GAYNDAH

Gayndah is crossroads town that lies between Gympie, Monto and Kingaroy. Gayndah is quite a nice town that has bit going for it. The town services a rich citrus fruit industry. Wheat and livestock are also agricultural strengths.

The name Gayndah is of Aboriginal origin and comes either from Gu-in-dah (or Gi-un-dah), meaning 'thunder', or from Ngainta, meaning 'place of scrub'.

Exploration of the Gayndah area began in 1843. The first European settlers arrived in 1848, and the town was established in the following year. A post office was established at Gayndah in 1850.  Agriculture and grazing have been the dominant industries of the area. The town is the centre of Queensland's largest citrus-growing area. The Gayndah Orange Festival is held every two years to celebrate this industry.

Gayndah lies on the banks of the river Burnett River

The Gayndah Jockey Club held the inaugural Queensland Derby

Gayndah was considered for the capital of Queensland, but lost to Brisbane because the river was not deep enough; making it impossible for large cargo ships to unload near the town Gayndah is the oldest official town in Queensland. The explorers Archer and James Charles Burnett established it in 1847. There are few heritage buildings that have survived to support the ‘oldest town’ claim.

In 1872, the town was the location where the hoax fish Ompax spatuloides was supposedly procured.

The Gayndah War Memorial is central within the town and is an impressive monument to the fallen.

Gayndah has three pubs. Two are Queensland 100 year classics.

The Presbyterian and Anglican Churches are modern. The United is an old wooden structure. The Catholic Church is quite a grand 70 year traditional building.

The very extensive and first rate heritage museum is on the southern fringe of the town.

Gayndah is the sort of town that an overnight is recommended to do the visit justice.

Heritage diary 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course