Explore the picturesque South Burnett townships.
With 8,382 square kilometres of country to explore, you can fit New York City into the South Burnett ten a half times and still have some regional landscape to spare. With eight towns, six villages, several national forests and nature conservations, three picturesque dams and a range of stunning waterways in between, The South Burnett is home to enough excitement and adventure for an entire month of exploration.
Enjoy a country drive: Getting to and around the South Burnett
There are a number of different routes that will bring you to the doorstep of the South Burnett, depending on where you’re hoping to end up first.
Travelling to the South Burnett
If you’re heading up to the South Burnett from the northern suburbs of Brisbane the fastest route to the Burnett is through Woodford and Kilcoy with the picturesque drive taking you around two and half hours to arrive at the doorstep of the region in avocado country, otherwise known as Blackbutt.
If you’re making your way inland from the Sunshine Coast it will only take you an hour and forty-five minutes to reach Blackbutt and do all of the wonderful activities mentioned above - or you could take the northern route via Gympie and Kilkivan to Goomeri, a quaint little country town, famous for its annual pumpkin festival. From Goomeri, the award-winning South Burnett winery regions of Moffatdale and Barambah are just a cooee away with plenty of locations to choose from all within a couple of minutes drive from each other.
If you’re coming over from Dalby you’re already on the back doorstep of the Burnett but you can choose to make the more scenic trek through the Bunya Mountains or you can bypass them and take the country roads through Bell and onto Kumbia (one hour, 83km).
If you’re heading north from the great Garden City of Toowoomba, you’ll reach the red soil of the South Burnett in well under two hours, arriving in Kingaroy after just 150km. On your way through, why not take a break in the darling little country community of Maidenwell and explore Coomba Falls, the perfect place for a quick summer dip.
If you’re making your way down from the North Burnett, we recommend taking the road less travelled and enjoying a night in the historic grounds of Boondooma Homestead (one and half hours of driving, 125km). From there you’re only another 20 minutes from Boondooma Dam, a major drawcard for anglers, campers, bird-watchers and water-sports enthusiasts of all ages.
Explore the Beautiful South Burnett Townships
Townships & Villages
Blackbutt & Benarkin
Home to the Blackbutt Avocado Festival & Tennis legend Roy Emerson.
Visit the Cherbourg Ration Shed and learn about our first nation people.
Coolabunia, Crawford & Booie Range
Three towns all with their own unique attractions and beautiful country side.
Technically part of the Gympie region, Goomeri still holds a special place as a close neighbour to the South Burnett due to its beautiful location.
Two towns filled with history, visit the lavender farm in Coolabunia and pop into the Hivesville Hotel for a genuine country pub experience.
Kingaroy is synonymous with red soil and peanuts but there’s much more to this town than meets the eye.
Kumbia is a small town nestled into the foothills of the Bunya Mountains, on the Bunya Highway, between the Mountains and Kingaroy.
One of the final townships on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail before arriving in the South Burnett.
Maidenwell & Cooyar
To reach the South Burnett travellers from Toowoomba will make their way through the country village of Cooyar and onto Maidenwell.
Moffatdale & Barambah
The South Burnett’s great winery region, Moffatdale and Barambah make up the majority of the region’s vineyards and cellar doors.
An Aboriginal world meaning lily pond, Murgon derived its name from a pond located on Barambah Station near Moffatdale where the first European settlers arrived in the area in 1843.
The South Burnett’s oldest township and Queensland’s fourth oldest, Nanango is brimming with history from as far back as the 1840s.
The Proston area was built on the back of hardworking farmers who came to the region after the Queensland Government decided to open up the land to more intensive settlement in 1910.
Tingoora, Memerambi & Wooroolin
Considered to be the home of the first commercial peanut crop grown in the South Burnett, Wooroolin has played a long and interesting part in the region’s peanut producing legacy.
The Wakka Wakka word for Dingo, Wondai is known for its proud timber history, impressive art gallery and quaint country pubs all bursting with history and character.
Technically part of the Darling Downs shire, Yarraman is still considered part of the South Burnett for more than just its proximity. Like much of the rest of the region, Yarraman is steeped in timber history and still has an operational sawmill running today.