Queensland Winter Craft Festival – Kingaroy

    The Queensland Winter Craft Festival returns for a second year to the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery over the months of June and July.

    June: The Queensland Winter Craft Festival will bring home-made crafts from around the South Burnett. On display in June will be quilted creations made for the Tangled Threads 2017 exhibition.

    Tangled Threads worked with artist Jenny Keys and used her work as an influence or source of inspiration for their latest collection of quilted pieces which range in size and technique.

    The Alpaca Collective will showcase their 2017 Wearable Art Collection. Highlights will be exclusive alpaca pieces by Julia Jeffery using the Nuno felted technique together with funky Alpaca art yarn and knits by Kirsten Jeffery. Also on show will be ‘Alpaca Dreams’ luxury hand spun Alpaca winter wear by Myrie Cobby.

    Explore the world of Lapidary. The South Burnett Gem and Fossicking Club are showcasing the process from rough rock to slabs; onto the cut and polished jewellery pieces ready for sale. Complementing this exhibition will be photography and woodwork items from club members.

    July: The Queensland Winter Craft Festival July program will feature, wearable art, paper toilet together with pottery from the ReFire Project.

    LOCATION:

    126 Haly Street, Kingaroy
    4610, QLD

    Kingaroy Lions Park

      Lions Park is located in Kingaroy Street, near the heart of town. It is a pleasant small park with roofed picnic tables, play equipment, a coin operated barbecue and disabled toilet facilities. This park is a good place to break your journey to relax and plan your drive around the South Burnett. Children will love the colourful playground equipment and the fun photo cut out frames of a peanut and a navy bean! Both crops have contributed much to the development of the Kingaroy area.

      Kingaroy’s famous Peanut Van is beside the park and what better way to finish off your meal than by sampling local produce. Lions Park is also the location for South Burnett Regional Council’s dump point for caravans.

      Adjacent to Lions Park is the Bjelke-Petersen Recreation Area – a large green open space with walking and cycle paths, centred on Kingaroy’s Town Common. It was developed on reclaimed land created by the town’s flood mitigation scheme in the early 1980s.

      LOCATION:

      Kingaroy Street, Kingaroy
      4610, QLD

      Kingaroy Heritage Museum

        The Museum is housed in what was Kingaroy’s Power House from 1925 to 1952, which is now part of the Kingaroy Information, Art and Heritage Precinct.

        The main focus of the museum is the history of the peanut industry. This is depicted by the collection of agricultural machinery showing the ingenuity and inventiveness of the local farmers and tradesmen. Machinery for growing peanuts was not available in the early 1920’s so a farmer invented his own. The first being a bicycle powered thresher built in 1909, then an American made wheat thresher was converted by a local farmer to thresh peanuts. In the late 1920’s Mr Harry Young designed and built his very own dinosaur – a stationary peanut thresher.

        These machines are on display in the Museum along with other prototypes of peanut harvesting machinery designed and built by local inventors. Some of their ideas are still in use today.

        LOCATION:

        128 Haly Street, Kingaroy
        4610, QLD

        Kingaroy Apex Park and Lookout

          Apex Park is the site of the first public hospital in Kingaroy and was developed by the Apex Club in the mid 1960s. The large trees you see today are the original plantings from the hospital grounds. A resident of the area donated the steam engine in the centre of the park.

          There is a memorial in the park in recognition of the great contribution of Matron Norma McDiarmid (1915-1944) erected by Kingaroy Past and Present Nurses Association.

          A walking track through native bush takes you to the lookout on Coral Street. The viewing platform affords panoramic vistas of Kingaroy and surrounds including the iconic peanut silos, Tarong Power Station and Coolabunia Hill (home to the late Joh and Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen). Towards the south-west, are expansive views of the Bunya Mountains.

          There is a large playground and towering shade trees perfect for relaxing under. Bring a picnic and enjoy a pleasant afternoon in the peaceful surroundings.

          All play equipment is on rubber-based soft fall material designed to reduce impact. There is a wood barbecue under the sheltered picnic area and toilet amenities available.

          LOCATION:

          Fisher Street, Kingaroy
          4610, QLD

          Gordonbrook Dam

            The Dam is the sole source of water supply for Kingaroy; it was built in 1941 to provide water for the Royal Australian Air Force Training Base during WWII. In 1987 due to increased demand the dam wall was raised and the inundated area is now 229 hectares.

            Take time to enjoy the beautiful views of the dam from either the viewing platform or the variety of walking tracks along the waters edge. Enjoy a picnic at the tables provided and use the wood fired barbecues.

            The dam provides a haven for over 100 different species of birds. Bring your binoculars and camera to record sightings. The area is a significant migratory water bird site with sightings of Jacanas, White Breasted Sea Eagles and Pygmy Geese as well as the more common water birds such as Black Ducks and Egrets.

            Camping is not permitted at the dam along with swimming, fishing, sailing and low horse-power boating due to blue/green algae in the water.

            LOCATION:

            Recreation Drive, Kingaroy
            4610, QLD

            Mount Wooroolin

              Mount Wooroolin lookout is located just over four kilometres west of Kingaroy; the Kingaroy Shire Council developed it in 1988 as a bicentennial project. There is a grassed area available for picnics with tables and wood barbecues. Visitors are advised to take care while ascending or descending the narrow sealed road to the top; it’s not suitable for cars towing caravans or trailers.

              The elevated viewing platform offers 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding countryside: Coolabunia Hill, home to Kingaroy’s most famous family, Sir Joh and Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen, the Bunya Mountains, Queensland’s second oldest National Park and Tarong Power Station, which generates approximately one fifth of Queensland’s power. To the northwest is Gordonbrook Dam, the source of Kingaroy’s water supply; the dam was built in 1941 to supply water to the Royal Australian Air Force training school based in Kingaroy during World War Two.

              The ramp to the viewing platform is smooth for disabled access but care needs to be taken, as it’s quite steep. The nature reserve is 160 acres of endangered eucalypt woodland and dry vine forest. Birdwatchers can be rewarded with sightings of Regent Bower Birds, Black Breasted Button Quail and Eastern Shrike-tit.

              LOCATION:

              Mount Wooroolin Access Road, Kingaroy
              4610, QLD

              Kingaroy Soldiers Memorial Rotunda

                Queensland’s peanut capital Kingaroy remembered its WWI heroes by erecting a silver domed band rotunda set in a park. The establishment of the soldier’s memorial park had commenced in 1921, after the land had been donated by Mr Youngman. The stone of remembrance was unveiled on ANZAC Day 1922, by Sergeant Norman Booth, a serving member of the Australian Army and local RSL president.

                ANZAC commemorations were held at the stone of remembrance for the next 10 years. Its design echoes those of Sir Edwin Lutyns whose works are better recognised in England. He was one of three principal architects appointed for the Imperial War Graves Commission, involved in many monuments to commemorate the British Empire’s war dead.

                Kingaroy residents wanted a further memorial that would function as an attraction in the park, so the concept of a memorial rotunda was conceived. Gallipoli hero Sir Thomas (Bill) Glasgow was there to dedicate the rotunda on 29 June 1932. Constructed of concrete, eight classical columns support a frieze beneath the domed roof. The frieze carries the names of the theatres of WWI conflict: Gallipoli, France, Cocos Island, Egypt, New Guinea, Sinai and Belgium. ‘Gallipoli’ is inscribed over the main red steps.

                LOCATION:

                Haly Street, Kingaroy
                4610, QLD

                Kingaroy Rotary Park

                  Rotary Park is located on the eastern side of Kingaroy. Travel east along Haly Street until the lights at Fisher Street. The park is just through the lights on the right. In December 1978 the Kingaroy Rotary Club donated a fountain to Kingaroy town and district to celebrate 30 years of Rotary in Kingaroy. The fountain has since been closed due to safety concerns and a large covered picnic table and barbecue now provide a welcome area for travellers to break their journey.

                  The park is ringed by tall shady trees, which provide welcome shade on hot days. Children delight in playing on the modern play equipment and there are wide grassed areas to play in.

                  Toilet facilities with disabled access are available here as well.

                  LOCATION:

                  Fisher Street, Kingaroy
                  4610, QLD

                  Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery

                    The Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery is the oldest public art space in the South Burnett. Since gaining full operational independence in 2015, it is gaining a reputation as a new South East Queensland art hub.

                    The Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery is run by Kingaroy Arts Team Inc, a not for profit organisation of art lovers who banded together to give new impetus and direction to the Gallery, and to kick- start public art in Kingaroy and the South Burnett. They delight in hosting exhibitions which break new ground, and can be fun, thought provoking or just plain quirky.

                    The Gallery is supported by the South Burnett Regional Council which maintains the heritage listed Art Deco building they call home. The Gallery is part of the Kingaroy Information, Art and Heritage precinct, directly opposite the towns iconic peanut silos. Shop 38 is the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery’s surprise for locals and for out of town visitors as it boasts a constantly changing showcase of South Burnett art and high end craftwork. Shop 38 takes its name from the year the Art Deco style former Shire Council Chambers were opened. The building retains many Deco features.

                    LOCATION:

                    128 Haly Street, Kingaroy
                    4610, QLD

                    Kingaroy Memorial Park

                      Kingaroy’s beautiful Memorial Park is located near the heart of town and is the major formal park in the Shire. The War Memorial is located in the park and is a band rotunda constructed of eight classical columns, supporting a frieze and a domed roof. The frieze contains the names of the areas where the armed forces fought in World War I. Sir Thomas William Glasgow dedicated the memorial on 29 June 1932. To the west of the rotunda is the Stone of Remembrance honouring those who served from World War I to Vietnam. All ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services are held there.

                      The park has extensive flower gardens, paved paths, modern play equipment, picnic tables, barbecue facilities (coin operated on William Street side) and amenities which also have disabled access. The park also offers an off leash area for dogs on the Alford Street side. It is also home to the annual Wine and Food in the Park Festival held each March.

                      The Kingaroy swimming pool is beside Memorial Park on William Street and this adds to making the park a pleasant place to stop and have a quiet break and relax while taking advantage of the facilities.

                      LOCATION:

                      Haly Street, Kingaroy
                      4610, QLD

                      Peppertree Cabins Kingaroy

                        If you are looking for cabin accommodation in the South Burnett, then look no further than the beautiful Pepper Tree Cabins in Kingaroy.

                        Nestled in attractive landscaped surrounds, Pepper Tree Cabins offers a unique option for accommodation with 32 self-contained cabins that are modern, comfortable and affordable and are conveniently located less than two kilometres from the town centre.

                        For singles, couples or families, the self-contained cabins are spacious with fully equipped kitchens, full size ensuite, separate bedroom, television/DVD, reverse cycle air-conditioning, undercover car accommodation and much more.

                        Pepper Tree Cabins is an ideal base to explore the beautiful South Burnett region. Sample some of the region’s fresh produce and award-winning wines or take a drive to the magnificent Bunya Mountains. At the end of the day, you can relax on the verandah of your cabin and enjoy one of our boutique wines or liqueurs and then enjoy a delicious meal at the Restaurant located opposite PepperTrees.

                        Whether your visit is for work or for play you will enjoy a quiet, tranquil and relaxed atmosphere in a security gated complex.

                        A personalised, friendly welcome awaits you, so stay with Pepper Tree Cabins soon!

                        LOCATION:

                        7 Evelyn Street, Kingaroy
                        4610, QLD

                        Birdwatching in the South Burnett

                          With more than 350 recorded species, the South Burnett is a bird watchers dream. The region is known for the Black-breasted Button-quail and Glossy Black-Cockatoo, but expect to see the likes of the Red-rumped Parrot, Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater too.

                          A diverse array of habitats from dry rainforest and hoop pine forests, to expansive water masses, open woodlands and soft vine scrub, ensures prolific bird life year round.

                          Try these local hot spots: Lake Barambah, Nanango Fauna Sanctuary, Mudlo Conservation Park Kilkivan, Wooroolin Wetlands; Gordonbrook Dam; Boat Mountain Regional Park, Bunya Mountains National Park. Viewing platforms, lookouts and walking tracks are great vantage points, but keep your eyes peeled wherever you are, as you can spot birds along quiet country roads, in parks and urban areas.

                          The South Burnett is ideally situated two and a half hours from Brisbane, the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts. It is fringed by the pine-clad Bunya Mountains to the south-west, the hoop-pine covered Blackbutt Range to the east and the historic Burnett Range to the north.

                          Pack your walking shoes, picnic, hat, bird book and binoculars and record your own list of sightings in the South Burnett.

                          LOCATION:

                          South Burnett Visitor Information Centre, Kingaroy
                          4610, QLD

                          Taabinga Homestead

                            Taabinga Homestead is part of the National Estate and is central to the history of the South Burnett. The homestead was built in 1846 and is one of Queensland’s oldest, continuously lived in rural homes.

                            Situated at Haly Creek near Kingaroy, Taabinga Homestead is a working cattle property. Accommodation at the Homestead is in fully equipped, self-contained cottages set amongst its gardens. Other outbuildings include the stables, a dairy, blacksmiths and butcher’s shops.

                            Walking trails around the property, including its dam, allow visitors to see birds and native animals in their natural state. Visitors may also view Taabinga’s cemetery and its vineyard, watch cattle work in action or simply relax in its tranquil setting.

                            The Homestead also caters for group visits, which feature a guided tour of the Homestead and outbuildings together with lunch, morning or afternoon tea as required.

                            A visit to Taabinga Homestead offers a genuine experience of rural living as well as a glimpse of past lifestyles at this historic property. Taabinga Homestead is owned and managed by Libby Leu and Colin Marshall. Libby’s family has owned and lived at the Homestead since 1887.

                            LOCATION:

                            7 Old Taabinga Road, Kingaroy
                            4610, QLD

                            Phone: 0741645531 / 0429645531

                            taabhome@hotmail.com

                            www.taabingahomestead.com

                            Minmore Farmstay Bed and Breakfast

                              Minmore is a 7000 hectare beef producing property with a hectare of gardens, a tennis court and abundant wildlife. It’s only a 45 minute drive to the Bunya Mountains and close to fruit growing area, wineries and the golf course. There is gliding available at the Kingaroy airport. Activities include feeding the animals, gathering eggs, bush walks and picnics. It’s ideal for bird watchers and pets welcome, small dogs only.

                              Accommodation is available both within the homestead and the two bedroom cottage is perfect for families.

                              LOCATION:

                              583 Minmore Road, Kingaroy
                              4610, QLD

                              Phone: 0741643196

                              Bethany Cottages

                                Bethany Cottages are four self-contained cottages set up on the highest hill in the Kingaroy district. There are one bedroom cottages, a two bedroom cottage and a spa cottage to choose from. They cater from one to six guests in each. Enjoy the panoramic views from your private verandah. Bethany Cottages provides close proximity to all the conveniences of a modern country town but far enough away to enable you to sit back, relax and enjoy some quiet time. The cottages are pet friendly. In 2015 they added a three bedroom ‘Farm House’ which is available for long and short term rent. This has a full kitchen, laundry and yard for the children and doggies.

                                Tours of Queensland’s most famous farm are available for you to learn more about the history of both the farm, the region with some political stories thrown in! Of course Pumpkin Scones are also served with a cuppa. Bethany Cottages is an easy 45 minute drive to the majestic Bunya Mountains and has many local wineries within a 45 minute radius.

                                LOCATION:

                                218 Peterson Drive, Kingaroy
                                4610, QLD

                                Phone: 0741627046 / 0427143117

                                info@bethany.net.au

                                www.bethany.net.au

                                Room Motels Kingaroy

                                  Room Motels Kingaroy is considered to be Kingaroy’s best kept secret; a friendly and affordable motel that can be your home away from home.

                                  Room Motels Kingaroy is located 225 kilometres north-west of Brisbane in the heart of the South Burnett region with Dalby, Chinchilla, Toowoomba and Gayndah as close neighbours. It is the gateway to Queensland’s agricultural, cattle and mining regions and is steeped in political significance.

                                  Room Motels Kingaroy is centrally located with supermarkets, restaurants, take-away outlets, vehicle services and the Show Grounds within easy walking distance.

                                  We are noted for our seasonally inspired menu which is available 7 days which can be enjoyed room service style, or seated in the individual breezeways or at the garden gazebo.

                                  Guests and visitors to Kingaroy have recently reviewed us to be #1. We have also been awarded as “Start-up Business of the Year” by South Burnett Directions & South Burnett Regional Council.

                                  Whilst we are favourites with the Corporate Community, we are equally popular with wedding groups and sporting groups in town. The Bunya Mountains are just 40 minutes away, a popular days outing for biking and motoring groups.

                                  LOCATION:

                                  76 Youngman Street, Kingaroy
                                  4610, QLD

                                  Ascot Lodge Motor Inn

                                    Ascot Lodge Motor Inn offer accommodation for both corporate and leisure travelers. The rooms accommodate from one to five guests. Queen sizes bed are featured through out the motel and the spa rooms offer king size beds. The onsite restaurant is open for guests and the public Monday to Thursday and breakfast is available seven days a week.

                                    Ascot Lodge Motor Inn is a two and a half hour drive from Brisbane or a two hour drive from Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Air Port.

                                    LOCATION:

                                    69-71 Kingaroy Street, Kingaroy
                                    4551, QLD

                                    Hillview Cottages

                                      Hillview Cottages is a unique Booie Range retreat and is the perfect place to stay while you discover the beautiful South Burnett and Bunya Mountains. There are three self-contained and fully equipped air conditioned cottages (all with double spa baths and wood fires) overlooking this magnificent 57 acre property which has views that will make you sigh and are so good for the soul. Each cottage has its own historic charm – from a converted dairy and a worker’s cottage to a historic church (circa 1912).

                                      Only two and a half hours drive from Brisbane or two hours from the Sunshine Coast or Toowoomba, Hillview is the perfect destination to recharge the batteries in an area that has everything you need for a great break away. While in the South Burnett enjoy the wineries, museums, art galleries, restaurants and quaint country towns, all within a short drive of Hillview. Visit Pottique Lavender Farm for a huge array of antiques and collectables and all things lavender or visit historic Taabinga Homestead or Ringsfield House. At night visit the Kingaroy Observatory for an amazing experience.

                                      Chris, Sandy and invite you to share their piece of paradise and enjoy the magic of Hillview.

                                      LOCATION:

                                      297 Birt Road, Kingaroy
                                      4610, QLD

                                      South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park Festival

                                      The South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park Festival is on again this Saturday 11th March at Memorial Park, Kingaroy.

                                      This is the festival’s 18th year and is a great way of showcases the best of South Burnett wine and food. The event starts at 12 noon and runs till 8:30pm and will have eight hours of live entertainment including street performers and top music acts.

                                      Kevin Liepins a freelance writer has wrote a great article for Weekend Notes on the festival. CLICK HERE to read.

                                      Entertainment at South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park Festival - image from the South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park Festival website

                                      Entertainment at South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park Festival – image from the South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park Festival website

                                      Enjoy wine tastings at the South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park Festival - image from the South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park Festival website

                                      Enjoy wine tastings at the South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park Festival – image from the South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park Festival website

                                      Cassis at Booie


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                                      Tokyo Sushi


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                                      Whipbird Café


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                                      Taabinga Homestead


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