Duaringa, the welcoming gateway to the Central Queensland Highlands, is the oldest town in the area, dating back to the 1870s.
Things to Experience
Duaringa Historical and Tourism Centre is easily identified from the Capricorn Highway by a huge mural, painted by local artists, depicting the meeting of the Dawson and Mackenzie Rivers becoming the Fitzroy River.
Inside you’ll find tourist information and historical pieces donated by residents in the area. Local arts, crafts and produce are also for sale.
The centre is open daily from 9:00am to 2:00pm April to October.
Duaringa Historical Trail takes visitors on a walking tour of 20 historical buildings and landmarks. Interpretive signage provides insight and reflection on the town’s rich history. Pocket guides are available from the Tourism Centre.
Mackenzie Park is home to the unique Budgeroo or Duaringa stringy bark tree. These trees were of great cultural significance to the early Aboriginal community, who used its bark to make rope, baskets and building materials.
The park has a camping area with electric barbecues and hot showers for a donation. It’s free to camp here for up to 48 hours.
Mackenzie River Crossing is known to the locals as Duaringa Beach due to the large sandy banks on the southern side of the river. Huge paperbark trees overhang the river, creating a great shady spot for a day trip, where you can swim, fish, kayak and watch the bird life. The Mackenzie River Crossing is approximately 20km north of Duaringa on the unsealed Apis Creek Road. A 4WD is recommended for access onto the sandy river banks and it’s not suitable for caravans.
Woorabinda Arts and Culture Centre opened in 2021 and showcases gloriously coloured art from emerging indigenous artists. Check its Facebook page for workshops and opening times.
Point of Interest: Australian Country music performer Melinda Schneider filmed part of her music video Real People in Duaringa.