Nanango Things to Do

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    PEANUTS!!!! PEANUTS!!!

    by balhannah Updated May 5, 2014

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    Peanuts are grown locally around the surrounding areas of Nanango.
    Located in the Tipperary Flat park as you enter Nanango, is the Peanut Van. Here you can buy fresh local Peanuts cooked in different ways. Try boiled and American-style roasted, to sweet, spicy and regular. Love cashews, you can buy them here and macadamias, peanut brittle, peanut butter and gourmet cooking oils.
    FREE TASTINGS! - YUM!

    The Peanut Wagon is open everyday (except for Christmas Day) from 8.30 am to 4 pm.

    PEANUT  VAN  IN  THE   PARK
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    PIONEER PARK

    by balhannah Written May 5, 2014

    Another park we found was Pioneer Park, situated the other end of the town. This park was once named Nanango Park when it was first developed in 1919. The reserve between the Primary School and the Railway Station was used as a memorial to the soldiers of the First World War.

    If your travelling with a Dog, this is an off - leash area, handy to know.
    It also has toilets, including disabled ones, picnic shelters, playground, skate park and walking track.
    I liked the Murals which had recently been repainted.
    Plenty of roadside parking.

    Pioneer park murals Pioneer park murals Pioneer park murals Pioneer park murals Pioneer park murals
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    CHAINSAW SCULPTURES - THE TIMBER GETTER

    by balhannah Updated May 5, 2014

    This sculpture is situated in the median strip in the middle of Drayton street and on the corner of Henry street, Nanango.

    As you can imagine, when the first settlers arrived here, what greeted them was a harsh land full of forest. Timber getters were in demand for clearing the land. Licences to cut timber were issued in 1855. Most of the wood was hardwood and cedar to put on the drays returning to the major regional centres. Local pastoral stations operated their own sawmills and many sawmills popped up in town to meet the building demand of wood. The timber corporation mill operated until 1977.

    The Chainsaw artist has created a carving that tells the story of the pioneer land seekers.

    Timbergetter
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    CHAINSAW SCULPTURES - THE FARMER

    by balhannah Written May 5, 2014

    Also located in Drayton street and on the corner of Alexander lane, is where I found the "FARMER" chainsaw carving.
    This carving represents an early settler, who was a hardy person who persisted with the hard life on the land in those early years of Australian history.

    In 1877, a land agent's register was opened, making way for people to settle in Nanango. Many families began arriving in drays and bullock wagons. By the late 1890's and early 1900's, the scrub blocks had been cleared by a lot of hard work and using the axe - no chainsaws back then! Dairy farming began and the Nanango Dairy Co-Op Factory was opened. People became optimistic about life here. In the 1940's, there were approx. 500 suppliers of milk to the factory.

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    CHAINSAW SCULPTURES - THE MINER

    by balhannah Updated May 5, 2014

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    Another brochure I picked up, was on the Chainsaw sculptures.

    Situated at the corner of Drayton [main street] and Fitzroy streets, is a life size figure of "Seven Mile Pete"

    Pete, was a Ukrainian immigrant named Peter Rossiter, who spent 30 years prospecting at the Seven Mile Provisional Gold Field. He couldn't live on what he found, so he supported his wife and family by selling eggs and vegetables which he transported in his wheelbarrow. He was well known in Nanango and was sadly missed when he died in 1934.
    John Mangan, was the chainsaw artist who carved and sculpted the figure from a solid piece of Blue Gum.

    Still today, gold can be found here.

    Gold miner
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    NANANGO HERITAGE TRAIL - RINGSFIELD HOUSE

    by balhannah Updated May 5, 2014

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    The Nanango Heritage Trail is another brochure I picked up from the Tourist information centre. This is also a walking tour that takes you around to another 14 sites in Nanango.

    You get to visit the old cemetery, more than one Church including the large "Our Lady Help of the Christians' Church" and Ringsfield house to name a few.

    Ringsfield House is a turn of the century Queenslander with many features of a "grand old Queenslander." It was built in 1908 and has lovely wide verandas and bay windows.
    In 1942, the house became the Ringsfield Maternity Hospital. During the hospital’s 28 year history, between 3,000 and 4,000 babies were born here prior to the hospital finally closing in 1970. Then in 1973, the house was used as a lifeline refuge. Now, the council owns it and it's a community museum that has displays, art and crafts, and can cater for small functions.
    On the grounds is a replica coach house (built from materials rescued from the demolished 100 year old Nanango Show grandstand), a cream shed, a slab shepherd's hut, the town's original Presbyterian Church and Nanango's oldest surviving building - the State School built in 1866.

    It is open 10.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Saturday and or by appointment.

    ENTRANCE FEE. $3

    Ringsfield House Ringsfield House and Gardens
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    DO THE HISTORIC WALKING TRAIL

    by balhannah Updated May 5, 2014

    What I suggest you do, is pick up the FREE HISTORIC WALK BROCHURE from the tourist information centre.
    The walk begins at the centre and makes the 1st stop at the Nanango Court House.

    The Court House is quite different to what you see in many country towns of Australia.
    It was built in 1937 out of timber, has a wide verandah on three sides and a corrugated roof. Interesting is the roof which has a large bell shaped ventilator with a flagpole. This is the main piece of decoration on the building. It's a great example of a timber country courthouse that were generally built to a T shape plan.

    The Courthouse is listed on Queensland's heritage list.

    The Lutheran Church is different too, as this was once the Station Master's House and still looks like a house!

    Another nice wooden building, is the Post and Telegraph building, otherwise known as the Post office!

    Nanango Courthouse Nanango Courthouse Lutheran Church Post & Telegraph building
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    THE ENERGY CENTRE

    by balhannah Updated May 5, 2014

    The South Burnett Energy Centre, is located with-in the Tourist Information centre in Nanango.

    This was quite an interesting and different display. As I walked in the door, the first item I saw was a bicycle. A young girl came in and hopped on it and straight away began pedalling. The idea is to see just how much energy is needed to generate power and earn yourself a gum ball treat.

    There is a variety of exhibits and information about the development and future of power generation in the South Burnett district where Nanango is located.
    The very modern Energy Centre has a number of interactive fascinating displays.

    On display are the two engines that once supplied power from the Nanango Butter Factory in the 1930s and 40s. The engines are among a very few of their kind. One of these engines is in full working order.
    Visit the centre from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon on the first Saturday of the month to see the engine fired up.

    If your from the older generation, you may remember some of the household appliances either you or your mother or grandmother once used.

    OPEN - 7 days a week.
    Weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm ...Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Closed Good Friday, ANZAC Day morning, Christmas and Boxing days.

    Entry is free with ample parking for buses and caravans.

    Visit the centre located in Henry Street, Nanango Q 4615.

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    NANANGO MARKETS

    by balhannah Written May 5, 2014

    HELD THE - 1st Saturday of Every Month

    These markets are huge, about the biggest I have ever been to. There are between 300 -420 stall holders selling everything imaginable. Plenty of NEW, plenty of SECONDHAND, Birds, Animals, fresh Honey Fresh Produce, Bric- a- Brac, Arts & Crafts, Jewellery, Furniture, Toys, Goldfish, Plants, Seafood, Meat, Office supplies, Homewares, Antiques, Pottery, Homemade cakes, Buskers for entertainment, and just about anything else you can think off.
    The markets had the biggest variety of goods for sale I have ever seen at an Australian market.

    The markets are held at the Nanango showgrounds and fill the showgrounds. People galore come to sell, and plenty of people come from the surrounding districts. As we found out, all accommodation was booked out in Nanango because of the markets, so, if your coming and staying, it will pay to book ahead.

    The Markets start from 6am till 12 noon.

    If you want to buy something, it is best to come early. Most families arrive around 10am. It was very busy and on quite a warm day - HOT. No shade, so wear a hat and take water or buy some at the market. There are food and drink stalls located under a covered area.

    Come and enjoy a great morning out, we did and will be back again!

    FREE car parking available on the grounds and in the streets.

    NO DOGS ALLOWED

    FREE ENTRY

    Nanango Markets Nanango Markets Nanango Markets Cow hides for sale @ Nanango Markets Very busy @ Nanango Markets
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    NOBBY'S CORNER

    by balhannah Updated May 5, 2014

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    This delightful old building is one I would like to see restored. I hope it happens one day, as this building is a piece of history. It's one of the town's most interesting historic buildings and is a traditional Australian corner store from 1914. Back in 1940, all the shops in Drayton street were destroyed by fire except this one. It was know as "meads corner store," and now is "Nobby's corner store." It was renamed after Nobby Smith, who in 1959, converted the store to a self service store. Now, it's an Antique shop.

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    TIPPERARY FLAT

    by balhannah Updated May 5, 2014

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    Tipperary Flat is a large park area when you come into Nanango via the D'Aguilar Highway from Brisbane.
    It is worth a stop, for there is good pioneering displays and interpretive signs and walks. One display is of a Bullock Wagon depicting how the logs were taken to the sawmills in the early 1800's. I had a wander around the park, then used the free Toilets.

    This spot on the D’Aguilar Hwy in Nanango offers free overnight camping, disabled toilets and a dump point for caravans.
    The Nanango information centre (open every day of the year except Christmas Day) has the key for a free hot shower

    The Bullocks pull this Wagon Water trough from log of wood Outback dunny [toilet] Old Australian cottage
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    MURAL WALK # 2

    by balhannah Written May 5, 2014

    Others I saw on the walk were
    No 11 which has the Mayor, "Reg McCallum," in the saddle, heading out to help with mustering the Cattle.

    My last lot of photos are of "From gold to coal."
    This is a collection of four murals, depicting the history of mining in the area.. It began with hand panning for gold at the Seven mile diggings to the huge drag line that is able to move tonnes of coal at a time at Tarong Coal's Meandu Mine.

    No 11 No. 16 No. 16 No. 16 No. 16
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    MURAL WALK # 1

    by balhannah Updated May 5, 2014

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    This was my second time looking at the Murals. This time, I went to the Tourist Information centre first and picked up my FREE NANANGO'S HISTORIC MURAL WALK BROCHURE.

    MURALS 1 and 2 were by the Nanango council chambers. A local Nanango artist was commissioned to do them. These show the lifestyles of the early settlers in the district.
    The Mural really needed doing up.

    MURAL 5 was of the first Train when it arrived in Nanango in 1911. It takes up an entire wall and shows the old State School and Play shed, the Anglican church, Otto's boarding house and Hodgkinson's fruit shop.
    This mural was in good condition.

    Mural's 1&2 no 5 no 5 no 5
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    HANNIBAL'S BUCKET

    by balhannah Written May 5, 2014

    Coming from Brisbane into Nanango, one of the first sights we saw, was Hannibal's Bucket.

    This giant bucket was the first Tarong Coal Dragline Bucket used at Tarong near Nanango.
    The Tarong Power Station is a coal fired power station. The coal is supplied via a conveyor from Meandu Mine, which is 1.5 kilometres away. Some of the power station has closed down because of greenhouse emissions created by using coal.

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