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Wondai is located in Queensland
The location of Wondai in Queensland
Coordinates 26°19′0″S 151°52′0″E / 26.31667°S 151.86667°E / -26.31667; 151.86667Coordinates: 26°19′0″S 151°52′0″E / 26.31667°S 151.86667°E / -26.31667; 151.86667
Population 1,402 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4606
LGA(s) South Burnett Region
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Flynn

Wondai /ˈwɒnd/[2] is a town in the South Burnett region of Queensland, Australia. The town is located to the south of the Bunya Highway, 241 kilometres (150 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane. At the 2006 census, Wondai had a population of 1,402.[1] Wondai is named for the local aboriginal word for dingo, or native dog.

Wondai was first settled in the 1850s and closer settlement took place in the early 1900s.

Important industries include beef, dairy, grains and duboisia, used in the production of the antispasmodic drug butylscopolamine. Growing in importance is the wine industry.

Attractions in Wondai include Boondooma Dam, an artificial lake formed by the damming of the Boyne River.

Wondai was also home to the legendary pacer Wondai's Mate.[3]

Heritage listings[edit]

Wondai has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Notable residents[edit]

Notable people from Wondai include


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wondai (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition]] (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ "24 HOURS OF SADNESS HITS THE SOUTH BURNETT". Just Racing. Phil Purser. 2004. Retrieved 2007-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Boondooma Homestead (entry 15742)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Wondai, Queensland at Wikimedia Commons

A funeral procession in Wondai, ca. 1915