The South Burnett region is located a couple of hours north-west of Brisbane along Australia’s Country Way and is home to long grass, and extensive, extensive pastures and open fields. My mini trip to its north-east parts was not to see those modified lands but to find some beautiful, ancient natural wonders that had existed long before man cultivated the lands.
Nanango And Kingaroy
Setting out around noon, the drive from Brisbane to get to Kingaroy, the heart of South Burnett is a long, long way. Much of the day was spent driving past undulating hills of the open landscape and massive pine plantations.
I briefly dropped in Nananago to have a look at Hannibal’s Bucket, a big ass dragline bucket used for moving earth by the side of the road just before you come into town and Tippery Flats, a park with signs and displays of the history of the town and the days of yesteryear.
Next up was Kingaroy. Having explored it previously earlier this year, (you can read about it here as part of my Bunya Mountains Camping Trip: Day 3), I just stopped in to get some more peanuts from the Peanut Van. Seriously, those Massaman ones are so good, and I got some Peanut Brittle too, which as it turns out, is also fabulous. Why didn’t I buy more! Oh well, I’ll have to make my way there again and buy all the packets!
As the drive was longer than I anticipated and I had set out at the late-ish time of 11 am, the sun was already starting to descend the cloudless sky and call it a day. Ah, eh, no!
I tore ass to the first town on my itinerary, Wooroolin and arriving with an hour to go before the sun said “Sayonara”, I stopped into Dalton Park, checked out the historic train station which is part of the Kilkivan – Kingaroy Rail Trail and an old peanut thresher before going around the corner to take a stroll through some wetlands.
The Wooroolin Wetlands for all the promises its name suggests is not wet. Well, at least it wasn’t when I went there. It’s a seasonally flooded wetland and it also naturally drains away. Adios, water.
It’s believed that because the area is volcanic, tremors could open and close passageways to underground lava tubes, and that’s why the water says, “Farewell, cruel world.”
Okay, so is the Earth going to “move under my feet, will the sky tumble in” while I’m plodding my way through the wetlands and I’ll fall into some cavernous cavern deep below the surface? Ah, well, I’ll take my chances.
Wetlands are usually teaming with birdlife, and these drylands were no exception. Talk about birds of a feature flocking together. Never have I ever seen so many of our country’s beautiful and iconic galahs flying, resting and squawking so loudly my ears wanted to bleed in one place.
There were also cockatoos and magpies and a few other species that I don’t know the names of enjoying the wetlands. It’s such was a magnificent place to see the animals of the avian kind, and with a bird hide situated on the north side, you can stay a while and see what flies by.
After walking the trail, sneaking-a-peek inside the bird hide and looking at a flood memorial, the sun had dipped below the horizon, and after a short walk around the tiny town, I decided to call it an early night.
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