The Waterhole Rocks

    The Nanango A. P. and M. Society Incorporated, (The Nanango Show Society) is presenting the 6th Annual Waterhole Rocks Rock n Roll Campout weekend. The program for this event is actually a combination of three events all combined into one.

    Rock ‘n’ Roll music and dancing, Custom Cars and Hot Rods, and competitions with a Car and Vintage Caravan Show ‘n’ Shine with Grass Driving and Games. Along with the Rock ‘n’ Roll bands there will be entertainers performing all weekend with free dance lessons (rock ‘n’ roll) for the public. The show society will be running a canteen during the weekend and there will be plenty of camping available to patrons who wish to enjoy the event first hand.

    LOCATION:

    129 Drayton Street, Nanango
    4615, QLD

    Ringsfield House, Nanango

      Stately Ringsfield House was built in 1908 for Mr and Mrs James William Davies Graham. It was designed by noted Queensland Architect Robin Dods and is distinguished by its wide verandahs, bay windows, large, airy bedrooms and built-in cupboards.

      Ringsfield has enjoyed four lives so far! From 1908 till 1942 it was the private home of the Graham and Sullivan families. From 1942 to 1970, it served as Ringsfield Maternity Hospital delivering almost 4,000 babies! By 1973 the house was a Lifeline refuge and continued in this capacity for a further 20 years. In 1992, the then Nanango Shire Council restored Ringsfield as a museum and historical centre.

      Today, Ringsfield is an active community museum offering displays, art and crafts and a cafe open 9am to 4pm daily for coffee and cake, or lunch and breakfast on Sundays. There are also facilities for small functions. As the headquarters of the Nanango Historical Society, it is a repository for historical photographs and archives. Also within the precinct is a replica coach house, cream shed, slab shepherd’s hut, the town’s original Presbyterian Church and Nanango’s oldest surviving building – the State School built in 1866.

      LOCATION:

      129 Drayton Street, Nanango
      4615, QLD

      LOCATION:

      41-45 Alfred Street, Nanango
      4615, QLD

      Reg McCallum Park

        Located in Henry Street, Nanango, this attractive park, Reg McCallum Park, is named after the Mayor of the Nanango Shire, Reg McCallum, who has been the Mayor for over 25 years. The facilities include public toilets with wheelchair access, parenting rooms, free showers (need to get key from the South Burnett Visitor Information Centre – Nanango), playground, tables and chairs.

        The South Burnett Visitor Information Centre – Nanango can also be found across the road, which provides services that include:- the Tarong Power Display, information on attractions, accommodation and businesses, as well as offering history research, a range of souvenirs and other goods.

        LOCATION:

        129 Drayton Street, Nanango
        4615, QLD

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        41-45 Alfred Street, Nanango
        4615, QLD

        LOCATION:

        Henry Street, Nanango
        4615, QLD

        Pioneer Park

          Pioneer Park is located on the western side of Sandy Creek and beside Drayton Street, and was once called Nanango Park when it was first developed in 1919. This reserve between the Primary School and the Railway Station was used as a memorial to the soldiers of the First World War.

          Camphor Laurel and Pepperina Trees were planted on the eastern side of the creek and assigned to the school to care for them. Due to lack of public interest, this reserve was returned to its original state when the fences and trees were broken down and cattle were allowed to graze on the land.

          Pioneer Park came into being in 1978 when Joe Anderson became deeply involved with the concept. It wasn’t until 1982 when the Nanango Rural Youth Club installed picnic tables and a barbecue. Development continued over the years. However, the old curved railway bridge across Sandy Creek and railway station still remain to remind us of what once used to be.

          LOCATION:

          129 Drayton Street, Nanango
          4615, QLD

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          41-45 Alfred Street, Nanango
          4615, QLD

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          Henry Street, Nanango
          4615, QLD

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          Drayton Street, Nanango
          4615, QLD

          Tipperary Flat

            Tipperary Flat, situated at the southern entrance to Nanango adjacent to Lions Park and the BP Service Station, is a well equipped picnic area featuring a walking trail leading visitors around the historic displays with informative interpretive signs provided.

            In early days, Tipperary Flat was used for sports days and get-togethers with other families who lived close by and the name originated from the first settlers who came from Ireland. A walking track extends to the Tarong turnoff past ‘Hannibal’, the first Tarong Coal Dragline Bucket, and has become a popular pastime for residents, visitors and pets.

            Adjacent to Tipperary Flat is an existing stand of Bunya Trees, a special icon of the natural and cultural heritage of the South Burnett, which acknowledge the original inhabitants.

            Tipperary Flat is an informative rest stop on your journey through the South Burnett.

            LOCATION:

            129 Drayton Street, Nanango
            4615, QLD

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            41-45 Alfred Street, Nanango
            4615, QLD

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            Henry Street, Nanango
            4615, QLD

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            Drayton Street, Nanango
            4615, QLD

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            D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango
            4615, QLD

            Nanango Fauna Reserve

              The Nanango Fauna Reserve offers many different environments of seasonal waterholes, eucalypt woodland, acacia scrub, and dry vine scrub. It is a birdwatcher’s delight with a variety of birds to be found including the Yellow-Faced Honeyeater, Australian Darter, Varied Sittella, Nankeen Night Heron, and Little Black and Little Pied Cormorant.

              LOCATION:

              129 Drayton Street, Nanango
              4615, QLD

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              41-45 Alfred Street, Nanango
              4615, QLD

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              Henry Street, Nanango
              4615, QLD

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              Drayton Street, Nanango
              4615, QLD

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              D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango
              4615, QLD

              LOCATION:

              Mount Stanley Road, Nanango
              4615, QLD

              Lions Park – Nanango

                Located on the D’Aguilar Highway on the south side of the township of Nanango, Lions Park is a lovely stop. The facilities include toilets, barbecue, playground, shelter and tables. This park is alongside Tipperary Flat, which is a tribute to the Pioneer Days. The Peanut Wagon is also located nearby.

                LOCATION:

                129 Drayton Street, Nanango
                4615, QLD

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                41-45 Alfred Street, Nanango
                4615, QLD

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                Henry Street, Nanango
                4615, QLD

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                Drayton Street, Nanango
                4615, QLD

                LOCATION:

                D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango
                4615, QLD

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                Mount Stanley Road, Nanango
                4615, QLD

                LOCATION:

                D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango
                4615, QLD

                South Burnett Energy Centre

                  The newly opened South Burnett Energy Centre reflects the past, the people and the energy technology that developed the region and continues to mould our future. The visually exciting displays are located in a building formerly owned by Tarong Coal and incorporate a number of time lines and interactive displays as well as the original engines that supplied energy to Nanango for the first time in 1933.

                  LOCATION:

                  129 Drayton Street, Nanango
                  4615, QLD

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                  41-45 Alfred Street, Nanango
                  4615, QLD

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                  Henry Street, Nanango
                  4615, QLD

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                  Drayton Street, Nanango
                  4615, QLD

                  LOCATION:

                  D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango
                  4615, QLD

                  LOCATION:

                  Mount Stanley Road, Nanango
                  4615, QLD

                  LOCATION:

                  D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango
                  4615, QLD

                  LOCATION:

                  Henry Street, Nanango
                  4615, QLD

                  Homestead Caravan Park

                    Homestead Caravan Park is set in a spacious seven acre park surrounded by trees and gardens, situated in Nanango, Queensland, just off the D’Aguilar Highway. It is a quiet friendly park for the whole family.

                    The park is within easy access to the town centre, restaurants and local attractions.

                    They are a pet friendly park and offer a range of accommodation including powered and un-powered sites, deluxe, standard and budget cabins. The park facilities include a swimming pool, indoor recreation area, camp kitchen, full laundry facilities and dump point.

                    LOCATION:

                    129 Drayton Street, Nanango
                    4615, QLD

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                    41-45 Alfred Street, Nanango
                    4615, QLD

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                    Henry Street, Nanango
                    4615, QLD

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                    Drayton Street, Nanango
                    4615, QLD

                    LOCATION:

                    D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango
                    4615, QLD

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                    Mount Stanley Road, Nanango
                    4615, QLD

                    LOCATION:

                    D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango
                    4615, QLD

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                    Henry Street, Nanango
                    4615, QLD

                    LOCATION:

                    Arthur Street East, Nanango
                    4216, QLD

                    Nanango Star Motel

                      The Nanango Star Motel is a 12 room modern country motel situated right in the heart of Nanango . They are situated within walking distance to all amenities.

                      They are a three star self rated motel that prides itself on being the best motel at the most reasonable price anywhere.

                      Their motto is come as a guest leave as a friend.

                      LOCATION:

                      129 Drayton Street, Nanango
                      4615, QLD

                      LOCATION:

                      41-45 Alfred Street, Nanango
                      4615, QLD

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                      Henry Street, Nanango
                      4615, QLD

                      LOCATION:

                      Drayton Street, Nanango
                      4615, QLD

                      LOCATION:

                      D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango
                      4615, QLD

                      LOCATION:

                      Mount Stanley Road, Nanango
                      4615, QLD

                      LOCATION:

                      D'Aguilar Highway, Nanango
                      4615, QLD

                      LOCATION:

                      Henry Street, Nanango
                      4615, QLD

                      LOCATION:

                      Arthur Street East, Nanango
                      4216, QLD

                      LOCATION:

                      43 Drayton Street, Nanango
                      4615, QLD

                      The Block Vista B&B

                      Star Motel

                      43 Drayton street, Nanango

                      Tel: (07) 4163 1666

                      http://www.nanangostartmotel.com.au

                      Fitzroy Motel

                      55 Fitzroy street, Nanango

                      Tel: (07) 4163 1100

                      www.nanangofitzroymotel.com.au

                      Copper Country Motor Inn

                      14354 D’Aguilar Highway, Nanango
                      Tel: (07) 4163 1011

                      Antler Motel

                      33 Henry Street, Nanango

                      Tel: (07) 4163 1444

                      www.antlermotel.com.au

                      Legends of the South Burnett

                      Legends of the South Burnett – Boxing Legend: Arthur Cripps

                      When you think of boxing one name comes to mind… Muhammad Ali. Well sorry to disappoint but there was another boxing great who came from the South Burnett… Arthur Cripps.

                      Born in 1879 Arthur Cripps started his sporting career playing rugby. He played in one game for Queensland – a “dramatic” 25-11 win over New South Wales in 1901 (see even back in the early 20th century Queensland were beating New South Wales!) But footy just wasn’t meant to be for Arthur who turned to professional boxing in early 1902.

                      Arthur was trained by “Big” Jim Austin, who was said to be one of the cleverest trainers of the time. He claimed that because of this training he never suffered a black eye or bloody nose.

                      In 1903 Arthur Cripps claimed the Australian Middleweight crown. He would then win this title on and off between the years 1903 to 1909.

                      A property at Broadwater (Nanango) brought Arthur, his wife Mary and their daughter Violet to the region to begin a farming life. Arthur held boxing fund raising activities and assisted many young men in gaining expertise in the boxing arena such as Bill Ewart of Nanango.

                      In 1916 at the age of 35 (which was not the norm as the average age of men enlisting was 26) Arthur enlisted as a driver in the Engineers. This grabbed the attention of Australians with newspaper headlines reading “Arthur Cripps gone to the front!” (16 May 1917). He also made headlines again upon his return in August 1919.

                      After the war Arthur returned to Nanango where he was the Post Office Hotel Proprietor, Chairman of the local football club (1923to 1925) and Director of the Dairy Company (1923). However, before his daughter Violet was 21 years old he decided to move the family to Brisbane.

                      In 1934 Arthur Cripps passed away.

                      A mild-mannered man – a home lover – an ace high husband and father – and a wonderful glove fighter!

                      Arthur Cripps 3

                      Arthur Cripps with his wife Mary and daughter Violet (dress in white with pig tails)

                      Arthur Cripps dressed in his army uniform

                      Arthur Cripps dressed in his army uniform

                      Nanango Food Junction

                      Nanango Food Junction

                      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

                      Shortiez Country Fried Chicken

                      Open 7 days Mon to Thurs 10:30am to 8pm Sat & Sun 9am to 8pm Breakfast, fast food, Country Fried Chicken Takeaway or Outside dining

                      Shortiez Fish & Chips and Ice Cream Parlour

                      Shortiez Fish & Chips and Ice-Cream Parlour

                      Orchy Fresh Salad & Juice Bar

                      Crusty’s Pizza and Pasta

                      Nanango BP Roadhouse

                      Virgil Smith Touchwood Artisans