The Kinbombi Falls are 23 km from Kilkivan. There are shady areas and BBQs, as well as two walks, one to the bottom of the falls, which involves 200 steps. When there is water flowing over the falls they are estimated to be between 21m and 26m high but due to the long drought in the area the falls did not flow for some years. With the breaking of the drought and the advent of a high rainfall over the past few months, the falls are flowing again - as the picture on the right shows.
Woolooga is a tiny town some 17 kilometers north east of Kilkivan along the Wide Bay Highway. It has one of the oldest railway bridges still in operation today. The Woolooga Rail Bridge is an example of a lattice girder bridge dating from the 1880s still in use, although the spans have been halved by extra piers. It has been heritage listed by the EPA.
Mudlo Conservation Park
Just north of Kilkivan on the Mudlo Range, Mudlo National Park protects one of the areas few remaining stands of native hoop pine vine forest. Go for a short scenic drive from Kilkivan to Mudlo Gap. Stop for a picnic or bush walk beside Scrubby Creek. Only picnic tables are provided. Continue your scenic drive to Mudlo Gap for a great view over the surrounding grazing land and forests. Picnic tables, a picnic shelter, toilets and a barbecue are provided at the Gap.
The Mt Clara Chimneys, at the foot of Mt Clara, are today restored and listed by the National Trust. Back in the 1870s they were used by a group of Chinese for copper mining, who did not remain llong because of the effort in hauling wood for the smelter's furnace. The copper smelting did, however continue until the 1930s.
Founded in 1911 with the advent of the railway, the tiny town of Goomeri has much to offer the visitor - unspoilt forest areas populated by the native flora and fauna of the region, scenic drives, vineyards and olive groves, historic homesteads, a gourmet cheese shop, varied and interesting arts and crafts, bush walking and much more. It also holds it's annual "Pumpkin Festival" on the last weekend in May (see Links).
Booubyjan Homestead is a unique example of a very early pioneer dwelling comprised of slab and shingle buildings which have been continuously owned and occupied by the Lawless Family since 1847.
Kilkivan Museum & Historical Society
The Kilkivan and District Historical Museum offers visitors a fascinating glance back in time, with its various rooms furnished in the decor of a bygone era. There is a parlour, country store, bedroom, kitchen, schoolroom and cream shed with its machinery in place. Photographs and mineral sample displays tell the tale of gold mining in and around Kilkivan, and there are all kinds of machinery dotted around the premises. The Kilkivan Museum also acts as a Tourist Information Centre for visitors. It's located in the main street of Kilkivan between the “Ampol Takeaway“ and the “The Left Bank” B&B.
The Bicentennial National Trail
The Bicentennial National Trial, over 5,000kms from Victoria to Queensland is the longest marked route of its kind. The 107km section through the former Kilkivan Shire mainly follows the forest ridges along the coastal ranges to the west of the Cooloola region. Here among the hills the trail, following many of the roads and tracks taken by the early pioneers, is well suited to family trips any time of the year. The country is suitable for horse riding, donkey trekking, mountain bike riding or just plain old walking.