ENTRANCE FEE: $3 OPEN HOURS: 10.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Saturday and or by appointment. ADDRESS: Ringsfield House, 41-45 Albert street, Nanango
This is a walking tour that takes you around to 14 sites in Nanango.
You get to visit the old cemetery, more than one Church including the large "Our Lady Help of the Christians' Church" and Ringsfield house to name a few.
Ringsfield House is a turn of the century Queenslander with many features of a "grand old Queenslander." It was built in 1908 and has lovely wide verandas and bay windows. In 1942, the house became the Ringsfield Maternity Hospital. During the hospital’s 28 year history, between 3,000 and 4,000 babies were born here prior to the hospital finally closing in 1970. Then in 1973, the house was used as a lifeline refuge. Now, the council owns it and it's a community museum that has displays, art and crafts, and can cater for small functions. On the grounds is a replica coach house (built from materials rescued from the demolished 100 year old Nanango Show grandstand), a cream shed, a slab shepherd's hut, the town's original Presbyterian Church and Nanango's oldest surviving building - the State School built in 1866.
ENTRANCE FEE: FREE ADDRESS: Henry street, Nanango - Across the road from the Tourist Information centre
Pick up the FREE HISTORIC WALK BROCHURE from the tourist information centre. The walk begins at the centre and makes the 1st stop at the Nanango Court House.
The Court House is quite different to what you see in many country towns of Australia. It was built in 1937 out of timber, has a wide verandah on three sides and a corrugated roof. Interesting is the roof which has a large bell shaped ventilator with a flagpole. This is the main piece of decoration on the building. It's a great example of a timber country courthouse that were generally built to a T shape plan. The Courthouse is listed on Queensland's heritage list.
The Lutheran Church is different too, as this was once the Station Master's House and still looks like a house! Another nice wooden building, is the Post and Telegraph building, otherwise known as the Post office!
ENERGY CENTRE: Fun for the family
ENTRANCE FEE: FREE with ample parking for buses and caravans. OPEN HOURS - 7 days a week. Weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm ...Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Closed Good Friday, ANZAC Day morning, Christmas and Boxing days. ADDRESS: Henry street, Nanango. Phone: (07) 4189 9446 Located with-in the Tourist Information centre in Nanango.
An interesting and different display about power & energy. The very modern Energy Centre has a number of interactive fascinating displays.
Pedal a bicycle to see just how much energy is needed to generate power and earn yourself a gum ball treat. There is a variety of exhibits and information about the development and future of power generation in the South Burnett district where Nanango is located.
On display are the two engines that once supplied power from the Nanango Butter Factory in the 1930s and 40s. The engines are among a very few of their kind. One of these engines is in full working order. Visit the centre from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon on the first Saturday of the month to see the engine fired up.
If your from the older generation, you may remember some of the household appliances either you or your mother or grandmother once used.
ENTRANCE FEE: FREE ENTRY, FREE car parking available on the grounds and in the streets. OPEN HOURS: 1st Saturday of Every Month, 6am till 12 noon. ADDRESS: Corner of Chester @ Drayton streets, Nanango (Nanango showgrounds) NO DOGS ALLOWED
These markets are huge, one of the biggest you will ever visit. These markets fill the Nanango showgrounds. People galore come to sell, and plenty of people come from the surrounding districts. There are between 300 -420 stall holders selling everything imaginable. Plenty of NEW, plenty of SECONDHAND, Birds, Animals, fresh Honey Fresh Produce, Bric- a- Brac, Arts & Crafts, Jewellery, Furniture, Toys, Goldfish, Plants, Seafood, Meat, Office supplies, Homewares, Antiques, Pottery, Homemade cakes, Buskers for entertainment, and just about anything else you can think off.
There are food and drink stalls located under a covered area.
FREE TASTINGS! - YUM! OPEN HOURS: EVERYDAY (Except for Christmas Day) from 8.30am to 4pm. ADDRESS: Tipperary Flat park (As you enter Nanango)
Peanuts are grown locally around the surrounding areas of Nanango.
Here you can buy fresh local Peanuts from the Peanut Van, cooked in different ways. Try boiled and American-style roasted, to sweet, spicy and regular. Love cashews, you can buy them here and macadamias, peanut brittle, peanut butter and gourmet cooking oils.
ADDRESS: Western side of Sandy Creek and beside Drayton Street. Plenty of roadside parking. PETS: This is an off - leash area for travelers with dogs.
This park was once named Nanango Park when it was first developed in 1919. The reserve between the Primary School and the Railway Station was used as a memorial to the soldiers of the First World War.
It also has toilets, including disabled ones, picnic shelters, playground, skate park and walking track with Murals to view.
THE TIMER GETTER: This sculpture is situated in the median strip in the middle of Drayton St and corner of Henry St.
When the first settlers arrived here, what greeted them was a harsh land full of forest. Timber getters were in demand for clearing the land. Licences to cut timber were issued in 1855. Most of the wood was hardwood and cedar to put on the drays returning to the major regional centres. Local pastoral stations operated their own sawmills and many sawmills popped up in town to meet the building demand of wood. The timber corporation mill operated until 1977.
The Chainsaw artist has created a carving that tells the story of the pioneer land seekers.
THE FARMER: This sculpture is located in Drayton street and corner of Alexander lane.
This carving represents an early settler, who was a hardy person who persisted with the hard life on the land in those early years of Australian history. In 1877, a land agent's register was opened, making way for people to settle in Nanango. Many families began arriving in drays and bullock wagons. By the late 1890's and early 1900's, the scrub blocks had been cleared by a lot of hard work and using the axe - no chainsaws back then! Dairy farming began and the Nanango Dairy Co-Op Factory was opened. People became optimistic about life here. In the 1940's, there were approx. 500 suppliers of milk to the factory.
THE MINER: This sculpture is located corner of Drayton [main street] and Fitzroy streets.
This sculpture is a life size figure of "Seven Mile Pete" Pete, was a Ukrainian immigrant named Peter Rossiter, who spent 30 years prospecting at the Seven Mile Provisional Gold Field. He couldn't live on what he found, so he supported his wife and family by selling eggs and vegetables which he transported in his wheelbarrow. He was well known in Nanango and was sadly missed when he died in 1934. Still today, gold can be found here.
John Mangan, was the chainsaw artist who carved and sculpted the figure from a solid piece of Blue Gum.