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Outback Queensland Travellers’ Guide 2016/17

Cosmos Centre, Charleville

Adavale | Alpha | Amby | Aramac | Augathella | Balfes Creek | Barcaldine | Bedourie | Belyando Crossing | Betoota | Birdsville | Blackall Bluewater Springs | Boulia | Burke & Wills Junction | Burketown | Cameron Corner | Camooweal | Charleville | Charters Towers | Cheepie | Cloncurry Cooladdi | Corfield | Croydon | Cunnamulla | Dajarra | Duchess | Dunkeld | Emmet | Eromanga | Eulo | Eumamurrin | Forsayth | Georgetown | Greenvale Gunpowder | Hervey Range | Hidden Valley | Homestead | Hughenden | Hungerford | Ilfracombe | Injune | Innamincka | Isisford | Jackson | Jericho Julia Creek | Jundah | Kajabbi | Karumba | Kynuna | Lawn Hill | Longreach | Malbon | Maxwelton | McKinlay | Middleton | Mingela | Mitchell | Morven Mount Isa | Muckadilla | Mungallala | Muttaburra | Nappa Merrie Station | Nelia | Noccundra | Normanton | Opalton | Pentland | Prairie Quamby | Quilpie | Ravenswood | Richmond | Rolleston | Roma | Rubyvale | Sapphire | Sellheim | Stamford | Stonehenge | Surat | Tambo Thargomindah | Toompine | Torrens Creek | Urandangie | Wallumbilla | Windorah | Winton | Wyandra | Yaraka | Yowah | Yuleba

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We invite you to be mesmerised and inspired by

OUTBACK Q u e e n s l a n d

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Outback Experiences Out here you can experience life a little slower, a little more real and overflowing with vibrant people and places. Outback Life You’ll meet colourful characters and hear many a yarn in any Outback town, where locals are some of the friendliest in the country. We’re all about quality rather than quantity, with less than 5% of Australia’s population living within the 70% of the continent that is the Outback. Stop in at an Outback Pub, where the Aussie spirit is alive and well, or experience life on the land first-hand on a Station Stay.

Adventure & Outdoors If getting back to nature, exploring the great outdoors and reconnecting with our amazing country and its people are what you’re looking for, then Outback Queensland is for you! The landscapes are like no other, from red deserts to luscious waterholes, and are waiting to be explored. Four wheel driving, fishing, bird-watching and opal or gem fossicking are some great ideas to get you started.

Dinosaurs & Fossils The Outback story goes back a long way, and now some of the best preserved fossils of marine life, dinosaurs and megafauna can be found right across the region. Follow the Australian Dinosaur Trail through Winton, Hughenden and Richmond, or walk with some of the largest dinosaurs in the world at the Eromanga Natural History Muesum.

Heritage & Culture The roots of the Australian identity lie in its heart – the Outback. Dinosaurs, traditional land owners, explorers, pioneers, stockmen and bush poets – uncover the stories of the past as you explore the Outback of today. World-class museums and immersive tours await to engage and inspire visitors of all ages.

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CONTENTS Outback Experience................. 1 Map........................................................4 Great Queensland Drives......6 Travellers’ Tips..............................8 Getting There.................................9 The Central Highlands.......... 56 Gulf Savannah............................. 95 National Parks........................ 104 Travel Directory.......................106 Accredited Visitor Information Centres.............BC

SOUTH WEST.....................12 Adavale.......................................... 28 Amby.................................................. 14 Augathella.....................................18 Cameron Corner.......................32 Charleville......................................18 Cheepie.......................................... 28 Cooladdi..........................................18 Cunnamulla.................................24 Eromanga..................................... 28 Eulo.....................................................24 Hungerford...................................32 Injune................................................. 14 Innamincka..................................32 Jackson............................................. 14 Mitchell............................................. 14 Morven..............................................18 Muckadilla..................................... 14 Mungallala..................................... 14 Nappa Merrie Station...........32 Noccundra....................................32 Quilpie............................................. 28 Roma.................................................. 14 Surat................................................... 14 Thargomindah...........................32 Toompine...................................... 28 Wallumbilla................................... 14 Wyandra.........................................24 Yowah...............................................24 Yuleba............................................... 14

FAR WEST........................... 34 Bedourie........................................40 Betoota...........................................40 Birdsville........................................40 Boulia................................................46 Jundah..............................................36 Stonehenge.................................36 Urandangie..................................46 Windorah.......................................36

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CENTRAL WEST............. 48 Alpha.................................................54 Aramac............................................54 Barcaldine.....................................54 Blackall...........................................50 Corfield............................................72 Emmet.............................................60 Ilfracombe....................................60 Isisford............................................60 Jericho..............................................54 Longreach....................................60 Middleton......................................72 Muttaburra....................................54 Opalton...........................................72 Tambo..............................................50 Winton..............................................72 Yaraka.............................................60

NORTH WEST................... 78 Balfes Creek............................. 102 Belyando Crossing.............. 102 Bluewater Springs............... 102 Burke & Wills Junction.........84 Camooweal.................................80 Charters Towers..................... 102 Cloncurry.......................................84 Dajarra.............................................84 Duchess..........................................84 Greenvale.................................... 102 Hervey Range ......................... 102 Hidden Valley.......................... 102 Homestead................................ 102 Hughenden................................. 98 Julia Creek.................................... 88 Kajabbi.............................................84 Kynuna........................................... 88 McKinlay....................................... 88 Mingela......................................... 102 Mount Isa......................................80 Nelia.................................................. 88 Pentland...................................... 102 Prairie............................................... 98 Quamby..........................................84 Ravenswood............................. 102 Richmond......................................92 Sellheim....................................... 102 Stamford....................................... 98 Torrens Creek............................ 98

Outback Queensland Tourism has compiled and produced this publication in the interests of fostering and developing tourism in Queensland. No part of this publication (advertising or editorial) may be reproduced without written permission of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association Inc. ŠOQTA 2016. No responsibility is accepted for information contained in advertisements or editorial. The inclusion or exclusion of any establishment does not indicate any recommendation or otherwise on the part of the Association which, in addition, does not hold itself responsible for any complaints relating to such establishments or businesses. However, we would welcome constructive comments from visitors to the region and these should be addressed to: General Manager, Outback Queensland Tourism Association, PO Box 506, Longreach QLD 4610. Some photographs courtesy of Tourism Queensland, Charlie Ferguson, Matt Harvey, Murray Waite & Associates, Paul Ewant, Peter Lik and Simon Grimmett.

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GUIDE TO SYMBOLS Accredited Visitor Information Centre

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Please be mindful when travelling in Outback Queensland that it is different to driving elsewhere – road hazards such as livestock, long distances and flat terrain may take a little getting used to. You should adhere to the road rules and speed limits as signed and common sense should dictate your actions. These Travellers’ Tips have been compiled to assist you in ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey. M  obile phone coverage is available in most towns but with the Telstra network only. You may wish to use a satellite phone for extensive travel away from towns. T  ake care when passing and overtaking road trains and heavy vehicles, allow plenty of room and slow down to pull off the road if necessary. B  e patient of stock and wary of kangaroos and emus on the road. Slow down, don’t swerve.

I f there’s been recent rain contact the local Information Centre, visit the Queensland Government Traffic and Travel Information Website www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40 for current road conditions. M  ost roads run through private property or national parks and fires should never be lit – use only designated fire places. H  elp us keep the Outback beautiful for future visitors by properly disposing of your rubbish.

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O'Shannassy River near Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill)National Park

RAIL Spirit of the Outback This fascinating journey between Brisbane and Longreach offers a unique insight into the history and culture of early Australia, with captivating onboard commentary. Soak in the social atmosphere as you enjoy hearty Australian fare in the Dining Car, or a relaxing drink in the Lounge Car. From the comfort of your seat or sleeper you’ll marvel at the changing landscape, as the train moves from the coast into the heart of the Outback. With its rugged mountains, wide open plains and historic towns, this scenic journey will linger in your memory.

Getting There

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Spirit of the Outback passes through the heritage towns of Blackwater, Emerald and Barcaldine before arriving in Longreach, home to the famous Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. It departs Brisbane on Tuesday and Saturday, and Longreach on Monday and Thursday. *A connecting bus service from Longreach to Winton is available, enquire with Queensland Rail Travel. Refer to their website and www.outbackqueensland.com.au

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RAIL The Westlander Discover the pioneering spirit of Outback Queensland with a journey onboard The Westlander. This 777km scenic journey from Brisbane travels across the Great Dividing Range and through the rich farmlands of the Darling Downs to Charleville, the largest town in south-west Queensland. You’ll enjoy a comfortable journey in your choice of seat or sleeper, where you can sit back, unwind and watch the striking scenery pass you by. An array of Outback experiences await you at your destination, including stargazing at the Cosmos Centre, encountering the rare and endangered bilby, exploring the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and the opal fields of the south west. Connect to a coach service to explore even more of the Outback with a visit to the nearby towns of Cunnamulla and Quilpie. The Westlander departs Brisbane on Tuesday and Thursday, and Charleville on Wednesday and Friday.

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Photo: The Inlander Experience the heritage and natural treasures of North Queensland’s rugged yet beautiful inland, onboard The Inlander. This historic journey from the tropical city of Townsville to the mining centre of Mount Isa takes you past Charters Towers and through the Great Dividing Range before delivering you into the heart of Australia. From here you can visit the Outback Isa complex, or one of North Queensland’s many natural wonders, such as Lawn Hill National Park. Upon arrival in Mount Isa the adventure continues with a range of attractions including prehistoric exhibits at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre and underground mine tours. The Inlander departs Townsville on Sunday and Thursday, and Mount Isa on Monday and Friday.

OUTBACK AUSSIE TOURS

1300 78 78 90

Ask about Fly Rail packages

Journey of the Gulf Savannah

Multi-award winning

Corner Country Explorer

Savannah Guides tour operator

Outback Getaway

Legendary Longreach Winton

Drover’s Sunset Cruise

Birdsville Desert Escape

Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Live Show

Cape York and Torres Strait

Enjoy the comradery onboard our luxury 4x4 coaches

Discover

Queensland by Rail

Allow Queensland Rail Travel to plan your next holiday or ultimate rail journey by calling 1800 627 655 or visit www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au

Longreach Historic Railway Station, Landsborough Hwy, Longreach QLD 4730 P: (07) 4658 3000 E: info@oat.net.au Book online: www.outbackaussietours.com.au

Discover Outback Queensland aboard the Spirit of the Outback Brisbane to Longreach with two return services per week. Brisbane to Longreach

$359* $117.50*

All-inclusive First Class Sleeper Economy Seat

per senior one-way

per senior one-way

The heart and soul of Queensland’s Outback

To book visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au, call 1300 783 553 or see your local travel agent. *Conditions apply. Prices are per person based on Australian Govt Senior, subject to availability. Other concession discounts are available for applicable card holders. Seasonal surcharge period and blackouts may apply. Booking restrictions apply as per applicable fare rules. RailBus Coach Connections to Winton available. Queensland Rail Travel reserves the right to make changes without notice, for full booking terms and conditions visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au

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SELF-DRIVING

Qantas Airlines Qantas operates a daily service between Brisbane and Mount Isa, Brisbane and Longreach and Brisbane and Charleville For bookings and/or more information call 13 13 13 or visit www.qantas.com.au

Self-drive is an obvious choice for travel in Outback Queensland, giving you the flexibility and accessibility to see it all. Not settled on a route yet? Perhaps try one of these:

REX Airways ‘Our Heart is in the Country’ – REX has its roots firmly in the bush and in country Australia. A regular sight in country New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and now also servicing Queensland. With decades of experience in servicing the bush REX flies scheduled flights from Townsville to Mount Isa, Julia Creek, Richmond, Hughenden, Winton and Longreach, and out to Quilpie, Charleville, Birdsville and Bedourie. For bookings and/or more information call 13 17 13 or visit www.rex.com.au

COACH Bus Queensland Travelling to the Outback by bus is easier and more comfortable than ever. Bus Queensland services run from Brisbane and Townsville to great destinations like Charleville, Cunnamulla, Mount Isa, Charters Towers and plenty of places in between. For information on coach services and bookings visit www.busqld.com.au

Mount Isa

Matilda and Kidman Way (Jerilderie to Karumba) Overlander’s Way (Townsville to Tennant Creek) Reef to Outback (Bundaberg to Winton) D ig the Tropic (Yeppoon to Boulia) Adventure Way (Brisbane to Adelaide) B irdsville Track (Marree SA to Birdsville) Outback Highway (Winton to Laverton, WA) Australian Dinosaur Trail (Winton, Richmond and Hughenden) T he Dowling Track (Bourke to Quilpie) The Natural Sciences Loop For more information on any of these drive routes visit outbackqueensland.com.au

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Maranoa Region Incorporating the communities of:

Roma, Muckadilla, Hodgson, Injune, Bymount, Eumamurrin, Surat, Teelba, Begonia, Wycombe, Yuleba, Jackson, Noonga, Wallumbilla, Mitchell, Dunkeld, Amby & Mungallala Did you know? The Maranoa is located at the gateway to the outback and is the perfect place to begin your outback journey. Roma is the main service centre for the region and is home to the site where natural gas was discovered for the first time in Australian history in 1900. Today, visitors can experience the fascinating history of the oil and gas industry at The Roma Big Rig. Each week the sale of up to 13,000 cattle takes place at Australia’s largest cattle selling centre – the Roma Saleyards. FREE visitor tours are hosted on sale days, which are Tuesdays and Thursdays, weekly. Australia is home to the world’s largest and deepest artesian basin, the Great Artesian Basin. Visitors can bathe in the ancient thermal, mineralised waters from the underground water source at the Great Artesian Spa in Mitchell. No visit to the Maranoa is complete without a journey along the route taken by the last Cobb & Co Coach Service in Australia in 1924, between Yuleba and Surat. Experience the history of an Australian icon with a visit to the Cobb & Co Changing Station Museum in Surat. Then, be inspired by some of the world’s oldest and most unique Indigenous rock art in the world during a visit to Carnarvon National Park, from Injune.

Injune Visitor Information Centre 32 Hutton Street, Injune QLD 4454 P: (07) 4626 0503

Mitchell Visitor Information Centre

Roma Visitor Information Centre 2 Riggers Road, Roma QLD 4455 P: (07) 4622 8676

Surat Visitor Information Centre

Great Artesian Spa 2 Cambridge Street, Mitchell QLD 4465 P: (07) 4624 6923

Cobb & Co Changing Station 62 Burrowes Street, Surat QLD 4417 P: (07) 4626 5136

Wallumbilla Visitor Information Centre Calico Cottage Warrego Highway, Wallumbilla QLD 4428 P: (07) 4623 4244

Email tourism@maranoa.qld.gov.au or visit www.mymaranoa.org.au

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Roma Picnic Races & Black Tie Ball

Mitchell Camel & Pig Races

Roma’s Easter in the Country

Roma Cup

Roma | 11-12 March 2016 www.romaraces.org.au

Roma | 24-28 March 2016 | 14-17 April 2017 www.easterinthecountryroma.com.au

Mitchell | 27 August 2016 www.mymaranoa.org.au

Roma | 19 November 2016 www.romaraces.org.au

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Things not to miss The Roma Big Rig Oil & Gas Museum

The original birthplace of the oil and gas industry in Australia, The Roma Big Rig exhibits a fascinating insight into the history of gas production in Australia. Take a self-guided tour of the Oil Patch, experience the thrill of the Night Show, peruse the gift shop and enjoy a local treat at The Big Rig Café.

Cobb & Co Changing Station Museum, Surat

Reconnect with the history of an Australian icon – The Cobb & Co Coach Service. See the magnificent 14 seat replica coach, the Surat on Balonne Art Gallery and an impressive 25,000L fresh water aquarium, located in the heart of Surat.

Roma Saleyards Tours

Every Tuesday and Thursday, visitors can experience the excitement of the sale of up to 13,000 cattle with a tour of Australia’s largest cattle selling centre!

The Great Artesian Spa, Mitchell

Soak in the waters which come naturally from the Great Artesian Basin. With both warm and cool water baths, a café and gymnasium, a day at the spa in Mitchell will certainly leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Carnarvon National Park, Injune

Home to the internationally renowned Carnarvon Gorge and Mt Moffatt, the magnificent sandstone cliffs and abundance of native flora and fauna simply MUST feature in your itinerary.

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MARANOA REGION

INCOR P ORATIN G THE C OF ROM OMMU A , INJU NITIES NE , MIT SURAT, CHELL , WALLU M B ILLA , Y M UC KA ULEBA , DILLA , A MBY, M & JACKS UNGAL ON LALA

ROMA & MUCKADILLA Population 7,795

Lonesome National Park – Experience the peace and tranquillity of the Arcadia Valley and the Dawson River from the Arcadia Valley Lookout, north of Injune. Characters of Injune – Sculptures spotted throughout the township of Injune depict local characters who made a significant contribution to the town and their inspiring story.

WALLUMBILLA Population 270

Located 40km east of Roma on the Warrego Highway, Wallumbilla is steeped in history, bound to keep you enthralled for hours.

SURAT Population 426

POINTS OF INTEREST

Located at the junction of the Warrego and Carnarvon Highways, Roma is home to a range of cafés, restaurants and specialty shops. Roma offers a touch of cosmopolitan lifestyle, without losing its relaxed country charm.

POINTS OF INTEREST The Big Rig Oil & Gas Museum – See ‘Things not to miss’ (Page 13). Roma Saleyards Tours – See ‘Things not to miss’ (Page 13). The Windows of St Paul’s Anglican Church – St Paul’s Anglican Church is home to a magnificent display of century old stained glass and Leadlight windows. Tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April to October (inclusive) and are a wonderful insight into the history of the building. The Avenue of Heroes – This heritagelisted avenue of 140 bottle trees is a tribute to the fallen soldiers from the Roma District who lost their life in World War One.

QGAP

If you are looking to immerse yourself in a relaxed country lifestyle, then Surat is the place for you! Located 78km south of Roma you are sure to sense the inspiring community spirit during your stay in the beautiful outback town of Surat.

POINTS OF INTEREST Cobb & Co Changing Station – See ‘Things not to miss’ (Page 13). Surat Riverside Parklands – Take an afternoon stroll along the river and through the Surat Riverside Parklands to spot some of the local fauna and flora – enjoy a BBQ while you’re there! Camp on the bank of the river at Fisherman’s Park, just north of the CBD.

YULEBA & JACKSON Population 384

Located 89km north of Roma, Injune is a quaint country town full of intriguing history, spectacular views and inspiring natural landscapes.

POINTS OF INTEREST Carnarvon National Park – See ‘Things not to miss’ (Page 13).

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Wallumbilla Railway Museum – Learn about the tragic rail disaster that occurred at this site some 60 years ago.

MITCHELL, MUNGALLALA & AMBY Population 955

QGAP

Mitchell is located 87km west of Roma on the Warrego Highway. The people of Mitchell are proud to welcome you to their community to experience the wonderful lifestyle and cultural diversity of their vibrant town. Located on the eastern border of the Maranoa region, 60km east of Roma, residents of Yuleba and Jackson are sure to welcome you into their charming communities.

POINTS OF INTEREST QGAP

Wallumbilla Heritage Complex – Stop in at the Calico Cottage Heritage Complex to experience the history of early settlement in the region and the lifestyle of many local residents.

Aboriginal Interpretive Shelter – Experience the history of local Indigenous families who lived in the area surrounding Surat.

The Whistle Stop, Muckadilla – Be sure to see the Leichhardt Monument, the Whistle Stop and the Native Gardens for a wonderful insight into the fascinating history and lifestyle of Muckadilla, to the west of Roma.

INJUNE Population 415

Calico Cottage – Enjoy being welcomed into town with friendly, local smiles and good ‘old fashioned’ hospitality. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and take home some baked country treats and local crafts.

Judd’s Lagoon – Enjoy a picnic, spot the native flora and fauna and enjoy the spectacle of the waterlilies in bloom from December to May at Judd’s Lagoon. Cobb & Co Way – Relive Australia’s history with a day trip along the last route taken by an Australian icon to Surat. Jackson Playshed – This historic building was restored by locals and shares a great history of life on the land and the bygone years of the school yard for many local, rural students.

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POINTS OF INTEREST The Great Artesian Spa – See ‘Things not to miss’ (Page 13). Kenniff Brothers – Experience the history of Australia’s last Bushrangers, the Kenniff Brothers. Be sure to visit the Kenniff Courthouse in Mitchell, Arrest Creek Monuments and Mount Moffatt section of Carnarvon National Park. Meet the locals – Relax with family and friends at ‘Spring Hill Country Craft Retreat’ in Amby, experience the history of an outback cattle station at ‘Bonus Downs Farmstay’ or see the spectacular scenery, native ecosystems and landforms on display at ‘Claravale Wilderness Experience’ from Mitchell.


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Become an Outback Mate in

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Easy Steps:

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Go to the Google Play or Apple Store on your smartphone or tablet, search for and download the Outback Mates App. (it’s free!)

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Register an existing member card, or join the Outback Mates Club through the app to redeem offers in businesses right across the region.

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Head to Outback Queensland to meet some of your Mates and discover the very best of their backyards!

If you don’t have a smartphone or tablet never fear! Grab a Mates Club card at Visitor Information Centres as listed on the map, find us at major caravanning shows or enquire online at www.outbackmates.com.au. All the latest Mates deals will be available on the website or Mates App, or ask the local Visitor Information Centre for a printed copy.

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Discover Outback Queensland with renowned BOOBOOK Ecologists. Departing Roma, guests participate in a variety of nature-based adventures. Connect with the land, view cultural sites, see wildlife, find rare plants, visit working farms and hear local stories while exploring unique scenic areas.

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Murweh Shire Incorporating the communities of:

Charleville, Morven, Augathella & Cooladdi Did you know? There are more than 20 things to see and do in the Murweh Shire. Charleville is known for amazing star gazing and Bilbies, however you will need more than a couple of days to experience everything Charleville has to offer. Morven, a quintessential outback town, is home to a miniature pioneer village and unique Kerosene Tin Hut, while Augathella celebrates their history and heritage with murals. So come on, come outback and spend time with us.

CHARLEVILLE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Milky Way, Charleville QLD 4470 P: (07) 4654 7771 E: tourism@murweh.qld.gov.au www.murweh.qld.gov.au

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Charleville Cup Festival & Races

Charleville | 29 October – 1 November 2016 www.charlevillecupfestival.com

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National Bilby Day Celebrations Charleville | 9-11 September 2016 www.savethebilbyfund.org

Augathella Easter Races & Diggers Rodeo

Augathella | Rodeo: 26 March 2016 Augathella | Races: 28 March 2016 www.murweh.qld.gov.au

Morven Races

Morven | 10 September 2016 www.murweh.qld.gov.au

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Things not to miss Charleville Cosmos Centre & Observatory

One great Centre, six great astronomy experiences. View distant stars and planets through powerful telescopes, learn how to read the night sky, view the sun through a telescope and hold a shooting star in your hand.

WWII Convoy Tour

Find out what secret the Americans were hiding and be absorbed by the fascinating history. Your guide will unveil an incredible story of the time when the world was at war and Charleville was ‘in the thick’ of it.

Meet the Endangered Bilby

Meeting this delightful Marsupial is a highlight for many visitors to Charleville. Join the dedicated volunteers who will share their knowledge and passion for the preservation of the Bilby to ensure their survival.

Morven Historical Museum (Featuring Miniature Building Display and Kerosene Tin Hut) We guarantee you will never see anything like this amazing collection. Fifteen years in the making the tiny buildings of the pioneer village will amaze you, as will the Kerosene Hut.

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MURWEH

INCOR PO RATING T HE CO M M U N ITIES OF CHAR LEV ILLE , MOR VEN, AUGATH ELLA & C OOLADD I

CHARLEVILLE Population 3,550

Or you can sit back and relax as you Check Out Charleville, on a fully guided 2 hour Flood, Fire & History town bus tour. The List Just Goes On…we weren’t kidding; Plan To Stay Longer; One Day Simply Isn’t Enough!

POINTS OF INTEREST Astronomy by Day (Cosmos) Sun Viewing (Cosmos) Introduction to the Night Sky (Cosmos)

With more than twenty things to experience, one day isn’t enough; plan to stay longer; you’ll be pleased you did! If you have never looked 16,000 light years into space or seen the rings of Saturn then the Cosmos Centre & Observatory is a must! Through the lens of powerful telescopes, view the Outback Night Sky like never before. With experienced guides, view star clusters, nebulae, planets and more. A highlight for many, at the Bilby Experience, you’re guaranteed to see a Bilby, learn what’s threatening their existence, what’s being done and how you can help to ensure their survival. There’s history at every turn in Charleville. Dating back to 1845, it’s a history that couldn’t be more colourful. It’s filled with wartime secrets, early rainmaking experiments, early transportation initiatives and more. Purpose built as the town’s first National Bank, Historic House Museum has had many uses over the years. Today, while retaining many of its original features including the vault, it’s home to many items of local memorabilia and early transport vehicle displays. Hear the fascinating story of Charleville Pioneer Harry ‘Poppa’ Corones who made Australian history not once, but several times throughout his life on the Heritage Hotel Corones ‘Stories & Scones’ Tour. Enjoy a glimpse into Charleville’s pioneering days on the Audio Heritage Trail – 1 trail, 47 Charleville History Stories, and who better to tell them than those who know the history best, ‘Charleville Locals’. A visit to the Vortex Rainmaking Gun will uncover measures that were taken to break great droughts and just what secret were the Americans safeguarding here during the Second World War. Find out on the World War II Convoy Tour. As we said ... History at every turn! The Thurlby and Brolgas, Bustards & Beaut Birds station tours offer two very different experiences whilst sharing with you, what life on the land is like. You can find out how weather is predicted from a balloon at the Weather Station Tour, place a bet on a thoroughbred of a different kind at Bailey Bar Yabby Races. Support the RFDS with two experiences; visit the RFDS Visitor Centre or go behind the scenes on the RFDS Hangar Tour (why not do both). Get a bird’s eye view of the area on an Outback Air Services Scenic Flight and sit in on a lesson of the largest classroom in the world at the School Of Distance Education.

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Aboriginal Night Sky Stories (Cosmos) Rock Wallabies Outback Native Timber Walk Fishing Angellala Bridge Explosion Site Warrego River Walk Cobb & Co Changeover Station Trail

MORVEN Population 250

Morven may be small but don’t let that fool you. It’s home to some amazing unique hidden treasures and worth the stop to have a look. Morven Historical Museum is not your typical museum. As well as home to numerous items of local memorabilia, features of the museum include a unique locally handcrafted collection of miniature buildings; each one an exact replica of an early Morven building. Constructed as cheap housing during the great depression of the 1930s, step inside and check out an authentic hut made solely from flattened kerosene tins. Enjoy a break and picnic overlooking Sadlier’s Waterhole at Hamburg Creek, the picturesque setting was once a stopover for bullock teams and Cobb & Co. In a real twist of nature, visit Tregole National Park. What’s the twist you ask? This park features a forest of rare rainforest orientated Ooline trees; to see them thriving this far west is incredible.

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AUGATHELLA Population 430

Augathella; famous for its history of bushrangers, bullockies and bullock teams, don’t just drive on, stop and take the time to have a look around. As you travel down Main Street, watch as the town’s history unfolds through Wrought Iron Sculptures and Murals. While you’re still on the history trail, don’t just drive by Boadicea Art Gallery & Cinema. Pop in, it’s here you’ll discover more fascinating history through photographs and screenings of the ‘Outback to Augathella’ documentary, and the 1956 ‘Smiley’ Film based on a well-known local identity. And let’s not forget the town’s connection to bushrangers. The Kenniff Brothers based themselves in Augathella – check out the Kenniff Tree for the story. Nothing beats a coldie in a historic pub. With an original history dating back to the late 1860s; they don’t get much older than the Ellangowan. The Meat Ant Park has some interesting features, but why name a park after a meat ant you may ask? It’s named after the town’s highly competitive football team, the ‘Mighty Augathella Meat Ants’. Set in lovely gardens, features include a gigantic Meat Ant Sculpture, town history boards, the Q150 Celebrations Touring Shed and your one stop shop on all things Augathella, the Library and Visitor Information Centre. If you’re in the area around Easter, in true outback style, get dust between your toes at the annual Diggers Rodeo & Races. Hundreds flock to town for this Easter event, why not come and join them?

POINTS OF INTEREST Heritage Walk Augathella Post Office Visitor Information Centre Augathella Cemetery

COOLADDI Population 4

Branding Board Rabbit Board Gate Morven Races Dick Baker Shed & Machinery Display Lone Pine Tree

On the way to Quilpie Opal Fields you will travel through the little township of Cooladdi. With a population of less than 10, Cooladdi is one of Queensland’s smallest towns. Call in to the Roadhouse to say G’day; chances are you’ll meet just about everyone while you’re there. There is great fishing and camping nearby at Quilberry Creek.

POINTS OF INTEREST Tregole National Park

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EVENING STAR TOURIST PARK THURLBY STATION (07) 4654 2430

The Cornford Family invite you to come and relax in our beautiful rural surrounds. Enjoy the tranquillity and magic of the outback. ‘Marriage friendly’, easy access, huge Licensed bar with happy hour drive through sites to suit all rigs Station tours Clean, spacious amenities with Bird watchers’ paradise disabled access and laundry facilities

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Even when we’re fully booked, no site is crowded! Thurlby Station, 818 Adavale Road, Charleville QLD 4470 P: (07) 4654 2430 E: info@eveningstar.com.au www.eveningstar.com.au

BIRDSVILLE INNAMINCKA & CORNER COUNTRY

0428 545 954

4WD Motel Accommodated Tag Along Tour with Graham & Deb who have guided tours to these regions for many years. The driving is not extreme and free caravan parking available at Charleville Bush Caravan Park.

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Set on 62 acres, offering caravanners a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Sit and chat with fellow travellers around the campfire and be mesmerised by the chandelier of stars whilst lying on our ‘star bed’! Birdwatchers love it here! Non-Smokers Only & No Pets 32 Powered Drive Thru Sites ($30 pn) Fully self-contained cottage 2km from town, mobile, internet & TV. Check Out Charleville Town Tour: Sun, Tue & Thu @ 9am (May – Sept) – 2 hr bus tour @ $10pp

7 Nights Motel Accommodation inc all meals 2016: 13 May, 9 & 23 July and 6 & 20 August $2470.00 pp twin share Non-Smokers Only

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COBB & CO. CARAVAN PARK

CHARLEVILLE BUSH CARAVAN PARK & COTTAGE

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(07) 4654 2888

FRIENDLY & WELCOMING At Cobb & Co. Caravan Park you will enjoy a quiet, peaceful bushland setting. AAA Tourism 3 stars Plenty of shade Powered and unpowered sites Large / long vehicle drive-thru sites 2 amenities blocks Coin operated laundries 2 dump points Disabled facilities Ensuited and air-conditioned self-contained cabins Camp kitchens Pets on application Happy hour campfire John and the team look forward to having you stay.

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THE CHARLEVILLE COSMOS CENTRE & OBSERVATORY WHERE THE STARS SHINE

Through powerful telescopes view Stars, Clusters, Nebulae & Planets

Learn the constellations & stars

Achieve the impossible, star gaze during the day & see the Sun through a telescope

Hold a shooting star in your hand

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL PHONE 07 4654 7771 EMAIL cosmoscentre@cosmoscentre.com ADDRESS 1 Milky Way, Charleville, Qld 4470 WEBSITE www.cosmoscentre.com

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Paroo Shire Incorporating the communities of:

Cunnamulla, Eulo, Yowah & Wyandra Did you know? Tinnenburra Station, south of Cunnamulla, once housed the largest shearing shed in the Southern Hemisphere with 101 stands. Eulo lays claim to one of the densest deposits of mega fauna in Australia including Kenny the Diprotodon with his 70cm jaw bone. Eulo hosted the annual international Lizard races. The opal mining town of Yowah houses the unique Yowah Nut Opals.

Cunnamulla Fella Centre 2 Jane Street, Cunnamulla QLD 4490 P: (07) 4655 8470 F: (07) 4655 1120 E: cunnamullainfo@paroo.qld.gov.au www.paroo.info

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Events Music in the Mulga

Cully Fest

Eulo | 12-15 May 2016 www.musicinthemulga.com.au

Cunnamulla | 31 March – 3 April 2016 www.cullyfest.com

Noorama Picnic Races

Yowah Opal Festival

Cunnamulla | 9 April 2016 www.nooramaracing.com.au

Yowah | 15-17 July 2015 www.opalhut.com.au

Cunnamulla Fella Festival

Cunnamulla | 26-28 August 2016 www.cunnamullafellafestival.com.au

Things not to miss St Albans Anglican Church

The stunning St Albans Anglican Church is an architectural wonder with a one of a kind design and was awarded the 2014 Enduring Architectural Award. Opened in 1963 this beautiful Church is still a breathtaking sight to this day.

History of the Eulo Queen

The infamous ‘Eulo Queen’ has quite a story to tell. Formally known as Isabel Gray, pub owner, sly-grog dealer, storekeeper, gambler and opal trader of a century ago was and still is known as

the Queen of Eulo. For your chance to gain a deeper insight into her life – call into the Eulo Queen Hotel.

Cunnamulla Fella Festival

Why not start your journey to the Birdsville Races a week early and come join in the fun and festivities of the Cunnamulla Fella Festival from the 26th – 28th August. This festival always delivers a weekend full of action and excitement with everything from the PBR Bull Ride and Stockman’s Challenge through to the annual Bill Johnston triathlon. There really is something for everyone!

Yowah Bluff

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PAROO SHIRE

INCOR PO RATING T HE CO M M U N ITIES OF CUNNAM ULLA , EU LO, YOWAH & WYANDR A

CUNNAMULLA Population 1300

Situated on the banks of the Warrego River, Cunnamulla is an unexpected oasis. Boasting beautiful street scapes and activities to entice any traveller, this picturesque country town offers something for everyone. What is the significance of the Robbers Tree? Why is the railway platform different to most in Queensland? What is the War Memorial in the town centre?

Warrego River

Why is the Artesian Basin so important? So many questions to be answered but also remember to stop and smell the roses!!!!!

POINTS OF INTEREST Artesian Time Tunnel & Cultural Theatre – Take a trip back in time and hear the story on the Great Artesian Basin which flows beneath 1/5th of Australia and is the life blood of the Outback. Cunnamulla Bushlands – The Cunnamulla bushlands, located on the eastern entrance to the town, showcases some of the area’s superb ecosystems as you leisurely stroll along the 1.6km trail. Heritage Trail – History abounds as you discover the town. Bowra Sanctuary – For those with a greater appetite for birdwatching, Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary is only a hop skip and a jump from town, playing host to over 200 species of birds.

EULO Population 108

Home to the infamous ‘Eulo Queen’, Eulo is one of outback Queensland’s hidden treasures. With a rich history and an abundance of local product and produce as well as arts, crafts, opals and more this small town is one not to miss.

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with Artesian mud, then pat on your mud pack to let your skin soak in the goodness from this mineral rich product. Diprotodon – Eulo has one of the densest Mega Fauna fields in Australia. The Diprotodon statue welcomes you into Eulo and there are fossils on display in the store. Artesian Mud Springs – Visit the natural release valves for the Artesian Basin only 12km west of Eulo. Paroo River – Spend some time relaxing, fishing or birdwatching on the Paroo, the last remaining free flowing river in the northern part of the MurrayDarling Basin.

YOWAH Population 142

Take a short detour off the main road to visit the friendly opal town of Yowah where you can get some tips from the locals before trying your luck fossicking for your own opals. With an all are welcome attitude, the residents of Yowah invite you to join in the many activities they have on offer.

POINTS OF INTEREST

POINTS OF INTEREST

Opal Fossicking – After getting your fossicking licence try your hand at finding your fortune in Yowah’s designated fossicking area. Many of the locally found opals are displayed in the various opal galleries around the town.

Artesian Mud Baths – Soak in the warm Artesian water impregnated

Open Air Bore Baths – After a long day’s travelling or fossicking soak in the rejuvenating waters of the Artesian Basin.

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The Bluff – This wonder of nature lets you marvel at 180º views and scenic sunsets. This is definitely a land of beauty. Nine Hole Golf Course – If extreme sports are your thing then you have found the right place to have a hit of golf. Yowah’s nine hole golf course made up of sand greens and earth fairways is the perfect way to finish off your day while visiting this rare gem of a township.

WYANDRA Population 116

A great area to have a break half way between Cunnamulla and Charleville, Wyandra is a small township that welcomes tired travellers. Take some time to have a cool drink at the Gladstone Hotel and catch up with the locals.

POINTS OF INTEREST The Beach – You won’t find a more beautiful spot on the river to spend the day. Powerhouse Museum – The old Powerhouse used to supply electricity to the town and now it houses some great nostalgia for locals and travellers alike. Post Office and Outdoor Cinema – Grab a meal, have a game of Putt Putt or watch an old movie in the ‘one of a kind’ Outdoor Cinema. Heritage Trail – Follow the Heritage trail and discover some of the rich history of the area.


CHARLOTTE PLAINS OUTBACK MAGIC CUNNAMULLA

(07) 4655 4923

Experience a real OUTBACK farm-stay, on 27,000 HECTARES (half the size of Singapore). Soak in nature’s hot mineral spa bath from deep below the earth’s surface. Wonder at the history, vastness, sheep, cattle, emus, roos, birdlife and sunrises. A variety of accommodation and camping is available. Don’t forget the property tours of the shearing shed, station cemetery and home of memorabilia. Photograph the spectacular wildflowers from approximately September. Dine under a galaxy of stars by the open campfire. Free Wi-Fi at homestead. Dogs permitted. Dream and enjoy real outback magic. P: (07) 4655 4923 E: charlotteplains@gmail.com www.charlotteplains.com.au Airstrip: Length 940m S28º 04’ E146º 11’

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Find yourself in Cunnamulla, Eulo, Wyandra and the Opal town of Yowah Experience the Artesian Time Tunnel which will take you back in time 100 million years Visit the Cunnamulla Fella Centre, Art Gallery & Museum Heritage Exhibition Explore natural and cultural heritage trails or book a guided tour

For your FREE travel pack... Cunnamulla Fella Centre, Jane St, Cunnamulla QLD 4490 Phone: (07) 4655 8470 Fax: (07) 4655 1120 Email: cunnamullainfo@paroo.qld.gov.au Web: www.paroo.info Paroo Shire - Experience the bigger things in life in our little western towns

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Quilpie Region Incorporating the communities of:

Quilpie, Eromanga, Adavale, Toompine & Cheepie Did you know? Quilpie Shire is located in the heart of South Western Queensland and is the gateway to the Channel Country and Cooper Basin. It covers 67,482 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 1000 and is the 5th biggest Shire in Queensland. Quilpie is the service centre for the Shire and has the largest population of 654 residents. Quilpie has all the necessities and many of the luxuries both visitors and locals demand. Stay for a day‌.make memories for a lifetime!

Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum & Gallery 51 Brolga Street, Quilpie QLD 4480 P: (07) 4656 0540 E: tourism@quilpie.qld.gov.au www.visitquilpieshire.com

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Events Eromanga Rodeo & Campdraft

Adavale Rodeo & Gymkhana

Kangaranga Do

Quilpie Cup

Pride Of The West Festival

Quilpie Show & Rodeo

Eromanga | 25-27 March 2016 www.visitquilpieshire.com Quilpie | 30 August 2016 www.visitquilpieshire.com

Quilpie | 23-24 September 2016 www.quilpiediggers.com

Adavale | 1-3 April 2016 www.visitquilpieshire.com Quilpie | 7 May 2016 www.quilpiediggers.com

Quilpie | 10 September 2016 www.visitquilpieshire.com

Things not to miss Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum & Gallery

Your one stop shop for all things Quilpie Shire! The friendly local staff will ensure your stay in the Shire is one to remember and with the adjoining Museum, Gallery and Military History Museum this should be your first stop when arriving to town! Plus we now have free Wi-Fi access!

Kangaranga Do Street Party

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sure you stop in Quilpie on the Tuesday before to join in all the fun of the Kangaranga Do Street Party. With a live band, food, bar, shenanigans and a laid back Outback buzz…. this is sure to be an awesome lead up to Birdsville!

St. Finbarr’s Church

Don’t miss this stunning display of opal in our local church. Kindly donated back in the day….the altar, lectern and font is a must see!

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QUILPIE REG ION

INCOR PO RATING T HE CO M M U N ITIES OF QUILPIE , EROMAN GA , ADA VALE , TOOMPIN E & CHE E PIE

QUILPIE Population 654

Make your first stop the Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum & Gallery where the friendly staff will ensure you get the most out of your visit to the Shire. Visit the onsite Museum and Gallery then head next door to the newly opened Quilpie Shire Military History Museum. Admire the murals and sculptures in the main street. Eagle Gallery and 27 Gallery Coffee are visual delights displaying artwork by gifted local artists and unique handcrafted jewellery and sculptures. Quilpie is home to the exquisite boulder opal. Visit the opal shops where you can purchase souvenirs, jewellery and display pieces made from this beautiful gem. Try your luck at the free opal fossicking area and visit St. Finbarr’s Church and admire the stunning opal altar, lectern and font. Check out the literal ‘End of the Railway Line’, the old Powerhouse Museum and the Mini Museum at the airport, dedicated to the old woolscour and the unexpected landing of Amy Johnson or take a stroll along the Bulloo River Walk. Annual events include Quilpie Diggers Race Day, Kangaranga Do Street Party, Quilpie & District Show & Rodeo and ‘Pride of the West’ Station Challenge Race Day. Visit the Quilpie Shire website at www.visitquilpieshire.com for dates of all events.

POINTS OF INTEREST Quilpie Visitor Information Centre – With visitor information, museum, gallery and Military History Museum, ensure this is your first stop upon arrival. Baldy Top Lookout – A short walk to the top will reward you with an amazing view of beautiful ‘Outback Queensland’. Outback Art – Be sure to check out the local art galleries and amaze in the talent of these gifted artists. Opal Shops – Learn all about how opal is formed, mined and cut in the local opal shops and purchase a unique piece of this beautiful gem.

Richmond Lake Houdraman, Quilpie

EROMANGA Population 45

the name. Obtain a fossicking licence and try your luck at finding a beautiful opal at nearby Duck Creek and Sheep Station Creek Opal Mines.

Eromanga is famous on several counts, firstly for being the furthest town from the sea and secondly for being the largest oil producing area on mainland Australia. The latest and most exciting claim to fame is the significant paleontological discoveries of Australia’s largest dinosaurs on a property near Eromanga. Several dinosaurs have been unearthed and the area is being heralded by scientists as the most exciting and prolific dinosaur site in Australia. The bones and other exciting discoveries are displayed in the Eromanga Natural History Museum.

Annual events include the Easter Sunday Clay Target Shoot and Toompine Quick Shears Championships.

Visit the Eromanga Living History Centre which incorporates a Museum and Object Theatre and learn the history of the surrounding area. View a self-operated film in the Theatre Room. Some of the many topics covered are oil exploration, early pastoral pioneers, opal mining and much more. The Centre is unmanned, so collect the key from the Eromanga Royal Hotel which is an original building dating from 1885 and was once a Cobb & Co staging post. Annual events include the Easter Eromanga Rodeo, Campdraft and Gymkhana.

POINTS OF INTEREST Eromanga Living History Centre – Learn of the history of the area at this local museum and enjoy the self-operated film in the Theatre Room. Eromanga Natural History Museum – Where once the dinosaurs roamed… these finds are simply amazing and on display for your viewing pleasure.

TOOMPINE Population 2 Toompine, known as ‘The Pub without a Town’, was once a thriving community serviced by Cobb & Co with regular coach schedules. All that remains today from the early pioneering days is the Toompine Hotel (circa 1893). View from Baldy Top, Quilpie

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The local ‘Cemery’ is just a kilometre down the road; ask for directions and the story behind

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POINTS OF INTEREST Toompine Pub – Learn of the history of this Cobb & Co staging post. Fossick For Opal – At the designated fossicking areas of Duck Creek and Sheep Station Creek.

ADAVALE Population 25 Once a thriving town and business centre, changing the planned railway from Adavale to what is now Quilpie, was the beginning of the end for this pioneering town’s prosperity. Graves dating from the early 1800s are a testament to the harsh lifestyle and daily struggle of the early settlers. And with national parks in the area it’s a great place for a visit. Annual events include the Campdraft, Bull Bonanza and Gymkhana and Fishing Carnival.

POINTS OF INTEREST Mini Museum – Visit the Mini Museum and see the steel flood boats.

CHEEPIE Population 1 This tiny town was first surveyed in 1914 and at its peak Cheepie was a thriving community with several established businesses. All that remains is the old Railway Siding Building and a private residence.

POINTS OF INTEREST Cheepie Rail Station – Visit the old railway station.


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Be Prepared On major highways fuel stops are rarely more than 200km apart so it should not be necessary to carry spare fuel. However, where you do see “no fuel” signs, it means exactly that. When travelling to remote areas ensure that your vehicle is mechanically sound, carry a first aid kit, ample water and spares such as tyres, radiator hoses and fanbelts, together with a good tool-kit. Ensure that your spare tyre is at the correct pressure.

For further information about visiting Outback Queensland

The Quilpie Cup: May 7, 2016 Featuring Fashion Events and live music. Free welcome drinks from 11.30am. 6 race programme with on course bookmakers and sky channel. The Pride of the West Festival: September 22-24, 2016 Featuring live bands, the Friendly Grocer Plastic Cup, fashions of the field. Two handed cutting event on the Friday, cutting school Thursday, Friday. Station horse races on the Saturday with on course bookmakers and sky channel. Presidents Shout from 11.30am on race day.

P: 0408 784 738 for more information www.quilpiediggers.com or Facebook.com/quilpiediggers

P: 1800 247 966 E: admin@outbackqld.com.au www.outbackqueensland.com.au #outbackqueensland instagram.com/outbackqld plus.google.com/+OutbackQueensland/posts www.facebook.com/OutbackQueensland

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THE SECRET IS OUT

THERE IS A CORNER IN QUEENSLAND JUST WAITING FOR YOU TO DISCOVER!

THE NATURAL SCIENCES LOOP includes Birds, Fossils, Mega Fauna, Lakes, Rivers, Outback Stars, Artesian Water, Opals, Fossicking, Outback Plants, Geology, Wildlife and more!

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www.naturalsciences.com.au FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL THE OUTBACK VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES: Thargomindah Ph 07 4621 8095 tourism@bulloo.qld.gov.au

Quilpie Ph 07 4656 0540 tourism@quilpie.qld.gov.au

Cunnamulla Ph 07 4655 8470 cunnamullainfo@paroo.qld.gov.au

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Charleville Ph 07 4654 7771 obguides@bigpond.com

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Bulloo Shire Incorporating the communities of:

Thargomindah, Hungerford, Noccundra, Cameron Corner, Nappa Merrie Station & Innamincka Did you know? Bulloo Shire is the third largest Shire in Queensland (approximately 74,000 square kilometres). In 1898, Thargomindah became the first town in Australia, and the third in the world, to produce hydro-electric power for street lighting by using the water pressure from the Artesian Basin. Historically significant sites in the region include Leahy House, the Old Thargomindah Hospital, the Burke and Wills ‘Dig Tree’, and Currawinya and Lake Bindegolly National Parks.

Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre Echidna Place, 37 Dowling Street, Thargomindah QLD 4492 P: (07) 4621 8095 E: tourism@bulloo.qld.gov.au www.thargotourism.com.au

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Events Mini Tuff Mudder and Fun Day

Thargomindah Polocrosse Carnival

Channel Country Challenge

Hungerford Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Thargomindah | 26 March 2016 P: 0439 383 464 Thargomindah | April 2016 P: (07) 4655 3103

Cameron Corner Bike & Horse Gymkhana

Thargomindah | 2-3 July 2016 P: 0419 553 421

Hungerford | 1 October 2016 P: (07) 4655 4828

Cameron Corner | May 2016 P: (08) 8091 3871

Things not to miss Mini Tuff Mudder and Fun Day

Thargomindah Annual Cancer Fundraiser with family activities and entertainment.

Noccundra Gymkhana

Events for all ages – canteen, bar, entertainment.

Nockatunga – Toompine Polocrosse Carnival

Fun filled weekend of Polocrosse and entertainment at Toompine.

Thargomindah Motorbike Gymkhana, Enduro Ride and Bull Ride

Caters for all ages and skill levels with great prize money. Canteen, bar,

Epsilon Station Sa

music and entertainment – proceeds to RFDS.

Hungerford Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Full programme of events for children and adults. Friday night Camp Oven meal at Royal Mail Hotel – Saturday evening auction and entertainment.

Noccundra Campdraft and Rodeo

Action packed weekend featuring Outback stockmen competing for prizes – canteen, bar and entertainment.

Cameron Corner Tri-State New Year’s Eve Party

Welcome in the New Year in QLD, NSW and SA!

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BULLOO SHIR E

INCOR PO RATING T HE COMMUN ITIES OF TH ARGOMIN HU NG E R DAH, FOR D, NO CCUNDR CAMERO A, N CO R N E R , NAPPA MERRIE S TATION & INNAMIN CKA

THARGOMINDAH POPULATION 203

POINTS OF INTEREST

POINTS OF INTEREST

Royal Mail Hotel – Established in 1873 and became a Staging Post for Cobb and Co coaches. It is still the focal point of the town.

Cameron Corner Store – Operates 7 days a week; is licensed, and provides accommodation, camping, meals, telephone, fuel, and mechanical repairs.

Border Gate/Dingo Fence – You have to open the gate to cross the border – last person in or out at night gets to put the cat out!

QLD/NSW/SA Survey Post – New Survey Marker was installed in 1969 – original timber Survey Post is displayed at the National Parks and Wildlife Service Office in Tibooburra.

Paroo River – Is a great fishing spot on the town’s perimeter. QGAP

Thargomindah, situated on the Adventure Way, is the largest town in the region. Gazetted in 1874, after Vincent James Dowling settled ‘Thargomindah Station’ (1864), the town takes its name from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘cloud of dust’. Thargo is perfectly positioned for day tripping.

POINTS OF INTEREST Old Thargomindah Hospital – Built in 1888 of mud brick; boasts a resident ghost. Leahy House – Built after 1885 of mud brick; was once owned by Sir Sidney Kidman. Hydro Power Plant Complex – Stands on the site of the original bore, drilled in 1891. Demonstrations held March to October. Vincent Dowling And John Leahy Bronze Sculptures – Created to pay homage to two intrepid district pioneers. Conduit Art Work – Represents the bores scattered throughout inland Australia. ANZAC Centenary Painting – Honours war service of Shire residents, and commemorates ANZAC Centenary. Cemeteries – Reveal hardships suffered by early pioneers. Bulloo River Walk – Beautiful walk near the river. Heritage Walk – Meanders past the town’s heritage features. Nature Walks – Provide glimpses of native flora and fauna. Lake Bindegolly National Park – A wildlife refuge featuring salt and freshwater wetlands; located 40kms east of Thargomindah.

Currawinya National Park – Was formerly a 154,870 hectare grazing property and was declared in 1991. Its natural features include lakes, rivers and wetlands, with two large lakes separated by sand dunes – Lake Numalla (freshwater) and Lake Wyara (saline). Other Park features include The Granites, Currawinya Woolshed, Ourimperee Waterhole, Old Caiwarro Homestead site, and Corni Paroo Waterhole. The Park office is 4km north of the Ten-Mile Bore, or 20km north of Hungerford.

NOCCUNDRA POPULATION 4

Noccundra, with its iconic pub, unsealed airstrip, camp site on the banks of the Wilson River and great fishing hole, is a popular stopover for visitors driving to the ‘Dig Tree’, Innamincka, Cameron Corner and all points beyond.

POINTS OF INTEREST Historic Noccundra Hotel – Constructed of sandstone and established in 1882, is famous for its cold beer and hospitality. Located on Nockatunga Station, it is all that remains of the town of Noccundra. Monument To Hume Expedition – Located in the grounds of the hotel. Noccundra Water Hole On The Wilson River – A great camping and fishing spot located across the road from the hotel. Old Cemetery – A lonely spot on the outskirts of town pays testament to the hardships of early Outback life.

HUNGERFORD POPULATION 11 CAMERON CORNER POPULATION 4

Interpretive Centre – Provides regional information. Dingo/Wild Dog Barrier Fence – Stretches from south-east Queensland to the Great Australian Bight.

THE ‘DIG TREE’ – NAPPA MERRIE STATION POPULATION 6

‘Nappa Merrie’ Station was settled by John Conrick in 1873, predominantly to graze sheep. The Burke and Wills ‘Dig Tree’ sits on the bank of Cooper Creek at ‘Nappa Merrie’. The site has an unsealed airstrip. A ranger is on site during peak tourist season.

POINTS OF INTEREST Burke and Wills Dig Tree – In August 1860, the Burke and Wills expedition left Melbourne to travel to the Gulf. In 1861 the base camp party carved three blazes on the ‘Dig Tree’ prior to Burke and Wills’ return from the Gulf. Face Tree – Burke’s face was carved on this tree by John Dick in 1898. Dig Tree Monuments – Tell the story of the Burke and Wills expedition. Cooper Creek – Burke and Wills died at Cooper Creek in 1861.

INNAMINCKA (SA) POPULATION 12

Innamincka is nestled near Cooper Creek within Innamincka Regional Reserve, and lies just across the South Australian border. It is surrounded by the Strzelecki, Tirari and Sturt Stony Deserts.

POINTS OF INTEREST Hungerford, a tiny border town located near the Paroo River on the Queensland/New South Wales border, features a large Border Gate that doubles as the Wild Dog/Dingo Barrier Fence. The town gets its name from Irish pioneer pastoralist Thomas Hungerford.

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Cameron Corner lies in Queensland at the intersection of the Queensland, New South Wales and South Australian borders, and boasts an unsealed airstrip. It was originally surveyed by John Cameron in 1882 – 1883.

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Innamincka Regional Reserve and Coongie Lakes National Park Reserve Park HQ Cooper Creek; Burke’s Monument Will’s Memorial and King’s Marker


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Thargomindah St

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Hub of the Bulloo Shire - Thargomindah is located along the Adventure Way.

200 kilometres West of Cunnamulla, and 1000 kilometres West of Brisbane. Rich in history and natural resources, the region includes the historical towns of Noccundra, Hungerford and Cameron Corner.

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Thargomindah’s Hydro Power Plant Display Leahy House and the old Thargomindah Hospital Historic Hotels at Noccundra and Hungerford Burke and Wills Dig Tree and the Face Tree Cameron Corner - where the three States meet Lake Bindegolly and Currawinya National Parks Station Stays at Kilcowera and Epsilon Stations Great Fishing and Yabbying at Bulloo, Paroo and Wilson Rivers and Cooper Creek

CONTACT US: Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre Echidna Place, 37 Dowling Street, Thargomindah QLD 4492 Phone: (07) 4621 8095 Email: tourism@bulloo.qld.gov.au - Web: www.thargotourism.com.au

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Barcoo Shire Incorporating the communities of:

Jundah, Stonehenge & Windorah Did you know? Barcoo is an Aboriginal word for water. This meaning is extra significant when you know Barcoo Shire is where two rivers become a creek. The Thomson and Barcoo Rivers merge, between Jundah and Windorah, to become Cooper Creek. These watercourses are the lifeblood of the Shire, providing water for the three towns of Jundah, Stonehenge and Windorah, as well as recreational opportunities including: fishing, skiing, swimming, kayaking, birdwatching, or just simply relaxing.

Jundah Visitor Information Centre 11 Dickson Street, Jundah QLD 4736 P: (07) 4658 6930 F: (07) 4658 6221 E: jundahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

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Stonehenge Visitor Information Centre Stratford Street, Stonehenge QLD 4730 P: (07) 4658 5857 F: (07) 4658 5859 E: stonehengeinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

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Windorah Visitor Information Centre 7 Maryborough Street, Windorah QLD 4481 P: (07) 4656 3063 F: (07) 4656 3137 E: windorahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au www.barcoo.qld.gov.au


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Events

t Gums, Sp inifex

Sheep Shenanigans

International Yabby Races

Bronco Branding and Gymkhana

Barcoo Shire Race Meeting

Jundah | 11 June 2016 www.facebook.com/jundahqld

& blue skies

Stonehenge | 20 & 21 August 2016 www.facebook.com/stonehengeqld

Windorah | 31 August 2016 www.facebook.com/windorah

Jundah | 1 October 2016 www.facebook.com/jundahqld

Things not to miss Barcoo Shire Race Meeting

Held the first weekend in October each year at Jundah. Known as the shire’s social event of the year, this is an event where you can enjoy friends and family. Book makers on course; bar; food and lots of entertainment both during the day and into the night. Fashions of the Field, Calcutta and raffles all provided with the Barcoo Shire’s famous outback hospitality.

International Yabby Races

Held the Wednesday evening before Birdsville Races in front of the Western Star Hotel in Windorah. A night of

unique entertainment with live yabby races, auctions, food, drinks and live entertainment between races. A night to experience and nothing like you will find anywhere else.

Bronco Branding and Gymkhana / Rodeo

Held mid-August in Stonehenge, which is the home of Bronco branding. Come along and witness the skill shown in this iconic Australian sport. Catch the thrills and spills of the rodeo and watch the horsemen and women test their mounts against the clock and each other in the gymkhana.

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BARCOO

INCOR PO RATING T HE COMMUN ITIES OF JU NDAH, STONEHE NGE & WIN DORAH

JUNDAH POPULATION 85

QGAP

Jundah, situated on the banks of the Thomson River, is the administration centre for the Barcoo Shire. Within walking distance the Thomson River provides a scenic fishing and recreational area with panoramic river views and drives. The tranquil lifestyle offers visitors a place to relax and experience true Outback hospitality.

POINTS OF INTEREST Welford National Park – 45km southsouth east of Jundah. A national park since 1992, Welford covers 124,000 hectares of nature’s diverse landscapes. Thomson River – Discover and explore the Thomson at your leisure. There are a variety of recreational activities that can be undertaken including fishing, swimming, yabbying, kayaking, birdwatching or just simply relaxing. The Native Well – Located 32km north of Jundah, the Native Well was a valuable water source for Indigenous people. Barcoo Shire Museum – A window into the early pioneering times of the district. Site of Magee’s Shanty – 90km east of Jundah, this is believed to be the site of the shanty immortalised in Banjo Paterson’s poem ‘A Bush Christening’ not far from the ruins of the Cobb & Co Pub and the lonely grave of goldminer Richard Magoffin who perished in 1885. Barcoo Shire Memorial Park – A green oasis if you’re wishing to take a break. Settler’s Nature Drive – Takes you on a 13.2km flora tour from Jundah along the Thomson River and back to Jundah with the different species of plants signposted. Archer Bros Pioneer Pathway – Take a leisurely walk around the outskirts of town along the path, stopping to read the pioneer profiles along the way and relevant information on the welcome signs at the entrances to town. Information Centre and Library – Wander into the spacious information centre and public library or catch up with friends and family back home via Wi-Fi or free internet access. Browse the many brochures on display and ask about the local history. Open Mon-Fri 8.30am – 5.00pm and Sat 11.00am – 1.00pm. P: (07) 4658 6930 or email jundahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au or tourism@barcoo.qld.gov.au.

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STONEHENGE POPULATION 30

Stonehenge may not resemble its namesake in the United Kingdom, nevertheless this Outback Queensland town is somewhat of a sentinel. It is the Defence Department’s site for the Over the Horizon radar initiative and, though a long way from the ocean, this system actually guards our coastline. Stonehenge is ideally situated for the birdwatching enthusiast with the Thomson River just 1km from town. Photograph the colourful profusion of galahs and cockatoos as well as brolgas, emus and wild budgies.

POINTS OF INTEREST John Egan Pioneer Track – A 19.8km round trip from the Community Centre. The four wheel drive track itself is just 9km featuring unusual rock formations, natural springs and tranquillity. Rock Holes – Less than 4km from town is an unexpected series of magnificent rock holes shaded by ghostly white gum trees, the perfect place to cool off after rains and enjoy the isolation. Swanvale Lookout – Situated half way between Stonehenge and Jundah. At the top of the ‘jump up’, a rest area offers scenic views and a great place to enjoy the sun setting into the western horizon. Stonehenge Address Book – Put the name of your town among the many others emblazoned by travellers. 2km on the Longreach side of the sealed Stonehenge turnoff and on the northern side of the road, town names can be seen embossed in stone. Community Centre and Library – Browse the Stonehenge public library or ask for assistance with information in relation to attractions and events in the area. Stonehenge also has the only mobile phone coverage in the Barcoo Shire. Open Mon-Fri 9.00am – 3.00pm P: (07) 4659 5857 or email stonehengeinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au.

POINTS OF INTEREST Cooper Creek – Camp under majestic river red gums lining the waterhole, throw a line in and sit back and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the bush, or a yarn around the campfire. Red Sandhills – Watch the sunset from the crest of a magnificent red sand dune while sipping a glass of your favourite wine, then take in the panorama of the starlit sky. Whitula Gate Museum – Wander through the restored 1900s slab hut which was built by the Rabbit Board as a boundary hut on Whitula Creek, west of town. 12km Nature Drive – Wind through a diverse range of landscapes between Windorah and Cooper Creek, with 45 plants identified and signposted along the way. The J.C. Ruins – Imagine what life was like in the township of Canterbury while you explore the ruins of the J.C. Hotel and cemetery, 80km west of Windorah. Solar Farm – On the edge of town five mirrored dishes 13.7m across provide daytime electricity to the town, a first for Queensland. History and Information Walk – Follow the booklet and map obtained at the Information Centre on a walk around town, learning about the town’s history and points of interest. Windorah Caravan Park – A central gathering point for the travelling community. Information Centre – Drop in for a Driver Reviver cuppa, browse the literature and displays, pick up all the brochures and maps you’ll need for your travels. Keep in touch while you’re away with free internet and Wi-Fi services. P: (07) 4656 3063 E: windorahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au Opening hours: April-Oct 8.30am – 5.00pm 7 days; Nov-March, Mon-Fri 8.30am – 5.00pm.

WINDORAH POPULATION 80

QGAP

Windorah is located on the junction of the Thomson Developmental Road to the north and the Diamantina Developmental Road to the east and west. Its close proximity to the famous Cooper Creek makes it synonymous with fishing, camping and birdwatching, and the red sandhills to its west are breathtakingly beautiful especially when experienced at sunset.

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Sandhills & Ghost Gums, Welford National Park


WESTERN STAR HOTEL/MOTEL

(07) 4656 3166

COOPER CABINS

(07) 4656 3101

Best Outback Queensland Pub 2014 The Western Star Hotel/Motel is a unique family owned hotel in the heart of Queensland’s Channel Country. We offer all the facilities and services of a modern hotel: Budget accommodation Bar & poolroom Self contained motel unit Beer garden and outdoor sitting area The Sandhill Grill restaurant

3.5 Star AAA Tourism, with onsite office Fully self-contained cabins with linen Reverse cycle air-conditioning Television Bar and licensed dining room BBQ area Laundry

Albert Street, Windorah QLD 4481 P : (07) 4656 3166 F: (07) 4656 3103 E: westernstarhotel@harboursat.com.au www.westernstarhotel.com.au

Your Hosts: Ross and Di Ward 11 Edward Street, Windorah QLD 4481 P: (07) 4656 3101 F: (07) 4656 3090

Jundah, Stonehenge & Windorah Experience our part of the outback, with its distinctive landscapes;  natures’ wondrous ora and fauna; vivid night skies; unique events  and genuine country hospitality of those living here in the outback.    You don’t need a four wheel drive to travel our roads, a conven�onal    vehicle will travel the roads in the shire during normal seasons.      A train or bus will get you to Longreach where you can hire a vehicle.  If you like ying, there are commercial ights into Windorah and Longreach    or you can y yourself and land at each of the towns on a sealed airstrip.    

Not sure how to get here!  

It’s worth the trip, whichever way you decide to come. 

For further information contact:

Jundah Information Centre

Phone: 07 4658 6930 Email: jundahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au

Stonehenge Information Centre

Phone: 07 4658 5857 Email: stonehengeinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au

Libraries / Wi‐Fi   Fuels  General Stores  Accommoda�on  Caravan Parks  Health Clinics  Government Services  Unique Events—Yabby  Racing; Sheep Shenanigans;  Bronco Branding plus many  more 

Windorah Information Centre

Phone: 07 4656 3063 Email: windorahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au

Minimal Impact Depending on how you drive, you can be a welcome visitor or someone who causes careless damage to roads and wildlife. Follow these tips for low impact driving: S  tay on existing roads and tracks. G  ive way to animals. Parks and forests are for their protection.

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TIPS

I f you get stuck, try not to use trees for winching. If you have no choice, use tree protectors. Wash your vehicle thoroughly before and after trips to prevent the spread of weeds.

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Diamantina Shire Incorporating the communities of:

Birdsville, Bedourie & Betoota Did you know? The area surrounding Birdsville was first explored as early as 1845, while surveyor Charles Sturt was searching for an Inland sea. Today, 170 years later, there are 245 people living in the Diamantina Shire and the town of Birdsville swells up to 8000 during the weekend of the Birdsville Races on the first weekend in September.

Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre 29 Burt Street, Birdsville QLD 4482 P: (07) 4656 3300 F: (07) 4656 3302 E: info@diamantina.qld.gov.au www.facebook.com/thediamantina

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Bedourie Outback Visitor Centre 13 Herbert Street, Bedourie QLD 4829 P: 1300 794 257 F: (07) 4746 1272 E: visitors@diamantina.qld.gov.au www.thediamantina.com.au

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Events Betoota Gymkhana

Betoota | 2-3 April 2016 www.facebook.com/BetootaOutbackQld

Birdsville Campdraft, Rodeo & Bronco Branding

Birdsville Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana Birdsville | 25-26 June 2016 www.facebook.com/BirdsvilleSocialClubInc

Bedourie | 7-8 May 2016 www.facebook.com/BirdsvilleSocialClubInc

Things not to miss For a real Aussie outback adventure, head out into the vast and contrasting landscapes of the Diamantina Shire. Here you’ll experience the outback at its full potential – set against an amazing backdrop of spectacular sand dunes, wide open plains, endless blue skies and under the breathtaking stars at night.

Big Red Run and Big Red Bash

4-6 July 2016. Race through the Simpson Desert or watch big name artists perform on Big Red.

Bedourie Camel and Pig Races & Camp Oven Cook-Off

Saturday 9 July 2016. Watch as hundreds of people converge in town a couple of days after the Big Red Bash to watch dozens of camels race. With the races also incorporating a traditional camp

oven cook-off, wood chopping and novelty events for the young and young at heart. It’s a great fun day out where the whole family can experience a wide range of outback events.

Betoota Races

Held in an outback ghost town, the races happen on the last Saturday of August, kicking off the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival.

Birdsville Races

Attend one of the biggest events on the Australian racing calendar. Happening on the 2 & 3 of September 2016.

Bedourie Races

Don’t miss the final and ultimate event in the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival. Racegoers are invited to ‘Dress the Desert Pink’ in support of Breast Cancer Research.

Enjoy an outback sunset at Big Red

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DIAMANTINA SHIRE

INCOR PO RATING T HE CO M M U N ITIES OF B IR DSVIL B E DOU R LE , IE & B ETO OTA

BIRDSVILLE Population 115 Dreamtime Serpent in Betoota

Your great Outback escape awaits. Explore what lies beyond the famous Birdsville Track and find the frontier town of Birdsville at the end. Deep in the heart of wild and isolated country, stunning Birdsville is situated between the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert, the vast gibber plains of Sturt Stony Desert to the south, and rich Channel Country to the north. See what was once a notorious place through which cattle drovers moved their stock transformed into a thriving modern community where guests can enjoy a cold drink or back a winner at the world-renowned Birdsville Races, respectively. It’s a treat you won’t get to experience anywhere else.

POINTS OF INTEREST Big Red – Watch the sun set over Big Red, the tallest sand dune in the Simpson Desert. Diamantina River – Catch fresh fish for dinner. Inland Mission Hospital Museum – Explore the Australian Inland Mission Hospital Museum. Birdsville Billabong – Spend an unforgettable day with family and friends at the Birdsville Billabong – where birdlife, fish, yabbies and marsupials abound. Local Artists – Unleash your inner art fan and wander through the town of Birdsville, where a number of local artists working in different mediums offer their interpretations of our unique land, lifestyle and people of the Diamantina Shire.

Birdsville Races

BEDOURIE Population 120

An Oasis in the desert. Bedourie, meaning ‘dust storm’, is a quaint little town with a population of 120 people. Perched on a sand dune and surrounded by Eyre Creek, it is the administrative centre of the huge 95,000 square kilometres of the Diamantina Shire – perfect for a one-of-a-kind getaway. In the 1880s, Bedourie was a major watering and rest stop for drovers moving cattle from the Northern Territory and northwest Queensland to the customs collection point in Birdsville, 200 kilometres south. For a small community, the town has excellent facilities including a hotel/motel, two caravan parks, a restaurant and tavern, general store, wireless internet, fuel services, police station and a medical clinic. Everything you need is right here.

POINTS OF INTEREST The Historic Mud Hut – This stabilised earth house dates from the 1880s and is believed to be one of the first buildings constructed in Bedourie. Art – The new artistic representation of a dust storm that stands on Herbert Street. This structure is in Wangkamardla Country and represents the dust storm and whirly winds, which were a way the spirits travelled. The Vaughan Johnson Lookout – Affectionately known as ‘the loo with a view’, it offers a great view of the channel country. The Renowned Wetland of Cuttaburra Crossing – One of the few permanent waterholes and is therefore a definite stopping point for birdwatchers. Carcoory Ruins – Carcoory Homestead Ruins are an example of the rich history of the Diamantina. Sidney Kidman bought the property in 1899. The Diamantina National Park – One of the most glorious sights in nature, the Diamantina National Park is a must-visit destination and was named one of Australia’s top 10 National Parks by the Worldwide Fund for Nature.

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Bedourie Camp Oven – Borne of necessity under a tree in Bedourie during the 1920s by a tin smith, the Bedourie Camp Oven was constructed for the drovers and cameleers and is well-known today throughout Australia.

BETOOTA Population 0 Come alive and ride in the great Australian Outback! Betoota stands on a vast gibber plain, 170 kilometres east of Birdsville. While Betoota is mainly a ghost town, it comes alive twice a year. The annual Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana are held on the first weekend of Queensland Easter school holidays and again during the last weekend in August when this tiny ghost town explodes with all the colour and excitement of the Betoota Races, kicking off the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival. Betoota is 70 metres above sea level and has an annual rainfall of just 300 millimetres. In 1885, the Queensland Government set up a customs post here to collect tolls for stock as they travelled to South Australia. The toll station operated up until Federation in 1901. Betoota was also once a Cobb & Co change station. In the 1880s, three hotels were established here, along with a police station, store and a post office. The last-standing hotel was a favourite spot for tourists until it closed in October 1997. In fact, the publican, Simon Remienko, was the sole resident of Betoota for many years and was once stranded on the Birdsville Track for 18 weeks with his truckload of eight tonnes of beer. Now that’s a lot of beer.

POINTS OF INTEREST Browns Creek – A popular camping area near the Betoota Hotel. Deon’s Lookout – The perfect place for travellers to take a break and drink in the spectacular view. The Dreamtime Serpent – A work of art representing a series of pathways travelled through country to connect the river systems in the Channel Country of the Diamantina Shire. The Serpent has been created using gravel and gibbers found throughout the shire.


DESERT EDGE TOURS

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Boulia Shire Incorporating the communities of:

Boulia & Urandangie Did you know? Boulia Shire is located on the edge of the Simpson Desert and Northern Territory border taking in 61,000 square kilometres of some of the most beautiful scenery in Outback Queensland. Capital of the Channel Country, Land of the Min Min Light and home to the Melbourne Cup of Camel Racing the famous Boulia Camel Races. Boulia is the last Queensland town on the Outback Highway which stretches from Winton in Queensland to Laverton in Western Australia – it is the world’s longest shortcut as it can take you from Cairns to Perth. Your time in Boulia will be a time you will never forget with a jam-packed calendar of events held throughout the year and some world class attractions to visit.

Min Min Encounter and Visitor Information Centre 25 Herbert Street, Boulia QLD 4829 P: (07) 4746 3386 F: (07) 4746 3387 E: tourism@boulia.qld.gov.au www.boulia.qld.gov.au

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Events Easter Races, Rodeo & Campdraft

CWA Spring Fair

20th Boulia Camel Races

Diamonds & Dust Ball

Boulia | March 2016 Boulia | July 2016

Boulia | August 2016 Boulia | November 2016

Outback Drags

Boulia | August 2016 Email tourism@boulia.qld.gov.au for information on all events.

Things not to miss Easter Races, Rodeo & Campdraft

Get wrapped in the country racing atmosphere, feel the adrenaline rush of the Rodeo, see the skill of horse and rider showcased at the Campdraft, and watch the speed and daring of the riders fiercely compete in the Gymkhana. Enjoy a yarn, a cold drink and music till the dust settles.

Boulia Camel Races

Held annually on the 3rd weekend of July the Camel Races attracts people from all over the world to Boulia where it’s not unusual for the town’s population to swell from 200 to 2000 for the weekend racing carnival. The Boulia Camel Cup is the longest Camel Race in Australia, an event

that is a must to add to your bucket list for Outback Queensland.

Outback Drags

Held in August this event will get your motors revving for a adrenaline pumping event with competitors from near and far heading to Boulia to satisfy their need for speed and burnt rubber.

CWA Spring Fair

Held in August this event showcases the amazing talents of locals throughout the Boulia Shire and Region from craftwork, baking, gardening to photography. A great event to come and share in the country hospitality Boulia is proud to have.

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BOULIA SHIR E

INCOR PO RATING T HE CO M M U N ITIES OF BOULIA & URANDA NG IE

BOULIA POPULATION 300

There are a lot of bush yarns and legends in this Outback country, but the people of Boulia reckon the pick of the bunch are the ones about the mysterious Queensland icon, the Min Min Light. Here is a yarn about the light they would like to share with you: It was shortly after the Min Min Hotel was destroyed by fire around 1912, when a stockman had one of the first experiences with the Min Min Light: ‘About 10.00pm, I was riding to Boulia and passed close to the Min Min graveyard. The night was somewhat cloudy. All of a sudden I saw a strange glow right in the middle of the cemetery. It got bigger until it was the size of a large watermelon. I couldn’t believe my eyes as I watched it hovering over the graveyard. I broke into a cold sweat as it started coming toward me. It was too much for my nerves. I dug the spurs into my horse and headed for Boulia as fast as I could go. Every time I looked back the light seemed to be following me. It only disappeared out of Boulia.’ Then in rapid succession came two more reports to substantiate the stockman’s story. A woman and her husband reported seeing a mysterious light which intensified in brightness and moved away from them. They were strangers to the area and had never heard of the Min Min Light. Their feeling was one of curiosity rather than fear. Another stationhand had seen the light rise out of the old hotel graveyard, bounce through the air for a considerable distance and then suddenly disappear. Many more sightings of the Min Min Light have followed since these initial few, starting the legend of the mysterious lights that has never been solved.

POINTS OF INTEREST The Min Min Encounter Complex – To preserve the history and myths surrounding the Min Min Light, the Boulia Shire Council created the Min Min Encounter Complex. Be part of a 45-minute show introducing you to characters like Gunna and Bluey who have seen the light. Join Trish McGreil and her husband Ian on the porch of their station house and hear their stories about the lights and the possible explanations. But remember this – you don’t go looking for the Min Min, the Min Min goes looking for you! The Marine Reptile Fossil Display – More than a hundred million years ago Boulia lay on the western edge of a vast inland

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sea while Hughenden and Richmond were close to the eastern shore. 110 million years ago this area was in an inland sea named the Eromanga Sea. Marine reptiles such as the long-necked Plesiosaur (looking very much like the Loch Ness monster), the Kronosaurus and the Icthyosaur were to be found in this inland sea. The Marine Reptile Fossil Display has a wonderful collection of fossils that are world class. The Stonehouse – The stonehouse is a 135-year-old Heritage-listed cottage made from rock and filled with rubble inside the walls. In the grounds are located machinery and historical artifacts from 150 years ago. Sports and Aquatic Centre – A state of the art Sports and Aquatic Centre is right at your fingertips when you come to Boulia. The complex has a 25 metre pool, splash pool, a multi-purpose court, gymnasium, tennis courts and two squash courts. Boulia’s 18-hole Sand Green Course – While in the mood for combining exercise and socialising, don’t forget to pack your golf clubs or hire some to play on Boulia’s 18-hole sand green course and meet the locals in the clubhouse. Police Barracks Waterhole – Yellow belly and redclaw can be found at the Police Barracks Waterhole and also in the Burke River. Diamantina National Park – Boulia is the gateway to the Diamantina National Park, home to abundant bird life including the rain bird, black-faced cuckoo, lorikeets, brolgas and plain turkey/bustards.

weekend of July each year. Visitors flock to the Boulia race course to watch the ‘Ships of the Desert’ race (hopefully the right way) around the track. Use of all facilities is included in the entry fee. Easter Outback-Style – Each year the town celebrates Easter Outback-style with races, rodeo and a campdraft, guaranteed to be an action-packed weekend from cowboys on bucking bulls to jockeys pacing their steeds to the finish post!

URANDANGIE POPULATION 40 While you are in the area visit Urandangie, a unique town near the Northern Territory border and part of the Boulia Shire. The township was founded in 1885 with a humble general store. Over the years the tiny town grew, and by the 1920s there were two stores, a hotel, dance hall, post office, police station and several private residences. It was an important centre for travellers and drovers on the Georgina and other stock routes.

POINTS OF INTEREST The Dangi Pub – Offers hotel-style accommodation and meals (by arrangement only) and the camping grounds are free of charge. Good fishing and birdwatching spots can be found along the Georgina River.

Boulia Camel Races – Boulia is home to the iconic Boulia Camel Races, the richest professional camel races in Queensland and the longest camel race in Australia running a 1500m cup final, making it the Melbourne Cup of Camel racing. This event is held on the third The Dangi Pub

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Remote Areas Always check road and weather conditions before travelling into remote areas. Advise the police or some other responsible person of your intended itinerary and report back on your arrival. Two-way radios or satellite phones are recommended as normal mobile phones do not work in remote areas. Spare fuel should be carried outside the passenger compartment and always gauge your requirements – overladen vehicles invariably get into trouble. If you break down, stay with the vehicle until help arrives.

BOULIA CAMEL RACES

Happening on 15-17 July 2016, the Boulia Camel Races are famous in these parts, particularly the Quarter-Mile Flyer and the Camel Cup. Three-day event Monster fireworks Live music, entertainment and magic show Trackside entertainment with foot races, camel tagging and rides, market stalls, belly dancing and heaps more

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Fires Most roads run through private property or national parks and open fires should never be lit. Use only designated fireplaces.

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Blackall-Tambo Region Incorporating the communities of:

Blackall & Tambo Did you know?

The Blackall-Tambo Region is located on the Queensland Mitchell Grass Downs which was named after the rolling open downs of Southern England. The region was explored by Major Mitchell in 1846 who described the area as the finest and most extensive pastoral region he had ever found. Tambo is the oldest town in the Central West and both towns are steeped in history with an extensive collection of features that offer history, culture and reflections of Australia’s pioneer heritage.

Blackall Visitor Information Centre 145a Shamrock Street, Blackall QLD 4472 P: (07) 4657 4637 F: (07) 4657 4913 E: binfo@btrc.qld.gov.au www.blackalltambotourism.com.au

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Tambo Information Centre 9 Arthur Street, Tambo QLD 4478 P: (07) 4654 6408 F: (07) 4621 6660 E: tourism@btrc.qld.gov.au www.blackalltambotourism.com.au

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Events Tambo Stock Show

Tambo Showgrounds | 23 April 2016

Blackall Show

Heartland Festival

Blackall | October 2016 www.blackallheartlandfestival.com.au

Blackall Showgrounds | 30 April 2016 www.facebook.com/blackall.show

Anglican Flower Show

Tambo Cup Race Day

Living Arts Centre – ‘Out There’ Retreats & Workshops

Tambo Racecourse | 4 June 2016

Shockwave

Blackall | 13 & 14 August 2016 www.facebook.com/ShockwaveFestival

Blackall Cultural Centre | 10 September 2016

Blackall | April – September 2016 www.blackallcultural.org.au

Things not to miss Country at its Best Come along to the annual Blackall and Tambo Shows. Enjoy regional hospitality and a great day full of events, displays, rides and stalls.

Shockwave Be amazingly entertained when you experience what the youth of the outback can offer with this youth arts program and festival.

Races Country Style

Country races offer more than just horse-racing, with fashions of the field, bookmakers on site, bar and catering facilities. Add in great outback hospitality and you’ll have a day to remember.

10 Days of Entertainment

The Blackall Heartland Festival offers a diverse collection of events based on arts and cultural activities at the home of the Black Stump.

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ATING TH E CO M M U N ITIES OF B LACKA LL & TAM BO

BLACKALL Population 1,588

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Well renowned for its friendliness and welcoming, peaceful, relaxed atmosphere, Blackall is a great place to stop awhile and take in some true-blue Outback hospitality from friendly locals. Though a quiet town, you will be surprised at how much this small town can offer, with treasures that cover over a hundred years.

POINTS OF INTEREST Blackall Woolscour – The only steam driven wool-washing plant left fully intact in Australia. Hourly tours are available seven days a week all year round and for a more authentic feel, visit from May to August when it operates on steam. The Woolscour has one of the few remaining examples of a free flowing artesian bore. Aquatic Centre – Located on the edge of town is an oasis in the central-west with an artesian bubble-spa and 50m swimming pool. Here you can rest, relax and revive all year round as the water is heated in the winter months. Jack Howe Memorial Statue – Located outside the Universal Garden Centre. Inside the centre is a gallery relating to Jack Howe and Blackall history. The Black Stump – Visit the site of the famous stump which was used to survey a meridional circuit and where the saying ‘Anything west of here is beyond the Black Stump’ originated. Masonic Lodge – Built in 1908 and restored to its original condition. Fossilised Tree Stump – Located in Shamrock Street this stump is over a 1 000 000 years old. Major Mitchell Clock – Dedicated to the band of explorers who explored the region in 1846. Australian Labor Federation Memorial – Commemorates the first meeting of the first shearers’ union in December 1886. Sculptures & Art Work – Eagles Nest, Circle of Friends and Roly Poly by Richard Moffatt; Bottle Tree by Adriaan Vanderlugt; Lifespan by Fredrick White; Wood, Water and Wool by Robert Bridgewater; Major Edgar Towner who was awarded the Victoria Cross and the Military Cross in WWI

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Blackall Woolscour

by sculptor William Eicholtz. Murals by local artist Bob Wilson – The Don, Pioneer Bore, Black Stump and others. Ram Park – View the big Ram which symbolises the importance of the wool industry, and buildings and machinery which exhibit Blackall and Yalleroi’s history. For more information on these and other attractions in Blackall call into the information centre located in the Railway Station. Idalia National Park – 112 kilometres from Blackall, this park has majestic red river gums, spring-fed waterholes, rocky escarpments and a variety of local flora and fauna.

TAMBO POPULATION 611

Tambo is the halfway point between Brisbane and Mount Isa. This small town delivers on warmth and charm and welcomes visitors with its friendliness. This town offers the visitor a chance to relax and refresh and take in the free attractions. There is accommodation to suit all budgets as well as some great food from local cafes and hotels.

POINTS OF INTEREST Tambo Dam – Once the water supply for the town it is located at the eastern entrance to the town and provides a welcome picnic area along with free barbecues. For the bird watchers there is a bird hide and for those looking for exercise there is a walking track and static gym equipment. Some water would be great after our long drought.

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Wild and Woolly – This whimsical wool truck was created by artist Christopher Trotter. Representative of a time when wool was king in the Outback and small body trucks piled high with bales of the natural fibre lumbered through town. The Historical Courthouse – Home to the Visitor Information Centre as well as the Library. Ask about a Tourist Card. Admire the quilt made by locals on the back wall. Internet computers available. Tambo Heritage Post and Telegraph Buildings – These buildings offer the visitor a glimpse into the past with their exhibitions and interactive displays. Homemade crafts for sale. Free Entry. Tambo Teddies – These heart stealing wool bears can be found at their home in the middle of town. Tambo Rural Fire Brigade – Visit Flo who is a 1921 Dennis Fire Engine. When she was superseded she fell into disrepair. Members of the community came together to strip her down, rebuild her and present her dressed up. Grassland Gallery – A modern gallery which has several exhibitions throughout the year. A number of different styles are shown each year. Free entry. EE Parr Park – Located in the centre of town this park provides shaded picnic areas and free barbecues. For the smaller traveller there is a fenced playground area. The Heritage Walk – Take in the town’s buildings where history is being preserved. Coolibah Walk – Stroll along the banks of the Barcoo River taking in the flora and fauna and the Qantas crash site. Salvator Rosa National Park – Head out on the Wilderness Way Drive and admire the twisted sandstone ranges, the unique flora and the natural springs.


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Self contained cabins/units/holiday house Large drive through grass/slab sites Camp oven roast dinners every evening (May - Aug) Live entertainment (May - Aug) Damper making demonstrations Coffee Shop, Free Wi-Fi, Pets welcome Walk to shops/pubs/artesian pool and spa 53 Garden Street, Blackall QLD 4472 P: (07) 4657 4816 E: blackallpark@bigpond.com www.BlackallCaravanPark.com.au

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(07) 4654 6223 Tambo Teddies create innovative quality Australian made 100% natural woollen products. We produce cuddly soft teddy bears, echidnas, koalas and are the makers of the original flat teddy, the Bickie Bear. All handcrafted in the tiny Outback town of Tambo. Get your Tambo Teddy and have a friend for life! 17 Arthur Street, Tambo QLD 4478 P: (07) 4654 6223 E: info@tamboteddies.com.au www.tamboteddies.com.au

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The Blackall Heartland Festival is an annual event with 3 full days of activities. From art, music, country racing, sheep races and billy carts to boot! Grab a mate and enter the Jack Howe Blades and Blisters Challenge. With direct flights from Brisbane to Blackall, it’s never been easier to visit. See you in October. E: blackallheartlandfestival@gmail.com www.blackallheartlandfestival.com.au

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Many roads are gated and cross station properties. The rule of the Outback is to leave gates in the same way that you find them, i.e. if the gate is closed when you get there, close it again after you drive through or, if the gate is open when you arrive, leave it open.

Check-in

Simply head on in to participating Visitor Information Centres in Outback Queensland. Ask the VIC staff for the code. Enter into your Mates App.

Animals If you see stock or wild animals near the road, slow down; don’t swerve as this may cause your vehicle to roll. Be patient of stock and wary of kangaroos and emus. It pays to be vigilant when driving in the Outback, especially either side of sunrise or sunset, when kangaroos tend to be at their most active and the light more difficult.

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Barcaldine Region Incorporating the communities of:

Alpha, Jericho, Barcaldine, Aramac & Muttaburra Did you know? Situated in the heart of central western Queensland, our region offers visitors a warm, outback welcome and experience. This friendly country hospitality comes naturally to us as our five towns – Alpha, Jericho, Barcaldine, Aramac and Muttaburra – all retain and share those good, old fashioned, small town values and charm. Since the late 1800s our main industries have been sheep and cattle production. While we continue to produce high quality wool and beef, we’ve developed a thriving tourism industry to showcase the beauty and diversity of our region. Our rich heritage, Indigenous culture, natural landscapes, variety of fauna and flora, lakes and rivers, arts attractions, events and festival ensure there is something for everyone. There is so much to do and see and every one of us invites you to spend some time in the region we love and call home. Please feel free to stop and chat and most importantly – make yourself at home!

Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre Oak Street, Barcaldine QLD 4725 P: (07) 4651 1724 F: (07) 4651 2243 E: tourism@barc.qld.gov.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

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Muttaburra Information Centre Postal Agency 16 Sword Street, Muttaburra QLD 4732 P: (07) 4658 7147

Alpha Tourist Information Centre Rowley Roberts Tourist Information Centre 43-45 Shakespeare Street, Alpha QLD 4724 P: (07) 4985 1050

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Jericho Tourist Information Centre Post Office 8 Darwin Street, Jericho QLD 4728 P: (07) 4651 4129

Aramac Information Centre Barcaldine Regional Council 35 Gordon Street, Aramac QLD 4726 P: (07) 4652 9999


Events Tree of Knowledge Festival

Barcaldine | 28 April – 2 May 2016 www.treeofknowledge.com.au

Alpha Races

Alpha | 25 June 2016

Show Circuit

Landsborough Flock Ewe Show Muttaburra | 4 June 2016

Aramac Races

Aramac | 28 May 2016

Jericho Drive-In Theatre

Jericho | Once a month during winter

Barcaldine | 7 May 2016 Alpha | 16-18 May 2016

Things not to miss Tree of Knowledge Festival Celebrate the May Day tradition at the Tree of Knowledge Festival, Barcaldine and be a part of great country hospitality and entertainment including... May Day March – Goat Racing – Tree of Knowledge Cup Race Meeting – Town Party – Barcy Revfest – ‘Eighth Mile, Outback Style’ – Rugby League – Markets.

Racing Series

Enjoy the very best of country racing at Alpha, Barcaldine, Aramac and Muttaburra. Place a bet with the local bookmakers or on the TAB. Participate in the fashions on the field, or just kick back with a drink and a great meal.

Show Circuit

What can be better than attending a local show if you want to immerse yourself in country Queensland culture. Animal events and exhibitions, art, photography, cooking, produce competitions, stalls, sideshow and rides and much more. Not to be missed.

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BARCALDINE REGION INCOR PO R

ATING TH E CO M M U N ITIES OF ALPHA , JER ICHO , BARCALD INE , ARAMAC & MUTTA BUR RA

ALPHA & DISTRICT Population 350

Alpha, the ‘Gateway to the West’, was named after an early property in the area which was taken up in 1863 and then became established as a service town for railway construction workers. It is best known as the ‘Town of Murals’. Our 28 murals beautifully illustrate the day to day life of people in the bush and the pioneering history of our district.

POINTS OF INTEREST

ARAMAC & DISTRICT Population 300

Aramac is one of the oldest towns in the central west and steeped in history. The district was one of the biggest wool producers in Australia but it’s the history of the local cattle industry that made Aramac famous. The infamous Harry Redford (Captain Starlight) was a drover and cattle duffer who stole cattle from the Aramac area and drove them to South Australia. Among cattle he stole was the white bull from Bowen Downs which nearly proved to be his undoing.

POINTS OF INTEREST

The White Bull – Statue of the white bull from Captain Starlight fame that stands proudly in the centre of town.

Jane Neville Rolf Art Gallery – The Gallery showcases the works of local artists as well as internationally renowned artists.

Harry Redford Interpretive Centre – Contains information about the fascinating story of Harry and his cattle duffing exploits and photographs from the annual Harry Redford Cattle Drives.

The Fossilised Forest Sculpture – The Alpha region is famous for its petrified wood.

Natural Attractions – Lake Dunn, Healing Circle, Gray Rock and Horsetailer’s Gorge.

MUTTABURRA & DISTRICT

Population 100

JERICHO & DISTRICT Population 100 The tranquil and charming township of Jericho is situated on the banks of the Jordan River, south of Lake Galilee. It was originally settled when the railway line reached the banks of the Jordan River in 1885.

Muttaburra, meaning ‘the meeting of the waters’ is situated near the junction of the Thomson, Landsborough Rivers and Cornish Creek where you can explore the natural environment and fishing spots along the system.

Jericho is home to one of the smallest, still operating drive-in theatres in Australia. Once a month the theatre hosts a movie- double featuring the latest movies.

Muttaburra is situated not far from the geographical centre of Queensland and home to the Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni, the first most complete dinosaur discovered in 1963.

POINTS OF INTEREST

POINTS OF INTEREST

The Crystal Trumpeters – This monument tells the story of the original Jericho and its biblical heritage.

Dr Arratta Memorial Hospital Museum – Displays medical history from the turn of the century.

Redbank Park – A great place to bush walk, bird watch and fish.

Cassimatis Store and Cottage – Showcases the contribution of the Cassimatis family, one of the many Greek families who first settled in the community.

Murals – Located throughout the town, they depict the history, local wildlife and lifestyle of the pioneering era of the region. Jericho Drive-In – Smallest operating drive-in theatre in the Southern Hemisphere. The Trumpeter – Barbed wire sculpture by a local artist.

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BARCALDINE & DISTRICT Population 1,500

Tramway Museum – Contains memorabilia from the early years of settlement, the most famous piece is the restored ‘Aunt Emma’ RN28 rail motor.

Walking tracks – If you enjoy walking there are a number of interesting walks in and around Alpha.

Tivoli Theatre Museum – Houses a collection of memorabilia from the early settlement days of Alpha.

Tree of Knowledge Memorial

Explore the Public Art Trail – A series of winning and donated collections depicting our history and showcasing our natural environment.

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Barcaldine is situated on the junction of the Capricorn and Landsborough Highways and is known as the Garden City of the West. Barcaldine is home to the Tree of Knowledge, the reputed birthplace of the labour movement in Australia. The famous tree has been preserved and placed under an award winning timber structure that was constructed to protect the preserved tree and celebrate its importance in Australia’s history. ‘The Globe’ is a multifunctional building designed specifically for arts and tourism. The restored hotel contains a modern Visitor Information Centre, history room and art gallery.

POINTS OF INTEREST Tree of Knowledge Memorial – Barcaldine’s most famous and much loved attraction is located in Oak Street. Australian Workers Heritage Centre – A museum-styled complex located on two hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding a sparkling bore-fed billabong. Barcaldine and District Historical Museum – Houses an extensive collection of artefacts which epitomise the pioneering history of Barcaldine and surrounding districts. Between the Bougainvilleas Heritage Trail – An award winning heritage trail that showcases some of Barcaldine’s varied and colourful history. Radio Picture Theatre – Opened in 1926 and houses the original canvas seats and painted proscenium around the screen. Natural Attractions – Frazer Way Walking Path, Barcaldine Botanical Walk, Artesian Water.


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(07) 4651 1488

Barcaldine Country Motor Inn has the best position in town, friendly staff and large country homecooked meals. 20 air-conditioned ground floor units all with undercover car parking and fully concreted driveways. Within walking distance to local tourist attractions. 1 Box Street, Barcaldine QLD 4725 P: (07) 4651 1488 F: (07) 4651 1847 E: countrymotorinn@bigpond.com

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The award winning Yeast2West Bakeries in Barcaldine and Longreach prepare products from scratch using natural, fresh ingredients seven days a week. Come grab a pie from the 2014 Grand Champion Bakery in Queensland. Daily fresh bread Specialising in Artisan and special dietary breads Pies and pastries Soft drinks and milk shakes Cakes for special occasions

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NEW ROYAL HOTEL

(07) 4985 4754 A true Aussie Pub located in the heart of the Gemfields, local construction and characters. Grab a cold beer or wine and enjoy a great meal, stay in the unique log cabins or top up your supplies at the Bottleshop.

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS VISITOR CENTRES

Corner of Keilambete and Goanna Flats Roads Rubyvale QLD 4702 P: (07) 4985 4754 E: info@rubyvalehotel.com.au www.rubyvalehotel.com.au

BLUE GEM TOURIST PARK

(07) 4985 4162

Located in the heart of the Sapphire Gemfields. Large Grassed Sites for Vans & Camping Cabins Great Take Away Food Fossicking Park Convenience Store Fuel, Gas, Ice Sapphire Jewellery Pet Friendly Excellent customer service every time. 925 Anakie-Sapphire Road, Sapphire QLD 4702 P: (07) 4985 4162 E: kanya2@bigpond.com www.bluegemtouristpark.com.au

MINERS HERITAGE WALK-IN MINE

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Want to discover a hidden gem in Queensland’s Central Highlands? Here’s my top 5: Enjoy a stroll through our Go fishing or red-clawing Take a coal mine tour or visit a Sandstone Wilderness pioneer village National Parks Fossick for a sapphire in the Wine, dine, go shopping or just Sapphire Gemfields relax round a pool Drop into a local Central Highlands Visitor Centre for your general information needs, community events, town services, tours, attractions and accommodation advice. Emerald Visitor Information Centre 3 Clermont Street P: 07 4982 4142 E: emerald@chdc.com.au Springsure Federation Woolshed Information Centre P: 07 4984 1961

Australia’s Largest Underground Sapphire Mine Tour Established 1984 Designer Sapphire Jewellery Guided Tours Giftware, Crystals and Minerals Award winning Showroom Fossicking Park Undercover Picnic Area

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The Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn provides modern, stylish, four star accommodation. We offer comfort in a relaxed environment with a range of services including high speed wireless internet, two independently owned onsite restaurants, room service, a swimming pool and gym.

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Carnarvon Gorge Camping and Accommodation Spacious powered and unpowered sites Award winning tour guide Safari tents, cabins and studios Open all year round Top rated facilities Accessible to all vehicles Internet available Reconnect with nature Recommended 4 – 6 night stay

Blackwater Rodeo ......................................................................................30 April Springsure Show.........................................................................................27-28 May Gemfest – Festival of Gems ...............................................................11-14 August Dingo Trap Throwing and Races .....................................................20 August Central Highlands Multicultural Festival .................................27 August Capella Pioneer Village Heritage Day ........................................10 September For more events in the Central Highlands visit www.centralhighlands.com.au or drop into one of our friendly visitor information centres.

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Longreach Region Incorporating the communities of:

Longreach, Ilfracombe, Isisford, Yaraka & Emmet Did you know? Longreach derives its name from the ‘long reach’ of the Thomson River. The first Qantas booking office for Qantas was established in the town and the original name for Qantas is ‘Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services’. Four million sheep grazed the current Longreach region in the 1890s. The town is on the Tropic of Capricorn. Each street in Longreach is named after a species of bird, with those streets running east-west named after water birds and land birds for those running north-south.

Longreach Region Visitor Information Centre Qantas Park, 97 Eagle Street, Longreach QLD 4730 P: (07) 4658 4150 E: visitinf@longreach.qld.gov.au www.longreachtourism.com.au

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Events The Longreach Show

Longreach Triathlon & Colour Dash

Picnic Races

Outback Concert & Heritage weekend

Longreach | 14 May 2016

Longreach | 1-2 October 2016

Longreach | 14-16 October 2016 Longreach | February – November 2016; Ilfracombe | July 2016; Isisford | October 2016

Fishing competitions

Isisford | July 2016; Longreach | August 2016 Visit www.longreachtourism.com.au for information on all events.

Things not to miss The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum

Explorer’, and enjoy a hearty meal and entertainment along the river banks.

Visit the world class attractions of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum with their Longreach links to the iconic Australian Stockman and the founding of an international airline.

A gallop through history on a Cobb & Co stagecoach ride followed by a performance at the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show.

Sunset Cruise

A sunset cruise along the Thomson River aboard either the ‘Thomson Belle’ paddle wheeler cruise or ‘MV Longreach

Mount Slowcom

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Outback Sunsets

An outback sunset at Starlight’s Lookout near Longreach or Mount Slowcombe at Yaraka.

Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre

The 100 million year old Bulldog Fish at the Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre, Isisford.

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LONGREACH

INCOR PO RATING T HE CO M M U N ITIES OF LONG R EA ILFRACO CH, MB E , ISIS F O R D, YARAKA & EMMET

LONGREACH Population 3,624

Iconic attractions set amidst a wonderful natural landscape welcome you into this unique and friendly outback town. Immerse yourself in history at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum. Discover the beauty of the natural landscapes cruising the Thomson River taking in a breathtaking outback sunset on the river or atop Starlight’s Lookout. Gallop through the scrub on a Cobb & Co. stagecoach. Enjoy top class outback entertainment at evening shows. Refresh at the outdoor and heated indoor pools. Longreach is not just a town but a way of life and a bustling hub in winter with locals and visitors.

POINTS OF INTEREST Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame – Pays tribute to Australia’s pioneering legends and outlines our outback history. Includes artefacts, electronic displays, photographs and films. Qantas Founders Museum – This world class attraction commemorates the founders of this great Australian company that became a leader in world aviation. Be guided through a passenger jet, take a wing walk or test your skills in the flight simulator. Cruises & Outback Shows – Step aboard the ‘Thomson Belle’ paddle wheeler cruise and spend an evening on the Thomson River complete with a camp oven dinner with entertainment; or enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner and bush entertainment after soaking up an outback sunset aboard the ‘MV Longreach Explorer’. Cobb & Co. Tours – Experience the pioneering past on a Cobb & Co. coach as you gallop through the Longreach common. Afterwards enjoy the Old Time Tent Show at the Kinnon & Co. Station Store and browse through outback products. Dine at the Changing Station Café. Camden Park Station Tour – Meet the Walker family on their property as you experience a working sheep and cattle station. Walk through the historical Homestead Gardens, Shearing Shed and Cattle Yards then tour the farm after a scrumptious smoko. Longreach Visitor Information Centre – For all your information on where to stay and visit.

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Longreach Powerhouse Museum – The largest preserved rural generating facility in Australia. Unearth local history with exhibits that include the powerhouse generating equipment and examples of social and commercial life in years gone by. School of Distance Education – Take a fascinating tour through one of the largest classrooms in the world. Queensland Helicopters – Offer a fantastic range of scenic flights in the region. Longreach Arts and Crafts Centre – This beautiful building houses a gallery of local artists’ work. Nature Walk – The Longreach Botanic walkway – A 2.5km interpretive native flora walk between the town centre and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Iningai Nature Park. Located on the Longreach Town common, the walk includes sections of floodplains and waterholes. Cemetery Tours – Step back in time for a guided tour amidst the fascinating history of Longreach Cemetery.

ILFRACOMBE Population 349

Romani Hall – A thought-provoking tribute to the young men of the district who answered ‘the call to arms’, and is dedicated to Australia’s Light Horsemen. Memorial Park & Artesian Spa – Open every day, the swimming pool, Artesian spa, children’s playground and barbeque facilities are set in welcoming surrounds. The 12 Mile – A short drive out of town offers a magnificent example of nineteenth century bush craftsmanship – thousands of naturally formed flagstones form a leak-proof reservoir.

ISISFORD Population 215

Isisford, on the banks of the Barcoo, was settled in the mid 1800s. The architecture reflects its humble beginnings. The town has an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis court, museum, post office, two hotels, fuel outlet, library and internet facilities. Camping is permitted at the Barcoo Weir and Oma Waterhole with showers and toilets available. Powered sites are only available from the hotel. The annual fishing competition is held on the last weekend of July.

POINTS OF INTEREST Learn the story of the development of western Queensland, immortalised within the streets of this special little outback town. Fondly known as ‘The Hub of the West’, Ilfracombe sits proudly on the Matilda Highway and boasts a pub, golf course, swimming pool and Artesian spa.

POINTS OF INTEREST Langenbaker House – Heritage-listed and steeped in history, Langenbaker House is over 100 years old and remains in its original condition. Ilfracombe Machinery and Heritage Museum – Otherwise known as The Great Machinery Mile, hosts a range of equipment from standing engines to earthmoving machinery. The display is a graphic timeline of the evolution of the pastoral and transport industries. Wellshot Centre – Tells the story of Wellshot Station, one of Australia’s greatest sheep and wool producers. The iconic and welcoming Wellshot Hotel stands in proud testament to the good times and the hard times. The Folk Museum – Filled with rare glimpses of a bygone era, the museum also showcases the role of women and children of the west. The Jackson Collections – The lifetime collections of brothers Hilton and Ike Jackson is a spectacular display of 30,000 bottles and a collection of memorabilia gathered from the World Wars.

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The Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre – Has a theatrette, cafeteria, local arts and crafts displays, and a museum depicting the evolution of nature with a replica of the 98 million year old Isisfordia duncani and a 100 million year old bulldog fish. Oma Waterhole – 16km south west of Isisford on the Isisford/Yaraka River Road. Great for camping, fishing and water activities with boat ramp access. Hot showers/toilet facilities available. Yuranigh Pond – Situated approx. 6km from town. Major Mitchell once camped here and the waterhole was named after his Aboriginal friend. Today there is a plaque and shelter in their honour. Whitman’s Park & Memorial Museum – Situated at the back of the Isisford Park.

YARAKA Population 20 Yaraka is an attractive community with gardens, post office, fuel, a pub (accommodation and meals), swimming pool, tennis court, playground area, public amenities and caravan park. A sealed road takes you to the lookout at Mount Slowcombe offering views over the former Inland Sea and dramatic sunsets.

EMMET Population 2 Once a thriving railway siding with a population of 30, today Emmet has only two residents. It has a picnic shelter and a historical display in the revamped railway station.


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The Albert Park Motor Inn & Oasis Restaurant are located close to iconic attractions, The Stockman’s Hall of Fame & QANTAS Museum. 56 ground floor units with reverse-cycle air-conditioning, Austar & undercover parking. Revamped restaurant beside large resort style pool.

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Meet the Walker family and visit their property that hosted the Queen and Prince Phillip as you experience a sheep and cattle station very close to the town of Longreach. Walk through the historical Homestead Gardens, Shearing Shed, Cattle Yards and have lunch at the newly famous Artesian pools 7 days a week. Live the Australian Story at Camden Park Station. Bookings Essential via website.

Relax in style in our very private 3 bedroom cottage. Spacious self contained, A/C accommodation Sleeps 5 / 1 queen, 1 twin, 1 single Exclusively yours for your stay, all linen provided Set in shady, fully fenced private garden with BBQ Centrally located in town centre, 50m from the Botanic Walkway

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SCHOOL OF THE AIR, LONGREACH

(07) 4658 4232

Imagine a classroom more than twice the size of Victoria… Tour the school, see the teachers, Are you looking for a unique outback hear the students, admire their gift…visit our tourism centre or school work browse our website Have you heard about the ‘Books for Your visit helps educate our kids (all the Bush’ and ‘Beds for Bush Kids’ tour/souvenir proceeds fund student programs? resources and camps) GUIDED TOURS 9.00am and 10.30am, Monday to Friday (excluding public/ Christmas school holidays). Bookings are necessary for groups of 20 or more.

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Rodd and Liane invite you to stay at the Abajaz. We pride ourselves in our personalised service to ensure your Longreach experience is the best. 19 Ground floor rooms, undercover parking, Foxtel, reverse cycle air-conditioning, microwave, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities Free Wireless Internet direct to all rooms, swimming pool, BBQ, guest laundry Cooked/continental breakfasts Chargeback from local restaurants We are Pet Friendly, with prior notice Cot, hairdryer, toaster, fax and photocopying available at office Situated on the beautiful botanic pathway that runs between town (CBD), Qantas and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame The Only Solar Green Motel in the Central West Major Cards accepted. Limited Courtesy transfers available Tariff starts at $120 Ask about our summer specials when booking direct November through March 11 Wonga Street, Longreach QLD 4730 P: 1800 081 288 or (07) 4658 1288 F: (07) 4658 3277 E: info@abajazmotorinn.com.au www.abajazmotorinn.com.au

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Legendary Longreach

The heart of Queensland lies in the Longreach region. Every township, bush track, running river and open plain tells a powerful story of dreamers and nation builders who inspired greatness and will never be forgot.

Discover…Australia’s pioneering history of the stockman and shearer Experience...sensational sunsets and the rich colours of the outback Learn…of the humble origins of QANTAS Cruise…along the Thomson River Gallop…through history on a stagecoach Follow…in the drover and wool shearer’s footsteps

Live Australia’s story... make it 3 Days or more. Choose accommodation from camping under the stars to luxury cabins and heritage style slab huts. For more information visit www.longreachtourism.com.au Longreach Visitor Information Centre, Qantas Park, Eagle Street, Longreach QLD 4730 Ph: (07) 4658 4150 E: visitinf@longreach.qld.gov.au

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Enjoy the renowned Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience plus Starlight’s Cruise Experience – a sunset journey along the Thomson River, Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show and a hearty 3-course stockman’s campfire dinner. Visit www.kinnonandco.com.au to discover more about Kinnon & Co pioneering experiences, holidays and accommodation. If you need help to plan an itinerary call our friendly booking team on 07 4658 1776.

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Winton Shire Incorporating the communities of:

Winton, Corfield, Middleton & Opalton Did you know? Winton is a small town with a very large story to tell. Search the black soil plains of our Shire and unearth the history of dinosaurs. Banjo Paterson wrote Waltzing Matilda here. Qantas had their first board meeting here. The world’s first musical fence is here. There are National Parks with spectacular scenery and rare flora and fauna. The town is home to a thriving film industry and the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival.

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Events Waltzing Matilda Day

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Australian Age of Dinosaurs Annual Dig

Opal Symposium

Winton Show

Opal Trade Show

Winton Motor Sport Association Eighth Mile Drag Racing

Winton Camel Races

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Outback Writers Festival

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Corfield Races

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Things not to miss The first Outback Writers Festival takes place at the Winton Club in June. One of the festival’s aims is to tell the stories of the Outback as an iconic Australian cultural art form. Learn how to write and publish your stories at the Festival workshops. The third Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival takes place in Winton on Friday 24th June to Saturday 2nd July. Winton has earned the reputation as ‘Hollywood in the Outback’ with several major

film productions including Nick Cave’s Proposition, Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road and Goldstone being filmed here. The Film Festival is a celebration of Australian film making, old and new. The Opal Symposium and Opal Trade Show is on in Winton early July. Much of Queensland’s boulder opal is found near Opalton in the Winton Shire. This is a great opportunity to learn about opal, buy direct from the dealers and maybe do some fossicking at the same time.

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WINTON

INCOR PO RATING T HE CO M M U N ITIES OF WINTON COR FIELD , , MIDDLE TON & OPALTON

WINTON Population 950 Winton Outback Festival

Corfield Population 10 Land was taken up in the Winton District in 1866. The town was originally located approximately 1km west of its current location, and known as Pelican Waterhole. This settlement was flooded out in 1876, and a man named Robert Allen shifted to the present site of Winton, out of reach of the floodwaters. Robert Allen was the Postmaster at the time, and local legend has it that, finding the name Pelican Waterhole too cumbersome to write on postage stamps, he changed the settlement’s name to Winton, after the suburb of Bournemouth, England, where he was born. Winton was officially gazetted as a town on July 5, 1879. Elections were held on January 1, 1887. The first meeting of the Winton Divisional Board was held January 12, 1887. The Board became Winton Shire Council in January 1902. The existing local government area remained unaffected by the 2008 Council Amalgamations. Winton has played host to a number of important events including the birth of Qantas and Waltzing Matilda.

POINTS OF INTEREST Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park – Situated 110km south-west of Winton. A tale of hunter and hunted of the world’s only recorded evidence of a dinosaur stampede. On-site guided tours only at 10am, 12noon and 2pm. Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum – See a real dinosaur laboratory in action and meet our prehistoric giants, including ‘Banjo’ – Australia’s most significant and complete carnivorous dinosaur. The Waltzing Matilda Centre – The only museum in the world dedicated to a song. Self-guided tours allow you to experience this multi-award-winning attraction at your own pace. Bladensburg National Park – Located just 7km from town and offers stunning examples of the landscapes of Winton Shire, from sweeping mitchell grass downs to breath-taking gorges and jump-ups. Visit Scrammy Gorge or travel the route of the River Gum for a spectacular natural adventure.

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Corfield is a small town with a pub, camping ground and a post office and a lot of character and is located 80km north of Winton. The population swells to more than 1000 in August when the popular Corfield Races are held (yes, it’s a pun on the better known Caulfield Races!). The popular horse race is an annual event when punters from near and far come to experience the REAL Corfield races! This event is a fashion magnet for the women of this part of Queensland. In the early days of Cobb & Co coaches a small community sprang up at the changing station located about 1km east of the present town of Corfield. This old town was referred to as Manuka because it was located on Manuka Station. The present town of Corfield was founded when the railway line from Winton to Hughenden was built in the late 1800s, linking Winton with Townsville. The first train from Hughenden to Winton arrived on May 23, 1899. The Corfield population peaked at around 40. The town infrastructure consisted of five railway houses plus the stationmaster’s house, a post office, two petrol depots, a hotel, a school and teacher’s house, a goods shed and the railway building. The railway line between Winton and Hughenden ceased operation during the late 1990s.

POINTS OF INTEREST Annual Corfield Races Camping

Middleton Population 3 Explorers came to the area around Middleton in 1862, when John McKinlay passed through the area in search of the lost expedition of Burke and Wills. They were the first white men to enter the Winton district. They passed by the present site of Middleton township and continued on towards the Gulf. The memorial cairn in front of the old hall lists the men who were part of the exploration party. The Middleton Hotel was built during the Cobb & Co. era, and was a changing station, where tired horses were replaced with fresh horses, on the route between Winton and

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Boulia. It formed one of the ‘Nine Pillars of Cobb & Co’. These pillars represent the nine oldest and original changing stations for the coaches of the Winton to Boulia Route, which was 240 miles (384km), and took four days each way. It was called Mail Service 216, and ran between 1895 and 1915. The Middleton Hotel, campground and the disused hall are all that survives of the settlement. The Middleton Hotel now has the distinction of being one of the most isolated pubs in Queensland. Friendly western hospitality can be found there. Stop in for a coldie and a yarn on the way to Boulia, or as a day trip from Winton. Cabin accommodation is available and a free campground at the ‘Hilton Hotel’ across the road.

POINTS OF INTEREST The Middleton Hotel Middleton Hilton Cawnpore Lookout

OPALTON Population 25 Opalton is situated 123km from Winton. It is one of the largest opal fields in Queensland and is known for the quality of opal mined. In 1888 the first opal was discovered by George Cragg, a stockman from Warrnambool Station and the first mine was worked in 1894. At one time, Opalton was a bustling township with more than 600 men working the opal field, around the turn of the 20th century. The population has dwindled to approximately 25 today. In 1899, the largest piece of pipe opal ever recorded was discovered at Opalton – it was over 10 feet (3m) long and rumoured to be as thick as a man’s leg! The majority of the journey is on an unsealed road. No food, drinks or fuel are available in Opalton. Please ensure you are fully stocked prior to your departure from Winton. There is camping available at the Opalton Bush Park – showers and toilets are provided, as well as a sheltered BBQ area. Cost is $2 per night.

POINTS OF INTEREST Opal fossicking Camping


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AUSTRALIA’S DINOSAUR TRAIL ITINERARY WINTON DAY 1 Make your first stop the Winton Information Centre. Collect your self-drive and Experience Winton brochures. Visit the heritage listed Corfield and Fitzmaurice building located across the road; it houses a life-size diorama of the Dinosaur Stampede, wool industry and opal displays.

DAY 2

Embark on an adventure 110km south-west of Winton to the Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park; discover the only evidence of a Dinosaur Stampede on the planet. Tours start onsite at 10.00am, 12noon and 2.00pm daily detailing the dramatic tale of the hunter and hunted from the footprints left behind 95 million years ago.

DAY 3

Today, travel 24km south-east of town to The Jump-Up, a mesa that’s home to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum and the world’s largest collection of Australian Dinosaur fossils. Thirty-minute tours of the Collection Room and the fossil preparation Laboratory operate daily on the hour from 9.00am; last full tour at 3.00pm.

HUGHENDEN DAY 1 Visit the Flinders Discovery Centre, to see ‘Hughie’ a Muttaburrasaurus, the amazing fossil exhibition and the Porcupine Gorge Light and Sound Show. Pick up your map with the points of interest guiding you around Hughenden to see the impressive metal sculptures depicting dinosaurs designed and made by local artists.

DAY 2

Spend time at Porcupine Gorge National Park and trek 1.2km to the base to savour the magnitude of this amazing gorge system. For 4wd enthusiasts, enjoy selected drives

HUGHENDEN Flinders Discovery Centre Hughenden P (07) 4741 2970 E info@flinders.qld.gov.au www.visithughenden.com.au

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throughout the Shire, taking in amazing landscapes and diverse terrain. Finish the day with a trip to Mount Walker, 10km south of Hughenden for an outback sunset. *Camping at Porcupine Gorge must be book before arriving at campground.

DAY 3

Enjoy a 1.5km walk along the diverse bio-regions of the ‘Eco walk on Flinders’. Along the pathway are species of flora and local artwork. Travel 54km south of Prairie to the natural surrounds of Kooroorinya Falls Nature Reserve.

RICHMOND DAY 1 Start your exploration at Kronosaurus Korner, the home of Australia’s premier marine fossil collection, originating from the Great Inland Sea that existed 110 million years ago. Meet ‘Penny’ the Richmond Pliosaur, Australia’s most complete marine vertebrate specimen. Learn about fossils, fossil-hunting and the preparation and lab techniques used to prepare these astounding displays.

DAY 2

Head out to one of the free dedicated fossicking sites to try and find a fossil of your own! Any finds can be taken into Kronosaurus Korner to be identified. Finish your day by wetting a line and catch a barra for dinner or just take an evening stroll around Lake Fred Tritton.

DAY 3

Follow the Heritage Walk around town, taking in the business precinct from yesteryear and enjoy the local artefacts of historical and cultural significance at the Cambridge Downs Heritage Display Centre. Take some time to investigate the diverse flora in the Bush Tucker Garden.

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RICHMOND “The Fossil Capital of Australia” Kronosaurus Korner P (07) 4741 3429 E enquiries@kronosauruskorner.com.au www.kronosauruskorner.com.au

WINTON Winton Visitor Information Centre P 1300 665 115 E vic@winton.qld.gov.au www.experiencewinton.com.au

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OUTBACK FESTIVAL – WINTON

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SAVE THE DATE: 19 – 23 September 2017 Australian Dunny Derby Outback Ironman/Ironwoman Outback Century Cycle Challenge Bush Poet’s Breakfasts Nightly live bands Sunset Dinner Extravaganza Kids entertainment and events ... plus lots more!

Situated on the Winton to Hughenden Road P: 0429 806 140 Open daily – 8am to 5pm E: heritagetruckswinton@hotmail.com.au www.wintontruckmuseum.com

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TATTERSALL’S HOTEL & VAN PARK

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Take a nostalgic trip into Transport History Historic Trucks, Vehicles & Machinery Toots’ Truck – Australian legendary female truckie 1890 Ruston Stationary Steam Engine Story Board Exhibition, Photographic collection, Merchandise & Transport memorabilia

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A part of our community. community. Our Our award-winning award-winning family-owned supermarket supermarket has hasbeen beenoffering offeringthe the since1984. 1984. Winton community quality quality groceries service since Fresh fruit BBQ fruit and andveg veg BBQchickens chickens ATM Phone ATM Phonerecharge recharge Ice Bait Ice Bait cnr Vindex Cnr Vindex &&Manuka ManukaStreets, Streets,Winton WintonQLD QLD4735 4735 P: (07) (07) 4657 4657 1254 P: 1254 F: F: (07) (07) 4657 4657 1202 1202 E: sparwinton@gillespiemotordealers.com.au winton@5staronline.net E: Tattersall’s Hotel, on Elderslie, is Winton’s oldest standing public-house – an ongoing testimony of the pioneer era, pastoral, mining and tourism industries of the region. Quality service to its varied clientele flows at Tattersall’s, boasting a colourful public-bar, alfresco dining, extensive menu and wine list, bottle shop, pokies, keno, ATM, hotel accommodation and Van Park adjacent to Hotel. Tattersall’s Van Park is walking distance to attractions, banks, post office, pool, hotels, cafes, bakery, bottle shop, counter meals. All sites are powered – guest laundry and hot water. Site bookings can be made at Tattersall’s Hotel.

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• Home of Waltzing Matilda • Dinosaur Capital of Australia Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park

• Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

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Adria Downs Station

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TIPS

Bore Water Many newcomers to Outback Queensland may find themselves stepping into the shower at the end of a day of adventure to find the water from the pipes smells a bit off – don’t panic! To read more on Bore Water and The Great Artesian Basin visit www.outbackqueensland.com.au/the-great-artesian-basin

Don’t forget to pick up some activities for the kids from the local info centre. Winton Outback Festival

Single Lane Driving When meeting road trains and heavy vehicles on single lane roads, slow right down and move off the road to the left. If it is safe to do so, move off the road entirely and stop to avoid driving into any obstacles on the verge. In wet conditions road verges tend to be soft and/or slippery, so when pulling off to the left you should always keep your right wheels on the bitumen and keep moving slowly to avoid getting bogged.

Outback Horse Riding

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Skipsy Shearing in Cunnamulla

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THE VISION SPLENDID OUTBACK FILM FESTIVAL

24 June – 2 July, 2016 Winton, Outback Queensland 50 films 500 scenes 5 zillion stars Experience an incredible program of Outback inspired films, under the stars in Winton’s main street in the historic open-air Royal Theatre. Opening party, conversations, yarns, tours and short-film competition. The must-see Australian film festival of 2016! E: enquiries@visionsplendidfilmfest.com For tickets and program visit, like and share us at www.visionsplendidfilmfest.com www.facebook.com/visionsplendid

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RED DIRT TOURS

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Take a break from driving – sit back, relax and let me take the dirt roads for you! Discover more about Winton’s history and natural heritage with Red Dirt Tours, Winton’s locally owned and operated touring specialist. Tours from Winton include: Dinosaur Stampede Day Tour Dinosaurs, Diamantina and Old Cork Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Opalton Fossicking Tour Rangelands Sunset Tour Bladensburg Discovery Tour

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Mount Isa City Incorporating the communities of:

Mount Isa & Camooweal Did you know? Set amongst the arid, romantic heart of the Outback, Mount Isa is a gleaming mirage on the horizon for travellers from all directions. Nestled among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the Leichhardt River, Mount Isa is a bustling melting pot of culture and industry and also home to the world’s third largest rodeo. It’s grown from strength to strength over the years but the harsh picturesque landscape has barely changed, becoming one of Australia’s ‘must see’ destinations.

Outback at Isa Visitor Information Centre 19 Marian Street, Mount Isa QLD 4825 P: (07) 4749 1555 E: info@outbackatisa.com.au www.outbackatisa.com.au

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Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo

Mount Isa Agricultural Show

Isa Fest (Mount Isa Music Festival)

Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic

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Things not to miss Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo

The Isa Rodeo is the biggest and richest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, where city meets country, east meets west, man meets beast. So saddle up, shine the spurs and don your cowboy hat – you’re in for one heck of a ride!

Isa Fest

The annual Mount Isa Music Festival, known as Isa Fest, was kicked off in 2014 in an effort to unite city and country residents during the time of drought. The Isa Fest has since become one of the most anticipated events on the social calendar, and has seen acts such as Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Brand, Kasey Chambers, and Beccy Cole headline in the main arena.

Mount Isa Show

The annual show is a fun filled two days of carnival rides, food, market stalls, animals, arts and crafts, and PBR bull riding action. The Mount Isa Agricultural Show is a highlight for families and residents throughout the North West, and always delivers on entertainment.

Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic

Three days of onshore and offshore fun, the Fishing Classic is hosted at picturesque Lake Moondarra, 15km north of Mount Isa, by the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group. The annual Moondarra Classic offers a program brimming with entertainment for all tastes and raises funds for re-stocking local impoundments with native fish species.

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MOUNT ISA C ITY

INCOR PO RATING T HE CO M M U N ITIES OF MOUNT IS AND CAM A OOWEAL

MOUNT ISA Population 22,000

of rodeo events including bull riding and steer wrestling plus live entertainment, races and rides, the Isa Rodeo is a must-see event. Mount Isa is a vibrant, multicultural place, which attracts people from all corners of the globe, who have made this beautiful outback city their home.

POINTS OF INTEREST

From humble origins 90 years ago, Mount Isa has grown into a progressive city in the centre of Queensland’s desert heart, one of many of Mount Isa’s unique qualities. Located in prime cattle country, the city has enjoyed longevity unheard of when it comes to typical mining communities. Having celebrated its 90th birthday in 2013, the Isa is still going strong, still growing and attracting visitors to experience a true icon in the outback of Australia. In fact, it is widely considered that only once you visit the Isa do you become a ‘real’ Aussie. Situated in the heart of the Carpentaria Mineral Province, the city harnesses one of the world’s richest mineral resources and is set amongst the brilliance of the Selwyn Ranges. But Mount Isa is not just about mining. It is a family friendly city, rich with community pride. Mount Isa is a land of opportunity with regard to career, education, and lifestyle. From the Lake Moondarra Barramundi Fishing Classic, to the annual Isa Fest, Mount Isa’s all-genres music festival, along with ample retail and shopping facilities, there is a wide variety of attractions that make visiting, living, and working in the city such an attraction. Located 1,829km from Brisbane, and 883km inland from Townsville, the closest major city, Mount Isa is the administrative, commercial and industrial centre for Queensland’s North West. The City shares a boundary with the Northern Territory to the west and includes the township of Camooweal, located 188km to the north west. This makes Mount Isa the second largest city in Australia.

City Lookout – Located on Hilary Street, the lookout is the perfect place to take photos of Mount Isa and the Mines. The lookout provides a great 360 degree view of the city and the best time for photos is just on dusk. Underground Hospital – Heritage Site – The Underground Hospital on Deighton Street is a must see attraction for all visitors to Mount Isa. Built in 1942 following the bombing of Darwin, the Underground Hospital is one of a kind. The Underground Hospital is open from 10.00am to 2.00pm, 7 days. School of the Air Tour – Located in Abel Smith Parade, next to Spinifex Senior Campus, the Mount Isa School of Distance Education provides tours at 10.00am Monday to Friday during school terms. $2.50 per adult. No on air lessons on Fridays. Family Fun Park – Mount Isa’s largest play and water park is perfect for the kids. Located on Church Street, entry is free, with toilets and free BBQ facilities. Open every day, except Wednesday, the park offers water play, climbing frames and flying foxes. Hard Times Underground Mine Tour – The 3 hour Underground Mine Tour operates 7 days a week. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Outback at Isa. All equipment is provided, including boots, however participants are asked to bring a pair of socks.

With a population of 22,000, Mount Isa is the major service centre of the region and well equipped to meet the needs of residents and tourists alike with all the services and amenities you would find in a modern city. Shaped as it is by its rich mineral bounty and mining heritage, the Isa is a city unlike any other. With no shortage of wide open spaces, red soil desertscapes, distinctive wildlife and things to explore and experience, the Isa is a must-visit on every traveller’s agenda. Whether you are a visitor to our shores or a born and bred Australian, once you’ve been to Mount Isa you’ve experienced the true heart of our amazing nation. A top ten producer of some of the world’s most in-demand minerals, the city also boasts a number of hallmark and unique annual events including one of the biggest on the outback calendar, the Mount Isa Rodeo. Largest and best of its type in the Southern Hemisphere, the Isa Rodeo is held over three days during which the city opens it arms to visitors from all corners of the globe. With a packed program

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CAMOOWEAL Population 300

Situated 191km from Mount Isa is the small and extremely hospitable country town of Camooweal. Known as the gateway to the Northern Territory and Queensland, the town is home to a rich history and rural lifestyle. The Barkly Highway which joins Mount Isa to Camooweal is considered the longest main street in the world, at 188km long. The Camooweal district is honeycombed with rare sink holes and caves, dating back to the Cambrian Period, about 500 million years ago. Those visitors experienced in serious caving will discover a whole new world beneath the Camooweal region. While in Camooweal make sure you visit the Barkly Tableland Heritage Centre, Camooweal Caves National Park and the Drovers Camp Information Centre.

POINTS OF INTEREST The Drovers Camp – Heritage Site – The Drovers Camp is situated 188km from Mount Isa on the Barkly Highway 1km from Camooweal on the eastern outskirts. Here the droving era of Australia is being preserved for future generations. Camooweal Caves National Park – Located 15km south of Camooweal, The Indjalandji-Dhidhanu People welcome you to their traditional country and ask that you respect and enjoy their special place. Wide expanses of Mitchell grass plains and spinifex woodland are protected in this park on the Barkly Tableland, a peaceful place for travellers to rest and ideal for seasonal birdwatching.


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Camel Co. offers a set tour package into the north west of Queensland’s Adels Grove – a multi award winning eco-friendly tourist park on the banks of the Lawn Hill River. This “Savannah Explorer” tour is a 6 Day / 5 Night over land driving journey, including all meals, accommodation, half day activities, canoe hire and fares. Journey begins from Townsville and returns to Townsville, please refer to our tour on the website for more details.

› A range of camping & accommodated options › Walking and Cruise interpretive tours of Adels Grove, Lawn Hill & Riversleigh › Restaurant & bar › Fuel › Shop, souvenirs, basic food supplies

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IBIS STYLES MT ISA

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Get hands on with mining at the Hard Times Mine, explore Australia’s ancient past in the Riversleigh Fossil Centre and discover Mount Isa’s pioneering history in the Isa Experience. All in one place, Outback at Isa. While you’re here, why not have a coffee at our café or grab a souvenir in the gift shop. Still want more? How about exploring the onsite art gallery or planning your trip in the award winning Visitor Information Centre.

The ibis Styles Mount Isa is located in the heart of Mount Isa and features 57 rooms, a pool with BBQ area, a restaurant and bar and free off street parking. All bookings receive complimentary continental breakfast.

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Cloncurry Shire Incorporating the communities of:

Cloncurry, Quamby, Dajarra, Duchess, Kajabbi & Burke and Wills Junction Did you know? Few places can claim to be as influential in shaping Australia as Cloncurry; birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and destination of the first Qantas flight, it is a community that celebrates outback life – the true Australian way. Cloncurry, the Friendly Heart of the Great North West, invites you to experience our warm hospitality for yourself.

Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre & Museum Mary Kathleen Memorial Park McIlwraith Street, Cloncurry QLD 4824 P: (07) 4742 1361 E: info@cloncurry.qld.gov.au www.cloncurry.qld.gov.au

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Events Cloncurry & District Show

Quamby Rodeo

Rockhana Gem & Mineral Festival

Curry Merry Muster Festival

Cloncurry Showgrounds | 10-11 June 2016 www.cloncurryshow.com.au Mary Kathleen Park | 1-3 July 2016

Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft

Quamby | 30 July 2016 www.facebook.com/QuambyAllSportsAssociation Cloncurry Equestrian Centre | 4-7 August 2016 www.currymerrymuster.com.au

Cloncurry loncurry Equestrian Centre | 13-17 July 2016 www.currychallenge.com.au

Things not to miss Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum Take a step back in time and explore the rich history of Cloncurry and surrounding district at the Cloncurry Unearthed Museum with historical collections, photographs, memorabilia, Indigenous artefacts and one of Australia’s most comprehensive gem and mineral collections.

John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery

Explore the beginnings of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the history

of outback aviation, medicine and radio at John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery. See the incredible work of John Flynn, Fred McKay and Alfred Traegar.

Event season

Visit in July/August to experience action packed weekends full of extreme sports, entertainment and fun for the whole family at one of our many major community events.

Chinaman Creek Dam

A lovely picturesque landscape to watch the changing colours of Mt Leviathan at sunset, stretch your legs wandering the water’s edge or try your hand at fishing.

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CLONCURRY S HIRE

INCOR PO RATING T HE CO M M U N ITIES OF CLONCU QUAMBY R RY, , DAJAR R A , D UC H KAJAB B I ESS, & BUR KE AND WILLS JU NCTION

Chinaman Creek Dam – Relax at Chinaman Creek Dam with a BBQ or try your hand at fishing. Reflect Back – To a bygone era, at the Afghan, Chinese and Pioneer Cemeteries.

CLONCURRY Population 3,500

Known as the ‘Friendly Heart of the Great North West’, Cloncurry sits on the junction of the Landsborough Highway (Matilda Highway) and Flinders/Barkly Highway (Overlander’s Way), nestled on the banks of the Cloncurry River. In 1861 Burke and Wills with King and Gray, were the first known Europeans to come into the area on their ill-fated expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Burke named the river ‘Cloncurry’ for his cousin, Lady Elizabeth Cloncurry of County Galway in Ireland. Then in 1867 Ernest Henry came this way searching for grazing land, instead he discovered copper and named his find the Great Australia Mine. The town was then surveyed in 1876 and named after the river. Spend a couple of days in the ‘Curry and don’t miss out on seeing some of the area’s most popular attractions and learning about the rich history of the region.

POINTS OF INTEREST Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre – For all your information requirements. Pick up a unique souvenir, purchase a fossickers licence or simply enjoy a coffee or cold drink on the veranda. Cloncurry Unearthed Museum – Take a step back in time and explore the rich history of Cloncurry and surrounding district. John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery – Explore the beginnings of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the history of outback aviation, medicine and pedal radio. Cloncurry Pass – See both museums in town with a Cloncurry Pass – a discounted ticket that allows you entry to both museums. Mary Kathleen Park, Flinders Highway – Explore the shaded parklands and outdoor machinery display. 4WD Historical Adventure – Take a 4WD historical adventure with the Ballara Mining Heritage Trail. Pick up a map and brochure from the Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre. Events – Visit in July/August to experience action packed weekends full of extreme sports, entertainment and fun for the whole family at one of our many major community events. Take the Heritage Walk – Stroll through town.

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QUAMBY Population 0 Located approximately 60km from Cloncurry, Quamby was once a busy little railway town servicing the cattle and mining industries, however is now just a roadside stop between Cloncurry and Normanton. The old Quamby Pub still sits on site, originally built in the 1860s which served as a Customs House. On the last weekend of July each year, hundreds flock into Quamby for the annual Quamby Rodeo where you will witness the thrills and spills of the ‘greatest little bush rodeo in the North West’.

POINTS OF INTEREST Quamby Rodeo Grounds – Home of the Quamby Rodeo, see where hundreds flock to see the ‘greatest little bush rodeo in the North West’. Rum Can Water Tower – See an old water tower once used by the railway in the area.

DAJARRA Population 150

It might be hard to believe looking at it now, but the sleepy little outback settlement of Dajarra was once the biggest cattle trucking centre in the world. Situated between Cloncurry and Mount Isa, this area trucked more cattle than Texas, USA. Drovers would bring cattle from as far away as Western Australia to put them on the train at Dajarra. Back then, Dajarra was the end of the line for Queensland’s northern outback railway system and the closest railhead to the Northern Territory. But those days have gone, and the last train pulled out of Dajarra in 1988. See the old railway line and the camps. The ruins of the holding yards give you a good idea of the magnitude of the cattle trucking industry in Dajarra’s heyday. Hundreds flock to Dajarra for the annual Dajarra Rodeo held in September where man vs beast.

POINTS OF INTEREST Dajarra Hotel – Typical outback Queensland pub in the heart of the bush. Enjoy a coldie and a yarn with the locals. Post Office Museum – Be sure to stop in to the Post Office Museum and see the collection of memorabilia of Dajarra’s history. Rock Quarry – A short distance out of town is Rock Quarry, an old Aboriginal stone axe site.

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DUCHESS Population 2 Duchess, a former mining town, is a hamlet on the railway line between Cloncurry and Mount Isa. Alexander Kennedy, a pioneer pastoralist, discovered a rich copper ore body in 1897 and in collaboration with other regional pioneers began full scale production of the Duchess Mine. The settlement once had up to 2000 people living there. Once a thriving community with a school, hotels, police station, grocery store, racetrack and more. Today, relive the glory days over a drink or two at the local Duchess Hotel, where the beer and stories flow. The old Duchess Mine and the Lime Quarry are reminders of its bustling past.

POINTS OF INTEREST The Duchess Hotel – Where the beer and old time history stories flow. Lime Quarry – See what remains of the Lime Quarry that was once in operation.

KAJABBI Population 10 Kajabbi is a tiny, sleepy settlement in the Cloncurry Shire. It is located 118km north east of Mount Isa and 100km north west of Cloncurry. Whilst only a small settlement, Kajabbi stands in an area that is steeped in history. There was a time when Kajabbi was an important centre. The nearby mines at Dobbyn and Mount Cuthbert attracted copper miners to the area and, as a railhead in the 1920s, it was a location where the cattle owners from the state’s far north west brought their herds for shipment to the coast. There is wildlife aplenty in this part of the outback – kangaroos, dingoes, freshwater crocodiles and many bird species.

POINTS OF INTEREST Kalkadoon Hotel (temporarily closed) – See the historic outback pub and the Kalkadoon and Kalkadunga tribes’ memorials.

BURKE AND WILLS JUNCTION Population 8

Breaking the trip between Cloncurry and Normanton on the Matilda Highway is the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, named after the route taken by the ill-fated explorers, also the turn-off for travellers heading to Gregory Downs, Adels Grove or Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. The roadhouse provides meals, cold drinks, snacks and a range of souvenirs. There is also budget accommodation and powered sites available for travellers. The area is a quieter place, but firing up twice a year for the Burke and Wills Campdraft in May and Burke and Wills Rodeo in November.


Be part of the action EVENTS

May - Burke and Wills Campdraft June - Cloncurry and District Show July - Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival - Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft - Quamby Rodeo August - Curry Merry Muster Festival

September - Ernest Henry Memorial Art Show - Dajarra Rodeo November - Burke and Wills Rodeo December - Cloncurry Christmas Festival - Dajarra Christmas Festival The Cloncurry and District Race Club meets five times a year.

Cloncurry celebrating 150 years in 2017 1867-2017 Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum Mary Kathleen Park, Flinders Highway/McIlwraith Street Call (07) 4742 1361 Email info@cloncurry.qld.gov.au Visit www.cloncurry.qld.gov.au Connect with ‘Cloncurry Shire Council’ on Facebook


McKinlay Shire Incorporating the communities of:

Julia Creek, McKinlay, Kynuna & Nelia Did you know? Julia Creek is home to the endangered Julia Creek dunnart. We work really hard to help our little mates by minimising their threats and educating the public. Make sure you stop by the Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre and meet a couple of cute but feisty fat-tailed dunnarts. While you’re here, have a chat with the friendly local staff who are dedicated to helping you experience all that Julia Creek, McKinlay Shire and Outback Queensland has to offer.

Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre – ‘At the Creek’ 34 Burke Street, Julia Creek QLD 4823 P: (07) 4746 7690 F: (07) 4746 7005 E: tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au Facebook.com/JuliaCreekVisitorInformationCentre

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McKinlay Tourist Centre and Library Middleton Street, McKinlay QLD 4823 P: (07) 4746 8848 E: tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au

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Events Julia Creek Dirt N Dust Festival

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Julia Creek | 15-17 April 2016 www.dirtndust.com

McKinlay lay Crocodile Dundee 30 Year Celebrations

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McKinlay | 23 April 2016

Julia Creek Camp Draft

Julia Creek | 13-15 May 2016

Saxby Round-Up (Campdraft, Rodeo & Gymkhana) Julia Creek | 1-3 July 2016

Julia Creek Turf Club Races

Julia Creek | April, July, August & November

Sedan Dip Races, Rodeo & Campdraft Julia Creek | 19-21 August 2016

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McKinlay | 18 June 2016

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Things not to miss

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Julia Creek’s Free RV Friendly Site

Julia Creek is proud to offer a free RV Friendly Site. Self-contained caravans and RVs (toilet and shower on board) can camp by the water’s edge of Julia Creek for 96 hours for FREE!

Julia Creek Bush Dinners – All welcome

Every Monday night from April to September, the Julia Creek Caravan Park hosts Bush Dinners – a meal under the stars that you won’t forget. Whilst you’re tucking into your hearty meal, a local shares anecdotes about their daily lives in the outback.

Paddock to Plate Long Table Lunches

Julia Creek hosts Paddock to Plate Long Table Lunches featuring our hero local cuisine – red claw and pasture fed beef. Check availability at www.atthecreek.com.au

Julia Creek Town Tours

Want to find out some interesting local stories that you cannot find in brochures or online? Join us on one of our Julia Creek Town Tours. Check availability at www.atthecreek.com.au

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INCOR PO RATING T HE CO M M U N ITIES OF JULIA CR McKINLA EEK, Y, KYNUN A & NELIA

JULIA CREEK Population 400

Located on the main street of Julia Creek, ‘At the Creek’ was the Outback Queensland Tourism Association’s and the Queensland Information Centre Association’s Visitor Centre of the Year in 2015. ‘Beneath the Creek’, the latest attraction at the centre, provides a hands-on interactive journey through many facets of life in the McKinlay Shire. Make sure you’re there for the daily dunnart feeding. The cute but feisty carnivorous marsupials can put on a show! This accredited attraction offers a great selection of travel information brochures, maps and an array of souvenirs that can only be found in Julia Creek. There is a free camping area along the water’s edge of Julia Creek. Suitable for self-sufficient RVs for a period of 96 hours, this is an ideal spot to indulge in some cheese and wine whilst enjoying the rich, golden hues of a famous Julia Creek sunset. Or, why not jump on one of the cruiser bikes and head up town to sample some of the local produce. From April to September, be sure to attend the renowned Bush Dinners on Monday nights. Visitors can have a beautifully cooked meal and a chat with the locals and fellow tourists around a camp fire.

POINTS OF INTEREST Duncan McIntyre Museum – The Duncan McIntyre Museum houses relics synonymous with our past. On proud display is decommissioned machinery, fossils from the Eromanga Sea 110 million years ago and a display saluting Julia Creek’s prevalent wool heritage. Entry is free. Julia Creek Historical Walk – Obtain a map from the information centre and walk the 36 sign posted historical sites around Julia Creek to learn about the town’s colourful history. Spirit of the Lighthorse Sculpture – Standing proud at the Julia Creek RSL, Samson, the major sculpture was created by artist Sue Tilley from a range of vintage metal objects collected locally. Samson, together with the surrounding Light Horse Brigade silhouettes, form a prominent tribute to the spirit of the ANZACs.

Opera House – Located in Julia Street, tucked in behind the Civic Centre, the Opera House is home to a historical photo gallery of the last 100 years in and around Julia Creek. Entry is free. Proa Redclaw Farm – Located 75km south east of Julia Creek. Free self-drive tours including afternoon tea. Bookings are essential and should be made at the Visitor Information Centre.

McKINLAY Population 20 McKinlay sprang up in the 1900s when the bore on the edge of the town was sunk to give a permanent water supply and became a service centre for the many surrounding stations. This little town, established more than 100 years ago, was once a staging post for Cobb & Co. coaches. It is best known for its pub, the Walkabout Creek Hotel which, together with the other buildings in town, featured in the movie ‘Crocodile Dundee’ which is celebrating 30 years in 2016. Make sure you come along to the celebrations on 23 April 2016. The McKinlay Tourist Centre and Library is Queensland’s smallest public library. In Centenary Park a display features local cattle brands. Inside the adjacent museum, you will discover an original WWI Honour Roll and profiles of the heroics of our servicemen from this campaign. There is also a range of interesting local artefacts. April 2012 marked the 150th anniversary since John McKinlay discovered the area. A statue of ‘Big John’ is located in Middleton Street, across from the park. Out front of the Crafty Old School House in Wylde street is a sculpture of a Coolibah Tree locally handcrafted from vintage metal objects sourced from local cattle stations.

POINTS OF INTEREST Walkabout Creek Hotel Coolibah Tree sculpture Centenary Park Library & Tourist Centre South32 Cannington Mine – Located 87km south of McKinlay, is the world’s largest and lowest-cost single mine producer of both silver and lead. Opened in 1997, Cannington was the supplier of silver for the Olympic Games medals in Sydney in 2000 and again for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Water Tower – At 30 metres tall, the wine glass shaped water tower is a landmark visible from up to 20km away. A blue light illuminates the Water Tower at night creating a truly unique photo opportunity. World War II Bunkers – The remains of a Directional Finding Installation can be seen near the cattle sale yards, on the western side of town.

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Crocodile Dundee’s Walkabout Creek Hotel

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KYNUNA Population 20 Kynuna was first established on the Diamantina River and was gazetted as a town in 1894. Within a few years, Kynuna had a substantial population (up to 700) and once had three bustling country hotels. Kynuna is now home to just one, the famous Blue Heeler Hotel. It is a recommended stop for all visitors. Please be advised that the Kynuna/Julia Creek Road is now fully sealed.

Blue Heeler Hotel

POINTS OF INTEREST The Blue Heeler Hotel – Built in 1889 as the Kynuna Hotel, was one of three hotels trading for up to 700 people. Today the hotel is the only building still on site that has any association with the first days of the song ‘Waltzing Matilda’. Banjo Paterson drank at the pub. Both squatter and swagman had their last drinks there. Combo Waterhole – The turnoff to the Combo Waterhole is on the Matilda (Landsborough) Highway 16km east of Kynuna and 153km north west of Winton. Access by conventional vehicles is possible except during wet weather. A barbeque and picnic area is available at the car park ‘under the shade of a Coolibah Tree’. A 2.5km round trip takes you on a walk along cobbled paths to the waterhole, situated on the Diamantina River. Here you can enjoy a walk through the dry channels of the Diamantina to the famous waterhole, crossing historic stone pitched overshots built by Chinese labourers more than a century ago. The return walk takes 40 minutes. Camping is prohibited.

Nelia Population 10 Nelia, located 52km east of Julia Creek, is a small town with a lot of character. A range of accommodation options and outback experiences are available at the Corella Creek Country Farm Stay who also boast Wi-Fi, a small store, laundry and wildlife refuge. The Nelia Post Office celebrated its centenary in 2009 however is no longer operational. While you’re there check out the art gallery and the world’s largest brolga sculptures.


JULIA CREEK – 96HR RV FRIENDLY AREA

(07) 4746 7690

Suitable for self-contained RVs and Caravans (must have a toilet and shower on board), this FREE camping area adjacent to Julia Creek is an ideal spot to observe the wildlife or to wet the line. Cruiser bikes so you can pedal up town, water, picnic tables and bush camp cooks are all provided free of charge. On Monday nights from April to September, a courtesy bus will take you to the iconic Julia Creek Caravan Park Bush Dinners. Please obtain a permit from the Camp Hosts or Visitor Information Centre. ‘At the Creek’ Visitor Information Centre 34 Burke Street, Julia Creek QLD 4823 P: (07) 4746 7690 E: tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au www.atthecreek.com.au

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Weather Conditions Outback summers are hot but much less humid than on the coast and more bearable. Most facilities and transport are air-conditioned. Storms and heavy rains can occur during summer and minor flooding can cause some towns to become cut off for a few days, but this is all part of the adventure of the Outback. The most temperate weather occurs between the beginning of April and the end of October. Wearing a broad brimmed hat and sunscreen is recommended for all seasons.

Water Crossings 2015 Outback Queensland Tourism Association’s Visitor Centre of the Year 2015 Queensland Visitor Information Centre Association’s Centre of the Year Brochures, maps, itineraries and travel bookings Interactive film, photographic and audio displays housed in historical fettler’s cottages featuring the region’s proud and honest history The new ‘Beneath the Creek’ experience lets you unearth Julia Creek’s Free Wi-Fi geological and geographical features Nocturnal viewing area of dunnarts + daily feedings 34 Burke Street, Julia Creek QLD 4823 P: (07) 4746 7690 E: tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au www.atthecreek.com.au

JULIA CREEK CARAVAN PARK

Water crossings are not recommended and should not be attempted if you are uncertain of your vehicle’s capabilities. Walk through the crossing first – test the depth and current and try to detect any underwater obstacles by using your feet or a stick. Engage Low 4×4 and drive through in second or third gear, keeping the momentum up.

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 Award winning Bush Dinners Monday nights April–September New self-contained units Powered van sites Powered sites on grass for motor homes & camping Large grassed camping area Amenities blocks and laundry Well behaved pets welcome

Camp kitchen–communal BBQ, TV, fridge & washing up facilities Waste dump point Nature walk to Julia Creek Walking distance to town centre, pool & indoor sports centre Free Wi-Fi Free cruiser bike hire Very friendly atmosphere

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Richmond Shire Incorporating the communities of:

Richmond & Maxwelton Did you know? Richmond is not just about marine fossils. The town’s pastoral and Indigenous heritage is unearthed through a number of free attractions, the Cambridge Downs Heritage Display Centre, the Interpretative Historical Walk through the main street of town and the Bush Tucker Gardens. Drop by and visit us during the 2016 Outback Fossil Fest on 29 April – 2 May. We hope you stop and spend some time with us, you will unearth more than fossils!

Richmond Visitor Information Centre Kronosaurus Korner, 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond QLD 4822 P: (07) 4741 3429 F: (07) 4741 3802 E: enquiries@kronosauruskorner.com.au www.kronosauruskorner.com.au

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Events Outback Fossil Fest

Richmond | 29 April – 2 May 2016 www.fossilfestival.com.au

Annual Fishing Classic

Richmond | 1-2 October 2016

Field Days and Races

Richmond | 10-11 June 2016 www.richmondfielddays.com.au

Things not to miss Kronosaurus Korner

Richmond is home to the award winning major attraction Kronosaurus Korner, where you will find the only museum in Australia primarily dedicated to displaying marine reptiles. The centre is home to some 400 exhibits dating back to the Cretaceous period, 98–114 million years ago, when Richmond was part of the inland sea. Don’t miss the themed theatrette, which provides a unique introduction to life during the Cretaceous period.

Lake Fred Tritton

Lake Fred Tritton is conveniently located at the edge of town. With a 1.2 kilometre circumference and a maximum depth of 8 metres, Lake Fred Tritton allows visitors and locals the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of water sports. Swimming,

canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, skiing and fishing are popular activities at the lake. The lake boasts sandy beaches, shaded playground facilities and a water park. A paved walking track and gardens make it a fun way for the entire family to get fit and spend quality time together.

Cambridge Downs Heritage Display The Cambridge Downs Heritage Display Centre, located along the Heritage Trail in Goldring Street, is a replica of the 1860 homestead built on Cambridge Downs Station. Constructed from local flagstone, it is a fine example of the architectural resourcefulness of western pioneers. The display centre houses various artefacts of historical and cultural significance and contains historical interpretative panels on Cambridge Downs, the Wanamarra people and the Woolgar Goldfield.

Richmond

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RICHMOND S HIRE

INCOR PO RATING T HE CO M M U N ITIES OF R ICHMO & MAXW ND ELTON

RICHMOND Population 850

If fishing for barramundi and fossicking for signs of long since extinct creatures of the Great Inland Sea are on your list of things to see and do while travelling through Queensland’s Outback, a couple of days unearthing Richmond is a must on your itinerary. Nowhere else in the Outback offers this package of experiences. As you travel across the black soil plains of the Overlander’s Highway (Townsville to Mount Isa and through to Tennant Creek) you’ll find Richmond smack bang in the middle coming from either direction. Fortunately access to town these days does not require a snorkel, as it would have done 110 million years ago when it was 40 metres under water – pretty astonishing to consider as you enter town now. Lake Fred Tritton located on the eastern entry to town offers a little refuge from the sparse plains of the Overlander’s Way. The lake is fully stocked with barramundi and 17 other species of fish. Also used for canoeing, water skiing, sailing and swimming, the lake is a hub for town activities and events. Richmond is not just about marine fossils however. The town’s pastoral and Indigenous heritage is unearthed through a number of free attractions, the Cambridge Downs Heritage Display Centre, the Interpretative Historical Walk through the main street of town and the Bush Tucker Gardens. Another thing to keep an eye out for – Moonrocks! They are a unique feature of the landscape and are used as everything from garden features, door stops, to projectiles in the World Champion Moonrock Throwing Competition at the biennial Outback Fossil Fest next held on 29 April – 2 May 2016. We hope you stop and spend some time with us, you will unearth more than fossils!

Kronosaurus Korner

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POINTS OF INTEREST

Kronosaurus Korner’s fully equipped Laboratory.

Kronosaurus Korner – Must be seen to be believed. Our collection of dinosaur and marine reptile fossils has earned us the reputation of being one of the finest fossil institutions in the world. Visitors young and old will be amazed and educated at this wondrous adventure as they step back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. Kronosaurus Korner has a modern, fully equipped preparation facility. Visitors to the centre can view fossils being processed in the Laboratory (via a glass viewing window). The preparation techniques carried out at Kronosaurus Korner are of a world class standard. Some of Australia’s best and most significant fossil finds have been prepared for display in our Laboratory.

Lake Fred Tritton – Allows visitors and locals the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of water sports such as swimming, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and fishing. The lake boasts sandy beaches, shaded playground, water park, paved walking track and free BBQ facilities making it fun the whole family can enjoy.

Fossil Hunting Sites – A short 12km drive from town. By turning a few stones over, you may uncover a 100 million year old fossilised fish, squid, shark’s tooth, bivalve or marine reptile. But it doesn’t stop there. Kronosaurus Korner offers multiple Palaeontological Digs annually, also providing you the opportunity to extend your knowledge of our prehistoric giants in Preparation Workshops within

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The Bush Tucker Garden – Situated on the banks of Lake Fred Tritton. All plants are native to the region and are labelled with their traditional purposes helping promote the Indigenous culture. The garden’s waterfall represents the birthplace of Richmond’s water flowing from the basalt country to the white gravel. Cambridge Downs Heritage Display Centre – A replica of the original Cambridge Downs Homestead built in the late 1880s. A visit to the centre will help you better understand the trials and tribulations of our early pioneers. The Historical Walk – Will take you on a journey through Richmond’s colourful history. Keep an eye out for the signs lining Goldring Street, or pop into Kronosaurus Korner to obtain a map.

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Personal Medications

Road Conditions

Before setting out you should ensure you have adequate supplies of all personal medications. While medical facilities are available in most towns, these facilities are not necessarily provisioned to complete prescriptions for your regular medications.

Contact the local Visitor Information Centre in the town that you are visiting, or visit the Queensland Government Traffic and Travel Information Website www.131940.qld.gov.au, or call 131 940 for current road conditions.

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LAKEVIEW CARAVAN PARK

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Richmond Lakeview Caravan Park is the clean, friendly park with the “Million Dollar View” Clean amenities incl disabled & baby facilities Free BBQ Camp kitchen Laundry 27 drive thru sites 13 grassed camping areas Budget rooms Self contained cabins & villas Pets conditional Free Wi-Fi 109 Goldring Street, Richmond QLD 4822 P: (07) 4741 3772 E: rscp@tpg.com.au www.richmondlakeviewcaravanpark.com.au

Visiting Australia’s premier marine fossil museum, Kronosaurus Korner is an unforgettable, prehistoric adventure, where you see some of the most awe-inspiring marine creatures such as ‘Penny’ the Richmond plesiosaur – Australia’s best vertebrate fossil. OPEN 7 DAYS INCLUDING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday

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4. Cairns to Gulf Savannah – 3 Day ¬¬Travel through Tablelands ¬¬Innot Hot Springs ¬¬Undara Lava Tubes ¬¬Fossick for Gems at Mt Surprise ¬¬TerrEstrial Centre Georgetown ¬¬Cobbold Gorge 5. Townsville to Gulf Savannah – 3 Day ¬¬Harvey’s Range Road through Thornton’s Gap ¬¬The Lynd Oasis Roadhouse ¬¬Copperfield Gorge Einasleigh and Miniature Display at the Hotel

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Goldfields Hotel to view the famous Agate Display ¬¬Cobbold Gorge ¬¬Via Georgetown and Undara Lava Tubes 6. Hughenden to Georgetown – 3 Gorges Trail ¬¬Hughenden to Porcupine Gorge National Park ¬¬The Lynd Oasis Roadhouse ¬¬Einasleigh to Copperfield Gorge ¬¬Agate Display at Goldfields Hotel Forsayth ¬¬Cobbold Gorge ¬¬TerrEstrial Centre Georgetown Mineral Collection

Events: Easter@Einasleigh 25-27th March Outback Rock & Blues, Undara Experience 22-24th April Georgetown Rodeo 24-25th June Oak Park Races Early July Forsayth Turnout 6th August Forsayth Tusk & Toad and Horse Sports Long Weekend 1-2nd October Flat Creek Finch Count 1-2nd October Opera in the Outback, Undara Experience 6-8th October Einasleigh Horse Sports 10-11th Dec Bushman’s Ball, Georgetown New Year’s Eve

TerrEstrial Centre

Low Street, Georgetown QLD P: (07) 4062 1485 | E: terrestrialgeorgetown@bigpond.com www.terrestrialgeorgetown.com.au For more information on suggested itineraries visit: www.savannahway.com.au 94 52

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Gulf Savannah

A Whirlwind Of Wetlands, Grasslands & Wildlife Jump aboard the Savannahlander train, a private boat for a tour through Cobbold Gorge or a scenic helicopter ride which will take your breath away. There are so many ways to take in the natural beauty of the Gulf Savannah. Sa va nn ah lan de r tra

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With a rich history, both literally and figuratively, due to the goldfields of the region, the Gulf Savannah is filled with frontier towns which are collectively known as ‘Outback by the Sea’. Here you’ll come across some of the best fishing in Australia as well as Aboriginal communities, remote cattle stations and diverse geological wonders which show off Queensland’s rich mineral wealth.

Cobbold Gorge

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Flinders Shire Incorporating the communities of:

Hughenden, Prairie, Torrens Creek & Stamford Did you know? Hughenden region has over 41,000 square kilometres of diverse landscapes and history dating back over 500 million years. The Flinders River is the longest in Queensland, measuring 1004 kilometres and the water travels through to the Gulf. During the Shearers’ Strike, Hughenden streets were patrolled by mounted police. In 1884 Harry (Breaker Morant) arrived in Hughenden to work on the local newspaper and he left shortly thereafter over a dispute with a hotel bill.

Hughenden Visitor Information Centre Flinders Discovery Centre, 37 Gray Street, Hughenden QLD 4821 P: (07) 4741 2970 E: info@flinders.qld.gov.au www.visithughenden.com.au

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Events Hughenden Races

Hughenden | 14 May 2016 E: hjc@outlook.com.au

Porcupine Gorge Challenge & Mt Walker Fun Run

18-19 June 2016 www.porcupinegorgechallenge.com.au

Stamford Races

Stamford | 2 July 2016

Hughenden Country Music Festival Hughenden | 29-31 July 2016 www.hughendencountrymusic.com

‘Freestyle on Flinders’ & RV Rally Hughenden | 4-8 August 2016 www.visithughenden.com.au

Things not to miss Flinders Discovery Centre

The Visitor Information centre holds information on all local attractions as well as regional and interstate destinations. See a full skeletal replica of a Muttaburrasaurus Dinosaur, large fossil collection, light and sound show on the formation of Porcupine Gorge and much more.

Porcupine Gorge National Park

Spectacular gorge system running for 27 kilometres – two lookouts and camping facilities at the Pyramid Lookout with walking tracks from camping area. Camp bookings are essential.

Mount Walker

Located 10.5 kilometres south of Hughenden, here you will be greeted with sensational 360° views of Hughenden and surrounds from six lookout points. Sunrise and sunset on Mount Walker is a must for any keen photographer.

Hughenden Town & Cemetery Walking Tours

Take in the ‘Points of Interest’ with a guided morning walk around the streets of Hughenden or join your guide on a walk through time as she highlights biographies of people buried in the Hughenden Cemetery.

Porcupine Gorge

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Hughenden Population 1,180

Hughenden has a lot to offer travellers, with four national parks, mountainous volcanic basalt country, sweeping black soil plains and rich fossil and dinosaur areas. Visit ‘Hughie’, the seven metre tall Muttaburrasaurus, and an impressive fossil collection at the Flinders Discovery Centre, which is also an accredited Information Centre. While you are there, relive the glory days of sheep production and its subsequent demise in the ‘Shearing the Stragglers’ exhibit. A small admission fee applies. Follow the windmill blades through the streets of Hughenden, exploring the history and art features of the town. Meet ‘Mutt’, a fullbodied Muttaburrasaurus replica, along the way. Ample bus and caravan parking is available while you enjoy the serenity of Robert Gray Memorial Park, on the banks of the Flinders River. This is just one of four parks in town, each with wheelchairaccessible toilets and picnic facilities. Just outside Hughenden, Mount Walker rises out of the flat black soil plains, providing great views across town and around the district. Further afield is spectacular Porcupine Gorge National Park, often referred to as Australia’s ‘Little Grand Canyon’. The first lookout gives you an indication of the depth and magnitude of the gorge and is a must-see for all visitors. Camping grounds are located at the Pyramid Lookout; campers should take their own water and be fully self-sufficient. Camping permits are available at the Flinders Discovery Centre or by phoning 13 74 68 or online at www.qld.gov.au/camping. Please note that campsites must be booked prior to camping. After a great day at the Gorge make the sandy crossing on the Flinders River Byway and reward yourself with a cold drink at the Prairie Hotel. If time allows travel 54km south from Prairie to Kooroorinya Nature Reserve, camp the night and then make your way back through the Eromanga Sea Byway which traces the edge of the prehistoric inland sea (4WD only). The Basalt Byway is a scenic drive plotted through picturesque volcanic basalt countryside, boasting excellent lookouts and abundant flora and fauna. Have an enjoyable walk through the diverse bioregions of the Flinders Shire at Eco-Walk on Flinders. These ecosystems have been replicated along the northern banks of the Flinders River with over 1.5km of walking tracks. Along the pathway are species of flora and local artwork illustrating important events, and the myriad diversity of Flinders Shire.

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‘Hughie’ – 7m replica Muttaburrasaurus

POINTS OF INTEREST Flinders Discovery Centre Hughie Mutt Street Sculptures 35’ Comet Windmill Porcupine Gorge National Park Cemetery Arts & Symbolism Self-Guided Tour Blackbraes National Park Basalt Byway Eromanga Sea Byway Flinders River Byway Eco-Walk on Flinders Mount Walker Lookouts Town & Cemetery Walking Tours

Prairie Population 50 Prairie is a town surrounded by beautiful rolling plains of Flinders grass. In the 1870s it was a main horse change centre for Cobb & Co. coaches. The Prairie Hotel is a must see with its unique atmosphere, collection of stockmen’s hats and other historical memorabilia. Hear the story of the wandering ringer; this ghostly prowler comes from a story first told around the 1930s. Relax by a natural billabong at Kooroorinya Nature Reserve, overflowing in the wet months creating a spectacular waterfall. The Reserve abounds with wildlife, both bird and animal. Fish for yellow belly, black bream or red claw, or just go for a walk to see the rock formations carved out by the water.

POINTS OF INTEREST The Prairie Hotel

Torrens Creek Population 20 In 1942 Torrens Creek was utilised as an ammunition dump during World War II. Call in to hear the stories of how this little town was nearly blown away. The Exchange Hotel welcomes all travellers with cool drinks and great meals and you are invited to add your mark to the humorous graffiti gallery. South of Torrens Creek is Moorrinya National Park. Moorrinya, meaning ‘ironbark’ in the local Aboriginal dialect, showcases a perfect example of the desert upland bioregion. Camp bookings are essential upon arrival. White Mountains National Park is one of Queensland’s most botanically diverse parks, encompassing 14 regional ecosystems including two classed as endangered. A lookout on the Overlander’s Way gives an indication of the amazing colours and textures of the rock and wildflower displays during May to August. A bush camping area is available for self-sufficient and experienced bushwalkers only. Camp site accessible by 4WD or high clearance vehicles only. Information and registration should be made by phoning 13 74 68, online at www.qld.gov.au/camping or at the Flinders Discovery Centre.

POINTS OF INTEREST Moorrinya National Park White Mountains National Park The Exchange Hotel, Torrens Creek Burra Range Lookout on the Overlander’s Way

Stamford Population 5

Kooroorinya Falls Nature Reserve 35’ Comet Windmill Flinders River Byway 4WD Tourist Drive (not a loop road)

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Once a busy railhead for local wool graziers and an overnight stop for Cobb & Co, the town of Stamford is now a quieter place, firing up once a year for the Stamford Races.


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Charters Towers Incorporating the communities of:

Charters Towers (‘The World’), Ravenswood, Sellheim, Mingela, Balfes Creek, Belyando Crossing, Homestead, Pentland, Bluewater Springs, Greenvale, Hidden Valley & Hervey Range Community Did you know? Charters Towers region will have your curiosity running wild. It’s alive with amazingly rich and significant history and heritage with all the services and facilities we expect in life today. See, feel and live a world of difference in the outback, from the greed and grandeur of the heady gold rush days to an action packed lifestyle. You’ll be amazed at the authentic, historical and raw natural beauty of the Charters Towers region.

Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre 74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers QLD 4820 P: (07) 4761 5533 E: tourinfo@charterstowers.qld.gov.au www.visitcharterstowers.com.au

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Events Goldfield Ashes

Towers Rocks

Charters Towers Country Music

Ewan Races

Charters Towers | 22-24 January 2016 www.goldfieldashes.com.au Charters Towers Showgrounds 29 April – 1 May 2016 www.charterstowerscountrymusic.com

Motor Show & Swap Meet Charters Towers Showgrounds 10-12 June 2016 www.ctrc.com.au

Bivouac Junction | 3-4 September 2016 www.towersrocks.com Stockyard Creek | September 2016 www.ewanraces.com.au

PBR

Dalrymple Equestrian Centre 31 December 2016 www.pbraustralia.com.au

King of the Goldfields Moto-X

Gladstone Park, Charters Towers | August 2016 www.visitcharterstowers.com.au

Things not to miss Mining, history and authenticity is what Charters Towers is about.

Visitor Information Centre

Call into the Visitor Information Centre on your arrival for the inside tips from your Outback Mates in the Centre. The Orientation Room, located within the Centre, is a great way to set the scene for your days of discovery to come.

Towers Hill Lookout

Towers Hill Lookout will provide

you geographical location within the landscape and offers vast stunning views with breathtaking sunsets. See the very cute Allied Rock Wallabies that call the Hill their home before you settle in at the amphitheatre for the movie presentation every evening. Be sure to book your tickets for this at the Visitor Information Centre first! Put yourself in the Charters Towers picture: #charterstowers on Facebook and Instagram!

The World Theatre

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CHARTERS TOWERS ‘THE WORLD’ Population 9,000

POINTS OF INTEREST Court House Museum – Open daily, the museum volunteer is always keen to share stories of the golden days of Ravenswood. Family history records are held here. Self-guided walks – Explore the old chimney stacks, mullock heaps, School of Arts Hall, old church, cemetery and much more. Five great heritage trail maps are available at the Museum. White Blow Environmental Park – 5km past the open cut mine lookout, is home to the amazing large white quartz rock outcrop dating back 300 million years.

Charters Towers – ‘The World’ as it is affectionately known, is a scenic gold mining city that’s big on history and character. Today the pace is a little less hectic than the heady gold rush days with visitors able to explore the rich heritage of Charters Towers. Of course your first stop should be the Visitor Information Centre staffed with local volunteers who are happy to point you towards the many attractions and assist you with accommodation. See, feel and live a world of difference in the outback, only 90 minutes’ drive from Queensland’s famous coastline.

POINTS OF INTEREST Exploring – A guided walking or bus tour, self-drive audio tour or a bird’s eye view from the air will reveal the authentic, historical and raw natural beauty of this region. Visit the largest herd of Texas Longhorns in Australia or the designated fossicking area. Mining heritage – Visit the old fashioned crushers lain silent to the glory days of mining at the Venus Gold Battery. See The Miner’s Cottage and Zara Clark Museum. Charters Towers at war – Towers Hill features 30 concrete bunkers used as a military base in World War II. Photographic display in City Hall, memorabilia in Zara Clark Museum, Lissner Park’s ANZAC Centenary Heritage Trail and Boer War Memorial further cement Charters Towers’ firm position in Australia’s history.

RAVENSWOOD Population 150

Step back in time and explore the heritagelisted gold mining town. Forty eight hotels and shanties quenched the thirst of miners. Two remain as magnificent examples of the prosperity of this town’s wealthy beginnings. The town boasts facilities including a tennis court, golf course, lookout, BBQ and picnic area. Showgrounds camping and two hotels provide accommodation 7 days.

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Lake Dalrymple/Burdekin Falls Dam – A surface area covering four times the size of Sydney Harbour. Camping, caravan and BBQ facilities, boating and fishing with plenty of walks. Be self-sufficient – the closest town is Ravenswood and you will need a Fishing Permit.

SELLHEIM Population 50

The Burdekin Duck Roadhouse with accompanying caravan park/camping facilities is a ‘must stop’ for a fuel top-up, an icy cool drink or delicious meal. Don’t miss the ever-accurate rock weather vane! You’ll never come across a more accurate or fun weather forecast instrument anywhere!

HOMESTEAD Population 100

Gold was discovered to the north of Homestead in 1883 and mined intermittently for the next 50 years. Two hotels, two butcher shops, two stores, a bank and cordial factory were part of the town during the railway era.

PENTLAND Population 250

The nearby Cape River area attracted European and Chinese gold miners w h en th e precious metal was discovered in 1867. Between Pentland and Torrens Creek the Burra Range Lookout is a ‘must-stop-and-see’! An abundance of wildflowers and wattle decorate the surrounding area each Spring.

BLUEWATER SPRINGS Population 2 Located 110km north east of Charters Towers on the Lynd Highway (Gregory Developmental Road). The shady gardens at the roadhouse are the perfect place to stop for a cup of coffee, an ice cream or stay for a meal and overnight in the caravan park.

GREENVALE Population 150

MINGELA Population 20 Drop into the Mingela Hotel, a quintessential outback pub, complete with guinea fowl and peacocks. Turn off here to visit Ravenswood and the Burdekin Falls Dam.

BALFES CREEK Population 20 There must be something in the icy cold drinks at the local pub as there is many a story of visitors sighting camels, ostriches, goats and sheep, even after just one drink!

BELYANDO CROSSING Population 5 Located 220km south of Charters Towers on the A7 (Gregory Developmental Road), the roadhouse is located at the Belyando River crossing and offers a shady picnic area and overnight camp. Redclaw can be found in the local creeks. Nearby Lake Buchanan, with 4x4 access only, is a large, shallow salt lake covering an area of approximately 350 square kilometres. The Lake is very impressive and its vastness gives a very surreal quality. Great photographic opportunities!

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Greenvale is a nickel mining settlement located on the banks of the Burdekin River approximately 200km north of Charters Towers on Gregory Developmental Road. The Three Rivers Hotel, made famous by Slim Dusty in a song of the same name, is located here although the original was no more than a tin shed on the banks of the river.

HIDDEN VALLEY Population 20 Accessed via Hervey Range Road north of The Towers, Hidden Valley is located in the Paluma Ranges. Take a walk to Running River and watch the platypus play, see the wallabies grazing and spot some of more than 130 species of birds.

HERVEY RANGE Population 445 Take a coffee break with a difference at the oldest known building in North Queensland that now houses the famous Hervey Range Heritage Tea Rooms. This historic split log inn was the stopping place for bullock teams and Cobb and Co Coaches.


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1. HEAR THE STORIES WHERE THEY HAPPENED Currawinya National Park is part of Queensland’s rich heritage. Thousands of years of Aboriginal history, teeming wildlife and Australia’s 19th and 20th century pastoral heritage make this park well worth a visit. The saltwater Lake Wyara, freshwater Lake Numulla or the Paroo River are home to abundant birdlife, and the beautiful surroundings make this a popular camping spot. Learn about the endangered bilby being given a ‘second chance’. Location and getting there 170km SW of Cunnamulla. Access from Cunnamulla is via Eulo and the Hungerford Road.

4. FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DINOSAURS

3. TAKE THE PHOTO OF THE YEAR

Go bush at Munga-Thirri (Simpson Desert) National Park. Only accessible by 4WD and only in the dry season, the Simpson Desert offers the ultimate journey for self-sufficient adventurers with experience of ‘big dune country’. Drive past dramatically-sculptured red sand dunes, gibber pebble plains and claypans. Camp under starlit skies and experience the exhilarating isolation of this iconic national park.

Keep your camera ready at Janet’s Leap lookout, where panoramic views of a kaleidoscope of nature’s colours inspire photographers from around the globe. In Diamantina National Park, arid lands of sand dunes, grass plains and weathered sandstone ranges merge with the many braided channels of the Diamantina River. Along the 4WD tracks through the park, surprises await experienced visitors — from pioneer settler relics to abundant waterholes, internationally-recognised wetlands full of magnificent birdlife, and majestic desert views.

Location and getting there 79km W of Birdsville. Access from Birdsville is via the old Birdsville track, private property and desert tracks such as the QAA line.

Location and getting there 306km SW of Winton. Access is via an unsealed track following the Diamantina River, off the Kennedy Developmental Road from Winton.

5. A PYRAMID RACE

Feel the thrill of standing where dinosaurs once roamed at Lark Quarry Regional Park. The significance of this ancient site was only realised in the 1960s when a grazier discovered what he thought were bird tracks. Scientists and palaeontologists have since uncovered a 200m2 site, now called Trackways, and protected inside a shelter, where some 3300 footprints have, until recently, been known as the world’s only record of a dinosaur ‘stampede’ — a herd of small dinosaurs being chased by a large theropod, about 95 million years ago! Findings from a recent study suggest the tracks may have been left by swimming and wading, not running dinosaurs, crossing a river. What do you think? Location and getting there 110km SW of Winton. Access from Winton is via the Winton-Jundah Road.

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There’s a pyramid in the middle of Queensland’s Outback? In Porcupine Gorge National Park, Porcupine Creek has excavated a deep chasm through layers of sandstone spanning hundreds of millions of years, to create an incredibly scenic gorge , with a ‘pyramid’ shaped monolith rising dramatically from the gorge floor. The annual Porcupine Gorge Challenge, one of the more challenging races to take place in a national park, is held every June. If such a race is not for you, enjoy the Pyramid track at a more sedate pace, exploring the sculpted sandstone pools of Porcupine Creek, as it meanders through this impressive ‘little grand canyon’.

6. CATCH YOUR BREATH

Location and getting there 60km N of Hughenden. Access from Hughenden is via the Kennedy Developmental Road.

Location and getting there 246km NW of Mount Isa. Access from Mount Isa is via the Barkly Hwy and CamoowealGregory Downs Road, via Riversleigh.

This park will take your breath away. Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is one of Queensland’s most scenic destinations, with exhilarating walking tracks and peaceful camping spots in the outback oasis of Lawn Hill Gorge. Explore the spectacular gorge carved into this ancient landscape, the orange sandstone cliffs towering above stunning emerald green waters, providing a cool respite from the heat of the day. At Riversleigh World Heritage Site, this timeless landscape reveals fossils of unimaginable age, allowing us to glimpse into the past .

Duwadarri Lookout

Pyramid Track

Distance: 600m return (30 mins walking time) For a short walk with maximum impact, you can’t beat the short but steep hike to Duwadarri Lookout in Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park. This walk will reward you with sensational views out over the gorge.

Distance: 2.4km return (1.5 hrs walking time) In Porcupine Gorge National Park a gradually descending walking track leads to the bottom of the gorge and the base of the Pyramid. A moderate level of fitness is required to make the return trip back up the track.

Warracoota Ruins Walk

Distance: 1km return (45 mins walking time) Explore the restored homestead and its original complex, consisting of staff quarters, meat house and store at this historical outback station in Bladensburg National Park.

Distance: 400m return (45 mins walking time) Take a short walk within Diamantina National Park and explore several loose stoned walled structures thought to have been built by early pioneers.

Bladensburg Homestead Walk

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Accommodation ARAMAC

Aramac Caravan Park Booker Street P 07 4652 9999 E ever@barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

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Barcaldine Country Motor Inn 1 Box Street P 07 4651 1488 E countrymotorinn@bigpond.com www.barcaldinecountrymotorinn.com.au

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Birdsville Hotel/ Motel Adelaide Street P 07 4656 3244 E birdsville@theoutback.com.au www.theoutback.com.au

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Blackall Caravan Park 53 Garden Street P 07 4657 4816 E blackallpark@bigpond.com www.blackallcaravanpark.com.au Barcoo Hotel & Caravan Park 95 Shamrock Street P 07 4657 4197 E barcoohotel1@iinet.net.au

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Australian Hotel 21 Herbert Street P 07 4746 3144 E adminbouliahotel@bigpond.com

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BURKETOWN

Savannah Lodge Cnr Beames & Bowen Street P 07 4745 5177 E savair@bigpond.com www.savannah-lodge.com

CHARLEVILLE

Bailey Bar Caravan Park 196 King Street P 07 4654 1744 E baileybar@bigpond.com www.charlevillebaileybar.com.au

Charleville Bush Caravan Park & Cottage Lot 1 Frawley Street P 0428 545 200 E info@travelwest.com.au www.charlevillecaravanpark.com.au

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Dalrymple Van Tourist Park 24 Lynd Highway P 07 4787 1121 E stay@dalrymplevanpark.com.au www.dalrymplevanpark.com.au

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Accommodation CLONCURRY

Cloncurry Caravan Park Oasis 56-74 McIlwraith Street P 07 4742 1313 E ccpoasis@bigpond.net.au www.cloncurrycaravanparkoasis.com The Gidgee Inn McIlwraith and Railway Street P 07 4742 1599 E info@gidgeeinn.com.au www.gidgeeinn.com.au

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Cunnamulla Tourist Park 65 Watson Street P 07 4655 1421 E cunnamullapark@yahoo.com www.cunnamullapark.com

Charlotte Plains Outback Magic P 07 4655 4923 E charlotteplains@gmail.com www.charlotteplains.com.au

EMERALD

Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn 5 Esmond Street P 07 4982 0777 E www.emeraldmotel.com.au

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Cobbold Gorge Agate Creek Road P 1800 669 922 E enquiries@cobboldgorge.com.au www.cobboldgorge.com.au

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Allen Terry Caravan Park 2 Resolution Street P 07 4741 1190 E admin@hughendenvanpark.com.au www.hughendenvanpark.com.au Rest Easi Motel 11 Richmond Hill P 07 4741 1633 E info@resteasimotel.com.au

Royal Hotel Motel 21 Moran Street P 07 4741 1183 E royal183@bigpond.net.au

ILFRACOMBE

Wellshot Hotel 20 Main Avenue P 07 4658 2106 www.wellshothotel.com.au

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JERICHO

Redbank Park Banks of Jordon River east of Jericho P 07 4651 5600 E admin_office@barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au Jericho Showgrounds Showgrounds round via Capricorn Highway P 07 4651 5600 E admin_office@barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

JULIA CREEK

Julia Creek Caravan Park P 07 4746 7108 E jccaravanpark@mckinlay.qld.gov.au www.jccaravanpark.com.au Julia Creek Hotel 33 Goldring Street P 07 4746 7727

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Jundah Caravan Park 4-6 Dickson Street P 07 4658 6930 E jundahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

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End of the Road Motel 26 Palmer St P 07 4745 9799 E info@endoftheroadmotel.com.au www.endoftheroadmotel.com.au

LAWN HILL

Adels Grove Camping Park P 07 4748 5502 E reservations@adelsgrove.com.au www.adelsgrove.com.au

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Abajaz Motor Inn 11 Wonga Street P 1800 081 288 E info@abajazmotorinn.com.au www.abajazmotorinn.com.au

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Kinnon & Co Outback Lodges 63-65 Ilfracombe Road P 07 4658 3811 E info@kinnonandco.com.au www.kinnonandco.com.au

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Albert Park Motor Inn Cnr Ilfracombe and Stork Road P 07 4658 2411 E albertpark@westnet.com.au www.longreachaccommodation.com.au

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Bonus Downs Bollon Road P 07 4623 1573 E bonusdowns@bigpond.com www.bonusdownsfarmstay.com.au

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ibis Styles Mount Isa Cnr Camooweal Street & Rodeo Drive P 07 4743 3024 E h0575-re@accor.com www.ibisstyles.com Leichhardt Accommodation 3/5 Camooweal Street P 07 4743 3323 E admin@leichhardtaccommodation.com www.leichhardtaccommodation.com

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Muttaburra Caravan Park Bridge Street P 07 4651 5600 E admin_office@barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

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Channel Country Tourist Park and Spas 21 Chipu Street P 07 4656 2087 E channelpark@bigpond.com www.channelpark.com.au Quilpie Heritage Inn 34 -36 Brolga Street P 07 4656 1472 E info@quilpieheritageinn.com www.quilpieheritageinn.com

RICHMOND

Ammonite Inn 88 Goldring Street P 07 4741 3932 E amonit33@bigpond.net.au Federal Palace Hotel 64 Goldring Street P 07 4741 3463 E lillymanearthmoving@bigpond.com

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Roma Central Motel 17-19 Bowen Street P 07 4622 8746 E stay@romacentral.com.au www.romacentralmotel.com.au

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Blue Gem Tourist Park 925 Anakie-Sapphire Road P 07 4985 4162 E kanya2@bigpond.com www.bluegemtouristpark.com.au

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Stonehenge Caravan Park 10 Stratford Street P 07 4658 5857 E stonehengeinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

THARGOMINDAH

Explorers Caravan Park 88 Dowling Street P 1800 820 890 E explorerscaravanpark@bigpond.com www.thargotourism.com.au Kilcowera Station The Dowling Track P 07 4655 4960 E gtsherwin@bigpond.com www.kilcowera.com.au

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Winton Ouback Motel 95 Elderslie Street P 07 4657 1422 E info@wintonoutbackmotel.com

Yaraka Hotel 12 Jarley Street P 07 4657 5526 E yarakaone@bigpond.com

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Tattersalls Hotel & Caravan Park 78 Elderslie Street P 07 4657 1309

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North Gregory Hotel 67 Elderslie Street P 07 4657 0647 E info@northgregoryhotel.com www.northgregoryhotel.com

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Matilda Motel 20 Oondooroo Street P 07 4657 1433 E matildamotel@hotmail.com.au www.matildamotel.com.au

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Austar

Windorah Caravan Park 1 Albert Street P 07 4656 3063 E windorahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au www.barcoo.qld.gov.au Banjo's Overnight and Holiday Units 78 Manuka Street P 07 4657 1213 E banjosunits@hotmail.com

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Amenities

Western Star Hotel/Motel 15 Albert Street P 07 4656 3166 E westernstarhotel@harboursat.com.au www.westernstarhotel.com.au

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Unpowered Sites

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Holiday Station

Thargomindah Oasis Motel 65 Dowling Street P 07 4655 3155 E oasis@thargomindah-oasis.com.au www.thargomindah-oasis.com.au

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Street Address

Phone

Email

Website

BARCALDINE

94 Ash Street

07 4651 1579

barcy@australianworkersheritagecentre.com.au

www.australianworkersheritagecentre.com.au

Wanpa-rda Matilda Centre

Willow & Ash Street

07 4651 2530

the.principal@wanpardaeec.eq.edu.au

wanpardaeec.eq.edu.au

BIRDSVILLE

Adelaide Street

07 4656 3300

events@birdsvilleraces.com

www.birdsvilleraces.com

Big Red Bash

Simpson Desert

02 9949 8754

greg@borntorun.com.au

www.bigredbash.com.au

Big Red Run

Simpson Desert

02 9949 8754

greg@borntorun.com.au

www.bigredrun.com.au

BLACKALL

Blackall Heartland Festival

Cnr Rose & Hawthorne Street

0409 283 057

blackallheartlandfestival@gmail.com

www.blackallheartlandfestival.com.au

Historical Woolscour

Evora Road

07 4657 6042

blackallwoolscour1@bigpond.com

www.blackallwoolscour.jimdo.com

BOULIA

Pituri Street

07 4746 3386

tourism@boulia.qld.gov.au

www.boulia.qld.gov.au

Min Min Encounter

Herbert Street

07 4746 3386

tourism@boulia.qld.gov.au

www.boulia.qld.gov.au

CAMOOWEAL

Lot 15 Barkly Highway

07 4748 2022 0427 127 864

info@droverscamp.com.au

www.droverscamp.com.au

CHARLEVILLE

Milky Way

07 4654 7771

enquiries@cosmoscentre.com

www.cosmoscentre.com

Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre

John Flynn Way

07 4654 1233

rfds_cvl@rfdsqld.com.au

www.flyingdoctor.org.au

CHARTERS TOWERS

26 Deane Street

0414 967 369

theminerscottage@hotmail.com

www.theminerscottage.com.au

Hensley Drive

0409 891 177

stockmanschallenge@hotmail.com

www.currychallenge.com.au

The Australian Workers Heritage Centre

Birdsville Races

Boulia Camel Races

The Drovers Camp Cosmos Centre & Observatory

The Miner's Cottage

CLONCURRY

Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge & Campdraft

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Street Address

Phone

Email

Website

48 McIlwraith Street

07 4742 1361

info@cloncurry.qld.gov.au

www.cloncurry.qld.gov.au

John Flynn Place Museum & Art Gallery

Cnr King & Daintree Streets

07 4742 2778

johnflynnplace@cloncurry.qld.gov.au

www.cloncurry.qld.gov.au

EULO

Palm Grove, 24 Leo Street

07 4655 4890

datefarm1@bigpond.com

www.artesianmudbaths.com.au

FORSAYTH

Agate Creek Road

07 4062 5470

enquiries@cobboldgorge.com.au

www.cobboldgorge.com.au

HUGHENDEN

37 Gray Street

07 4741 2970

info@flinders.qld.gov.au

www.visithughenden.com.au

JULIA CREEK

34 Burke Street

07 4746 7690

tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au

www.atthecreek.com.au

Dirt & Dust Festival

34 Burke Street

07 4723 8564

admin@dirtndust.com

www.dirtndust.com

Landsborough Highway

07 4658 2166

museum@stockmanshalloffame.com.au

www.outbackheritage.com.au

07 4658 3000

camdenparkstation@gmail.com

CLONCURRY

Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum

Artesian Mud Baths Cobbold Gorge Tours Flinders Discovery Centre At the Creek

LONGREACH

Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre Camden Park Station Outback Aussie Tours Drovers Sunset Cruise & Smithy’s Dinner & Show

Longreach Railway Station

07 4658 3000

info@oat.net.au

www.outbackaussietours.com.au

Heartland Theatre

Qantas Museum Precinct

0428 199 420

info@heartlandtheatre.com.au

www.heartlandtheatre.com.au

Kinnon and Co

115a Eagle Street

07 4658 1776

info@kinnonandco.com.au

www.kinnonandco.com.au

Longreach School of the Air tours

Landsborough Highway

07 4658 4232

tourism@longreacsde.eq.edu.au

www.longreacsde.eq.edu.au

Qantas Founders Museum

Sir Hudson Fysh Drive

07 4658 3737

info@qfom.com.au

www.qfom.com.au

07 4623 2659

abbieglass@activ8.net.au

MITCHELL

Mitchell Camel & Pig Races

MORVEN

Albert Street

07 4654 8131

morvenhistoricalmuseum@hotmail.com

MOUNT ISA

19 Marian Street

07 4743 2706

admin@isarodeo.com.au

www.isarodeo.com.au

Outback at Isa

19 Marian Street

07 4749 1555

info@outbackatisa.com.au

www.outbackatisa.com.au

Neville Bullen Drive & Bruford Street

07 4658 7147

kgrazco@bigpond.com

www.muttaburra.com

Sommerfield Road

0428 561 461

lyn@lynbarnes.com

www.lynbarnes.com

0408 784 738

sophie@quilpiediggers.com

www.quilpiediggers.com

Morven Historical Society Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo

MUTTABURRA

Dr Arratta Memorial Museum Cassimatis Shop & Cottage Museum

QUILPIE

Eagle Gallery Quilpie Diggers Race Club Sunrise Opal Mines

25 Brolga Street

0407 133 250

sunriseopals@hotmail.com

www.sunriseopals.com

RICHMOND

91-93 Goldring Street

07 4741 3429

enquiries@kronosauruskorner.com.au

www.kronosauruskorner.com.au

0459 521 196

info@easterinthecountryroma.com.au

www.easterinthecountry.com.au

Kronosaurus Korner

ROMA

Easter in the Country

TAMBO

17 Arthur Street

07 4654 6223

info@tamboteddies.com.au

www.tamboteddies.com.au

THARGOMINDAH

Bulloo Development Road

07 4621 8095

tourism@bulloo.qld.gov.au

www.thargotourism.com.au

Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History

Lot 1 Dinosaur Drive

07 4657 0078

info@aaod.com.au

www.australianageofdinosaurs.com

Corfield & Fitzmaurice

Elderslie Street

07 4657 1486

Dinosaur Stampede, Lark Quarry Conservation Park

Jundah Road via Winton

07 4657 1466

vic@winton.qld.gov.au

www.dinosaurtrackways.com.au

Outback Festival

60 Oondooroo Street

07 4657 1558 / 0429 806 140

outbackfestival@bigpond.com

www.outbackfestival.com.au

Waltzing Matilda Centre (under reconstruction)

50 Elderslie Street

07 4657 1466

waltzing@matildacentre.com.au

www.matildacentre.com.au

07 4741 7185

blacket64@skymesh.com.au heritagetruckswinton@hotmail.com.au

Tambo Teddies Thargomindah's Hydro Power Plant

WINTON

Winton Camel Races Winton’s Diamantina Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum

Lot 2 Hughenden Road

0429 806 140

WINTON-HUGHENDEN-RICHMOND

Winton, Hughenden, Richmond

1800 247 966

WINTON-LAVERTON

Australia’s Longest Shortcut

0418 785 285

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Services

Street Address

ALBION

Caravan Parks Association of QLD

ALPHA

Spar Express

37 Shakespeare Street

ASHGROVE

Campbell Higginson Town Planning

Phone

Email

Website

07 3366 1700

info@caravanqld.com.au

www.caravanqld.com.au

07 4985 1302

grubsville@bigpond.com

07 3366 1700

chp@bigpond.com

BARCALDINE

91 Oak Street

07 4651 1121

barcaldine.pharmacy@nunet.com.au

Yeast2West Bakery Barcaldine

169 Oak Street

07 4651 2999

barcaldine@yeast2west.com.au

BEDOURIE

Herbert Street

07 4746 1291

admin@simpsondesertoasis.com.au

www.simpsondesertoasis.com.au

BIRDSVILLE

Billabong Boulevard

07 4656 4697

birdsvillebakery@bigpond.com

www.birdsvillebakery.com

BLACKALL

Blackall Cultural Association

Cnr Rose & Hawthone Streets

07 4657 4392

blackallcultural@bigpond.com

www.blackallcultural.org.au

CAIRNS

22 Moore Street

07 4055 6122

sales@trav.com.au

www.trav.com.au

07 4658 1715

info@savannah-guides.com.au

www.savannah-guides.com.au

info@savannahway.com.au

www.savannahway.com.au

carriewyatt@tpg.com.au

www.charlevilleracing.com

Barcaldine Pharmacy

Simpson Desert Oasis Birdsville Bakery

Parker Travel Collection Savannah Guide Ltd

Savannah Way Ltd

CHARLEVILLE

Partridge Street

0417 746 554

Stay On Track Outback

59 Alfred Street

07 4650 5500

Central Warrego Race Club

EAGLE FARM Link Logic

www.barcaldinepharmacy.com.au

www.stayontrackoutback.qld.gov.au

07 4658 1799

spell@linklogic.com.au

www.linklogic.com.au

enquiries@chdc.com.au

www.chdc.com.au

EMERALD

31 Ruby Street

07 4982 4386

HUGHENDEN

31 Moran Street

07 4741 1109

KARUMBA

26 Palmer Street

0448 776 393

admin@savannahwaygreentrail.com.au

LONGREACH

96A Eagle Street

07 4658 3229

locamp@tpg.com.au

Merino Bakery

120 Eagle Street

07 4658 1715

RAPAD

Eagle Street

07 4652 5600

rapad@rapad.com.au

Shell Longreach Service Centre

Cnr Wonga Street & Ilfracombe Road

07 4658 1706

kinsey@bigpond.net.au

Smith Bros Pty Ltd

114 Eagle Street

07 4658 1200

orders@smithbroshardware.com.au

Yeast2West Bakery Longreach

101 Eagle Street

07 4658 3004

longreach@yeast2west.com.au

MOUNT ISA Buffs Club

Cnr Grace & Simpson Streets

07 4743 2365

buffs1@bigpond.com

www.buffs.com.au

Carpentaria Newspapers Pty Ltd

112 Camooweal Street

07 4743 3355

admin@starnews.com.au

www.northweststar.com.au

Commerce North West

22 West Street

07 4743 9881

admin@commercenorthwest.com.au

www.commercenorthwest.com.au

Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group

Mount Isa

0416 053 933

secretary@mifsg.com.au

www.mifsg.com.au

NORMANTON

29-33 Haig Street

07 4745 2200

council@carpentaria.qld.gov.au

www.carpentaria.qld.gov.au

ROMA

15 Quintin Street

07 4622 2646

info@boobook.biz

www.boobook.biz

TAMBO

32 Arthur Street

07 4654 6288

tambofoodworks@bigpond.com

07 4656 3063

sarahu@barcoo.qld.gov.au

Central Highlands Development Corporation Hughenden 5 Star Supermarket Savannah Way Green Trail Longreach Outdoors Centre

Carpentaria Shire Council BooBook Ecological Consultants Tambo Foodworks

WINDORAH

Windorah Development Board

www.smithbroshardware.com.au

WINTON

76A Elderslie Street

07 4657 1242

balamarabakery@bigpond.com

Spar Winton

37 Vindex Street

07 4657 1254

sparwinton@gillespiemotordealers.com.au

www.spar.com.au

michael@vinkpub.com

www.interactivink.com.au

Balamara Bakery

Winton Business & Tourism Association

07 4657 1296

Winton Pharmacy

73 Elderslie Street

07 4657 1340

WOOLLOONGABBA

38-40 Fisher Street

07 3334 8000

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Longreach Kinnon and Co 115a Eagle Street P 07 4658 1776 E info@kinnonandco.com.au

Outback Aussie Tours Longreach Railway Station P 07 4658 3000 E info@oat.net.au www.outbackaussietours.com.au

Maryborough Down Under Tours Cnr Tooley & Normanby Streets P 07 4123 1733 E admin@downundercoachtours.com.au www.downundercoachtours.com.au

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Forsayth Cobbold Gorge Tours Agate Creek Road P 07 4062 5470 E enquiries@cobboldgorge.com.au www.cobboldgorge.com.au

Camel Co P 0438 094 335 E ask.us@camelco.com.au www.camelco.com.au

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Camping

Aircraft

WWII Convoy Tour Milky Way P 07 4654 7771 E obguides@bigpond.com www.murweh.qld.gov.au

Springwood Fun Over Fifty P 07 3423 3455 www.funoverfifty.com.au

Half Day Tour

Meals

Travel West Tours Lot 1 Frawley Street P 07 4654 3155 or 1800 654 541 E info@travelwest.com.au www.travelwest.com.au

Tag A Long

4WD

Charleville Cosmos Centre Milky Way P 07 4654 7771 E enquiries@cosmoscentre.com www.cosmoscentre.com

Day Tour

Non Smoking

Cairns Tagalong Tours of Australia PO Box 724 P 07 4057 4096 E paul@tagalongtours.com.au www.tagalongtours.com.au

Hotel/Motel

Burketown Savannah Lodge Cnr Beames & Bowen Steets P 07 4745 5177 E savair@bigpond.com www.savannah-lodge.com

Disabled Facilities

Coach/Coaster

Extended

Tour Operators

Winton Red Dirt Tours P 0409 045 174 E vicki@reddirttours.com.au www.reddirttours.com.au

Yaraka Yaraka Hotel 12 Jarley Street P 07 4657 5526 E yarakaone@bigpond.com www.yaraka.com.au

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Transport Operators

Phone

Website

Avis

136 333

www.avis.com.au

Bus Queensland

1300 287 537

www.busqld.com.au

Greyhound

1300 473 946

www.greyhound.com.au

Nautilus Aviation

07 4034 9000

www.nautilusaviation.com.au

Qantas

13 13 13

www.qantas.com.au

QantasLink

13 13 13

www.qantas.com.au

Queensland Rail Travel

1800 627 655

www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au

Rex Regional Express

13 17 13

www.rex.com.au

Skytrans

1300 759 872

www.skytrans.com.au

Stonestreets Coaches

07 4687 5555

www.stonestreets.com.au

Visitor Information Centres

Scheduled Service

Street Address

Charter

Hire

Rail

Air

Coach

• • •

• • •

• • • • • • Phone

• • • • • • • •

• • Email

• Website

ALPHA

Rowley Roberts Tourist Information Centre

Shakespeare Street

07 4985 1050

alpha007@bigpond.com

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

ARAMAC

Aramac Branch Office

Gordon Street

07 4652 9999

emaramac@barc.qld.gov.au

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

BARCALDINE

Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre

Oak Street

07 4651 1724

tourism@barc.qld.gov.au

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

BEDOURIE

Bedourie Outback Visitor Centre

13 Herbert Street

1300 794 257

visitors@diamantina.qld.gov.au

www.thediamantina.com.au

BIRDSVILLE

Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre

29 Burt Street

07 4656 3300

info@diamantina.qld.gov.au

www.thediamantina.com.au

BLACKALL

Blackall Visitor Information Centre

145a Shamrock Street

07 4657 4637

binfo@btrc.qld.gov.au

www.blackalltambotourism.com.au

BOULIA

Min Min Encounter and Visitor Information Centre

Herbert Street

07 4746 3386

tourism@boulia.qld.gov.au

www.boulia.qld.gov.au

CHARLEVILLE

Charleville Visitor Information Centre

Milky Way

07 4654 7771

enquiries@cosmoscentre.com

www.murweh.qld.gov.au

CHARTERS TOWERS

Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre

74 Mosman Street

07 4761 5533

tourinfo@charterstowers.qld.gov.au

www.visitcharterstowers.com.au

CLONCURRY

Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre & Museum

McIlwraith Street

07 4742 1361

info@cloncurry.qld.gov.au

www.cloncurry.qld.gov.au

CUNNAMULLA

Cunnamulla Fella Centre

2 Jane Street

07 4655 8470

cunnamullainfo@paroo.qld.gov.au

www.paroo.info

HUGHENDEN

Flinders Discovery Centre

37 Gray Street

07 4741 2970

info@flinders.qld.gov.au

www.visithughenden.com.au

INJUNE

Injune Visitor Information Centre

32 Hutton Street

07 4626 0503

tourism@maranoa.qld.gov.au

www.visitmaranoa.com.au

JERICHO

Jericho Post Office

Darwin Street

07 4651 4129

donnaw@barc.qld.gov.au

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

JULIA CREEK

At the Creek

34 Burke Street

07 4746 7690

tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au

www.atthecreek.com.au

JUNDAH

Jundah Information Centre

11 Dickson Street

07 4658 6930

jundahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au

www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

KARUMBA

Karumba Visitor Information Centre & Library

Walker Street

07 4747 7522

kbalib@carpentaria.qld.gov.au

www.carpentaria.qld.gov.au

LONGREACH

Longreach Visitor Information Centre

Qantas Park, 97 Eagle Street

07 4658 4150

visitinf@longreach.qld.gov.au

www.longreachtourism.com.au

MCKINLAY

McKinlay Tourist Centre and Library

Middleton Street

07 4746 8848

tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au

MITCHELL

Great Artesian Spa

2 Cambridge Street

07 4624 6923

mitchellvic@maranoa.qld.gov.au

www.mymaranoa.org.au

MOUNT ISA

Outback at Isa

19 Marian Street

07 4749 1555

info@outbackatisa.com.au

www.outbackatisa.com.au

MUTTABURRA

Muttaburra Post Office

Sword Street

07 4658 7147

riverview2001@bigpond.com

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

NORMANTON

Normanton Visitor Information Centre & Library

Cnr Landsborough Hwy & Caroline Street

07 4787 8444

tourism@carpentaria.qld.gov.au

www.carpentaria.qld.gov.au

QUILPIE

Quilpie Visitor Information Centre

51 Brolga Street

07 4656 0540

tourism@quilpie.qld.gov.au

www.visitquilpieshire.com

RICHMOND

Kronosaurus Korner

91-93 Goldring Street

07 4741 3429

enquiries@kronosauruskorner.com.au

www.kronosauruskorner.com.au

ROMA

The Roma Big Rig and Visitor Information Centre

2 Riggers Road

07 4622 8676

tourism@maranoa.qld.gov.au

www.visitmaranoa.com.au

STONEHENGE

Stonehenge Community Centre

Stratford Street

07 4658 5857

stonehengeinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au

www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

SURAT

Cobb & Co Changing Station

62 Burrowes Street

07 4626 5136

suratvic@maranoa.qld.gov.au

www.mymaranoa.org.au

TAMBO

Tambo Visitor Information Centre

9 Arthur Street

07 4654 6408

tourism@btrc.qld.gov.au

www.blackalltambotourism.com.au

THARGOMINDAH

Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre

37 Dowling Street

07 4621 8095

tourism@bulloo.qld.gov.au

www.thargotourism.com.au

WALLUMBILLA

Calico Cottage

Warrego Highway

07 4623 4244

wallumbillavic@maranoa.qld.gov.au

www.mymaranoa.org.au

WINDORAH

Windorah Visitor Information Centre

Maryborough Street

07 4656 3063

windorahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au

www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

WINTON

Winton Visitor Information Centre

50 Elderslie Street

1300 665 115

vic@winton.qld.gov.au

www.experiencewinton.com.au

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ACCREDITED VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES This sign denotes genuine, quality visitor information centres. These centres have achieved specified industry standards and are recognised within their region as genuine, quality information providers.

BARCALDINE

Barcaldine Tourist Information Centre 149 Oak Street, Barcaldine P (07) 4651 1724 F (07) 4651 2243 tourism@barc.qld.gov.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

BEDOURIE

Bedourie Outback Visitor Centre 13 Herbert Street, Bedourie P 1300 794 257 F (07) 4746 1272 visitors@diamantina.qld.gov.au www.thediamantina.com.au

BIRDSVILLE

Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre 29 Burt Street, Birdsville P (07) 4656 3300 F (07) 4656 3302 info@diamantina.qld.gov.au www.thediamantina.com.au

BLACKALL

Blackall Visitor Information Centre 145a Shamrock Street, Blackall P (07) 4657 4637 F (07) 4657 4913 binfo@btrc.qld.gov.au www.blackalltambotourism.com.au

BOULIA

Min Min Encounter and Visitor Information Centre Herbert Street, Boulia P (07) 4746 3386 F (07) 4746 3387 tourism@boulia.qld.gov.au www.boulia.qld.gov.au

CHARLEVILLE

Charleville Visitor Information Centre Milky Way, Charleville P (07) 4654 7771 F (07) 4654 7772 enquiries@cosmoscentre.com www.murweh.qld.gov.au

CHARTERS TOWERS

Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre 74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers P (07) 4761 5533 F (07) 4761 5536 tourinfo@charterstowers.qld.gov.au www.visitcharterstowers.com.au

CLONCURRY

Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre & Museum McIlwraith Street, Cloncurry P (07) 4742 1361 F (07) 4742 0144 info@cloncurry.qld.gov.au www.cloncurry.qld.gov.au

CUNNAMULLA

Cunnamulla Fella Centre 2 Jane Street, Cunnamulla P (07) 4655 8470 F (07) 4655 1120 cunnamullainfo@paroo.qld.gov.au www.paroo.info

HUGHENDEN

Flinders Discovery Centre 37 Gray Street, Hughenden P (07) 4741 2970 F (07) 4741 1029 info@flinders.qld.gov.au www.visithughenden.com.au

INJUNE

Injune Visitor Information Centre 32 Hutton Street, Injune P (07) 4626 0503 tourism@maranoa.qld.gov.au www.visitmaranoa.com.au

JULIA CREEK

At the Creek 34 Burke Street, Julia Creek P (07) 4746 7690 F (07) 4746 7005 tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au www.atthecreek.com.au

QUILPIE

Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum & Gallery 51 Brolga Street, Quilpie P (07) 4656 0540 F (07) 4656 1441 tourism@quilpie.qld.gov.au www.visitquilpieshire.com

RICHMOND

Richmond Visitor Information Centre, Kronosaurus Korner 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond P (07) 4741 3429 enquiries@kronosauruskorner.com.au www.kronosauruskorner.com.au

ROMA Roma Visitor Information Centre 2 Riggers Road, Roma P (07) 4622 8676 F (07) 4624 6990 tourism@maranoa.qld.gov.au www.visitmaranoa.com.au

THARGOMINDAH Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre 37 Dowling Street, Thargomindah P (07) 4621 8095 F (07) 4655 3131 tourism@bulloo.qld.gov.au www.thargotourism.com.au

WINDORAH

LONGREACH

Windorah Visitor Information Centre Maryborough Street, Windorah P (07) 4656 3063 F (07) 4656 3137 windorahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

MOUNT ISA

WINTON

Longreach Visitor Information Centre Qantas Park, 97 Eagle Street, Longreach P (07) 4658 4150 F (07) 4658 4116 visitinf@longreach.qld.gov.au www.longreachtourism.com.au Outback at Isa 19 Marian Street, Mount Isa P (07) 4749 1555 F (07) 4743 6296 info@outbackatisa.com.au www.outbackatisa.com.au

Winton Visitor Information Centre 50 Elderslie Street, Winton P 1300 665 115 F (07) 4657 1886 vic@winton.qld.gov.au www.experiencewinton.com.au

For more information please contact: Outback Queensland Tourism Association Inc P: 1800 247 966 E: admin@outbackqld.com.au www.outbackqueensland.com.au

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