Welcome to the home town of former Premier of Queensland, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Kingaroy is known as the peanut capital of Australia. It has Australia’s largest peanut processing plant. The giant peanut silos dominate the town’s skyline.
At the Kingaroy Visitors Centre on the pavement are ants set into the pavements. At first I thought this was an odd idea especially when my wife was taking photos of them. The idea behind the ants is that the aboriginal word for Kingaroy means red ant.
A visit to the Pottique Lavender Farm is a must do when visiting Kingaroy. Here you will find the largest lavender shop in Australia. The fields of purple blooms are quite spectacular and the lovely lavender scent has an immediate soothing effect as you walk around. Take this opportunity to taste their locally produced lavender liqueur and wines.
Take a trip back into the history of Kingaroy and the peanut industry by taking a visit to the Kingaroy Heritage Mueseum. The museum is open seven days a week for you to follow the peanut production process. A popular inhabitable and educational stop for children.
With Kingaroy having one of Australia’s largest pork processing plants it was an obvious idea to host a bacon fest in 2018. Well it was a huge success and has become an annual event.
A great way to meet the locals is to pop into the Kingaroy Men’s Shed. Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Plan ahead and attend one of the interactive workshops held at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery. The gallery displays exciting new exhibits every month. The art gallery is open seven days a week.