Gayndah is the oldest town in Queensland and located on the Burnett River. Meaning “thunder” in Aboriginal, Gayndah was established in 1849 to support local sheep graziers. In 1892, industry switched to citrus fruit when local farmers realised the fertility of the Burnett River floodplain. Today, Gayndah heads Queensland’s citrus industry and proudly claims to be “The Orange Capital of Queensland”. Other local industries include forestry, grazing, grapes, peanuts and fishing. Gayndah offers a peaceful country lifestyle without forfeiting convenience or comfort.
The Gayndah Hospital provides outpatients, accident & emergency, chronic inpatient, aged care, respite care, palliative care, radiology (limited) and pathology services as well as onsite helipad access in their 23 bed facility.
Psychiatric and orthopaedic clinics are also available.
The numerous allied and community health services available include physiotherapy, dietetics, speech pathology, occupational therapy, social work, mental health, child & youth mental health, school based youth health, child health, Indigenous health, child protection liaison officer, needle and syringe program, Lighten Up Program and antenatal care as well as alcohol, tobacco & other drug services.
Outreach services consist of diabetes education through GP links, women’s health, rural women’s health, clinical psychology, breast screening, women’s support service, hearing clinics and podiatry.
HACC provides home care, maintenance, transport, social support and Meals on Wheels to the aged.
As “Orange Capital of Queensland” Gayndah pays tribute to the citrus fruit with a weekend festival. The biennial Gayndah Orange Festival is a family-friendly weekend including a Gala Ball, crowning of the Orange Festival Queen, carnival, citrus packing competition, float procession, street entertainers, art show, market stalls, live entertainment, international cuisine, museum displays and wheelie bin challenge. Its a weekend the entire community looks forward to.
The area's undulating countryside offers views over the citrus orchards, Burnett Valley and rural countryside from several lookouts including Archer's Lookout, Binjour Lookout and Mt Gayndah. Bring a picnic and unwind. Summer storms may spoil your view though. Avoid sightseeing in January as it claims the highest
rainfall for the year, averaging 112 millimetres for the month.
Don’t miss the museum on Steam Day! Housing an extensive collection of vintage vehicles, the Gayndah Museum regularly holds “steam days” through out the year where antiquated machines come alive again in a puff of cloud.