Tourism is a high growth component of the region’s economy. The South Burnett wine region is located 200km north-west of Brisbane, 150km north of Toowoomba and 150km from the Sunshine Coast. It’s Queensland’s newest wine region and home to some of the most exciting varieties new to Australia including alberino, sangiovese and verdelho.
There are currently a dozen wineries and cellar doors, most of which offer or are close to glorious bed & breakfasts. The South Burnett Food and Wine in the Park Festival, is held on the second weekend in March every year and incorporates food and wine from across the region and entertainment to match.
Camping grounds within the region’s National Parks (Bunya Mountains, Palms National Park & Emu Creek State Forest) hold a signiﬁcant historical and cultural element (from our regional indigenous community as well as early settlers and farming communities) and continue to draw visitors from across Queensland to experience the peace and tranquility that our diverse natural bush land has to offer (not to mention the views!).
The region has three water catchments (dams). If you’re looking for fresh country air and a place where you can relax, swim, ﬁsh, boat or water ski then both Yallakool Caravan & Recreation Park at Bjelke-Peterson Dam, or Lake Boondooma Caravan & Recreation Park would be ideal locations for you. Both offer powered and unpowered camp sites as well as modern self-contained cabins.
In addition, The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) is a 148 kilometre recreation trail from Wulkuraka near Ipswich to Blackbutt. The trail follows the old Brisbane Valley railway line and provides walkers, touring cyclists and horse riders with an opportunity to experience the history and landscape of the Brisbane Valley.
If you love your weekend markets, there are numerous held throughout any month. The Nanango Country Markets are held on the first Saturday of every month and are recognised as the largest rural markets in South East Queensland showcasing a large array of craft, new and used goods, plants, poultry and animals.