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Gin Gin / Lake Monduran - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located on the Bruce Highway, and just 45 km west of Bundaberg and 370 km north of Brisbane is the rural based Kolan Shire and the town of Gin Gin.

The Gin Gin district is nicknamed ‘Wild Scotsman Country’ after one of Queensland’s few bushranger James Alpin McPherson. Mcpherson was also known as the ‘Wild Scotsman’ and would laid in wait for the mail delivery. He was captured on 30 March, 1866 at Monduran Station, just 13 km north of the town. After serving 15 years of his 20 year sentence, McPherson subsequently became a law abiding citizen. His infamy is now celebrated as the ‘Wild Scotsman Festival’.

Just 19 km north of Gin Gin, Lake Monduran has long been known by local fisherman as an excellent fishery aided by the restocking program carried out by the Monduran Anglers and Stocking Assoc. Today there is a commercial campground and an annual Barramundi Fishing Competition usually held in October each year.

Check out our listing of Gin Gin accommodation, Capricorn Coast accommodation and Central West accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Gin Gin Visitor Information Centre
Mulgrave Street
Ph: 07 4153 8888
Fax: 07 4153 8880
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Gin Gin Attractions

Boolboonda Tunnel
• Located on the road to Mount Perry, about 32 km west of Gin Gin is the longest unsupported man-made tunnel in the southern hemisphere. The tunnel was cut through solid rock and earth, stretching for some 192 metres, for the trains that carried copper from the Mount Perry mines to Bundaberg. This engineering feat was built during 1883-1884. The railway line that ran through the tunnel ceased operations in 1962. The tunnel has now become home to bats, and is still open to the public to drive or walk through.
Gin Gin Historical Society Museum
• 85 Mulgrave St, GIN GIN QLD 4671 • Ph: 07 4157 3099 • Fax: 07 4157 3088 • Email
• Mon - Fri / 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (subject to volunteer availability)
• Sat / Sun (open by prior arrangement)
• The museum houses the district’s pioneering memorabilia.
Lake Monduran
• Located just 20 km north of Gin Gin is this popular fishing and camping spot. Located on the Kolan River system, the lake has a surface area of some 5,300 ha and a depth of 11 metres. The stock impoundment provides for number of fish species including Bass, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Sooty Grunter, Saratoga and Barramundi.
Sweet Memories Lavender Farm
• 422 Mooney Rd, GAETA QLD 4671 • Ph: 07 4156 3424 • Email
• Discover the unforgettable timeless fragrance of sweet lavender. Visitors can take a stroll through the beautifully landscaped two hectares of lavender, browse the fragrant range of natural products from the lavender cart. Sweet Memories Lavender Farm is located just 53 km north-west of Gin Gin, along the Bruce Highway, just past Kolonga.
Wonbah Estate Winery and Vineyards
• 302 Wonbah Rd, WONBAH via GIN GIN QLD 4671 • Ph: 07 4156 3029 • Mobile: 0418 450 708 • Email
• Opening times: check our website
• Spend a day touring Wonbah Estate and the surrounding area. We welcome you to step back in time. Stroll through the enchanting vineyards where we grow six varieties of grapes including Verdelho, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ruby Cabernet and Muscat. We encourage you to bring a picnic and immerse yourself in the harmonious rolling hills and picturesque surroundings which is Wonbah Valley. Sample for yourself the Wonbah Estate wines, rich, ripe flavour, with those great melon and pineapple undertones that everyone raves about. Good fruit, a modern fully equipped winery open for your inspection and the best winemaker in Queensland all combine to bring you exceptional wines.
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Gin Gin Events

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The Burning of the Cane at Gin Gin
• Ph: 07 4157 2142
• August
• The event of the year at Gin Gin is the Burning of the Cane, so gather a party of friends and make your way out to the country for a great day out. The markets will be in full swing from early in the morning. There will be a whip cracking and a cane cutting competition. Stay to watch the cane being burnt in the late afternoon and enjoy a sausage sizzle. An enjoyable day for the whole family.
Gin Gin Annual Car and Machinery Show
• Ph: 07 4157 2899
• Annual event held in August
• Come and enjoy the annual event - sled pulling by tractors and a car gymkhana. There will also be static displays of vintage cars, modern cars, trucks and tractors as well as vintage machinery throughout the day. Food and craft stalls will be available, as well as entertainment for the children, and a great day should be enjoyed by all.
Gin Gin Gin & District Historical Society's “Wild Scotchman Country Markets”
• 85 Mulgrave St, GIN GIN • Mobile: 0411 217 040 • Fax: 07 4157 3088 • Email
• Weekly event held on Saturdays
• A country market with numerous stalls offering fresh local produce, craft, bric-a-brac, craft of all variety, clothing, jewellery, bric-a-brac, plus much more.
Stomping of the Grapes • Jazz and Shiraz • Country Rock on Easter Sunday
• Wonbah Estate Winery and Vineyards
• 302 Wonbah Rd, WONBAH via GIN GIN QLD 4671 • Ph: 07 4156 3029 • Email
• Stomping of the Grapes (February); Jazz and Shiraz (2nd Sunday in August); Country Rock (Easter Sunday) - bookings essential
• Come and enjoy the fun of the Stomping of the Grapes in February, Jazz and Shiraz on the 2nd Sunday in August, and Country Rock on Easter Sunday. All Annual events are subject to changes in dates and times so please confirm the details by calling the winery.
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Gin Gin Distance

Distance to Gin Gin
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Gin Gin:
• Agnes Water 125
• Biloela 121
• Boyne Island 24
• Brisbane 532
• Bundaberg 216
• Cairns 1,175
• Isla Gorge NP 277
• Miriam Vale 68
• Monto 156
• Moura 187
• Tannum Sands 25
• Theodore 225
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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• Gin Gin Maps
Bing Maps - Gin Gin, QLD
Google Maps - Gin Gin QLD 4671
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