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Kingaroy is an agricultural town in Queensland, about 210km (2½ hours drive) north-west of Brisbane, on the junction of the D'Aguilar and the Bunya Highways. The population is more than 8000.

Traditionally, Kingaroy has always been the centre of Australia's peanut and navy bean industries but since the early 1990s it has also developed into one of the twin hubs of the South Burnett's rapidly-expanding wine industry. Several wineries are located either in, or very close to the town, along with the Booie Range Distillery which opened in 2001.

Kingaroy itself is the largest town in the South Burnett region. It has the most cosmopolitan feel of any South Burnett region township but it's still a relaxed, friendly and informal place. It has the typical low-humidity climate of all South Burnett townships and is surrounded by extensive (and picturesque) farmlands interspersed with low rolling hills.

Kingaroy is also the region's commercial centre, offering all the services, shopping facilities and industries generally expected in much larger centres. There is a variety of accommodation, restaurants, fast food outlets and petrol stations (including 24-hour petrol stations). Unlike many towns of its size, Kingaroy has its own indoor shopping centre featuring major national retailers and several specialty stores.

The town’s CBD is dominated by the Peanut Company of Australia's peanut silos (a local landmark). The Information, Art and Heritage Precinct is directly opposite the peanut silos and incorporates the Kingaroy Shire Art Gallery, Visitor Information Centre, Heritage Museum and an interpretative arena highlighting local industries. The Heritage Precinct includes several historic buildings ranging from Carroll's Cottage (the first building constructed in Kingaroy) through to the Carrollee Hotel and the Shire's earliest Council Chambers (built in 1918).

Kingaroy has a vibrant sporting, cultural and social life and is home to an art gallery and several local craft outlets as well as a range of well-maintained and attractive parklands.

There are several primary and high schools, as well as public and private hospitals. Kingaroy also has a commercial aerodrome a few kilometres from the centre of town and is regularly served by major bus lines.

Major annual events include the Wine and Food in the Park Festival (held each March), Kingaroy Show (held each May), Burrandowan Picnic Races (held at Burrandowan on the outskirts of the Shire, also each May), Kingaroy Peanut Festival (held each August), the two-day Taabinga Spring Music Festival (each October) and the Christmas Carnival.

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