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Eidsvold, beef capital of the Burnett, is named after 'Eidsvoll' in Norway. The area was first settled in 1848 and with the discovery of gold in 1887 became a populous centre for miners. Indigenous communities lived in the area before European settlement and continue to rediscover their traditions today with a strong presence. Cattle, timber, citrus and vegetable crops are the backbone of this rural economy.
The area offers wide open spaces, friendly locals, country drives and a relaxing stop along the Australia's Country Way.
Eidsvold's past can be seen in the slab homestead "Knockbreak" built in the late 1850s which is part of the Eidsvold Historical Complex. There is a 'railway siding' with examples of rolling stock and cottages, the Duncan & Schultz collection of bottles, pioneering tools and memorabilia and the George Schafer Collection, a superb display of one man's lifetime collection of rocks, gems, bottles and unusual items.
A visit to the RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre in Eidsvold is a must do. Before RM Williams became famous through his clothing and leatherwork stores he spent decades in the Eidsvold district practicing his trade in cattle. Purpose built to honour this great Australian, showcasing his skills and achievements, and bring his passion for bush tradition to life. The Centre provides a window into a history full of inspirational stories, of real people and their contribution to our remarkable past. Here you can learn of traditional and contemporary bush ways and soak up our local rural and indigenous history.
RM had a profound respect for the Aboriginal people with whom he lived and worked and local aboriginal culture is reflected in the Centre's Exhibition Gallery and Exhibition Hall.
Wuruma Dam nearby offers fishing and recreation. The Ceratodus Rest area just north of town offers an insight into the area's past with historic photos on display.
A shortcut from Eidsvold through the Mount Perry area, Gin Gin and into Bundaberg offers all sealed roads.