About Us

At the heart of Queensland’s Citrus Country, Gayndah settled in 1849, is the oldest town in Queensland.

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“Welcome to Gayndah Oldest Town in Queensland” sign that greets our visitors to Gayndah. Photo courtesy Jason Cooper.

Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail (GHRRT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Gayndah District Railway for future generations.

GHRRT was established on the 28th April 2014 after a public meeting was called to express interest in preserving the local railway history.

GHRRT is dedicated to preserving and cherishing the history of the Gayndah District Railway and is committed to transform the oldest town in Queensland into a promising family friendly tourist destination.

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View of Capper Street (main street) in the Oldest town of Queensland. Photo courtesy David Wilson Images.
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The main street of Gayndah is separated by an island of shade trees. Photo courtesy David Wilson Images.
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The “Big Orange” is a favourite hot spot for the visitors to Gayndah. Photo courtesy Jason Cooper.

Exciting static rollingstock displays and a rail trail will be offered as well as other forms of tourism such as sport, art, cuisine, adventure and agriculture.

Gayndah is located two hours from the coastal cities of Bundaberg and Maryborough, located on Highway 17.

Gayndah offers an authentic country experience with a variety of relaxing and interesting attractions. The town is attractive with well-presented colonial buildings.

The Gayndah Historical Museum, was developed around an old 1864 Georgian Cottage. The Gayndah Museum Steam Days showcase the attention paid to maintaining the past and are held regularly throughout the year on selected days. All remnants of machinery are in full working order.

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Gayndah and District Historical Museum is a must to the visitor. Photo courtesy David Wilson Images.
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Colonial cottages make for an impressive photo opportunity. Photo courtesy David Wilson Images.
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Gayndah and District Historical Museum with an impressive restored steam engine and machinery. Photo courtesy David Wilson Images.

A unique collection of early designed railway bridges offer the railway enthusiast an insight into early bridge structure and engineering.

Abbot Creek concrete viaduct bridge in November 2014 located between Gayndah and Ideraway. Photo courtesy Jason Cooper.
Abbot Creek concrete viaduct bridge in November 2014 located between Gayndah and Ideraway. Photo courtesy Jason Cooper.

The area’s undulating countryside offers several lookouts including Archer’s Lookout, Binjour Lookout and Mt Gayndah, with views over the citrus orchards, Burnett River and rural countryside. Relaxing country drives offer secluded picnic spots beside billabongs and pastures bring the scent of a hundred thousand citrus trees in the air.

View of Gayndah and the Burnett River from McConnells Lookout in June 2015 . Photo courtesy Jason Cooper.
View of Gayndah and the Burnett River from McConnells Lookout in June 2015 . Photo courtesy Jason Cooper.