The North Burnett is located approximately four hours drive north of Brisbane and one hour west of Bundaberg and encompasses six main townships – Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto, Mount Perry and Mundubbera which service around twenty-five villages and farming catchments.
The region covers an area of almost 20,000 square kilometres and has a population of around 10 600. The region takes its name from the Burnett River that flows through the district. The river was named after the surveyor “Burnett”, who was one of the early explorers to visit the area and map part of that river in 1847. Settlement occurred in 1848 with the establishment of sheep stations which later gave way to cattle and eventually agriculture and horticulture.
The climate is sub-tropical and sub-humid with rainfall tending to be more concentrated in the months from October to March. Frosts occur throughtout the region, mainly in June to August.
Average temperatures range from 5°C to 32°C, howerver temperatures as high as 40°C can be experienced over short periods during the summer months. Sub-zero temperatures also regularly occur during the winter, especially in the Monto district.