black butt

Blackbutt was first settled by Europeans in 1842 by the Scott family who establishedTaromeo Station.  Farms were established in the area and the discovery of gold in the late 19th century led to population growth in Blackbutt and Benarkin area.

The timber industry played an important role in the development of Blackbutt/Benarkin.  Giving Blackbutt the ‘Timber town’ name.  The town is named after Eucalyptus pilularis, commonly known as blackbutt, a common tree of the family Myrtaceae native to south-eastern Australia which is one of Australia’s most important hardwoods.

The Blackbutt area is becoming a popular tree- change destination for many seaching for a quality lifestyle this beautiful area continues to grow  while still keeping its small friendly community. Blackbutt allows you to enjoy the vast country atmosphere while still enjoying the perks of living approaxmently only 140klm from brisbane.

Situated at the top of a windy range are the beautiful towns of Blackbutt and Benarkin, known as ‘the gateway of the South Burnett’.  With all the towns festivity and local commitment from all the shops and local’s this town comes alive for the Bloomin’ beautiful Blackbutt Festival held on the second weekend in September every year.

With a population last recorded 1,055 in 2011 Blackbutt continues to grow and develop in all areas.

The deep volcanic soil surrounding country side supports a variety of agriculturein the area including avocados, olives, macadmia farms and cattle and much more.

Blackbutt has a variety of accommodation, stores and cafes.  The Roy Emerson Museum, Nukku Nook, Blackbutt Bakery, a regional cella door operation from ‘butt art’ gallery, Bunya Nut Café, camping and caravan sites at the showgrounds, Medical Centre, Pharmacy, News agent and much more.

A Large replica of an old slab hut at Les Muller Park is now home to the visitor information centre. Where visitors to our area can collect broachers & maps of the area and speak to the helpful educated volunteers.

Blackbutt and Benarkin are often collectively referred to as the “Timber Towns” and the terms “Timbertown” and “Timbertowners” feature in the name of many local businesses and a sporting teams. Blackbutt has a strong, active historical association who works hard to preserve the history of the area.  Drop down and have a look at the Roy Emerson Museum and learn about Blackbutt and Benarkin’s vast history.

A beautiful scenic drive through Benarkin State Forest leading through hoop pine plantations and eucalypt forests.

Emu Creek camping area is located at the end of a 16km gravel road south west of Benarkin. With great bbq facilities this spot is great for the family or couple to spend the day and fish in the creeks or maybe just spend the night and relax under a blanket of stars.

Benarkin is one of the towns adjacent to the Brisbane alley Rail Trail and the bicentennial National trail.  The first Settlers park rest area has overnight camping facilities with the gereral store convenient for fuel and supplies

Blackbutt has a humid mediterranean climate with warm to hot summers & cooler winters. No matter what season you choose to visit the region, there is a perfect getaway waiting for
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