Gin Gin

HISTORY OF GIN GIN

Gin Gin and its surrounds were originally settled by Europeans in 1847 when Gregory Blaxland and William Forster moved into the area. The site where the town of Gin Gin now stands was once part of the large Gin Gin Station, originally owned and operated by Sir Thomas McIlwraith (three times Premier of Queensland between 1879 and 1893).

The town's one brush with notoriety occurred on 30 March 1866 when one of Queensland's few authentic bushrangers, James Alpin McPherson, affectionately known as the 'Wild Scotsman', was captured on Monduran Station just 13 km north of the town.

Although McPherson is reputed to have rampaged through the Wide Bay area for nearly four years prior to his arrest, he managed to rob without violence. He was sentenced to twenty years gaol, served fifteen, and subsequently became a law abiding citizen. This has not stopped the town from celebrating the infamy of the 'Wild Scotsman'.

Today, Gin Gin consists of a picturesque large main street that straddles the national highway, with plenty of shady trees, flowerbeds and picnic benches in the median strip. Mulgrave Street is surrounded on either side by an eclectic blend of retail and service shops, convenience stores, food outlets, hotels and service stations, providing a vital lifeline to busy highway traffic. Gin Gin is also regarded as the north-western entrance to the Bundaberg region, providing visitors with the option to head towards the cosmopolitan provincial capital of Bundaberg and the seaside villages of the Coral Coast, or along the Bruce Highway to the cultural haven of Childers and nearby towns. The people of Gin Gin share a genuine spirit of hospitality that holds the area in good stead as a renowned highway stopover, and a unique country holiday destination in itself.

The Gin Gin area is located 51 kilometers west of Bundaberg, and is home to approximately 3,000 people. The area is home to a wide variety of stunning natural landscapes, including the Boolboonda Tunnel, the Southern Hemisphere's longest, unlined, unsupported train tunnel, as well as the Good Night Scrub and various fascinating local features draped in history. Nearby Lake Monduran is an extensive inland waterway with stunning connecting river systems and some of regional Australia’s best freshwater fishing, with Barramundi more active through the traditional warmer months.

Kolan Shire Council, once responsible for local government administration in the Gin Gin area, amalgamated with the Councils of the City of Bundaberg and Shires of Burnett and Isis in 2008 to form the Bundaberg Regional Council.

Lake Monduran

Lake Monduran is Queensland's third largest water storage and has the largest most southern fishing impondment for barramundi.  Popular with boaties and fisherman the lake offers a scenic spot for water activities and picnicing. 

The Lake Monduran Management Advisory Commitee is involved with stakeholders in Lake Monduran including the land owners around the Lakes, foreshore areas, SunWater, fisheries management and enforcement, fish stocking group, charter operators, tourist park leasee, chamber of commerce, tourism and Bundaberg Regional Council.

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