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Kingaroy
Queensland
KingaroyPeanutSilos.jpg
The peanut silos in Haly Street are the town's tallest structures and most visible landmark
Kingaroy is located in Queensland
Kingaroy
Kingaroy
Coordinates26°32′27″S 151°50′22″E / 26.5408°S 151.8394°E / -26.5408; 151.8394 (Kingaroy (town centre))
Population10,398 (2018)[1]
 • Density151.80/km2 (393.15/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4610
Elevation441.9 m (1,450 ft)
Area68.5 km2 (26.4 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s)South Burnett Region
State electorate(s)Nanango
Federal Division(s)Division of Maranoa
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
24.8 °C
77 °F
11.5 °C
53 °F
779.1 mm
30.7 in
Localities around Kingaroy:
Crawford Memerambi Corndale
Gordonbrook Kingaroy Booie
Inverlaw Taabinga Coolbunia

Kingaroy /kɪŋəˈrɔɪ/[2] is a rural town and locality in the South Burnett Region, Queensland, Australia.[3][4] It is approximately 210 kilometres (130 mi) or about 2½ hours drive north-west of the state capital Brisbane. The town is situated on the junction of the D'Aguilar and the Bunya Highways. As at June 2018, Kingaroy had a population of 10,398[1] with the 2016 census showing a median age of 37.[5]

It is known as the "Peanut Capital of Australia" because Australia's largest peanut processing plant is located in the town and peanut silos dominate the skyline.[6] Kingaroy is also well known as the home town of former Premier of Queensland, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.[7]

Geography[edit]

Edenvale is a neighbourhood within the locality (26°33′58″S 151°51′26″E / 26.5662°S 151.8573°E / -26.5662; 151.8573 (Edenvale)), which takes its name from the Edenvale railway station which was named on 15 March 1911 by the Queensland Railways Department, because the land for the railway station was resumed from "Paradise Farm".[8]

Etymology[edit]

The origin of the name Kingaroy is usually claimed to be derived from the Wakka Wakka Aboriginal word for 'Red Ant'. The local Kingaroy Rugby League football team is known as "the Red Ants" and a Red Ant features on the old Kingaroy Shire coat of arms. A Wakka Wakka Word List provides the following explanation: "Derived from 'king', a small black ant, and 'dhu'roi', meaning hungry. The name was suggested by a local Aboriginal helper of the surveyor, Hector Munro, who surveyed the original grazing holding of this name, on account of these ants being a pest at the survey camp.".[3][4][9] Munro selected Wakka Wakka words describing various species of ants when he surveyed a number of local towns, including Taabinga (dha' be'ngga) and Mondure (mon'dhur).[9]

History[edit]

A wheat field in the Kingaroy region.

Wakka Wakka (Waka Waka, Wocca Wocca, Wakawaka) is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken in the Burnett River catchment. The Wakka Wakka language region includes the landscape within the local government boundaries of the North and South Burnett Regional Council, particularly the towns of Cherbourg, Murgon, Kingaroy, Gayndah, Eidsvold and Mundubbera.[10]

Rural settlement of the area dates back to 1843 when one of the first selections was made at Burrandowan (west of Kingaroy) by squatter and explorer Henry Stuart Russell. Even through Russell was reputedly the first European to realise the potential of the South Burnett, it was Simon Scott of Taromeo (now Blackbutt) and the Haly brothers of Taabinga who brought the first flocks of sheep to the area in the late 1850s.

In 1878 the district where Kingaroy now stands was settled by the Markwell brothers. When the first resumptions were made from the enormous Taabinga holding, the brothers selected two adjoining areas and in 1883 these leases were converted to freehold and became known as the 'Kingaroy Paddock'. The corner of this paddock was located on what is now known as Haly Street, named after the brothers who settled at Taabinga Station about 12 kilometres (7 mi) south-west of present-day Kingaroy.

A small, prosperous village grew up around Taabinga in the 1890s but the arrival of the railway in 1904 led to a land explosion around Kingaroy and the development of Kingaroy as it now exists. Taabinga quickly declined into a ghost town by the end of World War I and today the original Taabinga Homestead and a few outbuildings are all that remain of it. The area opposite Kingaroy Airport is today known as "Taabinga Village" but is really only a suburb of Kingaroy.

Taabinga Village Provisional School opened on 10 August 1897. On 1 January 1909 it became Taabinga Village State School. On 16 July 1961 Taabinga Village State School was closed and pupils transferred to the new Taabinga State School.[11]

Kingaroy Soldiers' Memorial Rotunda, 1950

Malar Provisional School opened on 1901. On 1 January 1909 it became Malar State School. There were a number of temporary closures until the school closed permantly in 1955. The school was "via Kingaroy".[11]

Mount Jones Provisional School opened on 20 January 1902. In 1905 it was renamed Kingaroy Provisional School. On 1 January 1909 it became Kingaroy State School. On 19 February 1918 a secondary department was added, which was discontinued in 1958 when Kingaroy State High School opened.[11]

The first Kingaroy Post Office opened by 1902 (a receiving office had been open from 1895) and was renamed Taabinga Village in 1905, when Kingaroy Railway Station office opened. This was renamed Kingaroy in 1907. The Taabinga Village office closed in 1929.[12]

Erin Vale State School opened on 1911. In 1912 it was renamed Stuart Valley High School. It closed on 1961. It was "via Kingaroy".[11]

The foundation stone of the Kingaroy Soldiers' Memorial Rotunda was laid on 25 April 1922 (ANZAC Day) by the RSL president Sergeant Norman Booth.[13] It was dedicated on 29 June 1932 by Mayor-General Sir Thomas William Glasgow.[14][15]

The Kingaroy Branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association was established 22 August 1922 with Florence Daphne Youngman of Taabinga Homestead as the first president. In 1926 her husband Arthur Youngman donated land at 122 Kingaroy Street and Charlie Gills built the first rooms. On 24 November 1956 a hall was built at the rear of the rooms to allow for catering of weddings and functions.[16]

Aircraft firing butts, 2008

St Mary's Catholic Primary School opened in January 1929. In 1980 it merged with St Mary's Catholic Secondary School to become South Burnett Catholic College.[11]

The town's wastewater treatment plant was established circa 1940 with the treated water being discharged into the Stuart River. A major upgrade occurred between 2014 2016 resulting greater processing capacity at greater efficiency with treated water now being recycled for use on sporting fields and the golf course.[17]

The Royal Australian Air Force had a significant operational and training presence in the region during the World War II, the first squadrons deploying to the town's airport about mid-1942. At least eight squadrons were based at RAAF Kingaroy then (viz. Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6, 15, 75, 92 and 93 Squadrons), together with No. 3 Initial Training School. Aircraft operated there by the RAAF included Avro Ansons, CAC Wirraways, DAP Beauforts, DH Mosquitos, Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawks and Bristol Beaufighters. Kingaroy R.A.A.F. Post Office was open from 7 August 1942 until 28 February 1946.[12][18]

The presence of the US Army in Queensland generally and more particularly in Kingaroy create a need to supply them with very large quantities of navy beans (known as baked beans in Australia) which led to widespread planting of navy beans in the Kingaroy area from 1940 with seed supplied by the US Army. Such was the military importance of navy beans that all war-time production of navy beans was done under contract to the Australian Government and subject to the National Security Act. After the war, the industry struggled with a number of issues including tariffs, marketing, processing and being controlled from Brisbane. With the vast majority of bean growers in Queensland being in the Kingaroy area and following the destruction of the processing factory in Toowoomba, local growers decided to form a co-operative based in Kingaroy to process and market the product locally on a site provided by Kingaroy Shire Council who wanted to encourage the project. Since 1993, the cooperative is known as Bean Growers Australia.[19]

The Kingaroy Public Library opened in 1945 and had a major refurbishment in 2011.[20]

St Mary's Catholic Secondary School opened in 1946. In 1980 it merged with St Mary's Catholic Primary School to become South Burnett Catholic College.[11]

Kingaroy State High School opened on 28 January 1958, replacing the secondary department at Kingaroy State School.[11]

South Burnett Catholic College opened in 1980, as the merger of St Mary's Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools.[11]

Kingaroy Christian College opened on 24 April 1984 and closed on 6 May 1999.[11]

St John's Lutheran Primary School opened on 23 January 1989 with 26 students and 2 teachers. In 2014 the school expanded to offer junior secondary schooling (Years 7 to 9).[11][21]

Kingaroy celebrated its Centenary in 2004.[citation needed]

Kingaroy is also noted for being the first region in Australia to be placed on Level 7 Water Restrictions, which occurred on 1 October 2007.

Kingaroy has experienced growth in population peaking in 2013 at 10,588[1] and then having decreased since at an annual average rate of -0.36% year-on-year for the five years to 2018.[1]

In 2017, Kingaroy Magistrates and District Court underwent a $5.3 million refurbishment. The improvements included a full internal and external refurbishment and a new secure interview room for witnesses to give evidence. The courthouse was officially opened on 6 February 2018 by Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath.[22]

Population of Kingaroy
Year Population Notes
2001 census 7,147 [23]
2006 census 7,620 [23]
2011 census 9,586 [24]
2016 census 10,020 [5]

Heritage listings[edit]

Kingaroy has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Education[edit]

Kingaroy State School is a government primary (Early Childhood-6) school for boys and girls at 61 Alford Street (26°32′25″S 151°49′59″E / 26.5403°S 151.8331°E / -26.5403; 151.8331 (Kingaroy State School)).[33][34] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 503 students with 44 teachers (41 full-time equivalent) and 33 non-teaching staff (22 full-time equivalent).[35] It includes a special education program.[33]

Taabinga State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Rae Street (26°33′23″S 151°50′17″E / 26.5563°S 151.8381°E / -26.5563; 151.8381 (Taabinga State School)).[33][36] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 354 students with 25 teachers (21 full-time equivalent) and 22 non-teaching staff (13 full-time equivalent).[35] It includes a special education program.[33]

Saint Mary's Catholic College is a Catholic primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 10 Kent Street (26°32′05″S 151°50′31″E / 26.5346°S 151.8419°E / -26.5346; 151.8419 (Saint Mary's Catholic College)).[33][37] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 480 students with 41 teachers (38 full-time equivalent) and 30 non-teaching staff (22 full-time equivalent).[35]

St John's Lutheran School is a private primary and secondary (Prep-9) school for boys and girls at 84-94 Ivy Street (26°32′15″S 151°51′19″E / 26.5376°S 151.8552°E / -26.5376; 151.8552 (St John's Lutheran School)).[33][38] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 432 students with 31 teachers (27 full-time equivalent) and 33 non-teaching staff (24 full-time equivalent).[35]

Kingaroy State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Toomey Street (26°32′34″S 151°49′56″E / 26.5429°S 151.8323°E / -26.5429; 151.8323 (Kingaroy State High School)).[33][39] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 999 students with 99 teachers (91 full-time equivalent) and 49 non-teaching staff (35 full-time equivalent).[35] It includes a special education program.[33][40]

The Kingaroy campus of TAFE Queensland is a technical college on the north-east corner of the Bunya Highway and Geritz Road (26°34′15″S 151°49′34″E / 26.5708°S 151.8261°E / -26.5708; 151.8261 (TAFE Queensland)).[41][42]

Climate[edit]

Kingaroy has a humid subtropical climate with warm to hot summers and cool to cold winters. Daily maximum temperatures range from 30 °C (86 °F) in January to 18 °C (64 °F) in July. On 12 February 2017, Kingaroy reached a new record high temperature, recording 41.6 °C (106.8 °F), while the coldest on record was -6.7 °C (19.9 °F) in July 1961. Due to its elevation, the town often records some of the coldest temperatures in Queensland during winter, dropping below freezing an average of 14.3 times per year.[43]

The annual average rainfall in Kingaroy is 779.1 mm (30.7 in), with the majority of it falling during the summer months. Frost is common from June to August, whilst sleet occurs occasionally, and light snow fell in July 1959.[44]

Winters are generally sunny with occasional periods of rain during the passage of frontal systems, whilst summers feature sunny days with frequent evening thunderstorms. Heavy rain events can occasionally occur at any time of year although are most frequent in late summer and can last from a few hours to as long as a week. On 27 January 2013, 230 mm (9.2 in) of rain fell in a single night due to the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Oswald, causing significant flooding in the town.[45]

The original weather station at Kingaroy's Prince Street has been recording rainfall since 1905 and temperatures since 1947. However it closed in 2000 to make way for a new, more advanced weather station at the town's airport.[citation needed]

Climate data for Kingaroy (Combined Sites 1947-2017)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 41.0
(105.8)
41.6
(106.9)
37.4
(99.3)
35.0
(95.0)
31.8
(89.2)
28.4
(83.1)
27.4
(81.3)
33.3
(91.9)
36.7
(98.1)
39.0
(102.2)
38.9
(102.0)
40.8
(105.4)
41.0
(105.8)
Average high °C (°F) 29.6
(85.3)
28.9
(84.0)
27.7
(81.9)
25.2
(77.4)
21.7
(71.1)
19.0
(66.2)
18.5
(65.3)
20.2
(68.4)
23.4
(74.1)
26.0
(78.8)
28.1
(82.6)
29.5
(85.1)
24.8
(76.6)
Average low °C (°F) 17.7
(63.9)
17.5
(63.5)
15.7
(60.3)
12.2
(54.0)
9.0
(48.2)
5.5
(41.9)
4.1
(39.4)
5.0
(41.0)
8.1
(46.6)
11.8
(53.2)
14.7
(58.5)
16.7
(62.1)
11.5
(52.7)
Record low °C (°F) 8.8
(47.8)
6.7
(44.1)
4.4
(39.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
−3.9
(25.0)
−5.3
(22.5)
−6.7
(19.9)
−6.0
(21.2)
−2.2
(28.0)
−1.1
(30.0)
2.4
(36.3)
6.5
(43.7)
−6.7
(19.9)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 114.4
(4.50)
96.0
(3.78)
77.6
(3.06)
46.7
(1.84)
41.3
(1.63)
42.6
(1.68)
40.8
(1.61)
28.6
(1.13)
37.7
(1.48)
64.3
(2.53)
78.3
(3.08)
110.8
(4.36)
779.1
(30.68)
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 9.7 9.2 8.6 5.9 5.8 5.4 5.3 4.4 4.7 6.8 7.6 9.1 82.5
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[43][46]

Economy[edit]

Kingaroy is noted for its rich, red, volcanic soil, seen in the foreground. Its newly established vineyards have enabled the area to benefit from tourism.

Traditionally, Kingaroy has always been the centre of Australia's peanut and navy bean industries but since the early 1990s it has also developed into one of the twin hubs of the South Burnett's rapidly expanding wine industry (the other hub is at Murgon, Redgate and Moffatdale, 55 kilometres (34 mi) to the north). Several wineries are located either in or very close to the town, along with the Booie Range Distillery which opened in 2001 — only the third distillery in Queensland.[citation needed]

Droughts and uncertainty surrounding the region's annual peanut crop led some farmers to diversify and grow grapes. Rich volcanic soil, hot dry summers and cold winters proved to be ideal conditions for wine growing. Quite a number of vineyards were established in the region, and the success of their wine enables the South Burnett region, which includes Kingaroy, to promote the area as a tourist destination. The success of these enterprises has been largely attributed to the scenery of the location, and has benefited the local economy.[citation needed]

Other than grapes, peanuts and navy beans, other crops commonly grown in the Kingaroy area are sorghum, wheat, maize, sunflowers, citrus fruits and duboisia, a kind of plant often used for pharmaceutical products.[citation needed]

Kingaroy is centred on one of Australia's largest pork producing regions, and since the early 1960s has been home to one of Queensland's largest pig abattoirs, Swickers Kingaroy Bacon Factory.[citation needed]

Hardwood Forestry Plantations have been prominent across the landscape since the early 2000s, having been established on many farms in the region as joint ventures between Landholders and the Queensland Government. The Plantation Forestry Industry is expected to provide employment for many locals in the future.[citation needed]

Bean Growers Australia is a cooperative association with its headquarters at 82-84 River Road (26°33′01″S 151°49′44″E / 26.5504°S 151.8289°E / -26.5504; 151.8289 (Bean Growers Australia)) where it has its processing factory. Its members grow a range of beans including soybeans, adzuki beans, navy beans, mungbeans, chickpeas, black eye beans, field peas, linseed and popcorn.[41][47]

Sports[edit]

Kingaroy has a vibrant sporting life. The town is home to a number of leading sports people including NRL players Chris Sandow and Chris McQueen Wallabies centre/fly-half Berrick Barnes, as well as former Australian cricket test and one day opening batter Matthew Hayden and Southern Stars women's cricket Australian representative bowler Holly Ferling. Kingaroy also has its own golf club, cricket club. Kingaroy Bowls Club has 2 Grass greens and plays on Thursdays and Sundays. Kingaroy & District Tennis Association has 8 synthetic grass courts, and a practice wall. The tennis club holds Thursday night fixtures and other social day matches during the week. It is also has a notable speedway track.[citation needed]

Kingaroy has a rich history with Australia's four Football codes. Rugby League is arguably the most popular sport in terms of having a following, which reflects the passionate Rugby League culture in the Wide Bay-Burnett region. Kingaroy has a rugby league team that participates in the South Burnett competition, named the Kingaroy Red Ants. The town also has two Football (Soccer) teams, Gunners and Wests, that take part in the South Burnett's Football competition. Kingaroy is also home to the South Burnett Thrashers, a Rugby Union team that participates at B Grade level in the strong Darling Downs Rugby Union competition. In 2013, an AFL team, the South Burnett Saints, joined the Darling Downs competition. This is based in Kingaroy and plays at Lyle Vidler Oval. Kingaroy previously had junior and senior AFL teams in the Darling Downs AFL competition, with the Kingaroy Bulldogs senior men's side playing on and off from the early 1980s up until 2006, and the Kingaroy-Nanango Jets junior side playing up until 2009.[citation needed]

The Kingaroy Showgrounds is also home to the Kingaroy Speedway, a 400 metres (440 yards) clay oval. The speedway, which opened in 1968, is run by the South Burnett Speedway Club.[48]

Culture[edit]

Kingaroy has a vibrant cultural and social life and is home to an art gallery and several local craft outlets as well as a range of well-maintained and attractive parklands. The South Burnett Regional Council operates a public library in Kingaroy at Glendon Street.[49][50]

The town has two lookouts (at nearby Mt Wooroolin and Apex Park in Fisher Street) which provide striking panoramic views across the area.[citation needed]

Live entertainment is held regularly at the Returned Services League club as well as several central hotels and in Kingaroy Town Hall. A half-dozen cellardoors are located either in town of very close to it.[citation needed]

The South Burnett Musical Comedy Society (SBMCS) is based in Kingaroy and annually holds a minor production (e.g. a concert) around April/May and a major production (a full theatrical musical) around August to October. Previous productions have included Oklahoma!, Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Jungle Juice, Kismet, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, Cats, and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. In May 2018 they will perform a "Les Miserables" concert - a full sung through musical.[51] Their major production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" will play in October not only in Kingaroy but will travel to Maryborough's Brolga Theatre and the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba.[52] The group celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2019.[citation needed]

Facilities[edit]

Kingaroy Police Station is at 11-13 Alford Street (26°32′29″S 151°50′25″E / 26.5415°S 151.8402°E / -26.5415; 151.8402 (Kingaroy Police Station)).[53][54]

Kingaroy Fire Station is on the southern corner of Kent Street and Edward Street (26°32′13″S 151°50′22″E / 26.5370°S 151.8394°E / -26.5370; 151.8394 (Kingaroy Fire Station)).[53][55]

Kingaroy SES Facility is at 5 Glendon Street (26°32′38″S 151°50′12″E / 26.5438°S 151.8368°E / -26.5438; 151.8368 (Kingaroy SES Facility)).[53][56]

Kingaroy Hospital is a public hospital at 152-176 Youngman Street (26°31′56″S 151°50′20″E / 26.5322°S 151.8388°E / -26.5322; 151.8388 (Kingaroy Hospital (public))).[57][58]

Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital (also known as South Burnett Community Private Hospital) is a private hospital at 31 Markwell Street (26°32′34″S 151°50′14″E / 26.5429°S 151.8371°E / -26.5429; 151.8371 (Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital (private))) owned by the South Burnett Regional Council.[57][59]

Kingaroy Ambulance Station is on the western corner of Kent and Edward Street, opposite the fire station (26°32′12″S 151°50′21″E / 26.5367°S 151.8391°E / -26.5367; 151.8391 (Kingaroy Ambulance Station)).[53][60]

Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant is a sewage treatment plant at 7-33 Hodges Road (26°33′12″S 151°49′07″E / 26.5532°S 151.8185°E / -26.5532; 151.8185 (Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant)).[57][61][17]

The South Burnett Regional Council have a depot at 2 Ivins Street (26°33′14″S 151°49′41″E / 26.5538°S 151.8281°E / -26.5538; 151.8281 (South Burnett Regional Council depot)).[41]

Amenities[edit]

Kingaroy Shoppingworld is a shopping centre on the corner of Youngman and Alford Street (26°32′30″S 151°50′13″E / 26.5417°S 151.8369°E / -26.5417; 151.8369 (Kingaroy Shoppingworld)).[41][62]

The Kingaroy and Kingaroy Twilight branches of the Queensland Country Women's Association meet at the Kingaroy CWA hall at 122 Kingaroy Street (26°32′32″S 151°50′22″E / 26.5422°S 151.8394°E / -26.5422; 151.8394 (Kingaroy CWA Hall)).[63][64]

Kingaroy Showground is at 41-47 Avoca Street (26°32′51″S 151°49′46″E / 26.5475°S 151.8295°E / -26.5475; 151.8295 (Kingaroy Showground)).[41]

There are a number of parks in the area:

Events[edit]

Regular events include:

  • Wine and Food In The Park Festival (held annually on the second Saturday in March)[66]
  • Kingaroy Show (held annually each May)[67]
  • Burrandowan Picnic Races (held annually each May at Burrandowan since 1922)[68]
  • Kingaroy Trail Ride held since 2009 at "Minmore" 36 kilometres (22 mi) from Kingaroy on the Burrandowan road (May 2011)[citation needed]
  • Kingaroy Bacon Fest (held annually in August since 2018)[69]
  • the week-long UAV Outback Challenge flying robot competition (a week-long event held in September on alternate years)[70]
  • Christmas Carnival (annually each December).[citation needed]

Attractions[edit]

Kingaroy itself is the largest town in the South Burnett and the region's commercial centre, offering all the services, shopping facilities and many of the industries generally expected in much larger centres. The town has its own hotels, motels, caravan parks, bed and breakfasts and cabins; and a range of restaurants, fast food outlets and petrol stations (including 24-hour petrol stations). Unlike many towns of its size, Kingaroy has its own shopping mall that includes Woolworths, Big W, and other retailers. Kingaroy also has an aerodrome a few kilometres from the centre of town and is regularly served by major bus lines.[citation needed]

It has the typical low-humidity climate of all South Burnett townships and is surrounded by extensive (and very picturesque) farmlands interspersed with low rolling hills. The Booie Range, home to several wineries and cellar doors, lies immediately north-east of the town and the Bunya Mountains about 55 kilometres (34 mi) to the south-west. The township is situated in the middle of some spectacular scenery, and is popular for bushwalking.[citation needed]

The Central Business District of the township is dominated by the Peanut Company of Australia's peanut silos (a local landmark). The Information, Art, and Heritage Precinct is located directly opposite the peanut silos. The complex includes the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery, Visitor Information Centre, Heritage Museum, and an interpretative arena which highlights local industries. The Heritage Precinct also includes a number of historic buildings ranging from Carroll's Cottage (the first building constructed in Kingaroy) through to the Carrollee Hotel and the Shire's earliest Council Chambers (built in 1913).[citation needed]

Kingaroy is also the new home for the Kingaroy Observatory (formerly Maidenwell Observatory) which was moved to its new site in Geoff Raph Drive, at the airport in early March 2015 and opened for business on June 29. Kingaroy Observatory is now a major tourist attraction for those wanting to eyeball the Universe up close, in large powerful telescopes, under a canopy of stars not affected by light pollution.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

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