The natural wonders of the South Burnett are among the most unique and majestic places to discover. From an ancient mountain shaped like an upturned boat to an icy water hole hidden in a land before time.
Boat Mountain Conservation Park is a local landmark in the Murgon area. This distinctive flat-topped ridge shaped like an upturned boat is covered in dry rainforest and open eucalypt woodland.
Boat Mountain has one of the best panoramic views in South East Queensland and a scenic drive will get you to the best vantage points. There are walking tracks in the area, which are designed to blend in with the natural surroundings. Bird watchers and naturalists will enjoy the native flora and fauna in a virtually undisturbed habitat.
Step off the beaten track into a Land before Time…for a taste of real Aussie bushland. Tucked away in its own mountain oasis you will find the Coomba Falls, located just outside the little town of Maidenwell, a 40 minute drive from Kingaroy.
Travel two kilometres behind the Maidenwell Trading Post Store, you will come to the top of the falls where you can take in the dramatic landscape of large boulders and grass trees which add to the feeling of being in another land. Wildlife abounds with many different bird species, lizards and butterflies. If you feel you’re being watched, scan the horizon for the wild goat known to keep watch over his domain.
Cascading over ancient volcanic boulders, the falls make a wonderful backdrop for an afternoon of relaxing or picnicking. The deep natural water hole surrounded by impressive granite rock makes for the perfect place to cool down in the summer months.
Wooroolin (Aboriginal for place of water) Wetlands is a 209ha fauna sanctuary waiting for you to explore. Home to more than 80 different bird species it’s a bird watchers paradise.
Another natural habitat to experience is the Goodger Environmental Area behind the old Goodger school on Kingaroy Cooyar Road. Here you will discover a 98ha inland ephemeral wetland that provides important habitat for waterbirds, frogs, turtles and water rats.
To truly appreciate the regions natural attractions why not visit one of the many National Parks or reserves scattered throughout the South Burnett. From the world’s largest stand of Bunya Pines at the Bunya Mountains National Park to the scenic forest, and inviting waters of Emu Creek at Benarkin State forest. Take in the fresh air, enjoy the scenic views and camp out under the stars as nature intended.