The community of Widgee is located in
South-East Queensland, about 25
west of Gympie. Widgee is a rural community, nestled in the valley of Widgee Creek. The countryside around is a mixture of forested hills and rolling pastureland. Widgee has a population of about
The community boasts a wide range of community facilities, including a school, shop,
a showground, a community hall and a community complex with tennis courts and sporting oval.
Business is also growing with an expanding industrial
estate already housing a tyre and mechanical workshop, rural supplies, welding
works, cabinet maker, and light industrial suites, and many more businesses in
the surrounding area.
From the early days of settlement through to the present, cattle have played a prominent role in the Widgee district, and this history is reflected in the
Bushman's Carnival, held each May. The Bushman's Carnival forms part of the professional rodeo circuit.
In modern times, the community has diversified considerably, and there is now a wide range of agricultural and other industries in the area. There are many clubs and societies operating in the community, including a pony club and a craft club. The local Hall and Recreation Committee is particularly active, staffing and running the
Bushman's Bar. The Bar is open on Friday and Saturday nights and is the social heart of the community.
Widgee hosted the inaugural Country Music Muster in 1982 and remains the home of country music singers the
It now hosts another annual country music event growing almost as quickly, in
the form of the Bush Balladeers Muster held in the last weekend of October each
year at the Bushman's Bar.
Widgee is also the start of the Hanging Rock trail of the
Kilkivan Great Horse Ride, held in April each year.
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