An unusual name with plenty of character is the best way to describe Banana. Located 45 kilometres west of Biloela on the junction of Gorges Way and the Leichhardt Highway, it is a popular ‘truckies’ stop where fairdinkum service with a smile is guaranteed. The Banana Hotel and Restaurant is a popular eating place and ‘watering hole’ offering friendly, good old rural hospitality.
This historic town derives its name from a huge dun coloured bullock named Banana that was used as a decoy to lead wild cattle to pens. After Banana’s death his carcass was taken to a nearby gully that became known as Banana’s Gully. In 1880 the Shire was named after the town.
The Banana Shire covers more than 15,000 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 14,000 people. The warm and friendly communities which dot the shire will endeavour to make your stay a pleasant one.
Make your way through the magnificently preserved old relics of the past at the Pioneer Village and Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club, and gain an appreciation of the giant power source needed to drive the district’s resources boom at Callide Power Station on the outskirts of Biloela.