Nanango is a town in the South Burnett region of Queensland, 210km north-west of Brisbane. Nanango sits at the junction of the D'Aguilar and Burnett Highways.
Nanango's principal industries are power generating and coal mining, agriculture, beef and pork production, dairying and milk processing, timber growing and milling, small crops, natural medicine, art and craftwork and tourism.
Nanango has two primary schools - Nanango State Primary and a catholic school called St Patricks. It also has a high school that was established in 1982 and is set over 35 acres of land. It includes a special needs unit as well as a daycare unit for the children of young students.
Nanango has its own hospital, with more hospitals in nearby Kingaroy.
Nanango has a vigorous cultural and sporting life and is host to several potteries and many craft outlets. Sporting clubs include bike, darts, golf, lawn bowling and archery. There are 13 well-maintained parklands, which naturalists believe are home to 250 different bird species.
Because of its proximity to Brisbane, Nanango attracts day and weekend visitors from South East QLD. Tourists also travel through the town on their way between Rockhampton in the north and Sydney/Melbourne in the south. The CBD features chainsaw sculptures and murals which reflect the town's historical connections with timber-felling, farming and mining.
A great deal of Nanango's colourful history is preserved in its buildings, especially Ringsfield House, a restored circa 1908 Queenslander, now the headquarters of the Nanango Historical Society. Unfortunately several fires throughout ravaged the CBD of the town, especially the fire of 1940 which destroyed all of the shops on the southern side of Drayton Street from Fitzroy to Henry Street. This led the CBD to have a 1950s ‘feel’, due to the architecture of the time. One building that escaped the ravages of fire was ‘Nobby's Corner’, an example of an old-fashioned corner store with wide verandas.