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Wondai
Queensland
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Post office
Population 2,127 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4606
Location
LGA(s) South Burnett Region
State electorate(s) Callide
Federal Division(s) Flynn
Localities around Wondai:
Chelmsford Wheatlands Ficks Crossing
Greenview Wondai Cherbourg
Tingoora Charlestown Charlestown

Wondai /ˈwɒnd/ is a town and locality in the South Burnett Region of Queensland, Australia. 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.

History

StateLibQld 2 179199 Claude Burton in his butcher shop in Wondai, Queensland, 1935
Butcher shop in Wondai, 1935
StateLibQld 1 176903 Funeral procession in Wondai, ca. 1915
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.

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.

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

Amenities

The South Burnett Regional Council operates a library in Wondai.

Heritage listings

Wondai has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

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