It has a typical South Burnett low-humidity climate of warm summers and cool
winters and a very relaxed, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Extensive
refurbishment of the CBD area during the 1990s has also made it one of the
cleanest and most immediately pretty
towns in the region, with well-tended
parklands and picnic areas.
The heart of Wondai is dominated by the South Burnett Region Timber Industry
Museum (which is also the home of the Wondai Visitor Information
Centre) and the Wondai Shire Regional Art Gallery, both located
on the main highway. Both have become major tourist attractions and routinely
draw thousands of visitors every month. The Wondai Heritage Museum
- another big drawcard - is located immediately behind the Wondai Shire Library
a short distance away.
Wondai was founded on the dairying and timber industries but in recent years
has seen increasing streams of tourists visit the town on their way to Lake
Boondooma or to follow the South Burnett Wine and Food Trail (Wondai
has its own cellar door and regional cuisine restaurants). The town is also
handily situated almost midway between the two major hubs of the South
Burnett wine industry - at Kingaroy to the east and Murgon, Redgate and
Moffatdale to the west - making it an ideal base of operations for many visitors
who want to undertake a comprehensive tour of both.
Like all South Burnett townships, Wondai has a vigorous sporting, cultural
and social life. The Wondai Regional Art Gallery puts on well-attended opening
nights at 6:00pm on the first Friday of each month; the town's antique
stores are popular destinations for collectors; nearby gemfields
are a magnetic attraction for fossickers; and the golf club, bowling club
and RSL are all very well patronised. In addition, the Wondai Race Track
hosts a number of well-attended meetings each year.
Major annual events include the two-day Wondai Garden Festival (held
each April); the Wondai Show (held late each August or early each
September); the week-long Wondai Arts Festival (held each October);
and the Christmas Eve Carnival (held each December)