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
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