In Australia, Easter long weekend means one thing for most families – camping! So now that we have a little one, we thought it only made sense that we join the craze as well. But unlike every other family in Australia, we didn’t book our long weekend heaps in advance. So we had to look inward for our holiday…. and by inward, I mean…. inland.
We ended up finding a campsite near a small town in Queensland’s South Burnett, called Yarraman An it was an absolute gem.
Instead of cramming ourselves into another impersonal campground somewhere on the Queensland coast, we had a large, spacious grassy plot to pitch our tent. Jacob had plenty of space to run around, and there was a lot less traffic to worry about either. Instead of crowds and noise, we had stunning nights filled with stars.
We were worried that there wouldn’t be much to keep us busy in inland Queensland. We packed lots of books to keep us occupied. But it turns out that the South Burnett Region of full of fantastic attractions – we were amazed that we hadn’t discovered this region earlier.
What to do in South Burnett
Inland Australia is a great place to star gaze. The small population and lack of light pollution make the stars seem extra bright and close. The observatory runs both day shows and night shows. Check the website for times and show prices.
We were surprised to learn that the South Burnett is full of fantastic wineries. Who knew? We spent a day driving to several of the best in the region. We spent most of our time near the small town of Kingaroy.
If you don’t have the time to drive around the different vineyards in the region, then we highly recommend Taste South Burnett which is located in the town of Kingaroy. This small shop sells all sorts of local produce and wines and offer tastings of pretty much everything they sell.
We were surprised to learn that this region is also a huge producer of peanuts, and we can’t recommend enough the peanut liqueur
Coomba Falls near the town of Maidenwell, is a great little picnic spot. The swimming hole is a great spot for cooling off in the waters, and kids will enjoy the swing rope and jumping off into the water from the small waterfall.
We visited Coombah Falls after stocking up on goodies at Taste South Burnett – making it the ultimate South Burnett picnic stop.
Getting to South Burnett
You will need your own transport to get the most out of your journey to the South Burnett. You can see the main sights of this region in two days, and our favourite camping spot is Yarraman Caravan Park, which is located about a two hour drive from Brisbane.