Adventure Way

St George, Balonne Area

The Adventure Way takes you from Brisbane to Adelaide via Queensland's richest grain and cotton producing area surrounding Dalby. It travels through Brigalow and belah belts to the outback plains where mulga lines the road and eventually gives way to a treeless gibber landscape at the Queensland, South Australia border.

From Innamincka, follow the historic Strzelecki Track to the Flinders Ranges and finally to Adelaide.

The rewards of the journey are many, discovering the awe-inspiring landscape, the native flora and fauna, the rich history of early pioneers, opal fossicking and the spirit of adventure.

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  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Pets allowed, enquire on booking
  • Public Telephone

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Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

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Adventure Way
Moonie Highway
St George, Balonne Area
Queensland
Australia

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St George, Balonne Area
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The Adventure Way takes you from Brisbane to Adelaide via Queensland's richest grain and cotton producing area surrounding Dalby. It travels through Brigalow and belah belts to the outback plains where mulga lines the road and eventually gives way to a treeless gibber landscape at the Queensland, South Australia border. From Innamincka, follow the historic Strzelecki Track to the Flinders Ranges and finally to Adelaide. The rewards of the journey are many, discovering the awe-inspiring landscape, the native flora and fauna, the rich history of early pioneers, opal fossicking and the spirit of adventure.

Daymar

Daymar, Goondiwindi Area
Daymar is a small rural community in South West Queensland, approximately 600 kilometres from Brisbane. Located south east of St George, with the closest town Thallon to the south east, Daymar is a lovely little spot to stop and stretch your legs. The community maintains a tennis court which is frequently used. The closest accommodation option is camping is Thallon.

Roma

Roma, Maranoa Area
Only 350 kilometress north-west of Toowoomba, Roma is sometimes referred to as the 'gateway to the outback'. Home to the southern hemisphere's largest sale yards, visitors can get a feel for the outback by perching on a fence or taking a coveted possie on the viewing platform to watch the action at Roma Saleyards. Be sure to time your visit for a Tuesday or Thursday and you can witness the sale of up to 12,000 head of cattle in a single day. To get a real feel for the town itself, take a walk along the heritage-listed Heroes' Avenue, which is planted with more than 100 bottle trees. Each tree is a memorial to a local soldier who lost their life in WW1. For a dose of history, head to the Mount Abundance Homestead, built in 1860, which is the site of the region's first settlement. The homestead has important links to early explorers Sir Thomas Mitchell and Ludwig Leichhardt. Don't miss the Big Rig Oil and Gas Interpretative Centre and Night Show for an interactive insight into the hardships and heroic stories of oil drilling and exploration. Visit the 'Oil Patch' to get up close to impressive rigs and one of the first diesel powered rigs ever used in Australia. If you're a wine buff, the Romavilla Winery is the oldest winery in Queensland and is open from Monday to Saturday. There's a varied calendar of events from Picnic Races, the Roma Cup and Easter in the Country to the multicultural Santos Food and Fire Festival and all the fun of the Roma Show.

Talwood

Talwood, Goondiwindi Area
When you visit the pretty western country town of Talwood, with its neat lawn and tree lined main street, the thing that will strike you is the friendliness and pride of the local people. It's a small town with a whole lot of community spirit that has grown to service the surrounding rural industry. The main event in Talwood is the Picnic Races which are held each August, a great day of racing and socialising that attracts people from all over Queensland and New South Wales.

Yuleba

Yuleba, Maranoa Area
To look at it on a map, Yuleba looks like a little town on the Warrego Highway about mid-way between Roma and Miles. Sure, it is a well-equipped little town offering many services for travellers, but it's also a place with a rich and important history and more than a thing or two to entice you to stay awhile. Yuleba features in the story of the Cobb & Co era, as it was between Surat and Yuleba that Cobb & Co scheduled its very last horse-drawn coach mail run on 16 August 1924. You can retrace that last run and visit sites of local significance such as the Cobb & Co Mural, Aboriginal native wells (also a pleasant picnic spot) and Cobb & Co Corduroys - where cypress pines were laid to make roads passable in the horse-drawn era. Keen fossickers can hunt for opalised and petrified wood and agates at The Maryanne, and there's plenty of room for bush camping beside the dam. Yuleba's scenic Judd's Lagoon and Wetlands is abundant in flora and fauna, providing a tranquil natural backdrop for bush camping and the perfect spot to relax and connect with nature.

Surat

Surat, Maranoa Area
Fresh air and great fishing are two good reasons to spend some time in the picturesque little town of Surat, midway between St George and Roma on the Great Inland Way. But they're not the only things you'll find in this relaxed river town. Take your time to soak up the history of Cobb & Co, unwind on a river walk or picnic in the tranquil surrounds of the Balonne's riverside parklands. Early mornings are gold for birdwatchers. Active types can get out on the river water skiing or jetskiing and then there's the fishing. The Balonne is an angler's paradise and locals are only too happy to swap fishing tips and recommend favourite spots to wet a line. Steeped in history with links to Cobb & Co and the 'boom time' of the wool-growing industry, Surat is a 'must-see' for any history buff. Here you'll get a taste of life as it used to be. The Cobb & Co Changing Station, the original site of the Cobb & Co Store and a 'drop-off' point for coach travellers and goods, houses a museum of regularly changing displays depicting the lifestyles of yesteryear including a 14-seater Cobb & Co coach. The complex houses the Surat on Balonne Gallery, featuring local and travelling exhibitions, and the Window to the Balonne Aquarium - a 25,000 litre fresh water aquarium displaying a range of native fish species. Make a visit to the Aboriginal Interpretative Shelter, which displays family histories of Aboriginal families who lived on the site in the mid 1900s. Nature lovers and photographers visiting from January to May will love Beranga Creek with its blanket of colourful water lillies.

Wallumbilla

Wallumbilla, Maranoa Area
Wallumbilla is situated five hours travel from Brisbane, just east of Roma and has a population of approximately 320 residents. If you stop for freshly baked scones with jam and cream at Wallumbilla's Calico Cottage and Visitor Information Centre, you're sure to meet a local who will happily give you the rundown on what to see and do in town. 'Wallum', as the locals call it, is known for its friendly hospitality and its relaxed pace. Make sure you take your time to savour a good coffee and browse the Cottage's local produce, art and craft before you set off exploring. Wallumbilla's Heritage Centre offers interesting interpretative displays, historic memorabilia and many old photographs of the early days. At Wallumbilla Railway Station rail buffs can learn about the district's tragic rail disaster of 1956, a collision between the Westlander and the Western Mail. Just eight kilometres west of Wallumbilla at Pickanjinnie you will find a monument to an Aboriginal legend, you can't miss it!

Meandarra

Meandarra,
Meandarra is the hub of a prime production area of grain, cattle, and sheep and is also a popular fishing and camping spot. Meandarra is considered the cultural centre of the Tara area, with the historic School of Arts Hall in town as well as many local artists. Be sure to take home a local hand-crafted piece. This community has the largest storage facilities for Queensland-grown wheat, with harvesting from mid-October to mid-November. Brigalow Creek is well known for its water-lilies and fishing for golden perch and jewfish. Camping is permitted in the creek. Meandarra is home to an extensive display of military equipment. The fascinating display is on a modern broad acre, dry land farming and grazing property with cereal crop production and beef cattle. Also on-site, a native wildlife preservation programme offers excellent opportunities to observe and photograph a diverse range of flora and fauna. Stop off at the Leo Gardon Apex Park where free electric barbecues and picnic facilities offer pleasant surrounds.

Glenmorgan

Glenmorgan, Maranoa Area
Car and railway buffs love this little town - Glenmorgan is a small community with lots of character! Monty's Garage and Vintage Car Museum is like stepping into a auto workshop from the 1940s .. you'll see beautifully, painstakingly restored vintage cars and trucks as well as works in progress and motoring memorabilia. You can also fill up with fuel there. Visit the end of the railway extension, 'End of the Line' and view memorabilia of the railway in the Shire. Housed in the Glenmorgan Railway Station, it's a must see for railway buffs. Interesting local fact: the streets are all named after family members of one-time Queensland parliamentarian, Minister for Railways, Godfrey Morgan. Glenmorgan is also home to Myall Park Botanic Gardens, which is an internationally recognised botanic garden, boasting Queensland's oldest collection of Australian semi-arid zone flora. The gardens were developed by amateur botanist David Gordon, AM in the 1940s on the ridge behind his home. He and his family then spent the 1950s gathering seeds and cuttings of Australian plants from all over the continent, which they then propagated and then planted over an area which covers more than 130 hectares. Many species planted by David are now extremely rare and sometimes extinct in their own natural habitat. The on-site gallery exhibits superb botanical paintings by his wife, the late Dorothy Gordon. Follow the interpretive signs off the beaten track on foot or on bike, to see the very best specimens. There's also a hotel and a shop in town. Glenmorgan is located on Surat Development Road between Surat and The Gums.

Westmar

Westmar,
Westmar is a small town on the Moonie Highway, around 45 minutes drive west of Moonie. The Andersen brothers, owners of Western and Maranoa Transport companies, opened a fuel depot and rest stop at this location. The name Westmar was derived from the first part of the words WESTern and MARanoa. The community's roadhouse offers everything from fuel and groceries to an evening meal and a cool beer. The community holds gymkhanas, sports days and movie nights. Southwood National Park lies further east along the Moonie Highway.
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