These are just a few of the many scenic drives available throughout the North Burnett. Some drives are four-wheel drive accessible only. Always ensure you carry plenty of water and fuel. Ask a local before you set out and let someone know your itinerary.
For further information on attractions, road conditions, access and maps please call into our Visitor Information Centres, or any Council office.
Nestled within the Boolboonda and Normanby Ranges, Mount Perry is located only an hour's drive west of Bundaberg. Mount Perry is a quaint little town with several attractive parks for relaxing and enjoying the abundant wildlife including black cockatoos, galahs, king parrots and wallabies.
Lookout and Tunnels
Enjoy the rugged mountain country scenery which can be viewed from the Normanby and Schuh lookouts. The Normanby Lookout is located on Normanby Range Road off Towns Creek Road from the Gin Gin Mount Perry Road. From here you overlook the Mount Perry Township and the surrounding countryside. There are picnic tables and a directional dial for you to get your bearings.
Schuh's Lookout is located on Schuhs Road off the Monto-Mount Perry Road at the top of the range. From here you overlook the south of Mount Perry. There is a picnic table provided.
One of the most interesting sights in the area is the Boolboonda Tunnel. Despite the fact that it extends 192m into the rock, it is unlined and unsupported. In fact it has the dubious distinction of being the longest unsupported tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere. The tunnel was originally built in 1883 for the railway line between Bundaberg and Mount Perry to service the copper mines. Now it is home to a colony of bent-winged bats and used to access residential properties.
Scenic drives extend from the rich red soil of the Mulgildie Plateau to the amazing beauty of Coominglah Forest and from historic Rawbelle Cemetery to Monal Goldfields.
Cania Gorge-Kroombit Tops
For the four-wheel drive enthusiast, the district around Monto offers a voyage of discovery and adventure. The rugged red sandstone cliffs of Cania Gorge National Park, through the wilderness country ranges of Mahoon Creek to the lofty heights of the escarpment at Kroombit Tops National Park, provide an adventure of a lifetime. The Liberator bomber "Beautiful Betsy" crashed here during the second World War and stayed hidden for nearly 50 years.
Take the alternative route to Eidsvold and discover the Bunyip Hole in the Mulgildie district before heading to Abercorn, a small rural community located north of Eidsvold. An optional side trip to Wuruma Dam can be taken before heading to Eidsvold, a neat and tidy town with beautiful parks and gardens.
View fantastic farming country with vast areas of irrigated crops, citrus, pecans, asparagus and stone fruits. Pass through the fertile river flats in the Grosvenor area. Cross the bridge over the Burnett River, visit the cemetery and return to the highway via Malmoe Road. Return to Eidsvold via the Coonambula-Eidsvold Road and the Burnett Highway past the Siltstone plant, saleyards and the soon to be opened RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre.
Mundubbera is a diverse rural centre located at the meeting place of the Burnett, Boyne and Auburn rivers. View the Sensory Garden containing plants with distinctive scent and textures and set amongst the attractive gardens in Bicentennial Park.
Travel around lush orchards, vineyards and vast grazing country. Head off via the ski area on the Burnett River, a popular spot for fishing, boating, swimming and picnics, then past several orchards producing grapes and citrus including mandarins, oranges, grapefruit and lemons. Continue to the crossroads of Riverleigh and Coonambula-Eidsvold roads, view the Riverleigh State School which was opened in 1913 and still operates today. Return to Mundubbera via Sehls Road and the Burnett Highway.
Mundubbera to Gayndah, alternative scenic route
Seven kilometres towards Gayndah, from Mundubbera on the Burnett Highway, you pass the much photographed and unique "footstep" or "knobby" tree that dates back to early settlement. Continue south down the Highway and turn right at Redvale Road. Climbing the Binjour Plateau provides glorious views of the countryside. Continue through Gleneden to the turn off to McConnell Lookout. The drive up to the lookout, situated on Mount Gayndah, is well worth it with panoramic views of the beautiful Burnett River, flanked on both sides by many large citrus orchards, and to the south and west, huge tracts of farmland. From here, travel in either direction to Gayndah.
Gayndah is situated on the Great Dividing Range and sits neatly below twin hills to the south, affectionately know as the "Duke and Duchess". Archer's Lookout sits on the Duke providing an excellent perspective of the whole region.
Drive 26km south of Gayndah on the Burnett Highway to Ban Ban Springs, where a natural spring and popular picnic area are located. Ban Ban Springs is a traditional site of the Wakka Wakka people which is guarded by the Rainbow Serpent. Turn left at Ban Ban Springs towards Coalstoun Lakes, where the volcanic history of the area is apparent everywhere. There are two old craters, known as the Coalstoun Lakes, about 25km south of Biggenden which fill with water after heavy rains. Situated between Biggenden and Coalstoun Lakes is the turn off to Coongarra Rock at Lords Road which goes to within a short distance of this spectacular outcrop in a dry scrubby State Forest. Return to Gayndah via Gooroolba with scenic views of the volcanic mountains known as the Seven Sisters.
Biggenden's hidden secrets include a wealth of natural beauty, engineering marvels and delightful getaways. Biggenden rests in a dramatic landscape below the rugged cliffs of Mount Walsh just over an hour drive from the coastal regions of Bundaberg, Maryborough and Hervey Bay.
About 18 kilometres out of town is the historic railway bridge at Chowey. It seems incongruous to drive down a lonely dirt road and reach a beautifully proportioned concrete arch bridge over a deep pool in the middle of nowhere. There are picnic facilities nearby and it is an ideal place to experience the quietness of the bush.