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Wondai - Cities, Towns and Localities
Part of the local government South Burnett Regional Council, Wondai is a charming town located in cattle and grain-growing country. Whilst Wondai was founded on the dairy and timber industries, today it plays hosts to a growing number of tourists, being at the heart of the South Burnett Wine and Food Trail, that encompasses Kingaroy to the east and Murgon, Redgate and Moffatdale to the west.

Just 10 km east of Wondai is the village of Tingoora. Wondai itself is located south of the Bunya Highway, being easily accessible by following the D'Aguilar Highway from Caboolture, the Brisbane Valley Highway through Esk, the New England Highway via Yarraman, the Burnett Highway via Gympie and the Bunya Highway via Dalby and Kingaroy.

The town is regularly served by the major bus services, including the Brisbane Bus Lines. Wondai also has an aerodrome.

Check out our listing of South Burnett 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 Discover the Magic - South Burnett - QueenslandSouth Burnett Visitor Information Centre - Wondai
Bunya Highway
WONDAI QLD 4606
Ph: 07 4168 3864
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Wondai Attractions

South Burnett Timber Industry Museum
• Wondai Visitor Information Centre • 80 Haly St, WONDAI QLD 4606 • Ph: 07 4168 5652 • Email
The Museum showcases the history of the South Burnett’s timber industry. There is the traditional timber structure flanked by life-size sculptures of a bullocky and his head bullocks, an old water-well and post-and-rail fence. On the eastern end of the building is the stainless steel silhouette of a timber cutter. Inside, the wagon camp diorama, complete with restored bullock wagon, captures the spirit of those involved in the felling and logging of timber in the early 1900s. Set against authentic wooden slabs and shingles, are displays of South Burnett timbers, artefacts and photos of the early timber industry in the region.

Forming part of the Visitor Information Centre, there is a well stocked Gift Shop that features locally produced woodcraft. In the Woodcrafters’ Workshop, constructed beside the Museum in 2003, local woodworkers regularly demonstrate their skills. There is a display of over 100 wooden mushrooms that highlight the variety of timbers available.
South Burnett Wine
The South Burnett wine region is Queensland's largest wine region, with wineries that have already won strings of awards at both the state and national shows. The site provides information about all the wineries, cellar doors and vineyards, that also include their opening hours, area under vine, grape varieties grown, types of wines produced, and particular features to look out for.

Information includes up-coming winery events. The site has printable maps of the South Burnett Wine Trail and the two sub-trails that make it up (the northern area around Moffatdale and the southern area around Nanango and Kingaroy).
Wondai Heritage Centre
• 80 Mackenzie St, WONDAI QLD 4606 • Ph: 07 4169 0987 • Email
• Open 10 am – 4 pm Mon / Tues / Wed / Fri (excluding public holidays) - or by prior arrangement
Part of the Museum comprises the original Wondai Hospital operating theatre, built in 1929. With Theatre Sister in attendance, straight jackets, tonsil snares, mouth gags and other ‘interesting’ items on display, along with medical machines such as cardiac, violet ray, skin scanner and diathermy, it is certainly worth a visit. Adjacent is a complete nursery set-up, with cot, bassinet, baby scales and clothes from a bygone era.

The Museum is also home to the town’s Manual Telephone Exchange and a 1924 Dennis fire engine, used to help fight the “Great Fire” at the Kingaroy peanut silos in 1951. The “Eric Radunz-Vince Miller Slab Barn”, complete with shingle roof, and a restored Cream Shed full of memorabilia relating to the dairy industry are also sited within the grounds. The “Vince Miller Collection”, comprising over 300 tools and artifacts, is another drawcard.  Among the articles in the War Memorial Cabinet is an historic bugle which was played at the Japanese First Army Surrender to the Australians aboard ‘HMAS Rockhampton’ in the Dutch East Indies in 1945.

There is a complete set of “South Burnett Times” dating from 1962 to present day. Records from a number of closed one-teacher schools in the shire and numerous local history books and individual stories are popular resources for those researching family histories etc.

The former Oddfellows Hall, built in 1932, also forms part of the Museum complex, displaying interesting household displays, as well as a barber’s shop, early dentist’s chair, lino-type machines and travelling film projectors pertaining to early businesses and entertainment venues in the town.

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Wondai Transport

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Wondai Distance

Distance to Wondai
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Wondai:
  Km
Brisbane 255
Cairns 1,523
Gympie 107
Kingaroy 31
  Km
Maroochydore 190
Murgon 15
Nanango 55
Noosa Heads 171
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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