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Forty minutes north of Bundaberg city is Gin Gin, nestled on the Bruce Highway. Lovely gardens divide the wide streets and historic buildings are a reminder of Queensland's pioneering past. Visitors can explore the natural rural countryside and fields of sugarcane with vineyards and olive groves emerging as new horticultural industries.
Just 15 minutes drive out of Gin Gin is Lake Monduran, providing a relaxing waterside location - popular for fishing and camping. Australia's premier sportfish, the mighty Barramundi can be caught here most of the year. It can grow to 1.8 metres and its weight extends to the heavyweight division. As a fighter, it is a champion!
While in the area, a visit to the natural phenomenon of the Mystery Craters is a must see! The 35 oddly shaped craters have remained the subject of much controversial discussion since the discovery in 1971.
The Goodnight Scrub National Park offers wilderness camping and panoramic drives over unsealed roads. Nearby Mt Perry township and Boolboonda Tunnel provide a scenic look into the region's mining past and present.
An interesting reminder of the checkered history of Gin Gin is on display in the museum, as the road winds down into the town area which was settled by Europeans back in 1847. On the left are the extensive outdoor attractions of the historical complex while an old Queenslander building on the property houses thousands of historical artefacts.
One of the cells from the Police sergeant's residence has vivid reminders of the Bushranger, James McPherson, colloquially called the 'Wild Scotchman' who roamed the region in the 1860's.
If you are in the region on a Saturday, make time to drop into the Wild Scotchman Country Markets for local produce and handmade, crafty discoveries.