Discover the South Burnett – Three Free Ideas

Road trips are about discovery and freedom. Take the road less travelled and you’ll find an unexpected gem, something that sparks your interest or leads you into adventure.  And if it doesn’t add to the travel budget, all the better.

Here are a few discovery activities you can do free or for very little in the South Burnett.

WALK THE WALK                                                                      

Visitors to the Bunya Mountains can choose from 35km of walking tracks ranging from 500m to 10km through rainforest, bushland, grassy hills, nearby waterfalls and views as far as the eye can see.  Reward yourself with coffee or lunch afterwards at one of the cafes.

For a simpler outing, you can take a short drive through Murgon to Boat Conservation Park. A bird and wildlife haven, with tracks ranging from 370m to 2.2km leading to Daniel’s Lookout at its peak.

I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE                                            

BYO bicycle and get out into nature on the region’s rail trails. A natural track runs from Blackbutt in the south, while the bitumen trail between Kingaroy and Kilkivan can be accessed from either end or anywhere along the way. 

Cyclists looking for more challenging rides can build their own routes between towns on country roads or highways, and mountain bikers should head to the 426-hectare Wondai Trails at McEuen State Forest, where the local mountain bike club has developed a number of trails of different length and difficulty. 

NEVER STOP LEARNING                                                                                                                                                                  

Did you know tennis legend Roy Emerson was born in the South Burnett?  Find out more at the Roy Emerson Museum in Blackbutt, Emerson’s birthplace. Further along the highway, the military display at Yarraman’s Heritage Centre includes moving stories of service and loss in wartime, while you can track the history of energy from early generators to modern power stations at Nanango’s South Burnett Energy Centre.

Did you know that some of Queensland’s best known and well-regarded wood cutters in the early 1900’s were women?  The Lynch sisters – Nell, Mary, Kate and Rose Lynch – often gave demonstrations at local shows and were invited to Brisbane to display their skill.  Find out more at the South Burnett Timber Industry Museum in Wondai.

Please call into any of our Visitor Information Centres for more details or contact Council by phoning 4189 9100 or email