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provided meat packs, and enjoy the live entertainment. Another
culinary experience awaits you at the Riverland Motor Inn. River’s
Restaurant has been wowing guests with its contemporary
cuisine: a fusion of European and Asian flavours.
Head north from St George to Roma, where the oldest winery
of the state continues to flourish. Romavilla was established in
1863, with its first wine sold in 1866. The winery is located on the
flood plain of the Bungil creek, providing fertile soil for the grapes.
Interestingly, the vineyards are not irrigated and have low yields,
meaning the intensity of the grapes is much stronger. Away from
the vineyards and back in the town, you’ll find a history of Roma’s
oil and gas exploration at The Big Rig – a $7 million display
celebrating Australia’s first petroleum strike in Roma. There are two
rigs on display, coupled with a lights show in the evening. Daytime
visitors can make use of the nearby picnic tables, playground and
1.4 -kilometre miniature railway.
Just east of St George is Wallumbilla, a small but hospitable
town. Here, you’ll find the local railway station museum of rail
history, featuring the crash between two locomotives in 1956.
Calico cottage is a local craft and food store for fresh baked
goods. Take your time and visit Pickaninnie Monument to
celebrate the local Aboriginal history.
Heading back west, past Roma, you’ll make your way over
to Charleville, where you might be lucky enough to spot a bilby.
Book a night tour and hear about the local efforts to save this
endangered animal. Following the talk, you’ll be able to see a
bilby moving around its natural habitat. And if you’re up at night,
you can make your way over to the Charleville Cosmos centre,
where a guide will help you explore the night sky through powerful
Meade telescopes. The centre can also be accessed during the
day, when there are many activities available. If you enjoy Victorian
architecture, visit the Historic Homestead, built in 1888. The house
is fitted with many antique furnishings and provides great insight
into our ancestors’ outback life.
From Charleville, you can head north-west to Blackall, or if
you’re planning on making the journey across the Adventure Way
(from Cunnamulla to Innamincka, South Australia) you’ll need to
head south to Cunnamulla, via the Mitchell Highway. You might
remember the name of this town from that old Slim Dusty track,
Cunnamulla Fella. The people of the town have enjoyed their
country celebrity and built a bronzed fella at the front of the town
hall in honour of Slim’s iconic song.
Avid birdwatchers will be itching to head south of the town
to Bowra Sanctuary, one of the best locations for observations in
the southern part of the state. Bowra is located on the Warrego
river plains and houses over 200 bird species, including the black
falcon, Major Mitchell’s cockatoo and the honeyeater. If you’re
heading west to South Australia, take the Bulloo Developmental
Road almost directly across to Innamincka. Good luck and enjoy
your inland holiday! ●
Driller statue, The Big Rig, Roma. Courtesy of Tourism Queensland
“Guaranteed to see a live Bilby”
Come visit, meet & enjoy a wildlife
experience that is close to our hearts and
will become close to yours as well.
Bilby Experience: 4 nights weekly - Monday, Wednesday, Friday &
Sunday nights from 6pm. 6 nights over Qld. school holiday period
(June + Sept). All nights except Saturdays.
April - October Only (Special Tours by arrangement)
Bookings essential - please contact Charleville Visitor Information
Centre (07) 4654 7771
National Bilby Day – 2
nd Sunday in September annually – To ensure
this little Australian is never forgotten.
Save the Bilby Fund Ltd, PO Box 155, Charleville QLD 4470
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• Adventure Way – stray and FARMSTAY • Hot artesian bore
by secluded non powered bushland • Powered sites with all
amenities • Abundance of birds, wildlife & wildflowers •
Authentic outback sheep/cattle stn • History – home of
memorabilia • Property tours – old cemetery • Varied
accommodation – meals • Enjoy the silence & outback
magic • Bookings in advance appreciated
Ph: (07) 4655 4923 or (07) 4655 1679 Fax: (07) 4655 4114
S.W . QLD
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Cunnamulla Caravan Park
also known as Jack Tonkin
Your hosts Les, Annmaree Burrell, will welcome you and ensure you
have a great stay. Arrangements can be made to leave your vans while
going on tours in the area.
H Air Conditioned fully serviced cabins H Large drive-through
sites suitable for motorhomes H Grassed area for camping
H Two amenity blocks H BBQ area H Close to town centre –
walking distance H Laundry facilities (new machines washers &
~ Pets are most welcome ~
Watson Street, Cunnamulla. Ph/Fax: (07) 4655 1421
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