Biggenden is currently a 4 star accredited Queensland Tidy Town.
At just over one hour’s drive from the coastal cities of Bundaberg, Maryborough or Hervey Bay, 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.
Biggenden was founded in 1889 as a service centre to the short-lived goldrush towns of Paradise and Shamrock; and for coach passengers travelling west from Maryborough. The township of Paradise now lies under the water at Paradise Dam.
Enjoy a walk along the Heritage Trail which takes you to various parts of the old gold mining sites. Take a leisurely walk down along Campbells Road to the historic Paradise cemetery or a short drive along Paradise Road to view a kiln which was built for burning agricultural lime out of the soil.
“The Pioneer” metal art sculpture situated in Biggenden’s attractive Beiers Park is a must visit. Created by Bundaberg artist Dave Machen, the sculpture depicts the history of early settlement of the town and surrounding district. The sculpture alludes to the remnants of old work sites where the delayed state of history is often found. The old barrow is a common find throughout the Biggenden area, around closed mines, cattle properties and old timber yards. The figure has been developed in the same manner – the men of iron who battled for survival.
Imagine driving down a lonely dirt road and reaching a beautifully proportioned concrete arched bridge over a deep pool in the middle of nowhere! The railway from Maryborough reached Biggenden in 1891. Chowey Bridge, the first of its kind in Australia, was constructed for the railways and opened in 1905. This concrete bridge is located around 18km west of the town and is supported by a main 27m concrete arch, and a number of smaller arches. This is an ideal place to experience the quietness of the bush, whilst enjoying a picnic in the facilities nearby.
Local Government Information
The North Burnett Regional Council came into existence on the 15 March, 2008 following the Queensland local government reform process which resulted in the amalgamation of 6 Shires – Monto, Eidsvold, Mundubbera, Gayndah, Perry and Biggenden , into the new North Burnett Regional Council. The North Burnett region takes its name from the Burnett River that flows through the area. The region has a picturesque environmental beauty and an abundance of natural resources that support the diverse agricultural industries and a healthy country lifestyle. The North Burnett Region covers 19,708 square kilometres with the topography of the region being diverse from fertile farmland to rugged geographical formations.
The backdrop of the Mount Walsh National Park is truly spectacular. For the adventurous this National Park contains some of Australia’s best mountaineering and rock climbing areas with its exposed granite outcrops and cliffs. Mount Walsh itself and the picturesque Bluff range offer pure mountain wilderness.
Mount Walsh National Park – 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. Facilities: 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.
Woowoonga National Park – Picnic or barbecue beside a rocky creek adjacent to the National Park. On a clear day spectacular views of Binjour Plateau, Burnett Ranges, Fraser Island and Biggenden township are possible. Facilities: A Council picnic shelter, tank water and a wood barbecue are provided. There are no toilets. Bush camping is prohibited. Accommodation is available in nearby Biggenden.
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 lakes were named after Coalstoun in Scotland by Wade Brun, manager of nearby Ban Ban Station. The crater lakes are protected in Coalstoun Lakes National Park. Facilities: There are no facilities in this park and camping is prohibited. This is a park for birdwatching and nature study.
Walking: 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.
For 4WD enthusiasts, Coongarra Rock and Falls in the western part of the Mount Walsh National Park provide an opportunity to explore rocky outcrops, caves, rock pools and natural vegetation. Turn left into Lords Road, 6.4km along the Isis Highway. Coongarra Rock, 525m high is a magnificent sheet-granite volcanic plug. Permits are required from National Parks for camping.
Paradise Dam – Only a 30 minute drive north-west from the town of Biggenden and 80kms south-west of Bundaberg lies Paradise Dam on the Burnett River. The dam is named after the old gold mining township of Paradise which now lies under water. It was completed in November 2005 after four years of construction and has a capacity of 300,000 megalitres.
Prior to the construction of the dam, the Burnett River was stocked upstream and downstream with Australian Bass, Barramundi, Golden Perch and Silver Perch. There are breeding populations of Eel-tailed Catfish, Fork-Tailed Catfish, Spangled Perch and the endangered Queensland Lungfish. Paradise Dam is not a stocked impoundment therefore a Stocked Impoundment Permit is not required however please check prior to fishing that this has not changed. There are no boating restrictions except an exclusion zone at the dam wall.
A 5km boat ride upstream to view the ‘Kalliwa Hut’ located in Good Night Scrub National Park is well worth the journey. This original slab hut was shifted from Drinan, near Wallaville (approximately 13km south west of Gin Gin, to its present site in 1936 as the Ranger’s house.
Facilities: New, modern facilities are available for your convenience including free gas barbecues, picnic shelters, environmentally friendly toilets, concrete boat ramp, fish cleaning tables, ‘Paradise by the Water’ Kiosk, located in the Information Centre and open Thurs thru Mon (including public holidays) offers packaged food, snacks, basic grocery items and bait and tackle. Camping is permitted at the Dam however you must report to the Caretaker on arrival.
There are some very interesting walks to take including a hike on the 5km Finney Creek walking trail or a shorter walk around the Heritage Trail which takes you to various parts of the old gold mining sites. Experience a walk along the National Trail which runs along the edge of the Paradise Reserve. Take a leisurely walk down along Campbells Road to the historic Paradise cemetery or a short drive along Paradise road to view a kiln which was built for burning agricultural lime out of soil.
Ban Ban Springs on the Burnett Highway – Australia’s Country Way is where you will find a natural spring and popular picnic area. Ban Ban Springs is a traditional site of the Wakka Wakka people and is guarded by the Rainbow Serpent. 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.
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. 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.
Beiers Park is a beautifully landscaped park which is home to the metal art sculpture “The Pioneer” which depicts the early settlers as men of iron and represents past industries.
Baxter’s Crossing, 2km from the town centre, was formerly 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.
On the Gooroolba Road some 33km from Biggenden 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 1890s.
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. The Museum promotes the history of Biggenden and the surrounding district with displays of historical items and contains photographs and memorabilia collected since its opening. A new shed houses farming implements and items pertaining to the outdoors and life on the land.
The Biggenden DEN is our local arts and craft location which is run by volunteers and sells arts and crafts and jams and all sorts of things – all locally produced.