This fascinating museum re-defines the Forestry Story with state of the art interpretation and live demonstrations – including a steam boiler in a Sawmill.
Australians use forest products every single day and in just about every aspect of our daily lives.
The products that we buy from the supermarket, the houses that we live in, the buildings that we work in, are all made with products that come from forests.
In fact, modern Australia would be a vastly different place without the on-going supply of high quality, durable forest products.
When you switch a light on, or turn on the TV, in most cases, the electricity that you are using has been transported to your house via power lines carried on strong, durable and renewable timber poles.
The wonderful thing about all of these forest products is that they come from a renewable resource.
Unlike metals, fossil fuels, glass and concrete, the trees that produce these products can be managed in a way that helps them to grow again or they can be re-planted, ensuring an endless supply of renewable and sustainable timber.
The Woodworks Museum was originally built to highlight the work of the Queensland Department of Primary Industry and Forestry. It was originally hoped to transport the Elgin Vale Sawmill to the grounds, but deterioration meant that it was a better option to reproduce the mill from new material.
It now houses fascinating relics of forest history, lovingly restored and working in live demonstrations including a real, working steam boiler in the sawmill.
Every Friday morning, they light up the boiler so guests can see the sawmill running on steam only.
It’s a good idea to call the museum or check their Facebook page though for any Friday outages to avoid disappointment.
Location: 8 Fraser Rd, Gympie, QLD 4570
Open: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
Cost: $5 per person. Under 5’s free
More info: https://woodworksmuseum.com.au/