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    THE BIG ORANGE

    by balhannah Written Oct 5, 2013

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    Upon entering Gayndah, we made one of our first stops at the Big Orange! Really, how could we drive straight past such a tourist attraction!

    The entrance door was open as it is FREE ENTRY

    Inside the Big Orange, the walls are covered with lots of packing case labels belonging to the different growers of citrus fruit in the area. These are no longer used, but were good to have a look at.
    On other walls, there were very old photo's of Gayndah township that were quite interesting.

    There isn't a lot in here to see, but as it was "free" - to me it was worth a stop to remember those days, only for me, it was the packing case labels for Apples!

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    GAYNDAH JOCKEY CLUB

    by balhannah Updated Oct 5, 2013

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    Located in Capper Street next to the Memorial Hall, is the Gayndah Jockey Club memorial, featuring a Jockey on a horse.

    The Gayndah Racecourse is quite historic.
    It is the oldest course still in use in Queensland and is HERITAGE LISTED.
    It was where the first Ladies Side Saddle Race was run in 1880.
    It was first used in the 1850's, then became the home of the Queensland Jockey Club in 1861.
    The first Derby held in Queensland, was held here in 1868.

    Two race meetings are held a year.
    A FREE TAXI SERVICE is provided to and from the town area

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    LOCAL ARCHITECTURE

    by balhannah Written Oct 5, 2013

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    As Gayndah is a old town by Australian standards, it is a chance to see some styles of architecture from those days.
    I found the two Banks located in Capper street, to be very large beautifully maintained buildings, both built from wood. The first Bank opened in 1864. Note the ANZ Bank has wooden sun-shades over the side windows, quite common in those days - now we have canvas blinds!
    I also found a lovely Victorian Queenslander home with a nice wooden entrance porch, and a detailed wooden door which has a lock to stop people entering the verandah. This home was probably built in the mid-to-late 19th century as it features a series of architectural revival styles. The name "Victorian" refers to the reign of Queen Victoria, 20 June 1837–22 January 1901, during which period the styles known as Victorian were used in construction.

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    THE COURTHOUSE

    by balhannah Written Oct 5, 2013

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    Also along Capper Street and listed on the National Register, is the Gayndah Courthouse, built in 1928.
    This courthouse replaced an earlier brick courthouse building from the 1850's.

    Out the front, is a lead-light glass flower with the town clock on top, I imagine quite attractive when the sunlight catches it! Behind this,is a tiled wall with quite a few mosaics depicting local scenes, perhaps done by children but I'm not sure.
    It is here where the notice board is situated and it was loaded full of local information. Plenty of seating is nearby for those who wish to take a rest.

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    WALK CAPPER STREET - GAYNDAH

    by balhannah Written Oct 5, 2013

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    Gayndah's Capper Street, is the very wide main street through town. I walked the whole length of the street finding some interesting buildings along the way.

    The street has four sites listed on the Queensland heritage register.

    The first I came across, was the combination building of the Town's Council Chambers - The Soldiers Memorial Hall and the Town Hall Theatre, which is now the local Cinema. This building was erected in 1935, in memory of those who served in WWI.

    Nearby, was the War Memorial from 1921. I was looking at this and noticed a new, sad addition to the list, this of a young 21 year old Soldier who died in Hospital after a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan, in June 2013. He was to be married in November, 2013.
    The bomb blast killed another Soldier and their explosive detection dog, "Herbie."

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    GAYNDAH HISTORICAL MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Oct 5, 2013

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    As usual when entering a town, I am looking for the Visitor Information Service. I saw a Brown Tourist sign pointing to the centre and to the Gayndah Historical Museum.
    There was plenty of FREE PARKING infront of the combined centre, which is of buildings constructed to represent the early shops of Gayndah

    In the first room, where I paid my entrance fee, the Museum has marked the 2013 flood level - this was halfway up the door! What a mess they had to clean up before being able to open for business once again.

    The Museum contains a few old buildings that have been rebuilt, one being furnished with the furniture and appliances of the day! Others have all types of old furniture, clothing, washing machines, irons, lamps, crockery, photo's, Radios and lots of other bits and pieces of interest.

    The 1864 Georgian brick cottage in my 4th photo, was built on this actual site and was the first brick house to be built in Gayndah.
    Another building is a small part of the original Ban Ban Homestead which was built in 1860. On display is only one third of the original Ban Ban Homestead, named after the town "Ban Ban Springs," which is located near Gayndah.
    The very small Barambah School, complete with the old desks is a building the "seniors" reminisce about! No ruler across the knuckles or the 'cane' these days!
    Ideraway Homestead, built in 1850, is another in the Museum.

    A must see before leaving the Museum, is the freshwater Lungfish on display in the Information centre.
    Lungfish are a rare freshwater fish found only in Africa, South America and Australia, although once, they must have been found world-wide because of fossils have been found around the world. In Australia, the lungfish is only found in south-east Queensland. They are becoming rarer, although there still are plenty of lungfish found in the Burnett river at Gayndah.

    An excellent Museum, well worth a visit!

    MUSEUM OPEN from 9am to 4pm daily
    ADMISSION - ADULTS $5
    Museum and Visitor Information are together

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    MORE AT GAYNDAH HISTORICAL MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Oct 5, 2013

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    I found the Gayndah & District Historical Museum had a lot to see, that is without me crossing the road to see all the machinery! The Museum also holds Steam Days during the year. All the machinery is in full working order.

    Some pieces, like the Grandfather clock on display, was made long before Australia was settled by Europeans! After looking inside, there was plenty more to see outside, like the Leyland truck from 1913, and the 1896 Ban Ban buggy, a Tractor dating from 1903 and a Bessemer truck built during World War 1 and believed to be the only one of its kind left in Australia is one of the highlights of the collection
    The Railway Ambulance was interesting, even though it was still being restored from flood damage.

    SOME UNIQUE PIECES ON DISPLAY.....
    I bet you didn't know there were so many kinds of barbed wire used on farms, that is unless your from the country. These were all on display!
    Have you seen a Gas Mask from WWI?.....Old style Telephones? .....Old Wheel- chairs?....
    A cheque printer or perhaps a Calculator? or a Filing system?......

    If not, come here for a look! It is cheap and is full of historical items that you may not find elsewhere!
    I loved and laughed at some of the old style bits and pieces I saw!

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    VIEW THE BURNETT RIVER

    by balhannah Written Oct 5, 2013

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    Coming by car along the Country Way from Ban Ban Springs to Gayndah, we passed the Town entrance sign and then pulled into a large carpark in a Park located beside the Burnett River.
    We pulled into here to see what the River looked like after the major floods in January 2013, when ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald and associated monsoon trough caused widespread severe storms and flooding at Gayndah.
    We had a good view both ways of the Burnett River from here. We could see the flattened trees, the bridge into Gayndah, and even a chair or two sitting nearly at the top of some!
    A good place for a nice view of the river.

    Interested in fishing?
    Types found in the Burnett River at Gayndah are native eel-tail Catfish, fork-tail Catfish, Lungfish, Spangled Perch, Australian Bass, Yellowbelly, Barramundi and the occasional Silver Perch.

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    Gayndah Windmill

    by cafank Written Jun 27, 2010

    A memorial windmill can be found just behind the main street, next to a park.

    Interesting for the kids - a bit of history is written about it on the attached sign.

    There are many of these windmills working in the district, you will see them as you are driving along the highways and especially the back roads.

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    Visit the Big Orange

    by cafank Written Jun 27, 2010

    The Big orange is a good place for a rest stop as you are travelling the Burnett Highway.

    There are sumptious teas, local coffee and of course fresh orange drinks available.

    There are a lot of local crafts to be seen - and purchased - and a rather eclectic range of gifts.

    You can buy any of the local orange varieties when in season.

    There is also quite a bit of local tourist information available with brochures and cards etc.

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