Located in far-west Queensland, in the heart of the Channel Country, Barcoo Shire is one of the more remote shires in the state, with an area of 61,974 square kilometres, incorporating the townships of Jundah, Stonehenge and Windorah.
The Barcoo Shire lays claim to the most exceptionally unique place in Australia and the world, as it’s the only place where two prominent and significant inland rivers, the Thomson and Barcoo, meet to form a creek – Cooper Creek.
Rich in history, the Barcoo Shire has an outback experience for everyone, including unique, rustic landscapes, distinctive flora and fauna, spectacular wildlife, freshwater fishing, golf, birdwatching and stunning sunsets. Barcoo is also home to Magee’s Shanty, birthplace of the famous poem ‘A Bush Christening’, by Banjo Paterson.
Also in the Barcoo Shire is Welford National Park. Located on the banks of the Barcoo River, Welford offers a diverse range of landscapes to explore, as well as fishing, camping and birdwatching to enjoy. The welcoming outback towns of Windorah, Jundah and Stonehenge can all be easily accessed via sealed roads and are located within a leisurely drive of the major towns of Longreach and Quilpie.
Make sure you visit the visitor information centres in each town, where you will be able to access free wi-fi and, road condition reports, and where you’ll get to chat to locals who have a wealth of knowledge about the best places to visit. Barcoo Shire is the gateway to Birdsville, Bedourie, Innamincka, Quilpie and Longreach, and Winton to the north.