When I was at school, I was a cellist in the Bundaberg Youth Orchestra. Every second year we would go on a tour of the Great South East, entertaining rural country towns with rather talented albeit small orchestra.
In 2009, whilst on tour, we visited the Jondaryan Woolshed. Actually, we were lucky enough to be able to perform for the farm staff and local townspeople inside the woolshed. It was truly magical to play amongst the wooden beams and hay bales. Since then, I have been back as a day visitor as well as an overnight camper. And let me tell you, the damper improves each and every time.
Located on an idyllic property, about 30 minutes outside of Toowoomba or for the city slickers, a 2.5 hour drive from Brisbane, the Jondaryan Woolshed is the perfect school holiday family adventure, an education day trip for the eager student, a romantic backdrop for a wedding or an ideal mini break away from the busy city.
Steeped in history dating back over 150 years, the Woolshed measures 91 metres long and back in the day, 3000 sheep could be processed at a time. But the Woolshed is not the only attraction. The property boasts an adorable animal nursery, museum, billy cart racing, horse and cart rides, shearing demonstrations, old-time games, movie nights, disco nights, old-time dances and so much more.
For those wanting to stay on for a few days to experience all the Jondaryan Woolshed has to offer, you can choose from:
- Shearers Quarters
- Caravan Park
- Rustic Cabins
- Shearers Quarters
The Woolshed’s website has a calendar which acts as a run sheet for any events throughout the year. Check in during school holidays and popular holiday periods such as Christmas and Easter when the action really heats up! The Australian Heritage Festival and The Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears are two major events you ought to look out for on their calendar.
Did I mention the damper? Well, there is damper. And it is made over a fire. Pair this with a freshly brewed tea and a tent under the clear starry night and you have a weekend you won’t forget.