Although the South Burnett was founded in 2008 with the amalgamation of the shires, the lands history is thousands of years old. Abundant with rich culture and stories to be told, visit the countless heritage sites to discover the history.

SOUTHERN ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS

Art, History and Heritage uncover it all.

Leaving the northern parts of the South Burnett visitors head into the southern towns of the region; Kingaroy and Nanango.

First stop is the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery, the oldest public art space in the South Burnett.

The gallery offers diverse monthly exhibitions by local and visiting artists in three gallery spaces, often including a themed exhibition from the South Burnett Regional Council’s art collection.

Shop 38 at the gallery is now the best showcase of regional and high-end craft – with over 40 artists and craft people represented. Shop 38 takes its name from the year the Art Deco style former Shire Council Chambers were opened. The building retains many Deco features, including fine plaster ceilings and Australian timber floors.

Upon leaving the Kingaroy Regional Art gallery visitors walk up the hallway to enter the Kingaroy Heritage Museum.

Formerly the Kingaroy Power House (1925-1952) the Kingaroy Heritage Museum showcases the history of the Kingaroy region under the themes “People, Power and Peanuts”. Step back in time over 100 years and experience how the Australian Peanut Industry struck root in the rich red soils of the Kingaroy district.

The Kingaroy Heritage Museum is home to Vintage Machinery Displays including a 1909 Peanut Thrasher, the first mechanical Peanut Puller built during the late 30’s & 40’s and trialed here in Kingaroy. There is also the first fire Hose Cart used in Kingaroy and then you can take a seat in the “Paragon” Café which opened in Kingaroy in 1930 until 1984. Discover the ever evolving lifestyles of the community over 100 years.

Upon leaving Kingaroy visitors head 20 minutes east to Nanango , where the jewel in the crown of the South Burnett; Ringsfield House can be found!

One of Nanango’s oldest surviving restored Queenslanders, Ringsfield House, with its wide verandahs, historic interiors and glorious gardens. The house is packed with character and provides a perfect setting for visitors.

Today Ringsfield House is a living museum. Much of the history of Nanango is on show in the many rooms including the Dining room and Drawing room. Treasures can be found in every room inside the house and outside in the grounds.

When you step outside you’re not only surrounded by beautiful gardens but there are a number of old buildings including Nanango’s first Presbyterian Church and School which have been restored.

Once you’ve finished wandering around outside step back inside the house and refresh at Ringsfield Café. Well known for its coffee and Devonshire teas which you can enjoy while sitting on the spacious verandahs of the house.

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