More than 130 years in the making, Thangool first opened to settlers, who tried it as a sheep run in the 1850s. Soon to fail, beef cattle were introduced and later, dairy and cotton took hold. Based on the success of these industries, a make-shift town sprang up.
Today, the town is home to a sizable squab industry, providing Australia with 60 per cent of its squab supplies. As you travel through the district, you’ll see large paddocks of sorghum, wheat, sunflower, barley and mung bean crops, the mainstays of local food production.
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Thangool – horses and high places
The raised green lawns of Forde Park Racecourse come alive with colour for the running of the Thangool Cup. The track is the largest of the 2 courses in the region, the other at Taroom, and the Cup is a standout fixture during the Spring racing season in September.
The other 7 race days held through the year are also a big attraction for punters who love to see country racing at its best.
There’s more horse riding action with the Dawes Hall RCI campdraft, held at Dawes Hall on the Burnett Highway on the 2nd weekend in April.
A one pub town, Thangool is a great place to fuel up on a hearty meal and fill up the tank before pushing on to Callide Dam or spectacular natural features such as Kroombit Tops National Park and Mount Scoria – both found in the vicinity.
Read more about these special places in the Sandstone Wonders and Sandstone Drive sections in this guide.
Changes over the years have also seen the town evolve from a busy commercial centre for local industries to what is now the region’s transport hub. Qantaslink and express freight services operate to and from the recently refurbished airport and on the ground, taxi transfers are available to Biloela for a set fare.
- Mount Scoria – 4.5 km (8 min) via Aerodrome Rd and Thangool Lookerbie Rd.
- Kroombit Tops National Park via Valentine Plains Road is an unsealed road and for 4WD vehicles only.
- Thangool means Possum in the language of the Gangulu People.
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Are there camping grounds in Thangool?
The Lawgi Dawes Hall is also just south of the township on the Burnett Highway. There are plenty of grass areas to park behind the hall and a donation left in the honour box would be much appreciated. Biloela has affordable camping ground options available.
Other camping options in the Banana Shire.
- Mount Scoria
- Kroombit Tops National Park
- Queensland Heritage Park
- Spirit of the Land Mural
- Greycliffe Homestead
- Lake Callide