Burnett Inland Trail

Many people visit the Burnett/Fraser coast region but fail to explore the hinterland. If you plan to drive to the Burnett/Fraser region from Brisbane, why not drive up the coast and return inland via the Burnett Highway. On the inland road you'll see the Big Orange at Kingaroy; take part in the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival (every May), Goomeri; check out the Big Mandarin at Mundubbera, the Citrus Capital of Queensland; have fun at the Peanut Festival (every September) at Kingaroy and visit the largest natural Bunya pine forest in the world in the Bunya Mountains.

The highway runs generally north - south, from its junction with the Bruce Highway, just south of Rockhampton, to Nanango and then on to Toowoomba. Length is approximately 550 kilometres. The highway takes its name from the Burnett River, which it crosses a number of times. The Burnett Highway provides the most direct link between the northern end of the New England Highway and Rockhampton.

Towns passed throught, from north to south, are: Bouldercombe; Mount Morgan; Dululu; Jambin; Biloela; Monto; Eidsvold; Mundubbera; Gayndah; Ban Ban Springs; Goomeri; Nanango

Highlights

Musical Mountain: Rising 150m above the cultivated plains to the south of the central Queensland town of Biloela, Mount Scoria is a striking local landmark protected in Mount Scoria Conservation Park. Formed by volcanic activity 20–26 million years ago, this volcanic plug features many-sided basalt columns. The mountain's nickname - Musical Mountain - is derived from the long six-sided basalt columns on the mountain that project outwards like fingers. They sound musical notes when struck by another rock.


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Bunya Mountains: an isolated section of the Great Dividing Range which rise abruptly from the surrounding countryside to an average elevation of 975m. The views are spectacular - the area contains the largest natural Bunya pine forest in the world along with a number of unique features such as natural grassland 'balds' (themselves composed of rare grass species) and both wet and dry rainforests.

The Mountains are home to many species of Australian native birds including brilliantly-coloured king parrots and crimson rosellas, along with large numbers of rednecked wallabies, swamp wallabies and pademelons.

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