Blackbutt and Benarkin are both adjacent to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail at the top of the Blackbutt Range and are also convenient access points to the Bicentennial National Trail.
The deep volcanic soil of the surrounding countryside supports a variety of agriculture including avocado, olive and macadamia farms.
Enjoy the many trails in the Benarkin State Forest leading through rainforest, hoop pine plantations and eucalypt forests. Emu Creek camping area is located at the end of a 16km gravel road south west of Benarkin off the D’Aguilar Highway.
The First Settlers Park rest area in Benarkin has free overnight camping and caravanning facilities with a hot shower available for a small fee. The general store is conveniently located within a few minutes of the Rail Trail and Rest Area for fuel and general supplies.
Blackbutt, known as the ‘Gateway to the South Burnett’ boasts a vibrant cultural and social lifestyle and welcomes Spring in style each year with the ‘Bloomin’ Beautiful Blackbutt Festival’ held every second weekend in September.
Blackbutt boasts a variety of local stores, eateries, wineries and accommodation options, including camping and caravan sites at the Showgrounds.
The replica of an old slab hut at Les Muller Park is now home to the Blackbutt Visitor Information Centre where you can access free Wi-fi and stock up on brochures, maps and ideas for countless experiences during your stay in the South Burnett.
The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail continues northward to Yarraman and makes for a great adventure through the countryside.
(Text supplied by South Burnett RC)