Beat the heat in South Burnett
Summer may be coming to an end but south-east Queensland residents and visitors will be looking for outdoor locations to keep cool for some time yet.
The South Burnett region, two hours from Brisbane, is a great place to visit when the mercury begins to climb.
Here are four spots to get away from the heat:
One of the most picturesque waterholes in the South Burnett, Coomba Falls is located a few kilometres from Maidenwell. Surrounded by striking granite cliffs, Coomba Falls features a deep natural swimming hole that will take the heat out of the hottest day. Bring a picnic and make a day of it or enjoy a dip before travelling back to Maidenwell for a bite to eat. The falls can be accessed from Coomba Waterhole Road by following a short series of steps and boardwalks down to the site.
Lake Boondooma, located 20km north of Proston, is one of the South Burnett’s best outdoor recreation areas. Popular with boaties, water-skiers, fishing enthusiasts and those just wanting to take a dip, there is plenty of room to find a nice spot and soak up the great outdoors. Lake Boondooma Caravan Park is located on the banks of the lake, offering cabins, powered sites and water’s edge camping sites. It also has a kiosk where you can buy snacks, bait, ice and fuel.
Another favourite of locals and visitors is Bjelke-Petersen Dam, just outside of Murgon. It is renowned as one of the big bass impoundments in Queensland, so you will always spot a few boats on the water. As well as fishing, Bjelke-Petersen Dam is a great spot for water-skiing, kayaking and swimming. It has a beautiful grassed area at the visitors park alongside the dam, perfect for enjoying a picnic. With some of the region’s famous wineries nearby, you have the option of breaking up your day with some local food and wine, or by grabbing a snack at the kiosk at Yallakool Tourist Park on the banks of the dam.
The subtropical forests and woodlands of the Bunya Mountains is somewhere you can go to cool off in the South Burnett without getting wet. Home to the world’s largest forest of bunya pines, and reaching 1100m above sea level, the mountains provide a cool change from the hot summer. Bunya Mountains National Park is the second oldest national park in Queensland and contains 35km of walking tracks that take you through the bunya forests, eucalypt forests, grasslands and vine scrubs. Tracks range from 500m strolls to 10km hikes, and each track is numbered and classified so you can choose the right track for your walking experience and fitness level. If you want to rest your legs you can opt for a horse-drawn cart tour through the mountains. When hunger strikes, grab a bite to eat at one of the cafes or restaurants in Dandabah.