Cunnamulla

A pleasant service town just north of the NSW border. It is is the administrative centre for the vast Paroo Shire which covers 47 617 sq. km of South West Queensland.

Location: 972 km west of Brisbane; 120 km north of the NSW border; 188 m above sea-level.

Events: Cunnamulla Fella Festival is a celebration of this region's proud pastoral heritage. including horse and bull riding, a demonstration of bushman skills, live country music and a carnival atmosphere that provides all the ingredients for a great outback event. Cunnamulla Fella Festival is held every November. For more details contact the Cunnamulla Fella Centre Visitors Information 07 4655 8470.

The Cunnamulla Fella is a bronze statue of a ‘larrikin’ sitting on his swag and this character was bought to life by the lyrics of Stan Coster who was working in the district in the 1950’s during the prosperous wool industry. It was when he saw young boys sitting on their swags outside the pub, waiting to be picked up by the graziers or the mail truck, that he became inspired to write the lyrics. It was later immortalized in a song by the late Slim Dusty and more recently by Lee Kernagan. The statue was sculptured by Archie St.Clair, with such detail, that he gives life to the 'larrikin' as he gazes across the town.

The Robber's Tree: Apart from the natural attractions of native flora and fauna found in the Cunnamulla district, the town has a number of historical sites of interest, listed on the Heritage Trail including the well-known Robber's Tree. The tree is a living reminder of the Cunnamulla Bank Robbery in 1880. The Robber, Joseph Wells, hid in the tree but was quickly captured by the irate townspeople whose money he had stolen. Unfortunately, for Wells, his loyal dog revealed his location when he sat under the tree waiting for his master. Joseph Wells goes down in history as the last man in Queensland to receive the death penalty. The Robbers Tree is located in Stockyard Street, Cunnamulla

Artesian Time Tunnel: When you visit Cunnamulla you will be standing on the world's largest underground river. In 1887 at Thurlugoona near Cunnamulla the first flow of artesian water in Queensland was struck. The Artesian Time Tunnel experience simulates time travel back 100 million years to the beginnings of the Great Artesian Basin, (the life blood of the Outback) which predates the formation of Opal and the Age of Mammals.

The Culture Theatre: features the 'Water Down Under' story of the Great Artesian Basin acknowledging Aboriginal peoples connection to country and the importance of water for life, lifestyle and industry in outback Queensland.

The Museum showcases the heritage and rich history of Cunnamulla and the Paroo Shire with rare artefacts and memorabilia on display.

Art Gallery: open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 1.30pm.

Warrago River Walk: this 2.5 kilometre walk starts after you cross the Darby land bridge over the Warrego River and turn left. The trail takes you along the Warrego River and across the black flood plains and through the channels. Interpretive signage identifies the vegetation and the animal and bird life. It is a great place for bird watching and the bird life will vary depending on the season. Early morning walkers will see pelicans, ducks and kookaburras. The vastness of the western skies can be appreciated from the sunset viewing deck, which is built in the fashion of a stock loading ramp and located half way along the walk. A booklet and map is available from the Visitor Information Centre.


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Brief history

Following a visit by explorer William Landsborough in 1862, development of the town began in earnest. The rich plains and river flats were ideal for sheep and cattle grazing and these primary industries played a key role in the growth of the town.

Today, with the availability of irrigated water from the Alan Tannock Weir, Cunnamulla has two fruit growing farms established on the western side of the Warrego River, specialising in table grapes for the Australian market. Cunnamulla became more accessible to settlers and traders when Cobb & Co. commenced a coach service into the district in 1867. Public education came to Cunnamulla in 1877 and two years later the Paroo Divisional Board was formed being the commencement of local government for the area.

Origin of name: derived from the name of a pastoral run first recorded in 1867, being taken from the name of a deep waterhole in the Warrego River.


Eulo

Home of the World Championship Lizard Races, the town of Eulo is situated on the Bulloo Developmental Road (Adventure Way) 70 km west of Cunnamulla and has a population of about 70 people. The township was originally built close to the Paroo River but as floods almost wiped out the entire town, building began on higher ground where Eulo now stands. The rural land surrounding Eulo is predominantly used for sheep and cattle grazing, however, the area is well known for its rich flavoursome honey obtained from the blossom of the local native Yapunyah tree. Honey along with other natural products made from bees wax are produced at Eulo for the local and national market. The Eulo and Yowah Opal areas are in the region and are famed for the Mosaic Opal.

Eulo has numerous attractions, such as the Lizard Lounge, a picnic area, the Bilby Burrow art and craft gallery, a general store with a display of honey production, a date farm and winery open to all visitors; also provides the unusual experience of a hot artesian water and mud bath, and mud springs just west of the town.

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