How to make a weekend of the Blackbutt Avocado Festival

It’s not hard to convince people to attend an avocado festival!

Where else can you eat avocado ice-cream and avocado cheesecake, play avocado games, put your skills on the line in a guacamole-making competition, watch a parachutist land in an avocado target in an arena, and learn how to cook with avos from a celebrity chef?

10 things to love about the Blackbutt Avocado Festival

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But did you know there’s a lot to experience around Blackbutt, so it’s worth planning a whole weekend around the festival?

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail passes through Blackbutt, and you can even hire bikes for the trail if you don’t want to bring your own.

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Bunya Mountains

A beautiful one-hour drive away is the Bunya Mountains – a great place for a rainforest hike and lunch at one of the cafes on top of the mountain, where you can handfeed native parrots. There is a wealth of accommodation on the Bunya Mountains.

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Coomba Falls

A half hour from Blackbutt is the gorgeous swimming hole and picnic area at Coomba Falls in Maidenwell.

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Kingaroy wineries

An hour north of Blackbutt is the Kingaroy wine trail with the wineries and cellar doors of Crane Wines, Kingsley Grove Estate, Taabinga Station and The Lavender Farm at Pottique. For a “true” wine experience, check out the wine tour at Kingsley Grove Estate which takes in the vineyards and inside the winery where you can see how the wine is made. Add some local cheese, olives and capers and you’ll savour the South Burnett’s flavours.

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For more info on the Blackbutt Avocado Festival, Saturday 14 September visit avofest.com.au
For more info on things to do in the area, and places to stay, visit discoversouthburnett.com.au

Linda Tillman