Biggenden rests in a dramatic landscape below the rugged cliffs of Mount Walsh on the Isis Highway 339 km north of Brisbane. It is 45 minutes from Bundaberg and 90minutes from Gympie.
Settled originally as a service town to the gold fields of Paradise and Shamrock in the 1880s, Biggenden is now famous for its history and life on the land.
There are many surprises awaiting you in the Biggenden district, not the least of which are the sweeping landscapes and natural wonders of this beautiful part of the North Burnett. Its hidden secrets include a wealth of natural beauty, engineering marvels and delightful getaways. Biggenden rests in a dramatic landscape below the rugged cliffs of Mount Walsh just over an hour’s drive from the coastal regions of Bundaberg, Maryborough and Hervey Bay.
There are a range of facilities and services available with a diverse variety of natural and adventurous experiences to be had. Among the must do’s for Biggenden are a visit to the museum and Beiers’ Park which hosts a public art work dedicated to past industries of the region.
Waterfall Creek Rock Pools Utopia. These impressive rock pools are in the southern part of the Mt Walsh National Park. Following rain, the deep pools cascade over the rocky surface creating a natural slide and an excellent place to cool down on a hot day.
The Chowey Bridge is one of only two of its kind in Australia. This concrete railway bridge was built in 1905 and is north-west of the town. Its classic design reflects in the water below and makes for a pleasant picnic spot.
Coongarra Rock is a single rock formation which affords inspiring views of the surrounding mountains for the adventurous. It has restricted vehicle access with the turnoff about 8 kilometres south of Biggenden.
Facilities – facilities are available for your convenience including
Camping – Powered & Non powered sites available NOTE: No dump point is available
Baxter’s Crossing was formally the site of Sam Baxter’s “Live and Let Live” Inn. The Inn was the night accommodation for passengers on the Maryborough-Gayndah coach. A stone cairn acknowledging the site which is also on the Bicentennial National Trail can be found at the crossing.
The top floor of the former Paradise courthouse was relocated to Biggenden after the Paradise gold field was exhausted. It became Biggenden’s police station and courthouse and is now home to the Biggenden Museum. Photographs and memorabilia of the history of Biggenden and surrounds are displayed at the museum.
Biggenden Doll & Toy Museum
There is a vast array of antique and vintage dolls including ventriloquist puppets and an extensive collection of knives, axes and lots more.
Mt Walsh is the backdrop for this beautifully landscaped park which is home to the new metal art sculpture –
‘The Pioneer’ which depicts the early settlers as men of iron and past industries.
View the War Memorial funded and erected by the people of the Gooroolba District to commemorate those who served in both World Wars. On the Gooroolba Road is a plaque on a fence marking the site of the Resolute Post Office. Resolute was the name given to the Gooroolba District when the three communes were established around the 1890’s.
Coongarra Rock & Falls
This spectacular outcrop is possible to climb but should only be attempted by fit and experienced bushwalkers. The road to the falls branches off the road to Coongarra Rock and goes within walking distance of the top of the falls. The roads should only be attempted by 4WD vehicles and can be dangerous after heavy rain.
The seven volcanic mountains that form the Bin Bin Range and run alongside the Coalstoun Lakes area towards Ban Ban Springs are known as the Seven Sisters.
While in Biggenden make sure you visit Coalstoun Lakes, one of our regions smaller villages. Stop at the Coalstoun Lakes Memorial Hall and see the memorial in honour of George Ramsdale Witton.
Mt Walsh National Park
Mount Walsh National Park is 84km west of Maryborough or 50km south of Childers. Turn off the Maryborough-Biggenden Road 2km east of Biggenden or 79km west of Maryborough. Travel a further 5·3km along the signposted National Park Road to the picnic area.
Rising to 703m above sea level, Mount Walsh National Park is a rugged park with spectacular exposed granite outcrops and cliffs. The “Bluff” area of Mount Walsh, at the park’s northern end, is a prominent landmark in the Biggenden area.
The park’s diverse vegetation includes vine forest in sheltered pockets, scrubland and heath on rock pavements and open eucalypt forest and woodland. Shrubs are common in the forest and woodland understorey, heath and shrubland.
Common rainforest trees include tuckeroo, python tree, canary beech and the native witch hazel with its white perfumed flowers. The park is a wildlife refuge and home to rare and threatened species including the heart-leaved bosistoa Bosistoa selwynii, powerful owl Ninox strenua and the grey goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae.
Enjoy a picnic or barbecue below The Bluff. A shelter shed, toilets, barbecue and tank water are provided in the picnic ground next to the park.
Bush camping is permitted in the park. No facilities are provided so visitors must be totally self-sufficient. Take a fuel stove. Open fires are not permitted. Camping may be closed in periods of high fire danger. Take plenty of drinking water.
Most of this rugged park is suitable only for experienced, well-equipped bushwalkers with sound bush skills. WARNING: Granite rocks are slippery when wet. Wear shoes with good grip or avoid walking during or after rain.
A 300m trail leads from the picnic area through open forest to a rocky creek gully fringed with dry rainforest. Continue 200m to the treeline for views over the surrounding countryside. Only experienced walkers should attempt the 2·5 hour hike to the summit of Mt Walsh.
Coalstoun Lakes National Park
Turn off the Isis Highway 20km south of Biggenden or 4km north of Coalstoun Lakes into Crater Lakes Road. Follow the gravel track to the base of the northern crater.
Rising 200m above a broad cultivated valley, Mt Le Brun contains two large craters which occasionally fill with shallow lakes. The crater lakes are protected in Coalstoun Lakes National Park. Formed more than 600,000 years ago, the mountain is one of the youngest volcanic formations in Australia.
Melaleucas and blue gums fringe the lakes which are sometimes completely dry and covered in sedgelands. The vine scrub covering the crater sides is one of the few dry rainforest remnants in this area. Bottle trees, crows ash, leopard ash and other trees tower over the dense vine scrub
The lakes were named after Coalstoun in Scotland by Wade Brun, manager of nearby Ban Ban Station.
There are no facilities in this park and camping is prohibited. This is a park for birdwatching and nature study. There are 22 species of birds recorded in the area.
Leave your car at the base of the mountain where the crater trail begins and walk up the steep outer side of the northern crater for a great view over the vine forest and crater. Continue down into the crater. Allow 30 minutes to traverse the trail which is approximately 1km return. As you head up the northern crater you will see the patch of brigalow scrub next to the park. Wear a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing to avoid being scratched by prickly shrubs in the vine thicket.
Woowoonga National Park
Woowoonga is about 90 minutes’ drive from Maryborough and 14km north of Biggenden. Turn off the Childers Road into Giles Road 6.5km north of Biggenden. Drive 2.5km then turn left into Woowoonga Hall Road. Continue for 2km then turn right into Mt Woowoonga Road and continue 3km to the picnic area.
Picnic or barbecue beside a rocky creek adjacent to the National Park. A council picnic shelter, tank water and a wood barbecue are provided.
Bush camping is prohibited. Accommodation is available in nearby Biggenden.
Bushwalking can be enjoyed at Mt Woowoonga but it is a challenging landscape and is only recommended for the fit and experienced hiker. The trail to the lookout is an average gradient of 100 but the gradient increases to 300 to 400 on the section from the lookout to the summit.
Lookout Walk — 1.6km return (Allow about 1.5 hours) Class 4 track
A natural lookout is situated approximately 800m along the trail. This walk is rated as moderate to strenuous and walkers can take the opportunity to weave through thick dry vine forest.
Summit Walk — 3.6km return (Allow about 5 hours) Class 5 track
A rough trail leads through thick vine forest to the lookout before opening up into open hoop pine forest with some vine forest sections in the understorey. Towering hoop pines greet hikers at the summit of Mt Woowoonga. A high level of fitness is required to make the final ascent to the summit as it is a steep and strenuous climb suitable for experienced bushwalkers only.
Spectacular views over Biggenden, Binjour Plateau and the Burnett Ranges can be seen and on a very clear day Fraser Island. Take a compass and follow the red markers. Start your walk near the picnic area. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Take water and stay on the trail. Allow 3hours for the return trip to the summit.