Longitude: 151.815329 Latitude: -25.680684
Metres above Sea Level: 151.0 m
Area: 20.5 km² Perimeter: 23.5 km
” . . . On May 31st  they camped at what is described in Charles Archer’s diary as one of the most remarkable spots that he had ever seen in the colony. It is rather an extensive flat surrounded by hills, which on the eastern side are high and of very peculiar shapes— evidently volcanic. The flat is covered with volcanic stone. In the middle of it is a spring and round the margin of it a gigantic kind of lily grows. There is little doubt that the spot mentioned is what we know today as Ban Ban springs. . . “
Source: Excerpts – ‘The Discovery, Exploration and Early Settlement of the Upper Burnett’ – by Mr HS Bloxsome, Delubra, Mundubbera – read 25th August 1942 – pp 341
Ban Ban Springs is located on the corner of the Isis and Burnett Highways in the ‘Burnett’ region of Queensland. The drive along the Isis Highway bestows some of the most varied, stunning and interesting scenery. The soils vary from pale and arid appearance to the most magnificent red !!! There are times whilst travelling this road that a mountain ridge surrounds, and the red soils stretch as far as the eye can see – it feels and looks like a crater of an old volcano . . .
This entire area was once predominantly vegetated with ‘Poplar Box & Blue Gum Woodlands’, and ‘Semi-evergreen Brigalow Vine Thickets’. Both ecosystems are now rare, vulnerable and threatened due to clearing for agriculture. Only 1% of the ‘Poplar Box Flats’ remain . . .
One of the trees that really captures your attention around this area is the narrow-leaved Queensland Bottle Tree (Brachychiton rupestris). Fascinatingly beautiful in size, shape and intrigue. It was once an emergent tree of the semi-evergreen vine thicket – now, however, mainly found as isolated trees in otherwise cleared landscapes.
The Ban Ban Springs Rest Area is part of a project to rehabilitate some of these ancient ecosystems.
At Ban Ban Springs there are truck stops on both flanks of the Burnett Highway – just to the south of the Isis Highway intersection – as well as a large rest stop for travellers. A general store with fuel is located just across the road from the rest area. Fascinating information signage is located around the rest area, as well as many reminders of the importance of this sacred site to the Aborigines.
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