The North Burnett

Travelling north along Australia’s Country Way places you at Gayndah and Mundubbera, two citrus growing areas that produce most of Australia’s mandarins. Gayndah straddles the Burnett River and is hemmed in by roadside stalls selling oranges, mandarins, lemons and pumpkins. Make sure you slip off the highway and follow the river beds to the citrus orchards. Drop into the Gayndah Historical Museum and Visitor Information Centre, where the grazing industry and steam engine legacies are kept alive.

The Burnett Highway carries this section of Australia’s Country Way north to Mundubbera: another citrus town which also boasts summer grapes and stone-fruit crops. Turn off the highway to the town centre; cute, welcoming and endowed with a couple of pubs, some lovely cafes and locals keen for a chat.