"Gayndah: The oldest town in Queensland" Gayndah by cafank

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The oldest town in Queensland

Gayndah is located about 2 1/2 hours drive inland from the coastal cities of Bundaberg and Maryborough and about 360K's from Brisbane.

Gayndah was first settled in 1849 is said to be the oldest town in Queensland and it is has maintained some old fashioned charm. It is said that Gayndah was once even trying to be the capital of Queensland so there is a lot of history in this town.

Sheep and mining brought settlers into the area, but it was the rich volcanic soils and plenty of sunshine that set the area up as a prime citrus growing centre.

There is plenty to do for a day or more if you want to really experience the town and surrounding areas.

Heritage Listed buildings

There are many historic buildings lining the main street - representing Edwardian, Federation and Art Deco styles.

Several buildings have been heritage listed and a must see is Mellors Drapery which is one of the few builings in Australia which still uses a "flying fox" to deal with transactions. I didn't have my camera with me when I saw this wonderful contraption.

  • Last visit to Gayndah: Jan 2010
  • Intro Written Jan 26, 2010
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