cunnamulla E U L O I W YANDRA I YO WAH V I S I T O R S
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paroo shire welcome to the region Reclaim what’s real when you visit our beautiful region. Escape the run-of-the-mill tourist haunts and enjoy a genuine connection to local people and culture. Meet working graziers and learn about life on the land. Join locals as they enjoy their favourite river activities. Immerse yourself in heritage stories and heroic tales. Slow down. Unplug. Embrace the country lifestyle and live like a local.
Discover vibrant red sandhills and brilliant blue skies. Stay on a working property and boil the billy under starry night skies. Imagine adventure-filled days and must-see outback landscapes, Paroo Shire is a photographer’s dream destination.
P.S. Live like a local contents 3 Getting Here 4 Calendar of Events 14 National Parks and Birdwatching 16 Paroo Experiences 18 Heritage and History 19 Travel Directory
getting here Whatever your timeframe or budget, you have a number of options for travelling to Cunnamulla.
Cunnamulla lies at the crossroads of two great Australian drives, the Adventure Way and the Matilda Way. Most of the highways are now sealed, and unless conditions are wet, many places of interest can be reached by conventional vehicles.
REX (Regional Express Airlines) flies twice weekly between Brisbane and Cunnamulla. Known as the Cobb & Co Flight Route, you’ll stop in Toowoomba and St George in both directions.
MATILDA WAY: CUNNAMULLA – KARUMBA This fully sealed 1812km highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The historic Westlander train travels from Brisbane across the Great Dividing Range to Charleville twice weekly. This service connects with a rail coach service to Cunnamulla.
ADVENTURE WAY: BRISBANE – CUNNAMULLA – ADELAIDE
The 2088km Adventure Way follows the wheel ruts of the old Cobb & Co route from Brisbane (QLD section fully sealed) to Adelaide.
Bus Queensland runs three services per week between Toowoomba and Cunnamulla. These services set down in Moonie and St George.
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Cunnamulla Fella Centre Jane Street, Cunnamulla P 07 4655 8470
calendar of events Feel the crowd’s excitement at Queensland’s favourite rodeo and discover the true Aussie larrikin spirit at the Cunnamulla Fella Roundup. Kick back and get country with Music in the Mulga, join a miner on an opal mine tour or mix it up with the fashions on the fields at a country race meet. Discover our jam-packed calendar of outback flavoured events.
JANUARY Tuesday 26 Australia Day Celebrations
APRIL Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 Eulo Gymkhana & Enduro
Saturday 10 Noorama Picnic Races
Saturday 28 Cunnamulla Gymkhana
APRIL Saturday 10 Noorama Picnic Races
Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 Cunnamulla Polocrosse
Sunday 1 Open Day Tournament Golf
Saturday 12 Ladies Day Races
Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 Eulo Polocrosse
MAY Saturday 1 Wyandra Gymkhana
Wednesday 30 June – Saturday 3 July Cunnamulla Fella Roundup, Cowboy Camp, Outback Barrels & Rodeo
AUGUST Saturday 14 Cunnamulla Diggers Races
AUGUST Saturday 28 Cunnamulla Gymkhana
JULY MAY Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 Eulo Music in the Mulga
MAY Friday 21 Cunnamulla District Show
Saturday 3 Country Cares Arena Tour Drought Angels
JULY Friday 16 – Sunday 18 Yowah Opal Festival
AUGUST Sunday 29 Eulo Lizard Races
OCTOBER Saturday 9 Cunnamulla Diggers Cunnamulla Cup Races
adventure outback with the perfect event drive itinerary Three big events in one fabulous road trip! STARTS LAST WEEKEND IN AUGUST
DAY 1 – FRIDAY – CUNNAMULLA Welcome to Cunnamulla! Once you have settled into your accommodation, head to the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Centre to hear about all the must do tourist experiences. Visit the Artesian Time Tunnel or take your pick exploring one of Cunnamulla’s walking trails.
DAY 2 – SATURDAY – CUNNAMULLA Today is all about living like a local. Head to the Cunnamulla Showgrounds and watch as the locals bring their best motorbike tricks to the Cunnamulla Gymkhana. After the gymkhana wander around the main street visiting local shops before meeting the Cunnamulla Fella. End your night meeting the locals at one of the town’s historic pubs.
DAY 3 – SUNDAY – CUNNAMULLA TO EULO Head to Eulo for the historic Eulo Lizard Races. After the races enjoy the exquisite food and refreshment stalls and an afternoon of live music. Breathe in the clean country air and recharge for the next part of your adventure.
Kangaranga Do Street Party and trust us, you’ll need it! With bath tub races, wool bale rolling and the signature ‘Get Your Rocks Off’ competition, this is one event you don’t want to miss. Party the night away with loads of entertainment, food, drink and much, much more.
There are also public toilets and picnic tables at the turnoff to Birdsville Road. Tonight is the Birdsville Races Cocktail Party, a fantastic opportunity to dress up and experience outback hospitality in style. Numbers are strictly limited so be sure to pre-purchase your tickets.
DAY 4 – MONDAY – CUNNAMULLA TO QUILPIE (376KM)
DAY 6 – WEDNESDAY – QUILPIE TO WINDORAH (246KM)
DAY 8 – FRIDAY – BIRDSVILLE
On arrival in Quilpie, head straight to your accommodation to check-in. Next stop, the Visitor Information Centre to hear all about what the region has to offer from the local experts. Take a stroll along the tranquil Bulloo River Walk – don’t forget your camera! Pack some refreshments and take in the sunset at Baldy Top; an absolute must do!
Time to head to Windorah… Get ready for a night of yabbies, live music, auctions, food, drink and more fun than you can poke a crab pot at with the International Yabby Races. Don’t miss out on a Yabby Races form guide – these are highly sought after and will give you hours of entertainment even after the races are finished.
DAY 5 – TUESDAY – QUILPIE
DAY 7 – THURSDAY – WINDORAH TO BIRDSVILLE (389KM)
Jump on the bus for the Guided Town Tour. Check out the museums and gallery at the Visitor Information Centre, or try your luck at the local opal fossicking area. If you don’t strike it rich, visit St Finbarr Opal Altar to see the only opal altar in the world. Save your energy though, because tonight is the
It’s a big drive to Birdsville. You can prepare for the journey by filling up the car, purchasing a few snacks and topping up your water supplies before leaving Windorah. Keep your eyes open for the JC Hotel ruins and the Native Well, both good places for a quick stop to stretch the legs.
Giddy up, it’s Race Day! Catch one of the many courtesy buses out to the race track for a day of racing and novelty Fashions on the Field. There will be plenty of bookies, refreshments and entertainment on the course. Then head back to town for a night of outback action including the Brophys Boxing Tent and the famous Birdsville Hotel with live music and plenty of new mates to meet.
DAY 9 – SATURDAY – BIRDSVILLE Birdsville Cup Day – Register for the Fashions on the Field from 11am, with multiple categories for the whole family to join in. If you feel like something extra special, book your trackside marquee tickets to experience the Cup in ultimate comfort.
cunnamulla Visit Cunnamulla where the handshakes are stronger and the smile lasts longer. Immerse yourself in a true outback experience. Discover meaningful connections with people and places. Just ask the larger than life Cunnamulla Fella!
Top things to do in Cunnamulla Relax around a traditional Gidgee coal campfire • Savour a camp oven themed dinner and billy tea Experience life on the land with a real station stay • Kayak the tranquil waters of the Warrego River Spot the Cooper Creek turtle and native birdlife • Sand-board down stunning natural sandhills Stake out the perfect fishing hole • Journey back 100 million years in the Artesian Time Tunnel Enjoy sunset drinks from the River Walk • Follow the looped walking track to the Bushlands Uncover town stories on the Cunnamulla Heritage Trail
THE REAL DEAL If experiencing the real deal is your thing, then Cunnamulla has the goods. Passionate local tour operators, local station stays and genuine outback experiences are sure to tick the box. Fully immerse yourself in typical outback station life with a choice of working properties to visit. Get a taste of the outback life. See sheep shearing (in season) or cattle mustering, go on a water run or help with some of the daily station tasks. Visitors to Charlotte Plains sheep and cattle station are treated to a welcome soak in their 1890s station bore. Its inviting mineral-laden water comes straight from the Great Artesian Basin. The township of Cunnamulla was created by Cobb & Co. on the third of September 1879, when the first coach drove through from Bourke. Today it is the only surviving south-west town along the original route. This says a lot about the people of Cunnamulla. Tough, resilient, creative….down to earth folk who love their country. While wool growing and beef production are still the main industries, the new kids on the block are organic wheat, organic beef and lamb production.
NATURE’S BOUNTY The mighty Warrego River is on the edge of town. Kayaking, fishing, swimming...it’s the perfect place for a bush picnic. Cunnamulla locals are sharing folk, so don’t be shy when asking for the best spot to throw in a line. Hire a kayak and discover the secrets of this natural wonderland. Keep an eye out for the cheeky Cooper Creek turtle as you paddle the tranquil waters. Keen ‘twitchers’ will love discovering the region’s native birds in their natural environment too. Cunnamulla has some of the best natural sandhills in Australia. Just seeing them is an eye-catching feast. Picture vibrant red sandhills contrasting with brilliant blue skies. It’s photo heaven! If ‘sight-doing’ is more your thing, then get ready to burn a few calories with some sand-boarding. Climb up to the top of the sandhill then feel the rush as you carve up the sand on the way down. CUNNAMULLA FELLA You’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot the Cunnamulla Fella. This larger-than-life statue is a tribute to the Aussie larrikin stockman. Slim Dusty has had a hand in making the Cunnamulla Fella famous when he put the lyrics of Stan Coster to song. More recently the song has been performed by Lee Kernaghan.
Now I’m a scrubber runner and a breaker too I live on damper and wallaby stew I’ve got a big cattle dog with a staghound cross I never saw the scrubber we couldn’t toss ‘Coz I’m the fella from Cunnamulla Yes I’m the Cunnamulla Fella Oh he’s the Cunnamulla Fella Yes he’s the Cunnamulla Fella
TAKEN FROM ‘CUNNAMULLA FELLA’ STAN COSTER
“It’s not 5 star, it’s a 1000 star” PETER KING TRIP ADVISOR REVIEW
eulo Visit the ‘kingdom’ of the infamous Eulo Queen and you’ll discover a very enterprising community. Dubbed the ‘Montville of the Outback’, Eulo is home to local producers, opal art and an annual music festival. Pick up a handcrafted whip, belt or handbag.
Top things to do in Eulo Find out why Eulo needed an air raid shelter • See opals and art at the Telegraph House Gallery Pick up some handcrafted leather goods • Celebrate Music In The Mulga Country Music Festival Discover the natural Artesian Mud Springs • See the World Champion Lizard Racetrack Ask a local about the megafauna discoveries • Camp beside a secluded billabong along the Paroo River Grab a coffee at the Eulo General Store
FIT FOR A QUEEN Imagine a lovely green oasis, set amongst the mulga. This is Eulo. It’s little more than a one-pub, one-general store town and yet it has a distinct charm. Spend time exploring this delightful haven perched on the banks of the Paroo River...you’ll be glad you did. Back in the 1880s when opal mining was at its peak, Eulo was a bustling township with three hotels. For a while it was home to one of the legends of the opal era, ‘The Eulo Queen’. Today the town centrepiece is the Eulo Queen Hotel, named after the thrice-married pub owner, storekeeper and opal trader, Isabel Gray. According to folklore, she was attempting to eject an unruly drinker, and roared: ‘I’m the Eulo Queen – now get out!’ Visit the Eulo Queen Hotel and sample their signature dish, the Eulo Queen Special Sausages. While there, you should take a moment to read some of the local versions of the Eulo Queen story posted on the walls.
FOR THE GOURMETS Each winter, beekeepers travel to Eulo so their bees can feed on the Yapunyah tree, a Warrego variety of Eucalyptus found in the region. The outback honey they produce is often described as you would a fine wine... dark amber, tasting of caramel and spicy butterscotch with a hint of pepper. It’s no surprise that this gourmet honey has taken out blue ribbons at The Royal Easter Show in Sydney. You can purchase a selection of natural honey skin products from the Eulo Queen Opal Centre. Eulo has a variety of different artisans with crafts spreading from leather working to jewellery making to patchwork. Explore the main street and discover the locally made goods on offer. Discover the Artesian Mud Springs. This supergroup of mud mounds and open springs act as release valves for the Great Artesian Basin.
EULO QUEEN HOTEL It’s Unaustralian not to stop at an Outback Pub!!!
“the Montville of the outback”
wyandra Perfectly located halfway between Cunnamulla and Charleville, Wyandra is a must-see town. If you have an interest in architecture, there are some great old buildings to discover. It may be small, but as the locals will attest, it’s a great little town to explore.
Top things to do in Wyandra Follow the Pioneer Pathway to Kennedy’s Camp 18 • Feel the sand between your toes and take a dip at ‘The Beach’ Marvel at the outback architecture along the Heritage Trail • Quench your thirst with locally bottled Artesian water Share an ale with mates at the Wyandra Pub • Test your skills with a game of mini golf Take a nostalgic journey at the Powerhouse Museum • Enjoy a movie under the stars at the outdoor cinema
BRING YOUR TOGS Well you’re a long way from the ocean, but who says you can’t find a beach? Wyandra is about 100km north of Cunnamulla and boasts its very own beach. Popular with locals and visitors alike, ‘The Beach’ on the Warrego River was so named given its appealing sandy enclave. In days gone by, the whole community would gather there to celebrate Christmas Day with picnics, swimming and playing in the sand. ON THE LINE Like so many outback towns, Wyandra came into being as a railway settlement. Built along the Western Railway Line, the town was a major water stop for the steam engines heading through to Charleville. WALK THE TOWN Your camera is a must as you stroll the Heritage Trail. You’ll see some interesting examples of outback architecture with some great old buildings from the boom period. Take a look at the original powerhouse now a museum, or the Railway Station Master’s Office, before finishing your walk with a cool drink at the Wyandra Pub and a burger at the Post Office Café. Don’t miss the chance to watch a movie, under the stars, at the outdoor cinema.
DISCOVER KENNEDY’S CAMP In November 1847, Edmund B. Kennedy partially mapped the Warrego River from its head waters to a point about 30 miles south of Cunnamulla. Kennedy camped here on 12 November 1847 – the camp site has since been used by many drovers moving stock along the stock route. WATER WORTH BOTTLING Treat yourself to the natural health benefits of locally produced Alkaline Artesian Mineral Water. Life Energy Water is sourced and bottled in Wyandra. Even non-water drinkers will love the soft and sweet taste of this natural drop. ‘100% Australian from a Deep & Pure Ancient Source’. POWER UP The Powerhouse and two national engines were moved here from Cunnamulla in 1955. Prior to that time there was no electricity supply. The Powerhouse was designed as a one man 24-hour operation with the superintendent living next door.
PEACE & TRANQUILITY Take time out to camp or picnic beside the Warrego River or enjoy a refreshing dip at the Wyandra ‘Beach’.
“Old time drovers claimed ‘The sweetest Water in the West ‘” SALLY THE WATER LADY
yowah Meet the community where the opal is king and most of the residents are small-scale miners. Discover the story of Australia’s national gem, the opal. Fossick for opals and join a whole host of local activities while you are in town.
Top things to do in Yowah Test your skills on the 9 hole golf course • Fossick for opals in the public fossicking area Explore the ‘living gallery’ of wonderful opal displays • Drive to ‘The Bluff’ for sunset views and stone art creations Place a bet on the bore drain duck race • Soak up the benefits of Artesian waters with a hot bore bath Spot local birdlife on a locally guided tour
THAT’S NOT A ROCK Discover the story of Australia’s national gem in Yowah. Spend a few days exploring this ‘living gallery’ with its distinctive opal galleries dotted around the town. The main attraction for this area is the unique Yowah Nut. You guessed it, the opal is formed naturally like a nut and many visitors would disregard them as simply a rock. Experienced opal miners will often crack open thousands of nuts to find gem colour. These regularly sell for thousands of dollars. While in Yowah, you can try your hand at fossicking in an area adjacent to town.
Stall from 10am – 2pm. Expect to be awed by the range of opals and locally produced craft on sale. SPA ANYONE? Round off your day with a relaxing soak in a hot Artesian Bore Bath at the ‘Artesian Waters Caravan Park.’ Or, if you like a few more bubbles, then head to the Yowah Artesian Spa. There are two pools, the first warmer than the second. What’s not to love about a good bath at the end of the day? Invigorate your body and soul in these naturally heated mineral waters listening to the sounds of the Outback.
ART AT SUNSET For a spectacular sunset, you simply must visit ‘The Bluff.’ The 150-metre rise is only a few kilometres from town and offers 180 degree views of the surrounding country. If you can draw your eyes away from the view you’ll notice piles of stones everywhere. This ‘stone art’ has become a popular activity for visitors to the area, so make sure you add your own before you leave.
DUCKS AND DINNER Be sure to include the Thursday night Dinner and Duck Race in your itinerary. It’s held during tourist season at the Artesian Waters Caravan Park. You’ll enjoy a 3-course dinner and the chance to bet on the unique bore drain duck race. This event raises money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
THE LOCAL TOUCH Back in town you may fancy a round of golf? The local course offers an open-air clubhouse, sandy greens and fairways. Wind down with a luxurious soak in ancient Artesian waters then meet the locals at the community fireside barbeque. If you are in town on a Saturday, then be sure to head to the Saturday Tailgaters
YOWAH OPAL FESTIVAL This annual event is held on the third weekend in July. Over two days you can get your fill on all things opals, gemstones and crafts. There’s some great live music and entertainment as well as events to make the two days as fun-filled and memorable as possible.
YOWAH NUT An ironstone rock with opal matrix and hopefully a crystal centre. This unique opal can be mixed in with black or red ironstone, vitrified clay or silicated sandstone to form the most beautiful patterns and pictures.
“Loved our visit to the Yowah Nut Cafe. People are so friendly here.” FRANCIS & BOB NSW
get natural We enjoy our natural attractions and experiences. Spend some time exploring nearby Currawinya National Park, discover century-old mud springs and mineral-rich mud baths. Amble along the Warrego River Walk or explore the Cunnamulla Bushlands. You’ll love it!
currawinya national park
bowra wildlife sanctuary
WHAT’S SPECIAL Lake Wyara and Lake Numalla are two large lakes separated by only a few kilometres of sand dunes. Lake Numalla is freshwater. The slightly larger Lake Wyara is saline. The best time for capturing that perfect picture of arid zone wildlife is early mornings.
WHAT’S SPECIAL This 14000 hectare reserve is home to more than 200 bird species including the iconic Hall’s babbler, the chestnut-breasted quail, Bourke’s parrot, chirruping wedgebill and the black falcon.
Prepare to be awestruck by the lakes, rivers and wetlands of this stunning national park. This area is one of Australia’s most important waterbird habitats. It’s also home to our ‘Aussie’ easter bunny, the endangered Bilby. If you’re keen on history, then you should visit the old Caiwarro Homestead site at the northern end of the park.
BEST WALK For stunning views over the whole park, walk to a small outcrop of granite called The Granites. It’s located 10km north of Ten Mile Bore on the Boorara Road. CAMPING You can bush camp at Ourimperee waterhole behind the Woolshed (close to flushing toilets and a bush shower), or at several sites on the Paroo River near Caiwarro Homestead site. GETTING THERE Drive approximately 170km south-west of Cunnamulla then turn towards Hungerford 4km west of Eulo. Travel by 4WD is recommended. Make sure you fuel up and take good supplies of food and water.
Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary is internationally renowned as one of Australia’s most rewarding birdwatching destinations. Purchased for conservation by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), the area is now protected forever as part of Australia’s National Reserve System. This diverse habitat is rich in birdlife and is a stronghold for many threatened and declining bird species.
GETTING AROUND You are welcome to travel about the sanctuary on well-maintained dirt tracks seeking birds or other wildlife. During August and September you may see a stunning display of wildflowers. CAMPING Camping is available in open areas adjacent to the buildings and around the lagoon. You have the choice of powered and unpowered sites. GETTING THERE The sanctuary is around 15km from Cunnamulla. Head west from town across the Warrego River and turn right at the sign to Bowra. Drive 9km to the entrance gate and another 6km along a dirt track to the accommodation area.
artesian mud springs
Built up over centuries these Mud Springs were the original release valves for the Great Artesian Basin. As underground pressure grows, mud is forced up through fissures in the ground. You’ll notice the mounds have soft jelly-like tops. These springs are centuries old and are a permanent water source in our semi arid landscape.
Discover our regional ecosystems when you visit the Cunnamulla Bushlands spanning a 6km site. Follow a 1km walking track through Mulga Lands, Sandhills, Gidgee Stands, Mitchell Grass Plains, Brigalow Country and Wetlands. This easy stroll meanders along a flowing waterway that ends at the Wetlands. WHAT’S SPECIAL See native plant interpretive signage as you journey through the regional ecosystems. You’ll also spot plenty of birdlife around the waterways and wetlands. The paths are wheelchair friendly.
WHAT’S SPECIAL This super-group of Great Artesian Basin (GAB) springs have a very high conservation value. They support specialised plants and animals only found in GAB springs.
TOP EXPERIENCE Arrange to visit around sunset for the best chance of viewing local wildlife. Bring some drinks and nibbles to enjoy as you watch kangaroos coming to the waterhole to drink and perhaps see an emu or two strolling by. These Bushlands offer you an ideal opportunity to experience multiple ecosystems in the one location.
TOP EXPERIENCE Follow the signed trail to learn the history of the Mud Springs, going back to a time when loud bangs were heard in Eulo when the springs blew out. For a more detailed look at the history of the GAB visit the Artesian Time Tunnel in Cunnamulla. GETTING THERE Drive 8km out of Eulo on the road to Thargomindah where you’ll see a sign which reads ‘Mud Springs’.
GETTING THERE Drive around 1km from the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Information Centre to reach the Bushlands. Pick up a map and information sheet before you go.
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paroo experiences 3 Day Cunnamulla & Eulo DAY 1 – IT’S ALL IN THE WATER Visit the Artesian Time Tunnel at the Cunnamulla Fella Centre for a real insight into the world’s largest underground river journey. Just outside of town is the beautiful Warrego River. Follow the 2.5km River Walk at sunset to capture the last colours of the day from the viewing deck. Hire a kayak or take a guided kayak tour of this natural wonderland. DAY 2 – KEEPING IT REAL Get a taste of the real outback with a visit to Charlotte Plains Station, a working sheep and cattle property. Apart from the abundant birdlife and wildlife, the big attraction is the 1890s station bore pond. Relax in this natural Artesian water and soak your cares away. Join a history tour of the station or participate in station activities. DAY 3 – JUST A BIT OF GOURMET Visit the local artisans and learn the secrets of their crafts. You never know what goodies you will walk away with. Sample local honey products at the Eulo Queen Opal Centre. This gourmet honey has taken out Blue Ribbons at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.
3 Day Cunnamulla & Wyandra DAY 1 – WHAT’S IN A STORY Find out about Australia’s first self-made millionaire and uncover the region’s heritage stories at the Cunnamulla Fella Museum. Follow the Heritage (walking) Trail for a wonderful insight into the town’s unique character and historical buildings including hotels, saddlery, Tonkin House and churches. Discover the history of The Warrego Watchman, south-west Queensland’s independent newspaper established in 1884. DAY 2 – ACTIVE EXPLORING Cunnamulla has some of the best natural sandhills in Australia. Just seeing them is an eye-catching feast. Picture vibrant red sandhills contrasting with brilliant blue skies. It’s photo heaven! If ‘sight-doing’ is more your thing, then get ready to burn a few calories with some sand-boarding. Climb up to the top of the sandhill then feel the rush as you carve up the sand on the way down. DAY 3 – SLOW DOWN AND RELAX In Wyandra, pack a picnic lunch and head to ‘The Beach’ on the Warrego River for a swim, spot of fishing or bushwalking. Enjoy a meal at The Post Office Café or the Wyandra Pub. Relax under the stars watching a film in the unique outdoor cinema or take in a round of mini golf.
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3 Day Eulo & Yowah DAY 1 – QUEEN OF OPALS Visit the Eulo Queen Hotel, named after the thrice-married pub owner and opal trader, Isabel Gray. Now the only surviving hotel of an original three when opal mining was at its peak. Call into the Eulo Queen Opal Centre for a chance to purchase locally sourced opals, Aboriginal art and gourmet local produce. DAY 2 – NUT OR GEM? Discover the story of the opal in Yowah. Spend a few days exploring this ‘living gallery’ with its distinctive galleries dotted around the town. Find out more on the unique Yowah nut that’s not a nut. Experienced opal miners will crack open thousands of nuts to find gem colour which regularly sell for thousands of dollars. Try your hand at fossicking in an area adjacent to town. DAY 3 – MEET THE LOCALS Play a round of golf at the Yowah golf course with its openair clubhouse, sandy greens and fairways. Wind down with a luxurious soak in ancient Artesian waters at Yowah Bore Baths then meet the locals at the community fireside barbeque. Head to the Saturday Tailgaters Stall from 10am – 2pm. Expect to be awed by the range of opals and locally produced craft on sale.
uncover our stories Discover our colourful stories for yourself on the Paroo Pioneer Pathways around Cunnamulla, Eulo and Wyandra. These heritage trails, each with their own story to tell, retrace our towns’ histories and connect you with our local characters.
Don’t forget to call in at the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Centre and pick up your Heritage Trail Guide
Cunnamulla Heritage Trail
Discover the unique town character and the story behind many of the historical buildings and businesses including hotels, saddlery, Tonkin House, churches and The Warrego Watchman. Walk the trail at your own pace or join a guided tour with a knowledgeable local. Ask at the Cunnamulla Fella Centre for a booklet and more details.
Wyandra Heritage Trail
During the late 1800s Wyandra had two butcher shops, a baker, a blacksmith, three stores, a bookmaker and two saw mills. There were twenty-five slab huts along the riverbank which were occupied mainly by sawmill workers. The market gardens on the Warrego supplied fresh fruit and vegetables. Find out more when you follow the Wyandra Heritage Trail. Pick up a copy of the guide at the Visitor Information Centre in Cunnamulla or at local Wyandra businesses.
eulo Heritage Trail
The Eulo Heritage Trail gives you a great insight into the wild days of Eulo. A police station was established to contain the ‘riff raff’ coming across the border from New South Wales. This was a time when the Eulo Queen reigned supreme. There’s many an interesting story to be learned along the trail. Follow the self-guided trail or request a local guide. More information is available at the Visitor Information Centre in Cunnamulla and the businesses in Eulo.
travel directory Cunnamulla
Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary
ACCOMMODATION Billabong Hotel Motel 5 Murray St, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 0800 www.billabongcunnamulla.com.au
Charlotte Plains Station 54km East of Cunnamulla | 07 4655 4923 www.charlotteplains.com.au
Club Boutique Hotel
887 Humeburn Rd, Cunnamulla 07 4655 1238 www.australianwildlife.org/where-wework/bowra
Cunnamulla Bowls Club 40 John St, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 1177
Cunnamulla Fella Centre Jane St, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 8470 www.cunnamullatourism.com.au
Cunnamulla Fella Roundup www.cunnamullatourism.com.au/festival
15 Louise St, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 1679 www.clubboutiquehotel.com
Cunnamulla Golf Club
Cooper Cottage Accommodation
Cunnamulla Race Club
14 Garden St, Cunnamulla 0437 833 654 | 0419 248 407
Corella Motor Inn
Jobs Gate Rd, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 4046
Humeburn Rd, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 1375
Noorama Picnic Races
60 Emma St, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 1593
Country Way Motor Inn 17 Emma St, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 0555 www.countrywaymotorinn.com.au
Cunnamulla Hotel 24 Jane St, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 0082 www.pubparoo.com.au
Cunnamulla Tourist Park 91 Watson St, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 1421 www.cunnamullapark.com
Francvillers Station 25 mins from Cunnamulla | 0409 897 172 www.outbackescape.com
Warrego Riverside Tourist Park 322 Weir Rd, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 0097 www.warregoriversidetouristpark.com.au
EXPERIENCES Wyandra Powerhouse Museum Macks St, Wyandra | 07 4654 0322
yowah ACCOMMODATION 1 Blue Bonnet Blvd, Yowah | 07 4655 4953 www.yowahcaravanpark.com
Yowah Opal Hut ACCOMMODATION
87 Matrix Drive, Yowah | 0438 554 791
Alroy Camping Grounds
Yowah Opal Festival
Eulo – Toompine Rd, Eulo | 0427 992 889 www.facebook.com/AlroyStationEulo
0427 068 254 | email@example.com
Eulo Queen Hotel
Leo St, Eulo | 07 4655 4867 www.euloqueenhotel.com.au
Wandilla Station Stay 1508 Pitherty Rd, Eulo | 07 4655 4065
Music in the Mulga
9 Louise St, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 1737 www.warregohotel.com.au
35 Railway St, Wyandra | 07 4654 9212
Harlequin Drive, Yowah | 07 4655 7011
Warrego Hotel Motel
Wyandra Post, General Store & Caravan Park
Rural Transaction Centre
13 Bowra St, Cunnamulla | 07 4655 1126 firstname.lastname@example.org 0417 074 937 | 0428 153 797 email@example.com
21 Railway St, Wyandra | 07 4654 9582
Oxford Hotel Motel
T & J New (cottages)
Artesian Waters Caravan Park
Cunnamulla Cabins 79 Emma St, Cunnamulla 07 4655 1640 | 0407 785 785 www.cunnamullacabins.com.au
1508 Pitherty Rd, Eulo | 07 4655 4065 www.musicinthemulga.com.au
visitor information centre
Visit the Artesian Time Tunnel at the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Centre and receive your free e-postcard
T: 07 4655 8470 WWW.CUNNAMULLATOURISM.COM.AU CUNNAMULLA FELLA VISITOR CENTRE