The incongruity of finding a town with a Norwegian name in the Burnett River country of central Queensland is explained by migration.
The area was first settled in 1848 by the Scottish Archer brothers, Charles and Thomas, who migrated to Australia from Norway, to where their parents had moved in 1825.
Eidsvold’s halcyon days followed the discovery of gold in 1887 and the region kept producing ore for more than 60 years before the precious stuff ran out.
Today, the town the Archer brothers named for their parent’s adopted homeland is the commercial centre for prime beef producers.
The Burnett Highway town’s features include the Eidsvold Historical Complex, with its railway siding complete with rolling stock and Knockbreak Homestead, a timber slab cottage built in the 1850s.
The complex also embraces the Duncan and Shultz collection of bottles, pioneering tools and memorabillia, and the George Schafer collection of rocks, gems and bric-a-brac.
The nearby Waruma Dam is a playground for swimmers, sailors and water-skiers.