About 30km north of Kingaroy, Wondai is at the centre of some extensive gem-fossicking sites in an area best known these days for its peanut and naval bean production. The town boasts its own, fascinating museum.
Boondoona Dam is a popular picnicking and water sports spot to the north-west of Wondai, while the Bjelke-Petersen Dam lies just to the east of town. The Gumnut Place at Murgon, just a few minutes drive to the north, features craft work and collectibles.
At Kingaroy itself, there’s plenty to see and do - the Bicentennial Heritage Museum is certainly worth a look, and you can also tour the peanut silos here and learn all there is to know about the production, harvesting and processing of this most versatile of crops.
The district also claims the dubious title of 'Baked Bean Capital of Australia' and delights in its most famous living citizen - that most colourful former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.