Kingaroy (1 Day's Stay)
Kingaroy Heritage Museum is located in the Powerhouse (in use from 1925-1952) and contains the history of Australia's peanut industry, a number of unique local inventions of machinery specific for peanut farming showcasing Australian ingenuity, the Bicentennial Quilt (made by local craftswomen), the Boomerang presented in 1904 by local Aboriginal people to the then Kingaroy Stationmaster and a collection of historic photos and memorabilia.
Also significant to the areas history is the Burnett War Museum which has historic photographs and paintings concerning WWII as well as static displays of military vehicles, buildings from a WWII local military base that are being restored and a monument to honour Burnett Shire residents who lost their lives during WWII.
Other military memorials can be found at Kingaroy Memorial Park and the Carroll Nature Reserve Kokoda Track. Kingaroy Memorial Park's war memorial is in the form of a Band Rotunda with a frieze showing the names of the places where Australian soldiers fought in WWI as well as a Stone of Remembrance honouring those who served from WWI through to Vietnam. The park also features flower gardens, paved paths, play equipment, picnic and Barbecue facilities and an off-leash dog exercise area and is adjacent to Kingaroy Swimming Pool.
The Carroll Nature Reserve Kokoda Track is a walking trail where you can enjoy excellent bird watching. The nature reserve is a re-vegetation community project and a plaque and gateway were erected in 1985 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII and to honour those who lost their lives fighting in the pacific.
Other places to enjoy a good picnic and that have modern play equipment for the children are Kingaroy Rotary Park and Kingaroy Lions Park (which also has a photo opportunity in the form of the cut out frames of a peanut and a navy bean and is where you can enjoy local produce from the Peanut Van). Adjacent to Kingaroy Lions Park there are walking trails in the Bjelke-Petersen Recreation Area.
Another enjoyable place to visit is the Kingaroy Cheese Factory where you can take part in a pleasant tour of their farmhouse style factory where they make award winning gourmet cheeses of many varieties.
Get a feel for the lay of the land at Apex Park and Lookout. The former site of Kingaroy's first public hospital (the large trees are original plantings from the hospital grounds and there is memorial in memory of a past Matron of hospital) there is a walking trail leads to the Lookout which provides panoramic views of Kingaroy that encompass the impressive Peanut silos, the Tarong power Station and also Coolabunia Hill (which is the home of the former State Premier of Queensland, Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson) as well as views of Bunya Mountains National Park. There are also picnic facilities, children's Playground equipment and a Steam Engine relic. Providing 360 degree panoramic views of the area is the Mount Wooroolin Lookout which has picnic facilities and Barbecues.
With the largest remaining area of Bunya Pines in the world, the subtropical rainforest of Bunya Mountains National Park's walking trails are a delight with some 120 species for bird watching as well as other flora and fauna to enjoy.
For water sports try Gordonbrook Dam where you can enjoy fishing, sailing, boating and water skiing.
If you are looking for the work of local artists to enjoy then why not try the Kingaroy Shire Art Gallery or the Artists College. The Kingaroy Shire Art Gallery has new exhibitions in the main gallery each month, an ongoing display of artworks by local artists and a Craft showcase with items for sale while the Artists Cottage (set in historical buildings) includes the Mayovale Gallery showcasing local and visiting artists and you can also wander through gardens on the grounds to visit the studios of the resident artists. The Artists Cottage has a little of everything as local produce is available from the Cottage Sugar 'n' Spice while food and beverages is served from Cafe Nouveau.
These are some of the great destinations to see while exploring Kingaroy. Be sure to add them to your list of places to visit.
- Kingaroy Heritage Museum, history of peanut industry, unique local inventions of machinery for peanut farming
- Kingaroy Rotary Park
- Kingaroy Lion Park
- Peanut Van
- walking trails in Bjelke-Petersen Recreation Area
- Carroll Nature Reserve, Kokoda Track, plaque and gateway- 50th anniversary of end of WWII
- Kingaroy Cheese Factory Tour, award winning cheeses
- Kingaroy Memorial Park, Stone of Remembrance, for those who served from WWI to Vietnam
- Kingaroy Shire Art Gallery, Craft showcase
- Apex Park and Lookout, walking trail leads to Lookout
- home of former State Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson
- Bunya Mountains National Park
- Gordonbrook Dam - fishing, sailing, boating, water skiing
- Burnett War Museum - Historic photographs, paintings, military vehicles
- Artists Cottage - historic buildings
- Mayovale Gallery showing local and visiting artists
- local produce at Cottage Sugar 'n' Spice
- Cafe Nouveau food and beverages
- Mount Wooroolin Lookout - 360 degree panoramic views
- Bunya Mountains National Park - Subtropical rainforest, Bunya Pines, over 100 bird species, flora and fauna