South Burnett Regional Profile
Convenient location, with a wide range of industries to invest in
The South Burnett Region consists of a rich, diverse blend of prime agricultural land producing a range of high quality agricultural products for both domestic and international markets. Products including peanuts, navy beans, maize, wheat, grain and sorghum are cropped in the region. It also boasts a “State of the Art” pig processing facility and is home to a significant wine manufacturing region producing premium estate-grown and alternate varieties of table wines.
With the majestic Bunya Mountains as its backdrop, the South Burnett provides a perfect blend of vibrant town and country living set amongst rich agricultural farmland and rolling hills. The Bunya Mountains, protected within the Bunya Mountains National Park, which contains the largest natural bunya pine forest in the world, are a popular natural attraction in the south of the region.
An easy 2-hour drive north-west of Brisbane and directly west of the Sunshine Coast. The South Burnett covers 8,421 km2; combining quality living and working environments, a relaxed country lifestyle, strong community values and outstanding cultural and natural attractions which continue to support economic growth within the region.
Kingaroy is the regional hub of the South Burnett with services including a commercial airport, regular co-ordinated bus services to Brisbane, regional shopping facilities, government agencies and many of the industries generally expected in much larger centres. All townships within the region support a vigorous sporting, cultural and social lifestyle with facilities including a range of heritage museums, art galleries, craft outlets, shopping malls, indoor and outdoor sporting and fitness facilities, local theatre groups, annual festivals and music venues.
Wine production in our Region is a prime attraction, with Verdelho grown successfully due to the hot climate and rich soils. With around ten wineries, one of the largest wine growing regions in Queensland, grapes were first planted in the area in 1898. Industrial production began in 1993. Most of the wineries are located near Murgon with a few close to Kingaroy and to the south. Shiraz and Chardonnay are the most prevalent varieties with production roughly halved between red and white wines.
One of the best known attractions in the area is the peanut-growing district centered around Kingaroy. 12 km from Murgon is the spectacular and scenic Bjelke-Petersen Dam. Another dam in the region also include the beautiful the tranquil Boondooma Dam. Tarong Power Station and the Tarong National Park are both in the south of the Burnett. Rock-wallabies can be seen on local cliffs, particularly around twilight hours. Garnet gem fields are locate just west of Proston.
The region enjoys a subtropical climate with warm, wet summers and mild winters and commands large areas of suitable soils for a wide range of agricultural production. The region currently boasts a robust and varied agriculture base, which includes production of beef (both grazing and feed-lotting), dairy, pork, poultry, peanuts, macadamia nuts, soy beans, sugarcane, many different types of fruit (citrus particularly and some of the largest vineyards in Queensland) and vegetables.
Rainfall in the South Burnett region is seasonally variable with about 65% of annual rainfall coming between October and March. Mean annual rainfall in the catchment is 770 mm.