Nanango

Population 3085

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 industrial Tarong Power Station and Meandu Coal Mine are nearby, yet Nanango still retains a welcoming country atmosphere.

Visitor Information

41 Henry St; (07) 4189 9446

www.southburnett.qld.gov.au

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

  • Kingaroy

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

Historic Ringsfield House: excellent example of colonial architecture of the 1900s. It houses the historical society and period furnishings; open weekdays, Sat–Sun by appt; Cnr Alfred and Cairns sts; (07) 4163 3345.

Tarong Power Station Display: models and displays; adjacent to visitor centre.

Nearby

The Palms National Park Located at the Brisbane headwaters is this vine forest and subtropical rainforest park. Have a bush picnic and then take the 20 min Palm Circuit track through natural vegetation and along boardwalks. (07) 4699 4355; 42 km SW.

Tipperary Flat: tribute park to early pioneers with old goldmining camp, displays and walking track; 2 km E.

Seven-Mile Diggings: gold-and gem-fossicking; currently the diggings is not open to any motorised transport–visitors are requested to park where signed and walk to the diggings; permit from visitor centre; 11 km SE.

Yarraman: historic timber town with heritage centre and 'mud maps' for region; 21 km S.

Maidenwell: small town with Astronomical Observatory and Coomba Falls nearby; 28 km SW.

Blackbutt: picturesque timber town with country markets 3rd Sun each month; 41 km SE.

Fishing spots near town

Bjelke Petersen Dam 37 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 84 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


Lake Wivenhoe 92 km

Impoundment fishing for native species in southern Queensland has enjoyed phenomenal growth and it all began at Lake Wivenhoe. Situated about 80 km west of Brisbane on the Brisbane Valley Highway, Wivenhoe has a surface... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling the Sunshine Coast and hinterland 85 km

Join a half-day or longer guided bike tour with Bicycle Tours of Queensland, particularly the popular Sunshine Coast ride or Maleny to Glass House Mountains. A back-up bus is included if it all gets too much.... Find out more


Campsites around town

Seven Mile Diggings camping area 8 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


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


First Settlers Park camping area 28 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


Maidenwell camping area 28 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


Clancys camping area 35 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


Emu Creek camping area 38 km

Great for families, with enough space for up to 200 campers, you need to bring firewood and drinking water to this camping area (or treat or boil the water available before drinking). The gravel road can be steep, narrow... Find out more


Swinging Bridge Park camping area 38 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


Yallakool Caravan Park on Bjelke-Petersen Dam 41 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


Peach Trees camping and day-use area 44 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


Dandabah camping area 47 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


Caravan parks around town

Homestead Caravan Park and Cabins 1 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 18 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


Yallakool Caravan Park on Bjelke-Petersen Dam 41 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 46 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


Crows Nest Caravan Park 67 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


Rest areas around town

Six Mile Creek rest area 85 km

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

Just off the highway on the banks of the creek.


Chatsworth rest area 85 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.


What's on around town

Market: showgrounds; 1st Sat each month.

Show: Apr.

Nanart: art show; Apr/May.

Country Music Muster: Sept.

Funfest: Oct.

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