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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Woolshed at Jondaryan, QLD.

The Woolshed at Jondaryan
I know it isn't a national park but we were driving past so we decided to spend a night at The Woolshed at Jondaryan. There is a day entry fee to look at the museum or you can stay the night and the accommodation cost includes entry. There is a great variety of accomodation from self-contained cottages, rustic cabins, shearers quarters, caravan park and campground.

Imagine staying the night in this cute cottage.
We chose the unpowered campground down the back paddock next to Oakey Creek. It was very relaxing and we didn't mind the long walk to the amenities which are in the caravan park section. Entry for the two of us would have been $20 so our campsite fee of $23.50 meant we were effectively only paying $3.50 to spend as much time as we liked wandering around the grounds looking at the woolshed, a collection of historical buildings and several sheds of old machinery and tools, bargain! 

Our campsite next to Oakey Creek

View of Oakey Creek from our campsite.
We shared our campground with a few sheep and three alpacas peacefully grazing nearby.

There were a variety of parrots and a couple of birds of prey about so we didn't miss out on our favourite pastime observing wildlife. 
Red-winged Parrot, Nankeen Kestrel, female and male Red-rumped Parrots.
While wandering along the creek bank we heard a loud sucking sound which turned out to be an enormous carp patrolling the creek bank.

The caravan park section has powered sites and amenities with hot showers and laundry facilities. The camp kitchen has an open fire pit which has been designed for use even when there is a fire ban. Just perfect for happy hour and winter nights.

Caravan Park at The Woolshed at Jondaryan
Camp kitchen with indoor fire place.
The Woolshed at Jondaryan is a popular place for weddings. I'm sure all the historical buildings and equipment make for lovely wedding photos. Not to mention the bridal party gets to arrive in a horse drawn dray. There is also a chapel and newly constructed marquee for functions.

Wedding reception set up inside The Woolshed at Jondaryan

Here's a few more photos from our stay:

Pens in The Woolshed
A genuine Furphy!
The Smithy
Clydesdale outside The Woolshed 
The Woolshed Cafe

Details for The Woolshed at Jondaryan:
Where: 264 Jondaryan-Evanslea Road, Jondaryan QLD 4403. 178 km, 2 hours 18 minutes, west of Brisbane via Toowoomba. Turn south at Jondaryan town and it is 4 km to the Woolshed.
Information:  07 4692 2229
Accommodation: Self-contained cottages, rustic cabins, shearers quarters $55 - $155 per night. Caravan Park: $28.50 powered: toilets, hot showers, laundry and camp kitchen with open fire. Campground beside Oakey Creek: fires (if no fire bans) and dogs allowed, unpowered $22.50.
Cautions: Large wedding groups put pressure on the amenities and can be noisy late at night.
Facilities: Caters for weddings. Large Marquee for functions. Chapel.The Woolshed CafĂ© Wed – Sunday 8.00 am – 4.00 pm. Damper Hut Monday and Tuesday 9.00 am – 2.00 pm.
Museum Admission: Adults $10, Concession $8.00, Children Ages 5 -15 $5.00, Children under 5 free. Locals within 100 km are free. There are special theme days and historical enactment weekends several times a year.

Domestic Animals: Sheep, Alpaca, Clydesdale horses, working dogs.
Bird List: Black Kite, Nankeen Kestrel, Grey Butcherbird, Cockatiel, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Little Corella, Galah, Pied Cormorant, Pied Currawong, Torresian Crow, Australian Wood Duck, Superb Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren, Grey Fantail, White-necked Heron, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Laughing Kookaburra, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Noisy Miner, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Common Myna, Red-winged Parrot, Red-rumped Parrot, Crested Pigeon, Willie Wagtail.


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