Named after the first pastoral property opened up in 1847 by Gregory Blaxland (who, along with William Lawson and William Wentworth, completed the first white crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813), Gin Gin now stands on part of that original station.
The property named Gin Gin was subsequently owned by Sir Thomas McIlwraith, three times Queensland premier. Just 52 km west of Bundaberg, the town and district are commonly known as Wild Scotsman Country in memory of James McPherson, often described as Queensland’s only dinkum bushranger. McPherson is reputed to have once written to the district newspaper correcting reports of his exploits.
The 193m Boolboonda Tunnel is the longest unsupported railway tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere, now disused. You can walk or cycle through the tunnel on a rail trail.
Twenty kilometres to the north of Gin Gin, Lake Monduran spreads over 5344ha and extends an open invitation to water-skiers and fisherman on the trail of barramuni, sooty grunter, golden and silver perch, saratoga and sleepy cod with which the waters are stocked.
The unspoiled lake surrounds are a wonderland for bush-walkers who find themselves on nodding terms with the local koalas and overlooking a lava flow laid down by a volcano 50 million years ago.