Kilkivan & Surrounds

Kilkivan, Queensland

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Coordinates 26°05′S 152°14′ECoordinates: 26°05′S 152°14′E
Population 691 (2011)[1]
Established 1840’s
Postcode(s) 4600
LGA(s) Gympie Region
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Wide Bay

Kilkivan /ˈkɪlkvæn/ is a town in the South Burnett region of Queensland, Australia. The town is located on the Wide Bay Highway, 224 kilometres (139 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane and 54 kilometres (34 mi) west of Gympie. At the 2011 census, Kilkivan had a population of 691.[1]

Kilkivan was first inhabited by the Gubbi Gubbi tribe of the Australian Aboriginal peoples. The town was first settled by Europeans in the 1840s. Queensland’s first gold discovery was at Kilkivan in 1852 and subsequent findings escalated into a gold rush in the 1860s. The town was named for a pastoral run owned by pastoralist John Daniel Mactaggart after his father’s farm name in Kintire, Scotland.[2]

The Kilkivan and District Museum and information centre in the main street features extensive displays which pay tribute to the regions early pioneers at the museum.

The country town features parks and restored historical buildings, a tribute to the town’s golden heyday. Kilkivan has antique stores, a historical walk and a unique cafe and B&B is housed in the town’s original bank.

With strong historical links to the old coach and stock routes, Kilkivan is one of the few towns on the Bicentennial National Trail. A stone plaque commemorates the opening of the trail in 1988.

The Kilkivan Great Horse Ride is held annually in April. Over 1,000 horses and riders start from five points around Kilkivan and travel 20 – 30 km along parts of the National Trail to Kilkivan for the Grand Parade down the main street.

Mudlo Gap is a popular forest park 8.5 km north of Kilkivan.

Mount Clara chimney, thought to be the oldest surviving mining industry chimney in Queensland, also among the first built, is located 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) by road outside town, and is now conserved as a tourist attraction.[3]

Major industries today include tourism, beef, dairying and forestry.