Situated in the north-eastern reaches of Queensland's Darling Downs in a rural grain-growing area, Peranga is about 70km north-west of Toowoomba and 40km from the Bunya Mountains National Park, part of the Great Dividing Range.
More than 9000ha of this beautiful park were given over by the Queensland Government for the protection of the huge bunya pines which grow here. These superb prehistoric trees, whose origins date back some 65 million years, were highly prized by local Aborigines who fed on their oil-rich pine nuts.
The park, with its rainforests and strangler figs, has an abundance of walking trails leading to spectacular waterfalls and lookouts.
The closest major centre to the small town of Peranga is 'the hub of the Darling Downs', Dalby, which was explorer Ludwig Leichhardt's last brush with civilisation before he and six companions set out in April 1848 to forge an overland trail to northern Australia. Nine major searches from 1852 to 1938 failed to produce a satisfactory answer to the fate of the seven men.