The highlight of each year at Jondaryan is the nine day Australian Heritage Festival which is held at the end of August. During this period people come from all over Australia to display traditional bush crafts and the machinery in this remarkable Jondaryan Woolshed museum complex all becomes operational.
Jondaryan’s Famous ‘Jondaryan Woolshed’
Located on the eastern Darling Downs 172 km west of Brisbane and 43 km from Toowoomba the town itself is no more than a hotel, a few shops, and a few houses which recreates a 19th century Queensland rural township. Outside the shire office is a life-size bronze horse cast of the famous racing horse Bernborough born in the area
It was first settled by Charles Coxon in 1842 and named after the Aboriginal word 'Jondooyan' which was the name given to a waterhole in the Oakey creek. The arrival of the railway in 1868 did much to increase the population of the town which rose to about 350 people before World War 1 and the town sent 57 young men off to war in 1914.
The town now exists mainly to direct traffic towards the Jondaryan Woolshed Tourist Complex.
Built in 1859 Jondaryan Woolshed is the centrepiece of Jondaryan Woolshed Historical Museum and Park that was established in 1975 to present the history of Jondaryan Station and its role in the development of pastoralism on the Darling Downs.
It features historic buildings, machinery, equipment and collections, which have been obtained and restored over the past 25 years.
The highlight of each year at Jondaryan is the nine day Australian Heritage Festival which is held at the end of August. During this period people come from all over Australia to display traditional bush crafts and the machinery in this remarkable museum complex all becomes operational.
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia