A little about Blackbutt
The township of Blackbutt is situated on the D’Aguilar Highway just 4km from its sister town, Benarkin. The Blackbutt-Benarkin region is the southern entrance to the South Burnett and a popular spot for bush walkers, campers, wildlife enthusiasts and horse riders. The region is known for its thriving hoop pine plantations and avocado orchards. Blackbutt was named after the Blackbutt tree (Eucalyptus Piluris), that is native to the area and is often referred to as the ‘Timber Town’, The rich timber industry of the region dates back to the 19th century when European settlers first arrived there and it continues to thrive even today.
If you’re only stopping by, then the town’s Woodfire Bakery is arguably one of the best places in Australia to grab a bite to eat and is well-known throughout the region for its award-winning pies. In the middle of the main street, you’ll find the beautifully restored Bunyanut café. Renowned for its excellent meals and friendly service, the café is the perfect place for a lunchtime meal if you’re after more than just a snack. The ‘Butt Art’ gallery is also a must-see, showcasing a variety of artists from South East Queensland and giving visitors the opportunity to taste local liqueurs and shop for unique gifts. If you’re more of a history buff you’ll enjoy the famous Roy Emerson museum, also known as Nukka Nook. Old photos and stories from Blackbutt and surrounding districts are proudly displayed and give visitors a unique view of the local history.
Blackbutt is also a popular place for athletes because it is the northern destination of The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. The 161-kilometre trek follows the old Brisbane Valley railway line and is open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trail provides a great opportunity for visitors to view the beautiful sights of the South Burnett region first hand. The Blackbutt to Linville section of the track is approximately 23km and also forms part of the larger Bicentennial National Trail, one of the longest non-motorised trails in the world. The trail is a combination of mustering roads, coach roads, brumby-tracks and stock routes that span over 5,000 kilometres and four states.
In September, the town comes alive with the annual Bloomin’ Beautiful Blackbutt Festival. The celebration is all about agriculture, the beauty of the countryside and the local creative community.
Did you know that Blackbutt is the site of the Queensland Government’s first trial of using fibre composite in bridge building when it was used in the replacement of Taromeo Creek bridge in 2005.