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Provider of agricultural riches - and the end of the world's longest fence.
H 1 Jandowae MainStreet ca1935 SLQ 6198 THUMB

 


  

 

    

 

 

THEN

The first European settlers arrived in the area in the 1860s and the first documented European birth was in 1866.

The town was at first called Jindowie, from the local Aboriginal word for a waterhole. Later, a man called John or Jack Dowiae established a camp and rest area for travellers called the John Dowiae camp.

This led to some early settlers using the name Jondowiae. With the coming of the railway in 1914, the name was changed again to Jandowae, to avoid confusion with nearby Jondaryan.

The fertile soil allowed the development of agriculture and combined with a flourishing timber industry saw the expansion of industry and commerce and the establishment of churches, halls and banks.

NOW

As the district had yet to be settled by Europeans when Leichhardt was travelling the region, Jandowae is more of interest to visitors today, in the Jimbour region northwest of Dalby.

One of Australia’s largest wheat-growing areas, Jandowae also produces and linseed. Beef and dairy cattle are raised in the area and Jandowae is home to two large sawmills.

The Dingo Barrier Fence – 'the longest fence in the world' – has its northern end near Jandowae. The fence is 5,600km long and stretches to the Great Australian Bight. A 2m dingo sculpture by Scottish artist Andy Scott takes pride of place in Jandowae's main street, and visitors are urged to not miss the monthly country markets, or to schedule a visit for the Biennial Timbertown Festival, featuring roving entertainment, a gala art show, a ute show, a rodeo and a bronc extravaganza.

Jandowae dam is a popular fishing, swimming, skiing and boating spot. Farm stays are also available in the area. Visitors can expect to find many of the amenities of much larger towns in this thriving centre.

For day-trippers with time to explore only a portion of the Leichhardt Trail, the circuit between Dalby and Chinchilla offers an excellent opportunity to take in the key sights and Leichhardt landmarks. Drive via Jimbour and Jandowae in one direction and the Warrego Highway in the other.

 

Above: Atmospheric view of the main street of Jandowae around 1935. 
(State Library of Queensland 6198)

H 2 Jandowae oats-harvest 1970s MurrayView-postcard QldPlaces THUMB

Above: Harvesting oats in the Jandowae district in the 1970s. (Murray View postcard / Queensland Places)

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Above: Cattleyard in the Jandowae district. 
(QueenslandPlaces.com.au JT245)

 

H 4 JandowaeClubHotel Mattinbgn Wikimedia-Commons THUMB
Above: The unmistakeable facade of Jandowae’s Club Hotel. (Mattinbgn / Wikimedia Commons)
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