and friends of the Bell Art Group. The high quality gallery and lighting system creates an ambience of delicate soft feature lighting to showcase the diverse arrangement of original art.

Exhibitions change monthly to keep the approach fresh and inviting for art patrons and the many visitors to the Centre to browse and enjoy. All art works on display are for sale. Every year a major exhibition is accompanied by an official opening with complimentary morning tea. The Bell Bunya Community Centre also boasts a workshop and function room where regular art and craft workshops are held under qualified tutors.

Bluebelles Art Gallery is managed by a volunteer committee and its operations are supported by Western Downs Regional Council. For more information or to confirm opening hours on the day of your visit please call the gallery.




71 Maxwell Street
Bell, QLD, 4408

Located 0.3K from Bell

Bunya Mountains National Park


In Bunya Mountains National Park, experience a spellbinding landscape where spectacular bunya pines tower over tall rainforest along a mountain range that rises dramatically from the surrounding plains. Soak up stunning mountain scenery and spot a diverse range of wildlife as you explore on foot.

Enjoy the scenery along the Great Bunya Drive to reach the park then set out to explore on foot. Walk through stands of tall bunya pines and feel a sense of connection with the Aboriginal people who for thousands of years celebrated the bunya nut harvest in this area. Discover natural grasslands (locally known as 'balds').

Take your binoculars as you walk to spot some of the park's 120 species of birds. Look for brilliantly-coloured Australian king-parrots and crimson rosellas and the blue-decorated bowers of the satin bowerbird. Spotlight at night to spy common ringtail possums and watch red-necked wallabies lazing around the picnic areas.

Enjoy amazing views as you laze over lunch in a scenic picnic area, and make time to visit the Bunya Mountains Information Centre. To truly escape everyday life, stay a few days in one of the spacious grassy camping areas.




Bunya Avenue,
Dandabah
Bunya Mountains, QLD, 4405

Located 15.7K from Bell

Bell: Events

Big Skies 2020


Big Skies is a destination event that offers up to five days of unique country experiences and warm hospitality; a platform to showcase the towns, music, culture and cuisine.

Festival goers can celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of Western Downs with long lunches, camp oven and bonfire experiences, regional tours, community markets and a Concert in an open-air setting with the grandeur of a heritage listed homestead as the backdrop. Guests can complete the ultimate Big Skies experience by camping out at the iconic Jimbour Station.

Come along and experience what their region has to offer, a festival not to be missed!


Event Dates
2020
      29th Apr
      30th Apr
      1st May
      2nd May
      3rd May
      4th May


Jimbour Station Road
Jimbour, QLD, 4406

Located 18.5K from Bell

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