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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 2,127 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 4606
LGA(s) South Burnett Region
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Localities around Wondai:
Chelmsford Wheatlands Ficks Crossing
Greenview ' Cherbourg
Tingoora Charlestown Charlestown

Wondai /ˈwɒnd/[2] is a town and locality in the South Burnett Region of Queensland, Australia.[3][4] The town is located to the south of the Bunya Highway, 241 kilometres (150 mi) north west of the state capital, Brisbane. In the 2011 census, Wondai had a population of 2,127 people.[1]


Butcher shop in Wondai, 1935
A funeral procession in Wondai, ca. 1915

The name Wondai is believed to be an aboriginal word from the Waka language derived from either watya meaning dingo (a native dog) or wandar meaning nape of the neck.[4]

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.[5]

At the 2006 census, Wondai had a population of 1,402.[6]


The South Burnett Regional Council operates a library in Wondai.[7]

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 (31 October 2012). "Wondai". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition]] (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ "Wondai (town) (entry 37889)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Wondai (locality) (entry 46282)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "24 HOURS OF SADNESS HITS THE SOUTH BURNETT". Just Racing. Phil Purser. 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2007. 
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wondai (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 October 2007. 
  7. ^ "Locate a Library - South Burnett Regional Council". South Burnett Regional Council. Retrieved 2016-02-26. 
  8. ^ "Boondooma Homestead (entry 600967)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

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