Kingaroy is an regional town in Queensland, Australia, approximately 210 kilometres or about 2½ hours drive north-west of Brisbane. The town is situated on the junction of the D’Aguilar and the Bunya Highways.
It is known as the “Peanut Capital of Australia” because Australia’s largest peanut processing plant is located in the town and peanut silos dominate the skyline.
The name Kingaroy is usually claimed to be derived from the Wakka Wakka Aboriginal word for ‘Red Ant’. The local Kingaroy Rugby League football team is known as “the Red Ants” and a Red Ant features on the old Kingaroy Shire coat of arms. The name was suggested by a local Aboriginal helper of the surveyor Mr Hector Munro who surveyed the original grazing holding of this name on account of these ants being a pest at the survey camp”.
Kingaroy is also famous for being the home town of former Premier of Queensland, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.