Population 7619

Kingaroy is a large and prosperous town in the South Burnett region. The town's name derives from the Aboriginal word 'Kingaroori', meaning red ant. Found in the area, this unique ant has gradually adapted its colour to resemble the red soil plains of Kingaroy. The town is the centre for Queensland's peanut and navy-bean industries, and its giant peanut silos are landmarks. The region's relatively new wine industry is thriving, with excellent boutique wineries close by. Kingaroy was also the home of Sir Johannes (Joh) Bjelke-Petersen, former premier of Queensland.

Visitor Information

128 Haly St; (07) 4189 9172

Nearby national parks

  • Bunya Mountains National Park

    The Bunya Mountains hosted important gatherings for the Waka Waka tribe and up until the late 1800s local and neighbouring Aboriginal groups...more

  • Crows Nest National Park

    Crows Nest National Park, on the edge of the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane, features the picturesque Crows Nest Falls with its...more

  • Ravensbourne National Park

    Set on a spur of the Great Dividing Range, Ravensbourne National Park protects one of the few remaining pockets of rainforest that...more

Nearby towns

  • Nanango

    Nanango is one of the oldest towns in Queensland. Gold was mined here from 1850 to 1900 and fossickers still try their luck today. The...more

  • Murgon

    Murgon, known as 'the beef capital of the Burnett', is one of the most attractive towns in southern Queensland. Settlement dates from 1843,...more

  • Crows Nest

    On the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range north of Toowoomba is the small town of Crows Nest. It was named after Jimmy Crow, a...more

In Town

Heritage Museum: formerly the Kingaroy Power House, the museum depicts the history of Kingaroy under the themes of people, power and peanuts. Historical displays include machinery, photos and videos on the peanut and navy-bean industries; Haly St.

Art Gallery: local and regional artists; open 10am–3pm Mon–Fri; Civic Sq, Glendon St.

The Peanut Van: sales of local 'jumbo' peanuts; Kingaroy St.

Apex Lookout: panoramic views of town; Carroll Nature Reserve, Fisher St.


Bunya Mountains National Park The Bunya Mountains sit on an isolated spur of the Great Dividing Range, a cool, moist region of waterfalls, and green and scarlet king parrots. This important park the world's largest natural Bunya-pine forest, a species much depleted by early timber-getters. It is a significant Aboriginal site as many feasts were held here with the bunya nuts as the main fare. There are many walking trails for beginners and the experienced alike, including the short Bunya Bunya Track, the 8.4 km return Cherry Plain Track, or the easy 4 km Scenic Circuit from the Dandabah camping area, which winds through rainforest to Pine Gorge Lookout. Have a bush picnic and see the many butterflies or go spotlighting to glimpse owls and mountain possums. (07) 4668 3127; 58 km SW. Read More.

Aboriginal Bora Ring: preserved site; Cnr Reagan and Coolabunia rds;17.5 km SW.

Mt Wooroolin Lookout: excellent views over Kingaroy's farmlands; 3 km W.

Bethany: tour the Bjelke-Petersen's property and taste the famous Bjelke-Petersen pumpkin scones; open Wed and Sat, bookings essential; (07) 4162 7046; off Goodger Rd; 9 km SE.

Wooroolin: quaint town with many heritage buildings including the Grant Hotel (1916). The Gordonbrook Dam is an excellent spot for picnics and birdwatching from the hides; 18 km N.

Scenic aeroplane flights: over the Burnett region daily; (07) 4162 2629.

Scenic glider flights: over surrounding area; (07) 4162 2191.

Fishing spots near town

Bjelke Petersen Dam 29 km

Lake Barambah is a 22 sq km water about 15 km south-east of Murgon. It is regarded as one of the state’s best waters for big bass, but also has yellowbelly, silver perch and saratoga. It is relatively shallow for a... Find out more

Lake Boondooma 63 km

Situated on the Boyne River to the west of Bjelke Petersen Dam, this lake is about 15 km from Proston. Since its construction in 1983, a variety of species have been stocked here. Australian bass, silver perch and... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Booie Bello Vista

The Burnett region is a fertile one and this restaurant makes use of its products, as well as offering plenty of fresh fish dishes. It is housed in the same building as the unusual Booie Range Distillers and has tastings... Find out more

Campsites around town

Broadwater Recreational Reserve camping area 20 km

Known to be a good birdwatching area, this campsite is suitable for self-sufficient campers. Signposted access is via Broadwater Access Rd off the Burnett Hwy, 22 km north of Nanango. Drop into the visitor centre for... Find out more

Seven Mile Diggings camping area 29 km

You can still dig around in this old fossicking area 11 km south of Nanango, though it’s unlikely you’ll find any gold. The campgrounds at the end of the sealed section of Old Esk North Rd are drive-in, but... Find out more

Yallakool Caravan Park on Bjelke-Petersen Dam 31 km

Outdoor movies and friendly tennis competitions might not be typical tourist park activities, but Yallakool offers more bang for your buck. Situated 13 km south-east of Murgon, there are sheltered swimming areas, good... Find out more

Maidenwell camping area 34 km

This free stopover (maximum 24 hr) has a BBQ, toilets and picnic tables on Coomba Falls Rd in Maidenwell, 25 km south-west of Nanango. Have a hot shower in the town hall (pick up the key from the general store), and... Find out more

Burtons Well camping area (walk-in camping) 44 km

Camp among the ancient grass trees with beautiful forest surrounds at this large tent-only site, 8.5 km north-west of the QPWS information centre. The carpark is a short walk from the open camping area which caters for... Find out more

Westcott camping area (walk-in camping) 44 km

Suitable for tents only, there is no vehicular access to this partly shaded campground, for up to 30 people, but parking is just 20 m away. There are fireplaces but use the firewood sparingly. Tap water must be treated... Find out more

Dandabah camping area 45 km

Dandabah has large, open grassy areas conveniently close to a small general store, restaurant and public phone. There are sites for up to 70 campers and it can be reached by conventional vehicle. The site is on Bunya... Find out more

Swinging Bridge Park camping area 49 km

This site has no showers or toilets, but public toilets are available nearby and the Cooyar Hotel is happy for you to use their facilities; they charge a small fee for showers. If you are using one of the powered sites,... Find out more

First Settlers Park camping area 49 km

Available for a single-night stopover, this free site has surprisingly good facilities. There’s a powered site suitable for caravans and camper trailers, showers (bring $2 coins for hot water) and a public phone at... Find out more

Clancys camping area 56 km

Beside Emu Creek (a tributary of the Brisbane River) and adjacent to the Bicentennial National Trail, this campground has sizeable, open grassy areas suitable for large groups. The site is accessible by conventional... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Homestead Caravan Park and Cabins 22 km

This is a quiet park off the highway where every site has its own ensuite. It is a great place for a stopover on the journey north or it is a good base to explore the Bunya Mountains. The ensuite sites are good value.... Find out more

Yallakool Caravan Park on Bjelke-Petersen Dam 31 km

This is a large park on the shores of the Bjeilke-Petersen Dam. Modern extensions have seen the installation of ensuite sites. It is an ideal location for breaking the journey, catching up on some rest or catching a... Find out more

Barambah Bush Caravan Park 35 km

This is a bush area with a caravan park. There are good facilities and several kilometres of bushwalking trails. Bookings required at peak periods and a minimum-length stay at Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Yarraman Caravan Park 35 km

Perched high on a hill about 1 km north of Yarraman, the park has a great outlook over the surrounding areas. This is an easy park to access. It has a large number of sites and is popular with caravan clubs who can use... Find out more

Crows Nest Caravan Park 84 km

Only 1 km south of Crows Nest on the New England Highway, the park has a popular licensed restaurant and offers easy access for vans and larger motorhomes. It is good value for money.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bethany Cottages

John and Karyn Bjelke-Petersen have four self-contained one- and two-bedroom guest cottages on Bethany farm, home of John’s parents, former Queensland Premier the late Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen and his widow, former... Find out more

Deshon’s Retreat

This self-contained cottage for four is perfect for a stay in the bush and is situated some 9 kilometres north of Kingaroy. It is private and secluded, and has an open fire. Hosts Frank and Jayne Deshon supply breakfast... Find out more

Taabinga Homestead

This working cattle property 18 kilometres south of Kingaroy and close to Bunya Mountains National Park also produces grain, beans, peanuts, wine grapes and olives. Its homestead is part of the National Estate, built in... Find out more

The Quilter’s Rest

The name says it all. Quilters can meet others with the same interest on the 400-hectare cattle property, Tamalba. They can attend classes, finish their own craft projects in a tranquil setting or simply enjoy the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Chatsworth rest area 90 km

6km N of Gympie (L) or 55km S of Tiaro (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Six Mile Creek rest area 92 km

162km N of Brisbane (L) or 6km S of Gympie (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the creek.

Gunalda rest area 96 km

29km N of Gympie (R) or 32km S of Tiaro (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Wine and Food in the Park Festival: Mar.

Peanut Festival: includes the Strong Man Games; Aug.

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