About Blackbutt and Benarkin
Benarkin is one of the small country towns adjacent to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and the Bicentennial National Trail. The rail trail is a non-motorised recreation trail for mountain bike riders, horse riders and hikers.
The First Settlers Park rest area in Benarkin has overnight and day camping facilities for caravaners and trail users. The general store has fuel, general supplies and take away food.
Enjoy a scenic drive through Benarkin State Forest and experience a variety of ecosystems from rain forest, hoop pine plantations to native eucalypt forests. Emu Creek camping and day use area is located at the end of a 16km gravel road south west of Benarkin.
The deep volcanic soil of the surrounding countryside supports a variety of agriculture including avocado, olives and macadamia farms.
Just north of Benarkin is the township of Blackbutt. Blackbutt is known as the Gateway to the South Burnett and hosts the annual Bloomin Beautiful Blackbutt Festival the second weekend in September.
Blackbutt has a great variety of country town stores including art gallery, library, vet, community bank cafes, general store, newsagency, fuel supplies and a pub. A regional cellar door operates from Butt Art Gallery in the main street, right next door to the award winning Blackbutt Bakery.
Blackbutt boasts great camping, caravan and horse facilities at the showgrounds adjacent to the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. The rail trail continues north to Yarraman for 19km and the entire section between Moore and Yarraman is 47km. There is also a trail network to explore in the forestry and on local roads in and around the town.
Pop into the Visitor Information Center located in the slab hut in Les Muller Park for information including maps, brochures and ideas on what you can do in during your stay in the region.
Where to eat?
Bunya Nut Café
Where to stay?
Edelweiss B n B
Yarraman Caravan Park