I'm a coastal girl. Always have been, always will be. But driving through the countryside of Kingaroy and drinking in the view across the vines to the mountains in the distance, I'm thinking I could convert.
If you were to ask me what I knew about Kingaroy – a small town two-and-a-half hours drive north-west of Brisbane, in Queensland's South Burnett region - a few months ago I couldn't have told you much beyond its affinity for peanuts.
I certainly couldn't have told you it's a foodie's wonderland and home to a burgeoning wine region. And if you knew me, you'd know it had me at wine. And cheese.
Escaping the city for the weekend with two girlfriends, we set off on our country adventure. First stop in town was to Taste South Burnett, which as well as being a cute spot for lunch, allows you to sample every manner of deliciousness, from locally produced cheeses, to cured meats, olives, local wines and their divine homemade fudge. It definitely got our taste buds acquainted with the region!
No trip to Kingaroy would be complete without a visit to the famous Peanut Van. She may not be much to look at, but oh my, who would have known you could give the humble peanut so many tempting flavours. I come away with chilli & lime, butterscotch & caramel and caramel choc peanuts which don't last long past the car trip home.
Waving adieu to Kingaroy, we stopped at Pottique Lavender Farm just out of town with our tummies in mind as usual. After a browse through their store, loaded with lavender-everything you can think of, we sat down for Devonshire tea in the garden, sharing lavender and pumpkin scones with jam and fresh cream feeling very mature indeed.
I may prefer the crashing of waves to the crackling of a fire, but any town that can deliver such tasty treats is worth coming back to in my book.
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Author: Tourism and Events Queensland
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