25/09/2015 Comments Off on Blackbutt & Benarkin Towns & Villages

Blackbutt & Benarkin

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 famous Blackbutt Bakery.

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 ‘Blackbutt Avocado Festival’ held every second weekend in September.

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.

Blackbutt boasts a famous bakery, a great café, a small supermarket, and a variety accommodation options, including camping and caravan sites at the Showgrounds.

Benarkin General Store

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.

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail continues northward to Yarraman and makes for a great adventure through the countryside.

In 1887, the Scott family ceded land to found both Blackbutt and its neighbouring town of Benarkin. Farms were established in the area and the discovery of gold in the area in the late 19th century led to population growth in the town. The timber industry played an important role in the development of the town. More info…

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