Gayndah

Australia's Country Way

Gayndah

Gayndah lays claim to being the oldest towns in Australia, founded in 1849 maintaining its old fashioned charm today. Several buildings have been heritage listed including Mellors Drapery (one of the few buildings in Australia which still uses a flying fox to deal with transactions), old section of the State School, Gayndah Soldier’s Memorial
 Hall (Town Hall and Council Chambers), Racecourse and several rail bridges. Sheep and mining brought settlers into 
the area, but it was the drier, less humid climate, rich volcanic and alluvial soils and plenty of sunshine that set the area up as a prime citrus growing centre and is popular during the cooler months of May to August with local and visiting fruit pickers. Gayndah is famous for it’s biennial Orange Festival which is a celebration of the abundant citrus produce which comes from the region. Among the many historical points of interest, the Gayndah Art Gallery, Gayndah Museum with it’s extensive display dedicated to the Queensland Lungfish (or Ceratodus)Archers Lookout and the town clock are all worth a mention. Gayndah is part of the Burnett Circle Touring Route and can be visited as part of a six day drive tour to take in all of the rural and authentic Australian experiences as part of the North Burnett.

 

‘MUST DO’

McConnell Lookout – the drive up to the lookout is well worth it with panoramic spectacular 360 degree views of the beautiful Burnett River, flanked on both sides by many large citrus orchards.

Gayndah Museum – operated by the Gayndah and District Historical Society Inc., this museum is housed in what was the very first brick house built in Gayndah, and displays what family life was like in rural Queensland during the second half of the 19th Century. The museum also boasts a fine collection of various vintage vehicles, tractors, steam engines and other equipment ranging from rare trucks and tractors through to stationery steam engines from mills and even warships.

Gayndah Art Gallery – situated in the old convent building. This magnificent restored building with its changing displays rivals any gallery in larger cities with all the hospitality and charm of the region.

Historic Ideraway Upside Down Bridge – spanning 45 metres, this unusual railway bridge was constructed in 1902, 10 km north of Gayndah – there are no facilities or amenities.

Archer’s Lookout- Gayndah sits neatly below twin hills to the south, affectionately known as the “Duke and Duchess. Archer’s Lookout sits on the Duke providing an excellent perspective of the town and district.

Claude Wharton Weir- Claude Wharton Weir on the beautiful Burnett River provides excellent recreational fishing. The varying waterways provide areas for some quiet canoeing around a creek, a spot of fishing and plenty of room for water skiing. Facilities include boat ramp, picnic shelters, barbecues, public toilets and car parking.

Gayndah Racecourse- Gayndah was the headquarters of the first Queensland Jockey Club and the venue for Queensland’s first Derby in 1868. Gayndah Racecourse was also home to the North Australia Jockey Club and the first Ladies Side Saddle Race in 1880. The track is still in use today and Gayndah hosts gazetted race meetings on this historic track.

Gayndah Railway – the former long distance Queensland train, a carriage of “Sunlander” now stationed at the historic Gayndah Railway Station. A First Class Heritage Railway Dining Experience was a sell out during the recent Heartland Festival.

Gayndah’s Big Orange- View the locally grown citrus being graded using older methods of sorting while enjoying local refreshments. Visitor information is available inside the Big Orange.

Gayndah Packer’s Factory- Watch the unique machinery prepare and pack mandarins and citrus from the viewing platform at the Gayndah Packer’s factory in Bridge Street – (7am to 4pm: Apr – Sep).

Town Clock- Designed in the shape of a citrus tree, the stained glass and stainless steel timepiece which stands proudly in the main street, depicts stories of the Gayndah district.

Zonhoven Park- Named in honour of Gayndah’s sister City in Belgium, this park offers well shaded picnic areas, views of the river and nearby citrus orchards and provides facilities including public toilets and a dump valve for motorhomes.

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Visitor Information
Address: Gayndah Museum and Information Centre
8 Simon Street GAYNDAH QLD 4625
ph. 07 4161 2226
Email: secretary.gayndahmuseum@gmail.com
Website: www.gayndahmuseum.com.au

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