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. There is a lot of heritage to see here, both natural and cultural, 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.
Tipperary Flat Rest Area, Nanango
Tipperary flat rest area is a free overnight pet-friendly camping ground for travellers in need of a break. With caravan and camper access, a caravan dump spot, BBQ and picnic area, toilets and a hot shower (keys available at the Nanango Information Centre), this is a great place to stop and relax whilst driving through the South Burnett. The site features a walking trail leading visitors around local historic displays including Hannibal; the first Tarong Coal Dragline Bucket.
The Bunya Mountains is QLD’s second oldest national park. The world’s largest ancient bunya pines are located here. These mountains have been sacred to generations of aboriginal people, who have travelled to the mountains for thousands of years in celebration of the growth of the bunya nuts. Aboriginal people would travel from as far away as the Clarence River, northern New South Wales, and the Maranoa River to feast on bunya nuts from the bunya trees.
There are camping and picnic areas, lookouts, and a large array of walking tracks. It is one of the most beautiful & peaceful places in Southeast Queensland.
Boat Mountain, Murgon
Boat Mountain is a lookout reasonably close to Murgon. The view from here is incredible and worth seeing if you are passing through. Especially after the rain. The walk to Daniels Lookout is 2.2km and is well worth it. There is a picnic table if you feel like having lunch there, however there are no toilets and camping is not allowed. This area is also home to a palaeontological (dinosaurs) site.This site is from the early Eocene age and is the only site on the continent with a diverse range of vertebrate fossils dating from the early Paleogene Period (55 million years ago). This makes it a crucial period in mammal evolution. QLD National Parks website has more information, including how to get there.
Cobb’s Hill, Murgon
Cobb’s Hill has been farmland for more than the last 100 years, with my own family owning it for a while. The beautiful views from the top of this hill are worth the long dirt road drive out here, with indescribable view of the valleys below.
Mudlo Gap, Kilkivan
Mudlo National Park protects some of the area’s few remaining native hoop pine vineforests. With walking trails, fabulous lookouts, toilets, a picnic area, and an open fireplace, Mudlo Gap is a great place to lay back and enjoy a day out alone, or with family or friends.