A little about Benarkin
The town of Benarkin is just 3.5 kilometres east of Blackbutt and lies adjacent to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and Bicentennial National Trail. Benarkin takes its name from ”Benarqui” from the, Dungibara language which refers to the blackbutt tree (Eucalyptus pilularis) which are common in the district.
When the Blackbutt railway station was built to serve the town of Blackbutt, it was some distance from the town, so it was decided to name the railway station Bernakin in 1910 and this name was then used for the settlement that grew up around the railway station. Because of the close proximity and intertwined history of the two towns, they are often referred to as the twin towns of Blackbutt-Benarkin.
There is overnight camping and day use facilities for caravans and trail users in the First Settlers Park, and fuel, food and supplies can be purchased at the general store.
You can enjoy a scenic drive through Benarkin State forest to experience a variety of ecosystems from rainforest and hoop pine plantations to native eucalypt forests. Clancy’s camping area and Emu Creek camping and day use area are located at the end of a 16 kilometre gravel road south-west of Benarkin off the D’Aguilar Highway.