Gin Gin located 370 km northwest of Brisbane and 50 km west of Bundaberg, and the southern start of Central Queensland, Gin Gin is the perfect example of a town which has survived and flourished because of its location on the Bruce Highway travelling beteewn Brisbane to Cairns, and is also known as the town that’s half way to everywhere because of its central location.
Gin Gin and the surrounding district in the Kolan Shire have their own attractions that make this area worthwhile to visit. So don’t just drive straight through. If you’re looking for a friendly place to stay, Gin Gin will meet you more than half way! In fact, the Gin Gin won a “friendliest town in Queensland” award, and still lives up to the title.
Convenience is greatly appreciated by people travelling on the road, and at Gin Gin you can access fuel, food and toilets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and for people who are towing caravans, Gin Gin also has to be the easiest spot to park along the entire Bruce highway.
Enjoy the sight and fragrance of a lavender farm, taste local wines at boutique wineries and see olive farms in Gin Gin's picturesque area. The small of Tirroan and Wallaville also have their own attractions, so put them on your list of places to visit during a drive of the local district.
The Historical Village of Gin Gin is situated at the old railway station on the intersection of the Bruce Highway and the Bundaberg Road, has a great Saturday market where you can buy crafts and fresh produce.
Gin Gin area originally settled by Europeans in 1847 when Gregory Blaxland and William Forster moved into the area, and the site where the town stands today was once part of the huge Gin Gin Station, owned by Sir Thomas McIlwraith, three times Premier of Queensland between 1879-93.
Queensland’s only authentic bushranger, James Alpin McPherson, known as the 'Wild Scotsman', who was captured on Monduran Station north of the town, although James McPherson is reputed to have rampaged through the Wide Bay area for nearly four years, he managed to rob without violence. This has not stopped the people of Gin Gin from capitalising on his infamy, as each year in March, Gin Gin hold the 'Wild Scotsman' Festival.
Impressive is Gin Gin Museum which consists of a delightful old slab barn called 'Euston Barn' and a building which houses local memorabilia called, 'The Residence'. The Gin Gin Museum is open on Wednesdays and Sundays between 2.00pm-4.00pm but can be opened on request by contacting (07) 4177 2239.
To the west of Gin Gin on the road to Mount Perry see the pioneering masterpiece of the Boolboonda Tunnel, the longest unsupported man-made tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere. Explore the largest natural hoop pine forest in Australia, or fish for barramundi at Lake Monduran, barramudi well over a metre long have been caught in the lake, so you might want to stay over to give yourself lots of time to catch yorself a Burramundi or bass. There is no closed season at the lake Monduran, although different limits apply at different times of the year, fishing permit is required.
Enjoy the bushland surroundings of Gin Gin and walk along some of the trails. Further afield, the Goodnight Scrub National Park also offers the opportunity to do some bushwalking and rewards you with views of Paradise Dam.