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.
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.
Just ten minutes out of Nanango, the peaceful Nanango Fauna Reserve offers many different environments to explore, from seasonal waterholes to eucalypt woodland, acacia scrub, and dry vine scrub.
It is a bird watcher’s delight with a variety of species to be found including the Yellow-Faced Honeyeater, Australian Darter, Varied Sittella, Nankeen Night Heron, and Little Black and Little Pied Cormorant.
Lions Park is a lovely stop just off the D’Aguilar Highway, on the south side of the township of Nanango. Facilities include toilets, a barbecue, a playground for the kids, shelter and tables. This park is alongside Tipperary Flat, which is a tribute to the Pioneer Days. The Peanut Wagon is also located nearby.
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.
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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.
From November 2017 Ringsfield will operate not only as a museum, cafe and tourist destination but also as a restaurant and events venue supporting both the local and broader communities. It continues to draw people from far and wide to experience the beauty, peace and tranquility that Nanango has to offer.
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.
The Block Vista B and B is the relaxing country escape you have been looking for.
Situated in the beautiful South Burnett on a 400 acre cattle grazing property and a two hour scenic drive from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
There are three very comfortable Queen Bed rooms, two of which come complete with en suites. All rooms are located within and attached to the main homestead. Each room is very private, having its own separate entrance and facilities that will ensure your comfort throughout your stay.
Indulge in a scrumptious breakfast to start your day. Stroll around the property at your leisure and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Watch the spectacular sunsets by the dam with a glass of wine. Gaze at the stars in the endless night sky.
Spend time relaxing and revitalising, or take a short drive and visit the many wineries and attractions around the South Burnett.
As you drive through the entrance gate and up the hill to the homestead, take a deep breath…feel your shoulders relax and let the vista’s natural beauty embrace you.
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Nanango Show Society holds its annual Country Muster featuring traditional Australian Country Music on the second weekend in September. It’s four days full of country music, poetry, gospel and all those things that make the Australian Bush lifestyle great.
The committee prides itself on the choice of artists as well as the variety from year to year. In the days leading up to the festival you are entertained by “Walk Up Artists” who are itching to showcase their talent.
The festival was founded in 2003 to provide an event that encourages tourists to stop and experience the warm country hospitality of Nanango and the South Burnett. So bring your caravan, tent, ute, or whatever you have and settle in for the celebrations of this traditional style of music.
Full camping facilities available from the Monday, 1 September (bookings essential). Plenty of hot showers and toilets available. A real bush atmosphere.
The Nanango A. P. and M. Society Incorporated, (The Nanango Show Society) is presenting the 8th 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. 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 plus a good number of stalls on site to wander and browse. Check them out on Facebook – The Waterhole Rocks.
Held on the first Saturday of each month, these markets are possibly one of the biggest in Rural South East Queensland. Averaging 380 Stalls covering much of the 35 acres of the Nanango Showgrounds visitors have a huge array of enticing produce to browse and purchase. From fresh fruit and vegetables, native and other plant stalls, hardware, clothing, nick-nacks, smallgoods, sauces and cheese to even the kitchen sink plus much more.
The markets open at 6am and go through to 12pm. There is plenty of parking available and whilst it is free, their gates are manned by volunteers collecting donations for Care Flight.
The markets operate a canteen offering a decent selection of food. A coffee shop is also open. For your convenience they have an ATM onsite.
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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 with his wife Mary and daughter Violet (dress in white with pig tails)
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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
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
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