The South Burnett is where I grew up, and it holds a really special place in my heart.. My family heritage goes back generations in this area, so I think it will always be my home. When I was younger I did not think that way.. I couldn’t wait to get away, and I couldn’t think of anything worse than living there the rest of my life. Now I am older and wiser, and I have realised that this beautiful part of the country is where I want to grow old. Having become a new version of myself since leaving the South Burnett I think I can now appreciate it so much more.. and I want you to appreciate it as well!
Pictured above: the actual house my grandfather once lived in.
The South Burnett is arguably one of the most beautiful places in Queensland. Located a short drive from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast where forests, farmland, creeks and the beautiful green hilly countryside is common. The area is filled with cultural and natural heritage attractions, as well as a ton of places to try the local food. You can spend your weekend camping and fishing, or attend one of the many local markets, or you can time your visit to enjoy one of the popular events held here.
A 3 day event which celebrates the agricultural, creative and country community of Blackbutt and surrounds.
On the last Sunday of May every year, Goomeri celebrates the community with all things pumpkin, including the famous Great Australian Pumpkin Roll™.
Held annually in April. Riders of over 1000 horses start from Kilkivan and travel 20-30km along parts of the National Trail, and back to Kilkivan for the Grand Parade in the main street.
Kingaroy Food and Wine Festival
Held on one weekend of March, every year. You can sample wine from some of the best wineries the South Burnett has to offer, and you can try a wide selection of local foods. Along with some amazing food & wine, you also get entertained by some of the best local street performers & singers. This is a great weekend trip. The entry fee is $15/adult (18+) and free for everyone else.
This is a great night out with the family or friends. You can park onsite, and there is a range of food and drink available, including a bar. Tickets are $25/adult, $15/student or pensioner and under 12yo are free.
Pro Tip: take a blanket or rug with you to cover yourself from mud splatter.
A venue for various South Burnett artists to present and sell their artwork. It includes art & craft competitions, workshops, an art shop, a coffee shop, entertainment & markets.
A 4 day weekend celebrating country music.
On at the Wondai Showgrounds around Easter, this is a display of horticulture with quality nurseries, garden tools, gifts & accessories, with a major prize raffle. If you are a fan of gardens and plants then this is definitely for you. The show is an all weekend affair, open Saturday 8am-4:30pm and Sunday 8am-1pm. Admission fee for adults is $4/day. Under 15yo are free. There is also free & disabled parking, and plant transport & cloakroom.
Gates open approx one hour prior to the first local race (usually about 11:30AM) and standard gate entry is $5. The New Years race day entry is free. Click on this image to fine our more!
Boondooma dam is one of the most popular fishing spots in Southeast QLD. If you are looking for day trip or relaxing weekend, Lake Boondooma is just what you need. You can bring a caravan or tent for camping, or hire out a large self-contained cabin. There is also a communal bunkhouse with an air-conditioned dining room, commercial kitchen, showers and toilets if you’d rather stay there. There are also wood & electric fired BBQs, multiple picnic areas, a children’s playground, a tennis court, maintained boat ramps, and a kiosk. This is definitely a great destination in the South Burnett.
Lake Barambah (BP Dam)
Image by Amy Litfin
Lake Barambah is the other popular recreational dam in the South Burnett. It is great for day trips for fishing, skiing, boating, bush walking, picnics & swimming. If you would like to stay longer there is the Yallakool Tourist Park; accommodation on the edge of Lake Barambah. Here there is a choice of self-contained cabins, unpowered camp sites or powered camp sites. Reception is open from 7am-5pm every day.
Ficks Crossing, located approx. 5 kms west of Murgon on the Bunya Highway, is a tranquil place aside the Barambah Creek. Ficks Crossing itself is home to a recreational facility that plays host to the likes of school camps and scout groups. A great little spot off the highway for a swim or fish in the creek. This is also a little secret spot to put the shrimp pots in and get some great live bait for use in the freshwater dams around the area. Just upstream from Ficks crossing is the pump house which supplies water to the township of Wondai. On a quiet day it can be heard among the sounds of birds in the trees. A great little spot for a BBQ, or cuppa on the way through the Burnett district.
Barambah Valley Markets
Held on the first Sunday of the month at Dusty Hill Winery.
Held on the third Sunday of the month, from 7am to 12pm, at Coucil Park, Coulson Street, Blackbutt.
Bunya Mountains Markets
Bunya Mountains Markets are open 9am to 2pm on the last Sunday of each month. This unique experience for all highlights a spectacular array of homemade, local crafts and delicacies. Sample the local bunya nut meals and snacks such as bunya nut scones, carrot and bunya nut cake, beef and bunya nut pies or their famous Bunya Burgers with home made beef and bunya nut patties.
Held on the fourth Sunday of the month at Hivesville (not big enough to get lost in).
Kilkivan Railway Markets
Held every Sunday, from 7am to 12pm, at Lester Millar Park, Kilkivan.
Kingaroy Friendship Markets
Held on the third Saturday of the month, from 6:30am-12pm, at the Senior Citizens Hall, Avoca Street, Kingaroy.
Kingaroy Mid-Week Markets
Held every Thursday morning, from 7:30am to 12:30pm, O’Neill Square, Cr Haly Street and King Street, Kingaroy.
Held on the second Saturday of the month, from 7-11am, at Bell Street, Kumbia.
Held on the second Sunday of the month, from 6am, in the main street of Murgon. Try the Dutch donuts!
Nanango Country Markets
Held on the first Saturday of each month, from 6am-12pm, at the Nanango Show Grounds. These markets are known for being the largest rural markets in Southeast Queensland.
Held on the fourth Saturday of the month, from 7am to 12pm, at Coronation Park, Wondai.
Held on the second Saturday of the month at Errol Munt Oval, New England Highway, Yarraman.
…and if that hasn’t convinced you just yet, then maybe these will.
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