Queensland dominates the Australian peanut industryPeanuts were  first grown commercially  in Australia  in the 1880s. The peanut industry is largely confined to Queensland, which produces more than 95% of the national output.  The two main production areas were originally the Burnett and the Atherton Tableland but, since 1990,  Bundaberg, Mackay, Emerald and southern Queensland have been growing peanuts under irrigation and now produce 50% of the Australian crop.