1. On arrival at the Blackbutt Showgrounds make your way through the main entrance and find a suitable site. The Showgrounds are equipped with many power outlets and water connection is also available. Alternatively, you can select a site and choose no power.
2. Make your way to the self-registration station. This is located up from the toilet and shower block and in the covered walkway. The station has a timber bench, a timber box containing the camping registration forms and a slot in the wall to receive the envelope and your payment.
3. Complete the camping self-registration envelope and include your payment.
4. Detach the campsite tag and attach to your campsite.
5. Place the envelope in the slot in the wall.
The Blackbutt Showgrounds are extensive and have an enclosed Pavilion as well a fully equipped canteen/kitchen and two separate covered areas, one of which also has a bar and cold room. Private use of the cold room, kitchen or pavilion area can be reserved for $100 per area required.
We offer a complimentary table and chair set-up service and a barbecue is available on request.
Bookings are essential for large Caravan groups and any other groups wishing to access Showgrounds facilities. To check availability or to make a booking please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0447 970 999.
Blackbutt is situated on the D’Aguilar Highway just 4km from its sister town, Benarkin. The Blackbutt-Benarkin region is the southern entrance to the South Burnett and a popular spot for bushwalkers, campers, wildlife enthusiasts and horse riders. The region is known for its thriving hoop pine plantations and avocado orchards. The township of Blackbutt is named after the Blackbutt tree (Eucalyptus Piluris), native to the area. Often referred to as the ‘Timber Town’, Blackbutt is surrounded by native forests and beautiful scenery. The rich timber industry of the region dates back to the 19th century when European settlers first arrived here and continue to thrive even today.
The local Radnor Hotel and the region’s B&Bs offer those wishing to escape the mozzies a variety of cosy accommodation options. If you’re only stopping by then the town’s Woodfire Bakery is arguably the best places in Australia to grab a bite to eat and is well-known throughout the region for its award-winning pies. In the middle of the main street, you’ll find the beautifully restored Bunyanut café. Renowned for its excellent meals and friendly service, the café is the perfect place for a lunchtime meal if you’re after more than just a snack. The ‘Butt Art’ gallery is also a must-see, showcasing a variety of artists from South East Queensland and giving visitors the opportunity to taste local liqueurs and shop for unique gifts. If you’re more of a history buff you’ll enjoy the famous Roy Emerson museum, also known as Nukka Nook. Old photos and stories from Blackbutt and surrounding districts are proudly displayed and give visitors a unique view of the local history.
Blackbutt is a popular place for athletes because it is the northern destination of The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail. The 161-kilometre trek follows the old Brisbane Valley railway line and is open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trail provides a great opportunity for visitors to view the beautiful sights of the South Burnett region first hand. The Blackbutt to Linville section of the track is approximately 23km and also forms part of the larger Bicentennial National Trail, one of the longest non-motorised trails in the world. The trail is a combination of mustering roads, coach roads, brumby-tracks and stock routes that span over 5,000 kilometres and four states.
In September, the town comes alive with the annual Bloomin’ Beautiful Blackbutt Festival. The celebration is all about agriculture, the beauty of the countryside and the local creative community. The 2017 Festival will be held on the 9th of September and give visitors the opportunity to visit the many market stalls either by foot, horse-drawn carriage, trackless train or courtesy bus.
The quaint community of Benarkin is located just down the road from Blackbutt. The historic Benarkin general store is the perfect place to fill and up and get some general supplies before heading off to the Benarkin State Forest. The Forest is a great spot to picnic, fish, spot platypus or ride on the many forest trails. The unsealed 16-kilometre scenic forest drive leads through the rainforest, hoop pine plantations and eucalypt forests containing blackbutt, tallowwood, white mahogany, gums and ironbarks to small flats beside the inviting waters of Emu Creek. It has two camping areas, Clancys and Emu Creek, which cater for a range of camping experiences.