Queensland Dairy Museum, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 2133

Murgon, known as 'the beef capital of the Burnett', is one of the most attractive towns in southern Queensland. Settlement dates from 1843, but the town did not really develop until after 1904, when the railway arrived and the large stations of the area were divided up. The town's name comes from a lily pond, found on Barambah Station, which was the site of the first pastoral property in the area.

Visitor Information

63 Lamb St; (07) 4168 3864

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

  • Great Sandy National Park

    Great Sandy National Park encompasses World Heritage–listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world; nearby Woody Island;...more

  • Kondalilla National Park

    Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’, is an apt name for this national park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland,...more

Nearby towns

  • Kingaroy

    Kingaroy is a large and prosperous town in the South Burnett region. The town's name derives from the Aboriginal word...more

  • 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

  • Gympie

    On the banks of the Mary River, north of the Sunshine Coast, is the heritage town of Gympie. It was established when James Nash discovered...more

In Town

Queensland Dairy Museum: static and interactive displays illustrating the history of the dairy industry, with special interest in the development of butter; Gayndah Rd.


Boat Mountain Conservation Park The flat-topped crest in this park looks like an upturned boat, hence the name. The views from the top are panoramic and take in the surrounding agricultural valley. There are 2 lookout walks and an excellent 1.8 km circuit track. Watch for the bandicoot digs along the way. 20 km NE via Boat Mountain Rd.

Jack Smith Conservation Park This park comprises valuable remnant dry rainforest that used to cover the region before clearing for agriculture began. Have a picnic overlooking the South Burnett Valley before taking the 20 min return track through scrub to see the abundant birdlife of the park; 13 km n.

South Burnett wine region The first vines in this young region were planted in 1993. Read more

Cherbourg: small Aboriginal community featuring the Ration Shed Precinct displaying a pictorial history of the area; 5 km SE.

Wondai: attractions include the Regional Art Gallery, Heritage Museum and South Burnett Timber Industry Museum. Town hosts Garden Expo in September; 13 km S.

Bjelke-Petersen Dam: popular spot for watersports and fishing (boat hire available) with various accommodation styles at Yallakool Tourist Park. The dam is home to the Annual Fishing Competition in Oct; 15 km SE.

Goomeri: known as 'clock town' for its unique memorial clock in the town centre. It has numerous antique stores and holds the Pumpkin Festival in May; 19 km NE.

Booubyjan Homestead: Irish brothers the Clements took up this run near Goomeri in 1847, beginning with sheep and then moving to cattle in the 1880s. The property is still in the family. Open to the public daily; 43 km N via Goomeri.

Kilkivan: Queensland's first discovery of gold was here in 1852. Try fossicking for gold or visit the lavender farm and historical museum. The town holds the Great Horse Ride in Apr; 44 km NE.

Proston: small community featuring Sidcup Castle and Crafts Museum (open Wed–Mon); 54 km W.

Lake Boondooma: watersports, fishing and the Fishing Competition in Feb; 74 km NW via Proston. 

Bicentennial National Trail: a 5330 km trail for walkers, bike riders and horseriders – you can do just a part of the trail. It runs through Kilkivan.

Fossicking: semi-precious stones in Cloyna and Windera region; details from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Bjelke Petersen Dam 13 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 52 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

Campsites around town

Yallakool Caravan Park on Bjelke-Petersen Dam 8 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

Broadwater Recreational Reserve camping area 29 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

Lake Boondooma Caravan and Recreation Park 53 km

An angler’s paradise, the lake camping area features powered sites, hot showers, a dump point and laundry facilities. Other facilities include a kiosk, playground, tennis court and boats for hire. The site is 20 km... Find out more

Seven Mile Diggings camping area 55 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

Glastonbury Creek camping area 61 km

This large grassy camping area with a maximum capacity of 120 people is on the south-eastern edge of Brooyar State Forest. There is a day-use area with picnic tables and wood BBQs, and open fires are allowed in the... Find out more

Amamoor Creek camping area 63 km

A rare find for pet owners, this camp is dog friendly. Take care though, as the creek is home to platypus and a variety of frogs. The flat, grassy campsites are suitable for tents and caravans, and surrounded by majestic... Find out more

Cedar Grove camping area 66 km

Cedar Grove camping area in Amamoor State Forest has tent and caravan campsites in open grassy areas beside riverine rainforest of white and red cedars, as well as tall open forest and Amamoor Creek. Bring along a... Find out more

Peach Trees camping and day-use area 66 km

This is one for wildlife watchers: you can spot eastern grey kangaroos, possums and maybe even platypus near here, 45 km north-west of Kilcoy along the Kilcoy–Murgon Rd (access via Peach Trees Rd). Horses can stay... Find out more

Maidenwell camping area 68 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

Borumba Deer Park 71 km

Kids adore this friendly, family-owned park where you can take tours of the grounds and feed the deer. Set on 6 ha of bush along the banks of Yabba Creek, there are powered sites, a kiosk, laundromat, 2 amenities blocks,... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Barambah Bush Caravan Park 4 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

Yallakool Caravan Park on Bjelke-Petersen Dam 8 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

Homestead Caravan Park and Cabins 49 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

Yarraman Caravan Park 66 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

Rest areas around town

Gunalda rest area 69 km

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

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Chatsworth rest area 70 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 76 km

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

Just off the highway on the banks of the creek.

Tiaro camping area 86 km

At Tiaro

Just off the highway via Inman St. Facilities at adjacent town park.

Petrie rest area 86 km

T/O 1km N of Tiaro (L) or 81km S of Childers (R)

Small secluded area 1km west of the highway on a riverbank.

What's on around town

Show: Mar.

Barambah Blowout Bull Ride: Mar/Apr.

Kids Kapers: fun day for the kids including a treasure hunt; May.

Dairy Heritage Festival: June.

Rotary Arts Festival: Sept/Oct.

Barambah Shakin' Grape Festival: Oct.

Christmas Carnival: Dec.

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