Founded on the Burnett River in 1848, Gayndah lays claim to being Queensland’s oldest country town and was once a strong contender along with Brisbane and Ipswich for selection as the state capital, but the village had to wait until 1892 to forge its destiny.
That was the year William Seeney planted the first orchard of oranges and mandarins, which have since become the backbone of the state’s Citrus Capital.
Since 1957, Gayndah has celebrated its dependence on the groves that encircle the town with an Orange Festival which is held in June of every odd year.
The Historic Centre in Simon Street includes the 1864 cottage built for shopkeeper Alexander Walker, the old Baramba Creek School, and part of the Ban Springs homestead.
Gayndah is an attractive town with floral median strips dividing wide streets which are lined with well-preserved colonial buildings. The historical museum features one of the oldest Georgian cottages in the state and has a rare collection of antique, working farm equipment.