While Queensland is world-famous for its astonishing beaches, it also has a lesser-known outback charm to match. As you drive further into Australia’s centre, the soil becomes redder, the sun feels hotter and a picturesque Outback setting emerges.
Nestled along the bucolic Wallam Creek is the town of Bollon, where emus roam the streets, and locals welcome visitors from every corner. After parking your caravan or pitching your tent in the free camping area, take a walk along the short walking track beside the creek. Head to the Heritage Centre for a dose of affectionately displayed local history, presented by friendly volunteer information guides. Discover the great Australian native flora that engulfs Thrushton National Park – which is only accessible by four-wheel drives – or retire to a cosy local country pub.
Travelling east, you’ll soon reach St George, with its large country gardens and quaint allure. Enjoy a Sandytown River Cruise along the Balonne River, before tasting your way through the award-winning local merlots, muscats and ports at the Riversands Winery. The Unique Egg is a top spot in the town, where guests will see the unique work of talented artist Steve Margaritis, which features intricately hand-carved emu eggs. End the day at St George River as you watch the town’s colours soften at sunset on the riverside walk.
In Charleville, you’ll be having so much fun you won’t realise how much you’re learning! At the town’s Cosmos Centre and Observatory, attend an evening presentation with an experienced tour guide to see star clusters and planets, and to learn about Earth’s place in the solar system. Gain knowledge of the history of astronomy while you hold real meteorites in your very hands! Next, at the Bilby Experience, learn about and observe the adorable endangered Australian animal, guided by passionate presenters. Sign yourself up to a Weather Station Tour – find out how meteorologists work their magic and predict the weather, or just observe the activities of the station. Then, continue to the Charleville Historic House Museum. It features local treasures dating all the way back to the 1800s, including early-day machinery, a coach, an ambulance and a steam engine.
In Paroo Shire, Cunnamulla is the place to be for history fanatics. At the Cunnamulla Fella Centre Art Gallery and Museum, tourists can see the work of talented artists from the region and around Australia, before heading on to the Artesian Time Tunnel, which takes visitors back in time 100 million years to observe ancient sandstone rocks that form part of the Great Artesian Basin. Have a picnic on the banks of the river at Allan Tannock Weir before going for a round of gold at the Cunnamulla Sand Greens Golf Club.
In the nearby town of Eulo, climb Mud Springs to see the centuries-old mud springs, some of which are still active – if that’s not enough for you, take an Artesian mud bath. Next, visit the Eulo Date Farm, where the sweet, sticky fruit is incorporated into sumptuous wines and liqueurs. The Paroo Pioneer Pathways Tour will take visitors to the Eulo Queen Hotel and the Air Raid Shelter, rich with World War II history.