UP CLOSE: Aviya Cutts feeds the birds at the Bunya Mountains.
UP CLOSE: Aviya Cutts feeds the birds at the Bunya Mountains. Jessica McGrath

ULTIMATE GUIDE: 50 things to do in the South Burnett

LOOKING for something to do this weekend or while you are travelling through the South Burnett?

Or perhaps you've just moved to town and don't know where to start exploring the region.

We've got you covered with this full guide of 50 must-do sights, experiences and activities in the South Burnett.

1. Drive to the Bunyas

Enjoy the scenery along the Great Bunya Drive and visit the Bunya Mountains for a day or two.

Explore the tracks of the various bushwalks and lookouts, spotting Bunya nuts or one of the resident wallabies in the area. Picturesque picnic areas are the ideal location for lunch and perfect for relaxing.

There are plenty of accommodation options including a camping area. If you're staying the night, grab a torch and go spotlighting and make time to explore the little town and stores on top of the Bunya Mountains.

2. Bjelke-Petersen Dam outing

Go for a family day outing to the Bjelke-Petersen Dam to explore, swim, fish or to relax.

Just a short drive from Murgon, it is a popular area for picnics, recreational freshwater fishing, birdwatching, boating and camping. The area is well equipped with picnic areas, barbecues, a general store, boat ramp and a caravan park. Koalas, kangaroos and swans have often been spotted in the region and the dam is stocked with Golden Perch and Bass.

3. Blackbutt Bakery


TASTE: Blackbutt Bakery's head pastry chef Brendon White shares some of the award-winning bakery's secrets.
TASTE: Blackbutt Bakery's head pastry chef Brendon White shares some of the award-winning bakery's secrets. Jessica McGrath

The South Burnett is home to one of the country's best kept bakery secrets.

Blackbutt Bakery is well known for their creative slices and pies from the Big Mac Pie, the Beesting French Vanilla Slice and the award-winning Jack's Rib pie.

The Blackbutt Bakery was named by carsales.com as one of the top five country pie shops worth the drive in their 2018 list.

The Blackbutt Bakery is open from 6am to 5.30pm everyday on 34 Coulson St, Blackbutt.

4. Fun at our local libraries

Spend a quiet afternoon at the South Burnett library finding your favourite book.

During the school holidays each library will be hosting fun, interactive sessions for kids full of games and craft. For more information and times check the South Burnett Libraries Facebook page.

5. Bethany Cottages

Walk in the footsteps of former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen and his beloved wife Lady Flo and stay in one of the guest cottages on Bethany farm.

The farm is now run by Sir Joh's son John Bjelke-Petersen and his wife Karyn. John leads tours of the property, followed by tea and Lady Flo's famous pumpkin scones.

The cottages are set on a hill with views of the Kingaroy township and the Bunya Mountains. For more information call 0427 143 117.

6. Authentic 1950s American diner experience


FIRST BITE: Harry the Hound Dog (Riley Atwell), Mel Doevendans and Frankie the French Fries (Monique Atwell) celebrate Mel's Diner's first birthday.
FIRST BITE: Harry the Hound Dog (Riley Atwell), Mel Doevendans and Frankie the French Fries (Monique Atwell) celebrate Mel's Diner's first birthday. Jessica McGrath

Kingaroy is home to a 1950s and '60s American-themed diner and restaurant, Mel's Diner.

With the iconic booths, memorabilia, jukebox machine and black and white check floors, this restaurant is a guaranteed step back in time.

The taste of the era is on the menu with big American-style burgers and chips, homemade cakes, slices, slow-cooked meals and old-style milkshakes.

Mel's Diner is located on 2/30 Alford St and is open every day.

7. Go bowling

Kingaroy Tenpin Bowl will be open for kids and families to show off how many strikes they can get.

The tenpin bowling alley, along the Bunya Highway, will be open Wednesday to Sunday. For more details phone 41624544.

8. Cafes

The South Burnett is home to many cafes featuring local produce at many towns across the region.

Check out the South Burnett Times' people's choice coffee shop winners.

According to the South Burnett community, Murgon café, Coffee Bar 4605 is the local's secret go-to spot for a morning caffeine hit.

9. Take a bike ride on the Rail Trail


The South Burnett Mountain Bike Club held a rail trail ride for Relay for Life on Sunday August 20.
The South Burnett rail trail is a popular spot for cyclists of all ages. Tobi Loftus

Grab your bike or your running shoes and travel along part of the South Burnett Rail Trail.

The track follows the route of the former railway line and is a perfect track for riders of any skill level or age. Walk, cycle or run with ease along the 44 kilometres of sealed track from Murgon to Kingaroy.

Experienced riders can tackle the entire trail from either direction or other riders can pick a short section starting at any of the towns. Dogs on leads are also welcome along the trail.

10. Go out to the cinemas

Grab your family or friends and head to the cinemas to see the latest flicks.

Kingaroy Cinema on Short St will be open from Wednesday to Sunday.

Ticket prices range from $8 for kids, $10 for students and concessions and $12 for adults.

11. Ration Shed Museum

Visit the Ration Shed Museum to come and see and experience what life was like for the people of Cherbourg who lived under the Aboriginal Protection Act during the 20th Century.

Visitors can meet Cherbourg elders and hear their stories, view artwork and explore the many aspects of the Aboriginal culture. For more information or bookings call (07)4169 5753.

12. Race around the track


Auskart drivers race around the track during the junior medium, junior heavy and ladies race at the Auskart competition at the South Burnett Kart Hire track on Saturday August 11.
Have a race around the track at the South Burnett Kart Hire Track in Nanango. Jessica McGrath

South Burnett Kart Hire is a guaranteed fun day out for all ages. Prices start at $14 for a lap of 10 minutes around the race track.

There are no age requirements, rather a height requirement to reach the brakes. A child can ride with an adult in a double cart for 10 or 15 minute laps.

The track will be open everyday over the Easter school break, but will be closed on Good Friday. It will be open weekdays from midday and the weekends from 10am.

The Kart Hire is at 13838 D'Aguilar Highway in Nanango, across from the Big Bucket. For more details call 4171 0040.

13. Head to the local pool

Grab your towel and friends and family and head to your closest public pool to cool off.

South Burnett pools are open every day. They are located in Nanango, Blackbutt, Kingaroy, Murgon, Proston and Wondai.

14. Kingaroy Heritage Museum

Explore the displays which show the history of the Kingaroy region through informative displays and a large collection of photos.

Look at the peanut exhibition area which contains machinery and photos of the early development of the peanut industry.

Be sure to spot the collection of Expo 88 artefacts and have a chat to the passionate museum volunteers.

Kingaroy Heritage Museum is open from 9am to 4pm on Monday to Fridays and 9am to 1pm on weekends. The museum is located at 126 Haly St, Kingaroy.

15. Visit Boondooma Dam


BLOOMING BOONDOOMA: Dam levels are finally back up to over forty per cent.
BLOOMING: Boondooma Dam is a popular tourism spot. Kate McCormack

Boondooma Dam is popular with families, anglers, campers, bird watchers and water sports enthusiasts.

Considered one of the most consistent inland fishing spots in Queensland, Lake Boondooma is known for golden perch, silver perch and Australian bass. However a stock impoundment permit is needed to fish, which can be obtained from the kiosk.

There is a local campsite, 12 kilometres north of Proston, which has a boat ramp, pontoon, wood and electric barbecue, and a playground for the kids.

16. Picnic at Fick's Crossing

Fick's Crossing is a waterhole about five kilometres south of Murgon.

Have a picnic with your family in one of the picnic areas along the banks of Barambah Creek. Fick's is best accessed by kayak, and is often a popular spot for local anglers, being a great location for fish such as bass, yellowbelly and silver perch

17. Cheer on your team

Spend some time cheering on your favourite team at one of the South Burnett's local sporting competitions.

Most sports such as rugby league, football and cricket are held on Saturdays and welcome spectators to cheer on their favourite team. Other sports such as netball, touch football and tennis are held on weeknights.

18. Day trip to Coomba Falls


South Burnett tourism hotspot Coomba Falls.
South Burnett tourism hotspot Coomba Falls. Jessica McGrath

Go for a drive out to Maidenwell to visit Coomba Falls. The secluded spot is ideal for picnics or a day of relaxing.

The waterhole is perfect for a swim to cool down on a hot day and the area, with its granite cliffs are a lovely spot for bird watching and photography. The closest facilities are in Maidenwell.

19. Goomeri Bakery

Another must-stop in the South Burnett is the Goomeri Bakery.

This little bakery in the town of Goomeri is very popular with locals and visitors alike.

Serving up gourmet pies, sausage rolls, croissants, and many sweets, the bakery has many people telling their friends and family to stop by at this foodie's destination.

20. Wooroolin Wetlands

Explore one of the two walking trails or the bird hide along the Wooroolin Wetlands.

Now classified as a palustrine wetland, a non-tidal, inland, seasonally flooded vegetated swamp, it is a haven for bird watchers and naturalists.

The walking trails are only accessible during dry periods and can be accessed from the Wooroolin Sports Ground.

More than 25 different species of birds have been sighted along the wetlands, including nankeen kestrels, striated pardalotes and golden-heated cisticola.

21. Self-guided winery tour


Dusty Hill Winery in Moffatdale is a popular tourist spot in the South Burnett.
Dusty Hill Winery in Moffatdale is a popular tourist spot in the South Burnett. Jessica McGrath

The South Burnett is home to many award-winning wineries.

Go for a drive past the vineyards and pop into one for a drink, meal or taste-test.

Each winery has their own flavours with some specialising in wood-fired pizza and others serving sit down meals.

22. Go to the park

The South Burnett is filled with many parks and locations, perfect for a picnic or afternoon out with the whole family.

Most parks are equipped with tables, barbeques and playgrounds to make it the perfect outing.

23. Barambah Pottery

Come and see the creations of some of Cherbourg's most talented artists.

The Barambah Pottery group is an initiative of the Ration Shed Museum which re-established ceramic art creations in Cherbourg.

Most of the works produced at the Barambah Pottery art studio next door to the Ration Shed is decorated with traditional Indigenous designs and motifs, and some were made specifically for social clubs and organisations in the South Burnett.

The Indigenous town had been famous for the pottery created between 1969 to 1987.

24. Spot a planet or star


Kingaroy Observatory owner James Barclay would be holding special one hour sessions to spot Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Kingaroy Observatory owner James Barclay holds sessions to spot stars and planets in the night sky. Jessica McGrath

The South Burnett has some of the clearest skies in Queensland for stargazing.

Grab your own telescope and star app, or head along to the Kingaroy Observatory for a guided star tour.

The observatory also runs both day and night shows, and night show prices start at $35 for adults and $15 for children.

For more information about the Kingaroy Observatory or bookings, phone 41646194.

25. Boat Mountain National Park

Whether you enjoy the views, the walk or the wildlife along the way, Boat Mountain Conservation Park is a popular spot for everyone.

The distinctive flat-top ridge called Boat Mountain shaped like an upturned boat is northeast of Murgon.

Featuring four different walking tracks of varying distances, bushwalkers may spot some of the 60 species of birds in the area or wallabies or echidnas.

Walking trails do include stairs, but a relatively easy walk to Daniel's lookout boasts views at the peak of Boat Mountain.

26. Head to the country pub

The South Burnett is filled with iconic country pubs, each offering something a little different.

Drop by for a drink, pub meal or some live music at one of the many pubs around the South Burnett.

27. Pottique Lavender farm


Pottique Lavender Farm is the perfect place to take Mum for a cup of Lavender Tea, just outside Kingaroy.
Pottique Lavender Farm is the perfect place to take Mum for a cup of Lavender Tea, just outside Kingaroy. Jessica McGrath

Browse through the lavender fields of the Pottique Lavender Farm in Coolabunia, just outside of Kingaroy.

The farm hosts a treasure trove of antiques, lavender goods and pottery to explore and is the perfect place to find gifts or souvenirs.

Pottique, famous for their lavender scones, also run a café with many light meal options for lunch or morning or afternoon tea.

The farm is open 10am to 4.30pm and is located at 15645 D'Aguilar Hwy, Kingaroy.

28. Take a trip to the past

Visit the Boondooma Homestead and museum, one of the few remaining examples of an 1850s wooden home.

The homestead and outbuildings are still in their original locations and onsite caretakers are available to provide guided tours.

The centre will be open every day between 9am and 4pm.

For more information phone 4168 0168.

29. Browse through the Art Gallery

Be sure to drop into the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery or the Wondai Regional Art Gallery to see their latest exhibitions.

Both galleries rotate between exhibitions by visiting artists and South Burnett artists.

Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery is located at 128 Haly St, Kingaroy and is open 10am to 4pm on weekdays, and is open from 10am to 2pm on weekends.

Wondai Regional Art Gallery is open from 10am to 4pm everyday and is located at 40 Haly St, Wondai.

30. Peanut van


GONE NUTTY: Peanut Van's general manager, Rowena Dionysius is celebrating the popular Peanut Van's 50th birthday all year long.
GONE NUTTY: Peanut Van's general manager, Rowena Dionysius is celebrating the popular Peanut Van's 50th birthday all year long. Matt Collins

Whether you are a resident or visitor, the iconic Peanut Van is a must to see.

With Kingaroy being the home to many peanut farmers, the Peanut Company of Australia and the former host for the Kingaroy Peanut Festival, the town is well known for their peanuts.

From traditional Sea Salt flavourings to the Kingaroy Kurry, Tangy Lime, Angry Taco and Maple Bacon flavours there is plenty to taste.

For those who prefer their peanuts to be a little sweeter, the company stocks flavours like salted caramel, sweet and salty and honey coated peanuts.

The Peanut Van can be found in Kingaroy at 77 Kingaroy St from 8.30am to 5pm, and is often visiting markets and other events around the South Burnett.

31. Op shops

Grab a bargain at one of the many op shops or antique shops throughout the South Burnett.

There are op shops in almost every town, providing a vast number of opportunities to find a new favourite shirt, dress or belt.

32. Inverlaw Hall dance

Bring along your dancing shoes and find a partner to sway along to the old time dances.

The dances are held at the Inverlaw Hall on Burrandowan Rd on the first Saturday night of every month.

Different guest bands provide the music each month, which kicks off after 8pm. For more details contact June on 4162 1195.

33. Mount Wooroolin


The Mount Wooroolin viewing platform

Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times
The viewing platform at Mount Wooroolin provides panoramic views of the South Burnett. Barclay White

One of Kingaroy's best kept secrets is the Mount Wooroolin Lookout.

Whether you choose to drive up to the top or make use of the walking tracks from the base, the trip is worth the view.

An elevated viewing platform offers 360-degree panoramic views of the South Burnett including the Bunya Mountains, Kingaroy's peanut silos, Tarong Power Station and Gordonbrook Dam.

The area features a grassed area with picnic tables and wood barbecues. The track to Mount Wooroolin is located on Mount Wooroolin Rd, a turn off Haly St, Kingaroy.

34. Go camping

Grab your friends and family and escape for a weekend in the bush.

The South Burnett offers many camping opportunities including camping spots at the Bunya Mountains, Boondooma Homestead, Boondooma Dam and Bjelke Petersen Dam.

There is also various free camping spots in the South Burnett.

Check ahead of your trip to see what facilities are available at the camping site and if they cater to tents and caravans.

35. Queensland Dairy and Heritage museum

Wander through the historical buildings which display appropriate era furnishings, equipment and memorabilia all set up in a village style complex on spacious grounds.

The museum caters for families and tour groups of all ages, with collections including rocks and telephone antiques.

The guides are available for you to enjoy the experience and audio boxes are set up in some of the buildings to explain other aspects of how life was for early settlers.

The Museum is located on the edge of Murgon at 2 Sommerville St. Admission is by donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children.

36. Ringsfield House


STEP BACK IN TIME: The many lives of Nanango's Ringsfield House.
STEP BACK IN TIME: The many lives of Nanango's Ringsfield House. Matt Collins

Take a step back in time to see the historic Ringsfield House in Nanango.

Stately Ringsfield House was built in 1908 for Mr and Mrs James William Davies Graham, with wide verandahs, bay windows, large bedrooms and cupboards.

The house served as the Ringsfield Maternity Hospital and was a Lifeline refuge from 1973.

Ringsfield House now operates as a museum, tourist destination, café and restaurant.

The destination is open from 8am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday and is located at 41-45 Alfred St, Nanango.

37. Gordonbrook Dam

Take in the beautiful views of the dam or explore a variety of walking tracks along the edge of Gordonbrook Dam.

The dam is the sole water supply for Kingaroy and is a peaceful spot for picnics or bird watching.

38. South Burnett Regional Timber Museum

The South Burnett Regional Timber Industry Museum showcases the region's timber industry history.

The museum in Wondai resembles the spirit of the felling and logging of timber in the early 1900s, with a wagon camp diorama, complete with a restored bullock wagon.

There are displays of South Burnett timbers, artefacts and photos of the early timber industry.

The Timber Museum is open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays and 9am to 1pm on weekends. It is located at 80 Haly St, Wondai

39. Horse Drawn tours


The horse-drawn carriages at the Bunya Mountains are a unique attraction in the South Burnett.
The horse-drawn carriages at the Bunya Mountains are a unique attraction in the South Burnett. Jessica McGrath

Go for a charming ride in a carriage through the beautiful Bunya Mountains led by two Clydesdale horses.

The unique experience includes a commentary of the special features of the national park including the iconic Bunya pines and stinging nettles. The horse and carriage ride travels around the mountain town and varies in times.

Tours start from a short 10 minute trip for $5 per person, which are available by booking.

Bookings can be made via the Bunya Mountains Horse Drawn Tours website or calling 07 4668 3115.

40. Join in for a music session

If improvisation and a good music jamming session is more your style, make sure you head along to The Shed in Nanango.

The group of varied musicians of sounds and skill levels come together most Friday nights for a music jam.

The Shed is at 6 Little Drayton St, Nanango and the jam session often starts about 7pm. For more information visit The Shed Nanango on Facebook or call 0400 631 677.

41. Find a one-of-a-kind antique

Drop into Tillo's Antiques, Collectables and Secondhand store for a unique shopping experience.

The store has a large collection of many different types of antique items from clothings, books, pottery, furniture and knick-knacks.

The store located at 77 Haly St, Wondai is open from 8.30am- 4pm on weekdays and 8.30am-1pm on weekends.

42. Go for a bushwalk


WALK: The Bunya Mountains has many different tracks for bushwalks.
WALK: The Bunya Mountains has many different tracks for bushwalks. Jessica McGrath

Go for a stroll or a serious hike at one of the South Burnett's many bushwalking locations.

These include various tracks at the Bunya Mountains and more at the Palms National Park near Cooyar.

The D'Aguilar National Park is also known by bushwalkers and many enjoy a stroll at Gordonbrook Dam.

Just out of Maidenwell many take the opportunity to escape to Coomba Falls, or explore the Wooroolin Wetlands.

Others may want to see the view from the Boat Mountain Reserve or Mt Wooroolin.

43. Go for a country drive

Go for a drive and see the landscapes unique to the South Burnett.

See the red soil alongside the peanut crops, the farming properties or bushland.

Head along the Burnett Highway to the winery region, along the D'Aguilar Highway to see the main towns or out along the Bunya Highway to see the stone fruit crops or the Bunyas.

44. Mulanah Gardens

A fancy Sunday lunch among the gardens is a must if you stay in the South Burnett.

Mulanah Gardens' Sunday Coffee Shop is open from 9am-4pm on Sundays.

It is the perfect tranquil escape for locals and tourists with views of the Bunya Mountains and the perfectly-kept gardens outside of Kingaroy.

Mulanah Gardens is located at 736 Deep Creek Rd, Benair and bookings can be made on 4164 3142.

45. Wondai park run


Wondai Parkrun: All ages and abilities took part in the event.
Wondai Parkrun: All ages and abilities took part in the event. Claudia Williams

If running is your idea of a great way to kickstart the weekend, join in at the weekly Wondai parkrun.

The group meets every Saturday at 7am at Mackenzie St in Wondai. The 5km run is timed, however participants can join in at their own pace.

Every week some of the runners meet for a post parkrun coffee at one of the many Wondai businesses. Visit the parkrun website to register.

46. Stay at a farm

Get the full rural experience by opting to stay on a farm in the South Burnett.

Some farms either offer cottage accommodation or the opportunity to camp on site at their farms.

47. Go for a mountain bike ride

Grab your mountain bike and try out the McEuen State Forest bike trails near Wondai.

The dry sclerophyll forest with dry rocky creek beds and outcrops has created an 8km loop for mountain bikes.

There is an additional 20km of existing hand-built trails, each trail incorporating various jumps and levels of difficulty.

The trails are maintained by the South Burnett Mountain Bike Club and trail care crew.

The tracks are best located from the South Burnett Mountain Bike club's car park on Wondai Charlestown Rd, Wondai.

48. Bird watching


UP CLOSE: Aviya Cutts feeds the birds at the Bunya Mountains on December 30.
UP CLOSE: Aviya Cutts feeds the birds at the Bunya Mountains. Jessica McGrath

There are many popular spots for birdwatchers across the South Burnett, including Gordonbrook Dam and Bjelke-Petersen Dam.

Visitors to the Bunya Mountains are encouraged to bring along their binoculars to spot some of the park's 120 species of birds, such as the crimson rosella or bowerbird.

49. South Burnett Energy Centre

Learn about the people and energy technology which has powered the South Burnett region.

The South Burnett Energy Centre's visually exciting displays are located in a building formerly owned by Tarong Coal.

They incorporate several time lines, visual displays and original engines that supplied energy to Nanango for the first time in 1933. The South Burnett Energy Centre is located on Henry St in Nanango.

50. Join a creative group

Whether playing music, singing, dancing or acting is your forte, there is a club available for you to try out some new creative skills.

Here is a breakdown of 10 South Burnett groups who meet regularly for their creative pursuits of drama, visual arts, music and dance.