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Other points of interest

THE ARTESIAN TIME TUNNEL CUNNAMULLA FELLA CENTRE

Step into the Artesian Time Tunnel and be transported back
in time, 100 million years and hear the story of The Great
Artesian Basin (the life blood of the Outback). Learn how the
underground river flows beneath 1/5 of inland Australia and
helps to water this great country.
The water from the aquifer is almost 2 million years old by
the time we use it – if only it could tell tales of time past. Our
landscape has been transformed and moulded by water
and is obvious in the Paroo Shire with the Warrego and
Paroo Rivers and the natural wonders of the Mud Springs
and opals.

CUNNAMULLA BUSHLANDS

The six hectare site is positioned on the eastern outskirts of
Cunnamulla and the looped walking track meanders along
a flowing waterway and terminates at the Wetlands. It takes
you on a journey through six regional ecosystems within the
Shire; Mulga Lands, Sandhills, Gidgee Stands, Mitchell Grass
Plains, Wetlands and Brigalow Country.
Each zone features plants and soils typical to the region
and you are able to sense the space and freedom as you
explore the natural attraction of the Shires varied land
types. Maps can be collected from the Cunnamulla Fella
Information Centre.

ARTESIAN MUD BATHS AT EULO

Palm Grove Date Farm offers a relaxing Artesian Mud Bath
experience. Soak in warm Artesian water impregnated with
Artesian Mud, then pat on a milky grey mud pack to let your
skin soak in the goodness from this mineral-rich product
that is used by beauticians all over the world.
Artesian Mud mixed with minerals from shales deep below
the Earth’s surface, rises to the surface near Eulo. The natural
phenomenon is known as Mud Springs and they are release
valves for the Great Artesian Basin.
Don’t be disappointed – ring ahead for an appointment.

THE LIVING OPAL GALLERY OF YOWAH

Opal is the Australian National Gem and the township
of Yowah is a “Living Gallery” with the story of opal
everywhere you turn and 90% of the population being
small-scale miners.
Opals of Yowah are world renowned for their beautiful
colours and magnificent patterns all created by nature with
water playing a large part in its formation. All forms of opal
can be found at Yowah but this little township’s point of
difference is the unique “Yowah Nut”.
Look for signs and drop into the numerous and unique style
Opal Galleries to view a spectacular display of gems

LAKE BINDEGOLLY NATIONAL PARK

Lake Bindegolly National Park centres arounds one of the
most important wetland systems in south-west Queensland.
The lake system supports a diverse range of flora and fauna
and is home to more than 195 species of birds including
parrots, galahs, cockatoos, honeyeaters, fairywrens, swans,
wedge-tailed eagles and whistling kites; 80 other kinds of
animals and 300 species of plants. The Park features three
lakes – the saline Lakes Bindegolly and Toomaroo and the
freshwater Lake Hutchinson. A 9.2km circuit walk skirts the
edge of Lake Bindegolly. An observation point is located
at the edge of the lake and camping is permitted on the
southern side of the Road reserve.

PELICAN POINT ON THE BULLOO RIVER

Pelican Point is a focal point on Thargomindah’s River
Walk. In 1864-65, Vincent Dowling settled Thargomindah
Station on the banks of the Bulloo River on the opposite
side to where the town now stands. A river crossing was
eventually established between the station and the town
and this created a weir in the river. This section of the river,
together with the surrounding river bank, is a favourite
spot for locals and visitors to walk, visit, swim, canoe,
picnic and fish. It is also a popular location for viewing
birds, animals and flora. In recent times, it has been named
Pelican Point, because of the number of pelicans that
regulary visit the spot.

THARGOMINDAH HYDRO POWER PLANT AND ARTESIAN BORE

Thargomindah was the first town in Australia and
the third in the world, after London and then Paris to
produce hydro-electric power for street lighting, through
the harnessing of bore water from the Great Artesian
Basin. In 1891, drilling commenced on a bore to supply
Thargomindah with water and in 1893 a good water
supply was struck. A permanent Hydro Power Plant display
has been created as a testament to the early pioneers.
A working Pelton Wheel and a display of old equipment
is housed in a replica of the original Hydro Shed. Hydro
demonstrations are conducted daily from March
to October.

THE BURKE AND WILLS ‘DIG TREE’ ON COOPER CREEK

In August 1860 the Victorian government sponsored and
expedition to make the first south-north crossing of the
continent to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Robert O’Hara Burke
and William John Wills led the ill-fated trip from Melbourne,
reaching Cooper Creek by December. Burke and Wills
started north with Grey and King, while four men remained.
Only hours before Burke and Wills’ return, the Stockade
Depot Camp party left, after carving instructions into the
trunk of a tree to dig for buried provisions. In September, a
search party found only King alive. The blazes on the ‘Dig
Tree’ are a memorial to Burke and Wills’ expedition.

EROMANGA LIVING HISTORY CENTRE

Incorporating a Museum and Object Theatre the Eromanga
Living History Centre is located in the centre of Eromanga.
Browse through historic photos and stories of the local area
on the self-operated film in the theatre room. Learn about
oil exploration, early pastoral pioneers, opal mining and
the early history on the discovery of dinosaur bones near
Eromanga. The centre is unmanned, but the keys can be
collected from the Royal Hotel.
The Centre is next to Opalopolis Park featuring a stunning
monument inlaid with opal in memory of the Opal Opolis
days of Eromanga. Enjoy a picnic in the park featuring a
playground, covered tables and chairs and BBQ facilities.

THE EROMANGA NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

The Eromanga Natural History Museum is home to Australia’s
largest dinosaur, ‘Cooper’. Located just 3kms from Eromanga
village it is Australia’s newest Dinosaur Museum that is
discovering new Australian Dinosaurs in an area of Australia
where they have previously never been found.
The Museum offers a variety of authentic and hands-on
dinosaur and megafauna tours, including an hour long guided
tour where you can meet ‘Cooper’ and touch a 95 million year
old dinosaur bone. While there why not measure up and take
a photo with Australia’s largest skeleton replication. Full day
Fossil Preparation Experiences, Dinosaur/Megafauna digs and
on site stays are also available by contacting the Museum.

BALDY TOP LOOKOUT

Be amazed by the panoramic view and experience the
beauty of an outback sunset from the two lookout points
Baldy Top and Table Top. They are both part of the Grey
Range, a magnificent boulder formation formed naturally
over millions of years. The Lookouts are 7.4km from Quilpie
on the Toompine Road (approximately 2km unsealed).
A climb to the summit is a relatively easy ten
minute scramble where you will be rewarded with
breathtaking landscapes.
The Table Top, aptly named due to its flat summit, is an
ideal spot to picnic whilst enjoying brilliant 360 degrees
panoramic viewing. The outstanding rock faces of Table Top
provide fantastic photo opportunities.

OPAL FOSSICKING

Strike it Rich! While in Quilpie spend time looking for a
beautiful Boulder Opal gem at the Quilpie Opal Fossicking
Area located just two kilometres from town. It is a free
location for you to come opal mine the easy way, no
licence required.
If you are serious about fossicking, you can head to century
old Opal mines of Duck Creek and Sheep Station situated
near the iconic Toompine Hotel (approximately 76km from
Quilpie). Duck Creek was the first ever registered opal leases
in Australia, granted in 1871. These are both designated
fossicking areas and will require a licence.
The colours of Quilpie Shire logo were inspired by the
Boulder Opal, ‘Why chase colours when you can wear one’.

OPAL ALTER – ST FINBARR CATHOLIC CHURCH

In 1976, Father John Ryan decided to complement the
opal mining background of the area by commissioning
local miner, Des Burton, to install a border of opal around
the carving of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. Instead
Des generously donated an entire wall of opal which was
installed on the altar, baptismal font and lectern.
The late Des Burton is remembered as the father of the
boulder opal industry as he was largely responsible for
putting Queensland boulder opals on the world stage.
The church is open daily so head on in and see this beautiful
display of Quilpie’s opal in all its glory.

BILBIES

Charleville is home to the captive breeding programme
to ensure the survival of the species. Learn about the
habits and habitat of the Bilby through a DVD and guide
presentations, before visiting the outdoor enclosure where
the Bilbies can be observed.
Between April and October The Save The Bilby Fund run
Bilby presentations where visitors learn the story behind
saving and improving the national recognition of the Bilby.
Learn of the amazing work done by many people who, in
their own time, work tirelessly to ensure the survival of
the species.
On your way out, stop by the little Bilby Shop. Purchase
something to help save the Bilby.

CHARLEVILLE COSMOS CENTRE AND OBSERVATORY

Ooh, Oah, spectacular; are the words you hear in the
Observatory at Charleville’s Cosmos Centre, Outback
Queensland. On a clear night view the incredible beauty
of the Milky Way Galaxy, through our powerful Meade
telescopes unaffected by the light pollution. What the naked
eye can not see a telescope can.
ASTRONOMY BY DAY IS AS DIFFERENT AS… DAY IS FROM NIGHT!
During the day immerse yourself in our outback stargazing
theatre and challenge your knowledge of people in space,
our Solar System, distant stars and meteorites. This is an
amazing unique experience you will never forget. So this
place it as a MUST on your bucket list.

NATIVE TIMBER WALK

Located in Graham Andrews Park, the Outback Native
Timber Walk is home to many native plant and tree species
from around Outback Queensland. You will discover the
Common name, Family Name and the Botanical name
for many of these. Other things you may discover are the
European use and the Indigenous use for these plant and
tree types.
Call into the Charleville Visitor Information Centre located at
the Railway Station in King Street and get your FREE Outback
Native Timber Walk map and tree/plant description.
Whilst in the park let the kids enjoy the play equipment,
have a Barbeque on the gas barbie or just enjoy a lovely
stroll around the lake