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Whitula Gate Museum

Windorah, Barcoo Area

The Whitula Gate Museum is based around an original slab hut built by the Rabbit Board in 1906 as a boundary riders' hut. The hut was moved to its present location in 1996 to be used as the centre point of the museum. The museum has been designed to re-create an 1800s homestead. The museum has household and station equipment as well as aboriginal artifacts on display. Combined with the museum is the Windorah Information Centre, it is a great place to stop, revive and collect local information.

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  • Conference/Convention Facilities

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7 Maryborough Street
Windorah, Barcoo Area
Queensland
Australia

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Red Sandhills

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
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.

Windorah Nature Drive

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
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.

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.

Barcoo

Jundah, Barcoo Area
Taking in 60,901 square kilometres in South Western Queensland, "Barcoo" is the seventh largest shire in Queensland that offers an outback experience not to be forgotten. Travellers will encounter magnificent red sand hills, brilliant white ghost gums, rock formations, natural open grass lands and river flats. The three small townships of Barcoo include Jundah, Stonehenge and Windorah. These towns have history dating back as far as the 1870's. Pioneer graves, historic sites such as the JC Hotel Ruins, Magee's Shanty and Battle Hole are some of the iconic landmarks within this region. Home to the Shire's Administration Centre, Jundah is located on the banks of the Thomson River, just 30 kilometres above the "Barcoo Junction". This is where the Thomson and Barcoo River also meet to form Coopers Creek. Tranquillity is also the draw card to this quiet little town that has a population of 110 people. The historic building built in 1899 hosts a mural painted by school children in 1990 and the Barcoo Shire Museum depicts interesting relics from the past. Stonehenge is a quaint little town located 67 kilometres to the north of Jundah and situated on a Stoney ridge overlooking the Thomson River. The area boasts scenic views and astonishing landscapes. 35 kilometres below the "Barcoo Junction", Windorah is the last stop before Birdsville and rests on the edge of Coopers Creek flood plains. Close by, magnificent red sand hills rise from the black soil plains and present a majestic picture. The Information and Cooper Art and Craft Centre continue to provide a great information for visitors. A variety of events and functions are held within the shire and include the International Yabby Races at Windorah, Woolly Caulfield Cup Sheep Races at Jundah and the Bronco Branding at Stonehenge. Visitors will experience genuine country hospitality amidst the communities whilst travelling the country roads.
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