Gayndah Things to Do
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 ENTRYInside 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 GayndahIn the first room, where I paid my entrance...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
THE BIG ORANGE: GOANNA HILL CHILLI SAUCES
Not only is there the Big Orange, but also a Café and Souvenir shop.
Devonshire teas can be bought here and other foods and drinks.
What I liked, was the huge selection of Chilli Sauces. They are not for me, but I thought what a good gift one these would make!
I must say the mind boggled when I read some of the names!
These were the 'HOT' ones - Dragon's Breath, Habanero Firestorm, Lucifer's Lick, Tongue Torture, Tomato Chilli Sauce and Green Flame.
FRUIT FLAVOURS INCLUDED.... Coconut Chilli, Lime Chilli, Mango Chilli, Mulberry Chilli, Paw Paw Chilli and Orange Chilli, all of which are made with cayenne chillis, these are not as hot.
The Goanna Hill Chilli Sauce is home grown and hand made with out chemicals.
Sauces a can be bought at the Big Orange, Gayndah, Flores @ Bargara Windmill, Kazza's Kafe @ Gin Gin and The Star Roadhouse @ Miriam Vale.
The sauces can be found at Calliope Markets and Tannum Sands Markets.Related to:
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- Food and Dining
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Gayndah Local Customs
Gayndah is situated 366kms from Brisbane and is located in the centre of the Citrus growing area of Queensland. Each year, Backpackers are required to help with picking Citrus, Grapes and pruning.The weather during the harvest season (April - September) can vary and wet weather gear and warm bedding are needed in the colder parts of the...more
Now, if your not from Australia and are visiting some country towns, then your sure to come across a building painted in white and blue, with CWA written in capital letters.The letters stand for "THE COUNTRY WOMENS ASSOCIATION." The ladies of Gayndah would come here for meetings and to learn arts & crafts, drama, music, public speaking, cooking,...more
What I love when visiting areas like Gayndah, is buying fresh fruit from the roadside stalls. As Gayndah is situated in the centre of the biggest Citrus fruit growing area in Queensland, we found fresh Oranges & Lemons for sale on the Roadside Stalls. These are so much nicer than shop bought ones because the fruit is allowed to ripen on the tree,...more
Gayndah Warnings and Dangers
THREE CORNED JACKS
This warning is about a noxious weed known as a "three corned jack.
When we stopped at the River lookout, I came across this annual plant which has spiny fruit or jacks.
Luckily, I had shoes on, otherwise I would have been in quite a bit of pain as the "jack" would have entered the sole of my foot or shoes if I had trodden on it. Which ever way the "jack" lands, there is always a point standing upwards!
My photo unfortunately doesn't show the "jacks," only what the plant is like. As you can see, it is a spreading plant.
The website gives you an idea of what they look like.Related to:
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