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by Di Hill (subscribe)
I love writing, taking photos, travelling and enjoying life. I have a BA of Adult and Vocational Teaching and a Master of Arts (Writing). My business card says Writer, Traveller, Camera Addict, and Bamboo Fan www.dihill.com.au
Published November 14th 2022
Visit the oldest town in Queensland
Gayndah, the "Orange Capital of Qld", is just over 330 kms north of Brisbane and is a fascinating place to visit.

Gayndah, oldest town, history, oranges, North Burnett, Burnett River,
The Big Orange


My ultimate destination was further north, so I stayed overnight in Gayndah to explore and take a break from driving. With my camera in hand, I wandered the town, feeling like I was back in time.

As you drive into Gayndah, the Big Orange welcomes you. You can stop there and enjoy refreshments. Behind the Big Orange is a great motel too!

Gayndah, claims to be the oldest town in Queensland. (Brisbane, populated early is not a town, but a city, so the story goes.)

Gayndah, oldest town, history, oranges, North Burnett, Burnett River,
The Gayndah Theatre


Just walking along the main street of the town will bring back many memories to seniors. It is like stepping back to our past. Some of the buildings including shops seem not to have changed for a long time. In some ways, it feels like a movie set.

The old Queenslander houses along the main street are great to see - great to know that such much of the history of the town is still there.



One place to visit is the Gayndah Museum - a great display of local history.

Gayndah, oldest town, history, oranges, North Burnett, Burnett River,
Bridge over the River Burnett


The Burnett River runs beside the town, and it is incredible to understand how much water fills the river when it floods into the town.

Gayndah, oldest town, history, oranges, North Burnett, Burnett River,
The Gayndah Museum


Of course, Gayndah is known not only for its remarkable history, but it is in the orange-growing centre of Queensland. Sadly, I arrived at the end of the season, and the only oranges were tiny baby fruit growing on the trees, preparing for the next season. Winter and early spring are the time to get your fill of the great oranges grown here.


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Why? Explore Queensland History
When: Any time - Orange season is winter - spring
Where: Burnett Highway, Gayndah
Cost: Free to visit
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Every small town has something to see, if we hop out of our cars and go for a walk. My husband and I love exploring the places along the way when we travel.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10118) 16 days ago
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