The perfect sub-tropical climate, a mass of winding waterways and wide open plains are not just wonderful attractions for the holiday maker. The weather, water and rich black soil have created ideal conditions for the Banana region to grow and prosper over almost 160 years.

Food crops include wheat, cotton, chickpeas, sorghum, mung beans, herbs and lucerne hay, while robust meat, poultry and fish industries bring to dining tables everywhere delicious and tender beef, pork, squab and red claw.

Travelling the highways and byways, you’ll quickly discover there’s something instinctively comforting in watching farmers plough their fields, cattle grazing in a paddock or the long arms of an irrigator hard at work.

Life on the land has a purity in the Banana Shire that cities just don’t have and as you wander the district you’ll feel it in your bones – it will feel like home.

what do the locals say about business and country life

How can I see more of the Banana country life?

You can discover more about the Banana region by taking any number of the Drive Trails on offer. Each trail reveals the special places and country towns like Biloela, Moura, Baralaba, Theodore, Taroom, Thangool, Cracow, Wowan, Goovigen and the Banana’s northern rural townships.

More about country life in the Banana Shire.

Take a self drive tour!

Can I visit the cattle yard sales?

Cattle auctions are held every fortnight at the Moura cattle yards. Check with the local Visitor Information Centre for details. The Moura Cattle Yards are west of Moura along the Dawson Highway.

Are there markets we can go to?

Biloela Markets in the Park

Parklands next to Biloela Visitor Information Centre, Callide St, Biloela

Summer time: 8:00am – 2:00pm

Winter time: 9:00am – 2:00pm


3rd Saturday of the month (with the exception of May and December)

May & December markets (second Saturday)

Visit the Biloela Markets Facebook page.

The Moura Lions Country Markets in the Park

Lions Park

Bell Street, Moura

Time – 9.00am – 2.00pm


Usually held in February, April, June, September and November.

Refer to the Moura Noticeboard on Facebook for updates or contact Glen on 0438537722 or email

Are there farm stays in the Banana Shire?

There is one farm stay in the Banana region.

Myella Farm Stay
The Eather Family
1591 Baralaba – Rannes Road
Baralaba Queensland 4702 Australia

P: (07) 4998 1290

Are there any events in the Banana Shire?

There are plenty of events in the Sandstone Wonders:

  • Agricultural Shows
  • Campdrafts
  • Rodeos
  • Country Races
  • Festivals

View the calendar of events or check out our blog on events in the Sandstone Wonders.

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