Taking in 60,901 square kilometres in South Western Queensland, “Barcoo” is the seventh largest shire in the State. Nestled between the shires of Quipped, Balloon, Diamantine, Winton, Longreach and Isisford, Barcoo offers the visitor an outback experience not to be forgotten.
Unique landscapes meet the traveller offering spectacular scenery for all to enjoy, from the magnificent red sandhills, brilliant white ghost gums and rock formations through to the natural open grass lands and river flats.
Within and surrounding the three small townships of Jundah, Stonehenge and Windorah history dating back to the 1870’s can be found, pioneer graves, historic sites for example the JC Hotel Ruins, Magee’s Shanty and Battle Hole.
Home to the Shire’s Administration Centre, Jundah is located on the banks of Thomson River, just 30 kilometres above the “Barcoo Junction” where the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers meet to form Coopers Creek. Tranquility is the draw card to this quiet little town with a population of 110. An historic building built in 1899 hosts a mural painted by school children in 1990. The Barcoo Shire Museum is located beside the administration centre depicting relics from the past.
Windorah, 35 kilometres below the “Barcoo Junction” and the last stop before Birdsville, rests on the edge of Coopers Creek flood plains. Close by, magnificent red sandhills rise from the black soil plains presenting a majestic picture. The Information and Cooper Art and Craft Centre provides a mine of information. Beside the centre is a slab hut relocated from Whitula Creek built in 1906 for the Rabbit Board.
Stonehenge, 67 kilometres to the north of Jundah, situated on a stoney ridge overlooking the Thomson River is a quite but quaint little town. Scenic views in the area are a must with the picturesque John Egan Pioneer Drive and rockholes just to name a few.
A variety of events and functions are held within the shire throughout the year including International Yabby Races at Windorah, Woolly Caulfield Cup Sheep Races at Jundah and at Stonehenge Bronco Branding. Visitors will experience genuine country hospitality amidst the communities whilst traversing our country roads.