What better way is there to explore south-west Queensland than by following the Barcoo River?
This epic road trip will take you through some picturesque scenery into towns that are bursting with history and culture.
This journey begins in the town of Tambo, the oldest town in Central West Queensland and the closest to the headwater of Barcoo. Highlights of this town include the Royal Carrangarra Hotel – which hosts nightly chicken races during winter and spring – and the Tambo Teddies workshop that sells handcrafted teddy bears.
From there, you’ll head towards Blackall and visit the Blackall Woolscour. The Blackall Woolscour is Australia’s only remaining steam-powered wool-washing plant, and it’s definitely worth the stop. Although the machinery only runs from May until August, you can still take a guided tour and learn all about the history of this impressive site.
Isisford is the next stop on your Barcoo Way adventure, and what a town it is. This town is home to the Oma Waterhole, a haven for fishing enthusiasts and birdwatchers alike. Oma Waterhole is the perfect place to grab your fishing rod and try your luck at catching a yellowbelly, or to take the boat out for a day on the water.
When you’re well rested and ready to go again, follow the Emmet Yaraka Road south to Yaraka. Want to experience an incredible sunset? Then you’ve come to the right place. Yaraka is the gateway to Mount Slocombe and its incredible views. Journey up to the lookout and be treated to a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
If you’re a fan of classic Australian literature and poetry, then a visit to the ruins of Magee’s Shanty is a must. Magee’s Shanty is only about an hour south-west of Yaraka. According to local folklore, Banjo Paterson wrote the iconic poem ‘A Bush Christening’ at this very site.
Pictured is Blackall Woolscour. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.