Jandowae

Jandowae was first settled in 1862 and referred to as ‘Jindowie’, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘waterhole’. When the railway branch line extended to the settlement in 1914, it was renamed ‘Jandowae’ to avoid confusion with nearby Jondaryan. The railway brought with it new commercial and economic opportunities, and the township sprang to life. Jandowae is home to the second-longest man-made structure in the world – The Wild Dog Barrier Fence – stretching 5,614km and passing through Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

Experience Jandowae

Jandowae is full of classic Queensland architecture and heritage shop fronts, infusing the town with its own character and charm. Spend time exploring the historic attractions, Athlone Cottage and meet the locals who make Jandowae on market day. Why not grab a coffee at one of our cafes and take a stroll around our town.

History & Heritage

History & Heritage

Visit Athlone Cottage on the corner of High and Dalby Streets. The slab hut was originally built circa 1890 and is filled with historical pioneering memorabilia, having been lovingly restored by volunteers. Jandowae War Memorial on George Street serves up some history and commemorates the locals enlisted in WWI.

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Self Drives

Self Drives

Head off on a day of sightseeing around Jandowae. Take a stroll to visit the dingo sculpture on the corner of George and High Streets, marking the start of the 5,614km Dingo Barrier Fence – the longest fence in the world. Then check out the old NAB bank building and the original Old Railway Station dating back to 1914 in Lions Park before finishing at the corner of Jeitzs Road and Nine Mile Road, to see Trumpeter’s Corner (and learn the true meaning of a trumpeter).

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For the Kids

For the Kids

Experience Western Downs and enjoy family time. We’ve got you covered from a selfie at The Big Melon to a festival of Big Skies and all things in between. Try your hand at fossicking or pitch a tent, drop a line and roast a marshmallow.

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Fishing

Fishing

Jandowae Dam offers a spot of local fishing (permit required) not far from the centre of town. A popular local fishing, swimming, water skiing and boating spot, you’ll find deeper water towards the dam wall to reel in a silver perch, golden perch or a Murray cod. You won’t be lonely, there’s abundant birdlife at the dam due to the mudflats and vegetation around its perimeter.

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Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Visit the Dingo Sculpture in the centre of town commemorates the second longest man-made structure in the world. Find the Painted Power Pole Walk telling the story of Jandowae’s community, history and industry painted by Graeme McCullough in 2016. The poles stretch the length of High Street and extends along George Street from the railway line to the school.

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Nature

Nature

Take in your natural surroundings and go for a walk along the various birding trails in Jandowae. There’s also the Jandowae Dam for a dip and some light fishing (permit required) to try and catch dinner.

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Jandowae Surroundings

Wild Dog Barrier Fence

Did you know that Australia is home to the second longest man-made structure in the world? The Wild Dog Barrier Fence, also known as The Dingo Fence was erected during the 1880’s to keep dingos out of the relatively fertile south-east part of the continent and to protect the sheep flocks of Southern Queensland. It stretches 5,614km, although at one stage it did stretch for over 8,000km. The fence passes through Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

Here in the Western Downs you can find the start of the northern end of the Dingo Fence, located between Jandowae and Jimbour. It extends through thousands of kilometres of arid land, ending west of Eyre Peninsula, on the cliffs of the Nullarbor Plains and above the Great Australian Bight some 5,614km away.

Stay in Jandowae

Camping & Caravaning

Camping & Caravaning

Spend time in nature as you camp or caravan. Spend your days, strolling the town’s walking trails and soak in the atmosphere, go bird spotting or drop a line to reel in the catch of the day.

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Farm Stays & Retreat

Farm Stays & Retreat

The Western Downs offers a variety of welcoming boutique & rural retreats that provide an authentic experience of life on the land.

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Hotels & Motels

Hotels & Motels

The Western Downs has no shortage of room nights across its hotels and motels if camping isn’t your style. From boutique accommodation to villas, you’ll find somewhere to rest your weary bones after a day of exploring.

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