CHERBOURG AND WONDAI
Cherbourg and Wondai
The Aboriginal community of Cherbourg, nestled among tall eucalyptus, pine and gum trees, was established in 1904 and in 1986 was granted a Deed of Grant in Trust by the Queensland Government to run its own affairs through the Cherbourg Community Council.
In 1989, the community established Queensland's first and only Emu Farm, with more than 400 birds from chicks to mature breeding adults. Four guided tours of the farm and emu egg carving demonstrations are given daily, and a range of Aboriginal artifacts and paintings are available for sale.
Wondai's Boondooma Dam is famous for its freshwater fishing, and the shire also has a number of attractions, including homesteads, memorials and gemfields where garnets, jasper and agate may be found. Dingo Creek Bicentennial Park provides a welcome stop with a barbeque and picnic area.
Wondai's establishment came with the subdivision of the early, large cattle stations and the advent of the rail line, made it a centre for the thriving farming, livestock and timber industries. In 1915, the first public hospital serving the region was built, and the unique operating theatre is now preserved as part of Wondai's Museum.
An unusual attraction to visit is a wooden "castle" in nearby Proston. Sidcup Castle is a 17 room folly and represents a replica of the childhood home in England of the builder, Harold Douglas.
MURGON AND CHERBOURG
the home of Lake Barambah - one of the best recreational, fishing,
waterskiing, sailing, camping, flora & fauna areas in the South
Visit the Cherbourg Emu Farm, a unique and successful aboriginal community project; the Old Dairy Industry Museum; Boat Mountain Environmental Park, plus more. Geared to the land and the outdoors, we welcome you to our "Twin Towns".