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Murgon  Queensland

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First settled in 1843, this lovely little town - about 45km or so north of Kingaroy - claims the title of beef cattle capital of Queensland’s Burnett region. Its name is derived from the Aboriginal word for lily pond.

Of particular regional interest is the Cherbourg emu farm, run by the local Aboriginal community. You can tour this busy little farm, and pick up all sorts of emu products and Aboriginal artefacts.

The Bjelke-Petersen dam is a popular spot for water sports, fishing and picnics, while the nearby gemfields present fossickers with the chance to scavenge for precious and semi-precious stones.

The significant events in the Queensland dairy industry are recorded in Murgon’s Dairy Museum, which is open from 2pm to 4pm at weekends. You can also get a tasty insight into the making of fine cheddar cheeses on a tour of the South Burnett Dairy Co-operative's cheese factory.

A short drive to Boat Mountain offers panoramic views of a patchwork of fertile, alluvial farmlands. This picturesque drive also takes in Jack Smith Environmental Park.


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