Visit the ‘kingdom’ of the infamous Eulo Queen and you’ll discover a very enterprising community. Dubbed the ‘Montville of the Outback’, Eulo is home to local producers, opal art and mud baths. Pick up a handcrafted whip, belt or handbag.
Fit for a queen
Imagine a lovely green oasis, set amongst the mulga. This is Eulo. It’s little more than a one-pub, one-general store town and yet it has a distinct charm. Spend time exploring this delightful haven perched on the banks of the Paroo River … you’ll be glad you did.
Back in the 1880s when opal mining was at its peak, Eulo was a bustling township with three hotels. For a while it was home to one of the legends of the opal era, ‘The Eulo Queen’. Today the town centrepiece is the Eulo Queen Hotel, named after the thrice-married pub owner, storekeeper and opal trader, Isabel Gray. According to folklore, she was attempting to eject an unruly drinker, and roared: “I’m the Eulo Queen – now get out!”
Visit the Eulo Queen Hotel and sample their signature dish, the Eulo Queen Special Sausages. While there, you should take a moment to read some of the local versions of the Eulo Queen story posted on the walls.
For the gourmets
Each winter, beekeepers travel to Eulo so their bees can feed on the Yapunyah tree, a Warrego variety of Eucalyptus found in the region. The outback honey they produce is often described as you would a fine wine… dark amber, tasting of caramel and spicy butterscotch with a hint of pepper. It’s no surprise that this gourmet honey has taken out blue ribbons at The Royal Easter Show in Sydney. You can purchase a selection of natural honey skin products from the Eulo Queen Arts and Opal Centre.
Treat yourself to a gourmet mud bath. At the Artesian Mud Baths, you can soak in antique baths, in a beautiful bush setting, under the stars. Bathe in milky grey artesian mud drawn fresh from ancient springs. Warmed by braziers on cold winter nights, you’ll be served wine and nibbles in these ultimate artesian mud baths. This ancient mud is estimated to be 20,000 years old, rich in Silica, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Iron and Zinc.
Discover the Artesian Mud Springs.
This supergroup of mud mounds and open springs act as release valves for the Great Artesian Basin.
Soak in the warm artesian water impregnated with artesian mud, then pat on your mud pack to let your skin soak in the goodness from this mineral rich product.
Top things to do in Eulo
- Indulge with an artesian mud bath
- Find out why Eulo needed an air raid shelter
- See opals and art at the Telegraph House Gallery
- Pick up some handcrafted leather goods
- Celebrate Music In The Mulga Country Music Festival
- Discover the natural Artesian Mud Springs
- See the World Champion Lizard Racetrack
- Ask a local about the megafauna discoveries
- Camp beside a secluded billabong along the Paroo River
- Grab a coffee at the Eulo General Store