Gin Gin

Population 888

Some of Queensland's oldest cattle properties surround this pastoral town south-west of Bundaberg. The district is known as 'Wild Scotchman Country' after James McPherson, Queensland's only authentic bushranger. His antics are re-enacted every March at the Wild Scotchman Festival.

Visitor Information

Cnr Mulgrave and Milden sts; (07) 4157 3060.

Nearby national parks

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  • Great Sandy National Park

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  • Noosa National Park

    The natural delights of Noosa National Park include spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife and wildflowers. Rocky headlands protect quiet...more

Nearby towns

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  • Childers

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  • Biggenden

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In Town

Historical Society Museum: displays memorabilia of pioneering past in 'The Residence' – a former police sergeant's house. The old sugarcane locomotive The Bunyip forms part of the historic railway display; open 8.30am–3.30pm Mon–Fri, 8.30am–12pm Sat, other times by appt; Mulgrave St.

Courthouse Gallery: fine-arts gallery in refurbished old courthouse; Mulgrave St.


Good Night Scrub National Park A dense remnant hoop pine rainforest in the Burnett Valley, this park is home to over 60 species of butterfly. Have a bush picnic at historic Kalliwa Hut, used during the logging days of the park. Drive up to One Tree Hill (4WD only) for a spectacular panoramic view over the area, on a clear day, all the way to Bundaberg. Turn-off is 10 km south of Gin Gin; (07) 4131 1600.

Lake Monduran: an excellent spot for watersports and fishing (permit from kiosk). Catch a barramundi or Australian bass, or walk the 6 km of tracks in the bush surrounds; 24 km NW.

Boolboonda Tunnel: longest non-supported tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere. It forms part of a scenic tourist drive; brochure available from visitor centre; 27 km W.

Mount Perry: small mining town, home to mountain-bike racing in June; 55 km SW.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Monduran 19 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

Lake Lenthall 74 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Dolphin tours around Hervey Bay 98 km

All year-round Blue Dolphin Marine Tours runs eco-tours to see the two species of dolphin in the area – the bottlenose, and the rare Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin. You have a 95 per cent chance of seeing the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Lake Monduran Holiday Park 17 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

Mouth of Baffle Creek camping area 54 km

Visitors to this park can camp behind the dunes, 2 km south of the beach access point. There are no facilities and it is recommended for self-sufficient campers only: bring everything. Beware of marine stingers... Find out more

Kinkuna camping area (bush camping) 58 km

Take your pick from 40 sandy sites behind the beach foredunes in the Kinkuna section. There are no facilities but open fires are allowed (except when fire bans apply). Bring drinking water. Note: the Woodgate–Palm... Find out more

Mitchell Creek camping area 60 km

Fantastic for fishing and wildlife-watching, the campground is accessible by 4WD or boat along Rules Beach; check tides and entry points before proceeding to the beach. There are no facilities so you’ll need to... Find out more

Bush camping areas 62 km

Bush camping is permitted anywhere throughout the bunya pines of Bulburin, but the most popular site is a former forestry barracks on Granite Creek Forest Rd. There are no facilities here besides a picnic platform, so... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 69 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

Burrum Point camping area 70 km

Whether you prefer swimming at the beach or boating on a river, you’re blessed with the choice of both at Burrum Coast National Park. The sandy camping area is just a short walk from the beach at Burrum Point, and... Find out more

Kalpowar camping area 71 km

This campground beside Crane Creek has plenty of grassy sites for camping beside your car, and also accommodates those with caravans and trailers. To get here from Monto, travel 37 km north-east on the... Find out more

Wreck Rock camping area 75 km

This small campsite behind the frontal dunes at the south-eastern end of Deepwater National Park has 14 sites for a maximum of 6 people each. It provides excellent beachfront camping with sand and woodchip surfaces and... Find out more

Wongi camping area 76 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

Lake Monduran Holiday Park 17 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

BIG4 Cane Village Holiday Park 38 km

This is a very good quality park on the western approach to the city, in a convenient location for an overnight stay and excellent for a longer visit. The Sugarland shopping centre is close by. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Glenlodge Caravan Village 42 km

This owner-operated park is 6 km south of the town centre and easily accessible, ideal for an overnight stay or as a base for a few days exploring the region. It has very good amenities. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Bargara Beach Caravan Park 54 km

This large, quality beachside tourist park is in a popular holiday destination. Snorkelling, diving and fishing are popular in the surrounding waters. Bargara is a small coastal community not far from Bundaberg. The Mon... Find out more

Woodgate Beach Tourist Park 63 km

In the centre of a small beachfront community and just across the road from a wonderful beach, this is a convenient and popular park with a relaxing coffee shop. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Burrum River Caravan Park 73 km

In a quiet location on the banks of the Burrum River, on the south side of Howard, and less than 1 km from the Bruce Highway this is an ideal park for a quiet rest away from the traffic and the beach bustle. There are... Find out more

Seventeen Seventy Camping Ground 92 km

It is hard to resist the excellent, absolute beachfront location of this council-owned park. Here in a subtropical hideaway it is almost possible to tie the dinghy up to the caravan. The popular park has good basic... Find out more

Wallace Motel & Caravan Park 95 km

This is a good quality park close to the city centre and on the banks of the Mary River. Access is easy from the southern approaches – just across the bridge. It is good value here and there is space for larger... Find out more

Fraser Lodge Holiday Park 98 km

Explore Hervey Bay, go whale-watching or relax and enjoy the pool, barbecues, and the ducks in the lake or have a game of tennis at this great park. Set in a quiet street, it is just a short walk to the beach and close... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Emeraldene Inn and Eco-Lodge, Hervey Bay 93 km

The 14 hotel-style rooms here, including two disabled rooms, have solar hot water and an envirocycle treatment system so that all sewage and greywater is treated and reused on site. The lodge has a solid environmental... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gin Gin rest area 2 km

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

Well off the highway under shady trees.

Wallum rest area 29 km

T/O to Bundaberg

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

Sharon rest area 31 km

T/O to Bundaberg

Just off the road among shady trees 34km east of the highway or 15km west of Bundaberg.

Apple Tree Creek rest area 38 km

At Apple Tree Creek

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

Granite Creek rest area 51 km

63km N of Gin Gin (R) or 36km S of Miriam Vale (L)

Well off the highway among some large trees.

Wongi camping area 77 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.

Bororen park area 95 km

At Bororen

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

What's on around town

Market: Historical Museum; Sat.

Jazz and Shiraz: Wonbah Winery; Aug.

Auto Machinery Show: Aug.

Cane Burning and Whipcracking Festival: Aug.

Didgeridoo Festival: Aug/Sept.

Santa Fair: Dec.

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