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Red Sandhills

Windorah, Barcoo Area

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The Red Sandhills ten kilometres west of Windorah on the Birdsville Road are the reddest that you will find anywhere. They may not be very high, but they are worth stopping to admire, especially for photographers. The sandhills continually change colours throughout the day. The best time to see them is at sunset. It's an ideal place to have a drink or two and watch the sun go down and the moon come up at the same time. Along with the sounds of silence, the view and your own company - what better way to take away the stress.

The children will also use up their excess energy running up and sliding down the sandhills. And don't worry, the red sand brushes off.

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Children will love playing on the sandhills.
7 Maryborough Street
Windorah, Barcoo Area
Queensland
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Red Sandhills

Windorah, Barcoo Area
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The Red Sandhills ten kilometres west of Windorah on the Birdsville Road are the reddest that you will find anywhere. They may not be very high, but they are worth stopping to admire, especially for photographers. The sandhills continually change colours throughout the day. The best time to see them is at sunset. It's an ideal place to have a drink or two and watch the sun go down and the moon come up at the same time. Along with the sounds of silence, the view and your own company - what better way to take away the stress. The children will also use up their excess energy running up and sliding down the sandhills. And don't worry, the red sand brushes off.

Barcoo Area

Windorah, Barcoo Area
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.

Windorah

Windorah, Barcoo Area
With a panorama of giant red sandhills, Windorah is located in the heart of the Channel Country, beside Cooper's Creek. It doesn't get much more 'outback' than here, with its stunning vistas, picturesque ruins and historical sites. Windorah's history is linked with Isisford for it was the Whitman brothers who established both towns. Originally known as Stony Point, its current name is the Aboriginal word for 'place of large fish'. This relates to Cooper's Creek, which is formed by the junction of the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers just south of Jundah. Cooper Creek at Windorah is a top fishing spot, ideal for birdwatching and enjoying watersports with a waterhole about 19 kilometres in length and up to 10 metres deep. The channels can spread floodwaters up to 100 kilometres wide as they flow towards Lake Eyre. A scenic 12 kilometre nature drive from town to Cooper's Creek gives a view of the area with all its diversity. Magnificent red sandhills are situated just to the west of town. Windorah's main industry is cattle grazing, due to the abundance of Mitchell Grass and other herbage that is available especially after floods.

Windorah Nature Drive

Windorah, Barcoo Area
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The Nature Drive is a 12 kilometre off-road drive from Windorah to Coopers Creek that passes through a variety of country including Gidgee woodlands, Spinifex grasslands and floodplains to finish the drive at Coopers Creek. There are around 38 different flora with common name plates as well as a number of points of interest along the way. The drive will join the Quilpie Road at the bridge over Coopers Creek. Pick up a fact sheet from the Information Centre before you leave. Although called a 'drive' it is a good easy afternoon walk for hikers. Just ask at the Information Centre if you need to be dropped off at the start or picked up at the finish.
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