Roadside fruit and vegetable stall, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 1820

Gayndah, in the Capricorn region, is one of Queensland's oldest towns. Founded in 1849, it was once competing with Brisbane and Ipswich to be the state's capital. Main Street's heritage buildings and landscaped gardens illustrate the long history of the town, which is now central to a rich citrus-growing industry.

Visitor Information

Museum and Information Centre; 3 Simon St; (07) 4161 2226

Nearby national parks

  • Cania Gorge National Park

    Cania Gorge, a dramatic landscape of gullies, caves and spectacular 70-metre-high sandstone cliffs, is the centrepiece of this national park...more

  • Bunya Mountains National Park

    The Bunya Mountains hosted important gatherings for the Waka Waka tribe and up until the late 1800s local and neighbouring Aboriginal groups...more

  • Great Sandy National Park

    Great Sandy National Park encompasses World Heritage–listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world; nearby Woody Island;...more

Nearby towns

  • Mundubbera

    Mundubbera is on the banks of the Burnett River and is a major citrus-growing area in Queensland. Fruit pickers flock to the town in the...more

  • Biggenden

    This agricultural town south-west of the city of Bundaberg, known as the 'Rose of the Burnett', is proud of its impressive range of roses in...more

  • Murgon

    Murgon, known as 'the beef capital of the Burnett', is one of the most attractive towns in southern Queensland. Settlement dates from 1843,...more

In Town

Historical Museum An award-winning museum with several historic buildings, displays, photographs and memorabilia that illustrate the town's changing history from small settlement to thriving agricultural centre – a highlight is a restored 1864 cottage. There is also an interesting display on the lungfish and its link between sea and land animals. Simon St.


Lookouts: several in area offering views over Burnett Valley; closest to town is Archers Lookout, atop the twin hills 'Duke and Duchess' overlooking town.

Claude Warton Weir: excellent spot for fishing and picnics; 3 km W.

Ban Ban Springs: natural springs and picnic area; 26 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Boondooma 56 km

Situated on the Boyne River to the west of Bjelke Petersen Dam, this lake is about 15 km from Proston. Since its construction in 1983, a variety of species have been stocked here. Australian bass, silver perch and... Find out more

Wuruma Dam 80 km

Situated 35 km north of Eidsvold, this 18 sq km little-known water contains Australian bass, barramundi, saratoga, silver perch, yellowbelly and sleepy cod. A Stocked Impoundment Permit is required. There is a large... Find out more

Lake Monduran 87 km

Lake Monduran is near Gin Gin, a four-hour drive north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway. Although it appears narrow, it has a surface area of 53 sq km and a holding capacity of 585 900 ML of water, which is about 1.6... Find out more

Bjelke Petersen Dam 89 km

Lake Barambah is a 22 sq km water about 15 km south-east of Murgon. It is regarded as one of the state’s best waters for big bass, but also has yellowbelly, silver perch and saratoga. It is relatively shallow for a... Find out more

Lake Lenthall 96 km

Anyone who has read about the barramundi boom in Queensland’s impoundments will know about lakes like Awoonga, Faust and Callide. But there are many, less- known waters that also offer excellent fishing, and one of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 45 km

Bush camping is permitted at Mt Walsh for self-sufficient campers; no facilities are provided. It is recommended that walkers bring along a topographic map and compass. Campers are required to meet with the park ranger... Find out more

Lake Boondooma Caravan and Recreation Park 55 km

An angler’s paradise, the lake camping area features powered sites, hot showers, a dump point and laundry facilities. Other facilities include a kiosk, playground, tennis court and boats for hire. The site is 20 km... Find out more

Auburn River camping area 57 km

On the northern bank of the Auburn River, this site has 5 camping clearances close to bushwalking tracks. Don’t drink the river water; the tank water available on site must be treated or boiled, and you need to... Find out more

Tolderodden Conservation Park camping area (bush camping) 59 km

This grassy site beside the river has good accessibility for all types of vehicles. Tank water is available but should be boiled or treated before drinking. Bring your own firewood, as collecting wood in the park is not... Find out more

Wuruma Dam camping area 78 km

Well stocked with perch, bass and saratoga, Wuruma Dam is an angler’s paradise. The dam is also popular for a range of watersports: canoeing, sailing, swimming and waterskiing. The area is 48 km north-west of... Find out more

Yallakool Caravan Park on Bjelke-Petersen Dam 84 km

Outdoor movies and friendly tennis competitions might not be typical tourist park activities, but Yallakool offers more bang for your buck. Situated 13 km south-east of Murgon, there are sheltered swimming areas, good... Find out more

Lake Monduran Holiday Park 87 km

A fantastic spot for big barramundi fishing, Lake Monduran is 20 km north-west of Gin Gin and 4.5 km east of the Bruce Hwy. The campground, on Claude Wharton Dr, has free wireless internet, laundry facilities, a kiosk,... Find out more

Wongi camping area 95 km

Chill down with a dip in the beautiful waterholes at Wongi, but note that fishing is not allowed and jumping or diving is not recommended. There is conventional vehicle access and plenty of space for caravans, motorhomes... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Barambah Bush Caravan Park 79 km

This is a bush area with a caravan park. There are good facilities and several kilometres of bushwalking trails. Bookings required at peak periods and a minimum-length stay at Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Yallakool Caravan Park on Bjelke-Petersen Dam 84 km

This is a large park on the shores of the Bjeilke-Petersen Dam. Modern extensions have seen the installation of ensuite sites. It is an ideal location for breaking the journey, catching up on some rest or catching a... Find out more

Lake Monduran Holiday Park 87 km

Lake Monduran is a stocked impoundment, very popular with anglers; a fishing permit, available at the kiosk, is required. The park has good facilities and is a great place for an overnight stay, easily accessible from... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Apple Tree Creek rest area 77 km

At Apple Tree Creek

Just off the highway under shady trees. On the south side of town.

Gin Gin rest area 80 km

2km N of Gin Gin (R) or 97km S of Miriam Vale (L)

Well off the highway under shady trees.

Wallum rest area 88 km

T/O to Bundaberg

Just off the road among shady trees 18km north-east of the highway or 28km south-west of Bundaberg.

Wongi camping area 96 km

T/O 36km N of Tiaro (L) or 42km S of Childers (R)

Secluded bush setting 10km (unsealed) west of the highway in Wongi State Forest.

Petrie rest area 97 km

T/O 1km N of Tiaro (L) or 81km S of Childers (R)

Small secluded area 1km west of the highway on a riverbank.

Tiaro camping area 98 km

At Tiaro

Just off the highway via Inman St. Facilities at adjacent town park.

What's on around town

Market: Jaycees Park; 1st Sun each month.

Show: Apr.

Orange Festival: odd-numbered years, June.

Triathlon: Oct.

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