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Wandoan and District Wandoan and District

Population:  655 (ABS 2011 Census Data)
Elevation:  266m
GPS Coordinates:  26.12oS; 149.96oE

Wandoan traces its European origins back to Ludwig Leichhardt's journey from Jimbour to Port Essington which passed through the region in 1844. The land grab which followed in the wake of Leichhardt's glowing report on the area resulted in the establishment of Juandah Station, the first European settlement of the area. The station eventually grew into a settlement and after the coming of the railway in 1914, expanded into a township which was renamed Wandoan in 1926. 

As part of the post war reconstruction efforts of the early 1950s, the then Taroom Shire offered up 272,000 acres of land in the Wandoan District which was divided into selections of around 1300 acres in size. These were offered to suitably qualified veterans in the War Service Land Settlement Scheme of 1952 and the Group Settlement Scheme of 1954, and the influx of settlers prompted massive expansion in Wandoan's productivity and development. 

The original site of the Juandah Head-Station is now an interesting historical site open to the public where you will discover historical displays and original buildings, as well as fascinating information panels which beautifully capture Leichhardt's explorations and the full story of the soldier settlers. 

Today, the town of Wandoan is a 45 minute drive north of Miles along the Leichhardt Highway – you will see the ‘Wandoan Windmill' at the edge of town and know you have arrived. We are an active sporting community with immaculate facilities and a vibrant events calendar including an annual Polocrosse Carnival, Wandoan Diggers Race Day, Bucking for Cancer Rodeo, and the Lindsay Williams Shield Football Carnival among other community events and activities. Our rich history is captured through colourful public murals which can be absorbed and appreciated through a self-guided Heritage Trail that showcases our town's social history and main attractions. The tranquil wetlands of Waterloo Plain Environmental Park, an 11 hectare park teaming with birdlife and surrounded by native vegetation, is a popular recreation spot where you are welcome to park your caravan for the night.