Established in 1849, Gayndah was once considered a potential location for the state's capital city, losing out to Brisbane only because the Burnett River was too shallow. The local museum is a must-see highlight, offering a fantastic insight into early colonial life. Explore the range of historical artifacts and machinery that has been kept in working order. Stroll the streets in awe of the endless heritage listed buildings. As you walk, be sure to stop in at Mellors Drapery. This store is one of the few remaining in Australia that has continued to use a flying fox to communicate in-house.
The Gayndah Orange Festival is held every two years in June in celebration of the local citrus industry, so come and join the fun! Citrus is such a big part of local life, the tourist information centre is even inside an orange. If you aren't in town for the festival, Gaypak Factory allows small tours so you can see their unique citrus machinery in action.
The most popular activities for visitors to Gayndah are fishing and waterskiing in the Burnett River, followed by an afternoon session at the local bowling club. At sunset a short drive into the hills will give you spectacular views of the town, there are several lookouts in the nearby area. Don't miss Archers Lookout, Binjour Lookout and Mt Debatable, all just 10 minutes from the centre of town.
Driving a little bit further, Ban Ban Springs is a must see. Only 26 km south of Gayndah (on the Burnett Highway), it's the most popular picnic area for the locals. It's rare because it's one of the few natural springs in Queensland, and an excellent spot to relax over lunch. Back in town, there are plenty of cafes, a fantastic pie shop and a range of restaurants for you to try during your stay.
You will find Gayndah 366km northwest of Brisbane, and 144km west of Maryborough. It's a beautiful drive along peaceful highways out to this rural town. Sounds like a perfect destination? That's because it is. Book your Gayndah accommodation today and discover your own love for oranges!
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