Wondai

Wondai is the ideal place from which to explore local art and craft, museums and Lake Boondooma. Between the towns of Murgon and Kingaroy, Wondai features cattle and grain growing country as well as grasslands interspersed with eucalypt forests. Here you’ll find art and heritage lining the streets, historic buildings and attractive landscaped parks and gardens.

Don’t miss the multi award-winning South Burnett Timber Industry Museum which includes a Woodcrafters Workshop where local woodworkers demonstrate their skills. Wondai Regional Art Gallery features a new exhibition the first Friday of each month. Be on the lookout for their Blue Pole Art dotted around the district. Nearby is the Wondai Heritage Museum where you can see the original operating theatre from the first hospital built in the region in 1915, and an historic bugle played at the Japanese First Army Surrender to the Australians aboard ‘HMAS Rockhampton’ in the Dutch East Indies in 1945.

Have a beer and a yarn with the locals at the well-known historic Tingoora Hotel about 10 kilometres south of Wondai. It’s also worth stopping at Hivesville Hotel on your way to Lake Boondooma to see the impressive pressed metal ceilings and an extensive woodwork display.

Wondai, South Burnett Area
Queensland
Australia

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19th and 20th Century Works

Ipswich Area
Free Entry
18 March 2017 – 14 October 2018
View some of the finest pieces from the Ipswich Art Gallery’s collection of 19th and early 20th century fine art and folk art, as well as contemporary works reflecting Ipswich’s heritage. Visit the upper level to see exceptional works such as the mid-19th century cedar sideboard crafted by George Dowden for the Cribb family’s historic Ipswich residence ‘Gooloowan’, Australian paintings such as Frosty morning by key Australian landscape painter Elioth Gruner, and the exquisite Australian wildflower tea service designed by renowned Australian botanical artist Ellis Rowan.

Mon Repos Turtle Season

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
From AU$2.70 - 28.75
2 November 2017 – 30 March 2018
The Mon Repos Conservation Park, within the Southern Great Barrier Reef, supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the Eastern Australian mainland and has the most significant Loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific.

Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 12
25 November 2017 – 18 February 2018
The worlds biggest names in fashion photography are coming to Gold Coast City Gallery at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in Summer 2017 to 2018. Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast celebrates iconic images from the first fashion photographs of the early twentieth century through to the modern day.

Mao's Last Dancer the exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
From AU$9 - 12
1 December 2017 – 29 April 2018
Discover one man’s incredible journey from poverty to world-famous artist in this exclusive Museum of Brisbane exhibition. Features never-before-seen interviews, performance footage and personal artefacts in an intimate portrait of a contemporary Australian icon.

The Kite Wishes Project

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
1 December 2017 – 29 April 2018
Mao’s Last Dancer Li Cunxin has a life-long love of kites, creating and flying them as a child in rare and precious moments with his father. Kites became a metaphor for Li’s life, as his career soared beyond the impoverished commune of his childhood to the ballet stages of the world.

Da Vinci Machines

Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$6.50 - 32
9 December 2017 – 27 May 2018
Leonardo’s Inventions Brought to Life This award-winning international touring exhibition showcases iconic machines and inventions inspired by Leonardo’s drawings. On loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, a vast array of machines created from original da Vinci drawings bringing the mechanical concepts of this curious mind to life.

Built For Speed

Ipswich Area
From AU$5 - 5
Weekly from 2 January – 18 February 2018
Start your engines Built for Speed is back! Thrills, spills and awesome crashes are guaranteed! Design, build and race your Lego hot rod, dragster or supercar down rad ramps and slick tracks. Modify your ride for extra speed then re-race your turbocharged wheels for ultimate victory!

This Is My Heritage

East Toowoomba, Toowoomba Area
From AU$6.50 - 32
12 January – 31 December 2018
Discover the profound connection that objects have to family, country and culture through the personal memories and experiences of 12 of Queensland’s Indigenous artists and educators. Through images and film, the exhibition reveals the surprising connections and strong spiritual links that can be explored when people engage with the collections from the Queensland Museum.

Every Day I Wait - Anne Scott Wilson

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
23 January – 15 April 2018
Artist Anne Scott Wilson draws on 30 years of live performance and exhibitions to explore the relationship between movement and meaning. Her works meditate on the years of strenuous practice and endurance dancers undertake relative to their brief moments of glory as a performer.

Exhibition - 'Four Walls' by David Rowe

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
2 – 25 February 2018
An exhibition of paintings and drawings of the artists unresolved faith. 'Four Walls' examines the creation, the fall, the stories and the event of Christ. This is an interpretation in relation to modern times.
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