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Augathella

Augathella, with its fascinating history of bushrangers, bullockies and bullock teams, has some memorable Outback experiences. Don’t just drive through – stop and enjoy Augathella’s colourful history, characters and humour.

Start with a screening of the 20-minute ‘Outback to Augathella’ documentary and then head off to explore the colourful murals and rustic metal sculptures throughout the town.

Explore Augathella by following the Heritage Trail and the River Walk. Don’t miss Kenniff’s Tree of bushranger fame. Or venture out along the plotted 4x4 stock route trail.

Get dust between your toes in true Outback style at the Augathella Diggers Rodeo and Races, held annually at Easter. Music and mayhem fill the air as you take in the excitement of the bull and bronco riding and head trackside for a traditional country race meet.

Augathella, Murweh Area
Queensland
Australia

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Clara Creek 4x4 Stock Route Trail

Morven, Murweh Area
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The Morven Clara Creek 4x4 Stock Route Trail will lead you to discover the Clara Creek Hotel Ruins. Follow the trail to discover a part of Queensland that dates back to 1882. Clara Creek was a thriving and busy hotel, the focus of life in the area; today just the ruins remain to remind us of its past glory. The trail takes you along Stock Routes and less commonly used roads around Morven. Discover old stock water holes, an age old bridge (that was once painted with a tooth brush to prove a bet), and areas where thousands of Merino sheep used to graze. You will need to collect a trail guide from either the Charleville or Morven Visitor Information Centres. This trail contains washed-out areas and also bitumen road. Please note this track can be closed for maintenance and for up to two weeks after rain.

Augathella Meat Ant Park and Sculpture

Augathella, Murweh Area
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Located within the Meat Ant Park, the Meat Ant Sculpture is over million times the size of an actual Ant, the perfect opportunity for that holiday photo. Why name a park after a Meat Ant you ask? Augathella's local football team, known as the Mighty Augathella Meat Ants were fearless in their attack against their opponANTS. This earned the town a nickname, 'Meat Ant Country'. Other features of the park include, seating for a picnic lunch, playground equipment for the kids, lovely landscaped gardens and story boards telling the history of Augathella. Plan to stay on a little longer, the park and Meat Ant Sculpture is right beside the Augathella Library and Visitor Information Centre, why not drop in and say G'day and find out all there is to see and do. There is more than you could have imagined.
Step back in time where every day early Outback life is on display. The small but delightful Morven Museum, Kerosene Tin Hut and Miniature Pioneer Village contains some fascinating memorabilia. A must see is the miniature replica pioneer township. Painstakingly recreated over 15 years, buildings that have long gone have been preserved. The attention to detail of the buildings and the early building techniques makes this display a unique attraction. The Museum also has a collection of Aboriginal grinding stones, stone axe heads, spears, columns and boomerangs. In the grounds there is the ‘tin hut’, built of kerosene tins which is a testament to Outback ingenuity.

Morven Branding Board

Morven, Murweh Area
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The branding of cattle is an integral part of raising cattle. The 'brands' are unique designs that belong to each cattle property, and 'brands' from surrounding properties can be viewed at the Morven Branding Board. In the past, using a hot branding iron, the brands were branded onto the skin of the cattle, as proof of ownership. Today, many owners use ink stencils to 'brand' their cattle. A recent innovation is to insert micro chips under the skin of the cattle. To celebrate the year of the Outback in 2002, a re-enactment of the Harry Redford Cattle Drive was carried out. As the Cattle Drive travelled through Morven, the Community got together to celebrate the occasion, by burning their local cattle brands into a piece of bloodwood, which became 'The Branding Board'. The Branding Board is a collection of brands from surrounding properties who paid to have their mark placed on this board. Monies raised were then donated to the Starlight Foundation. Please take a look at each brand and you will notice some innovative designs. For cattle people often a quick glance at the brands is all they need to recognise the station that the cattle have come from.

Warrego River Park

Augathella, Murweh Area
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Looking for a relaxing moment in Outback Queensland? The Warrego River Park at Augathella is an idyllic shaded spot with a sheltered picnic and barbecue area. Arguably one of the most attractive spots along the Warrego River; it is here you can soak up the peace, quiet and tranquillity. The perfect place 'to get away from it all', the choice is yours; bird watching, bushwalking or a just simply a deck chair on the banks of the river for that quiet holiday snooze. Dawn and dusk are ideal times for photographers to capture real Outback beauty that gives the flavour of 'down by a billabong'. The Warrego River (Aboriginal word meaning river of sand), runs north from its source in the Carnarvon Ranges to it's junction with the Darling River, in the south. The river drains a catchment area of around 65,000 square kilometres. The towns of Augathella, Charleville, Wyandra and Cunnamulla in the South West Queensland area are all located on the banks of this river.
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Surrounded by the grounds of the new Meat Ant Park, your first point of call must be the Augathella Library and Visitor Information Centre. Lorraine and her team have lived in Augathella all their lives and are keen to share their town. Collect maps and written guides to make the most of your visit to Augathella.
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With a population of less than 250, Morven is thought to be named after a mountain and town of the same name in Scotland. Captain T.J. Saddlier and his wife arrived in the area in the 1860s and camped on a deep waterhole of nearby Hamburg Creek. This waterhole was later to become Morven's water supply and provided irrigation for a large Chinese market garden. It now only fills after rain storms. A hotel was established near the waterhole to service the Cobb and Co. Coach route. Passengers, drovers and bullock drivers all took advantage of the relative comfort of the Hotel. By 1887, Morven had three more hotels, a railway station and school. As the town grew the waterhole could not supply enough water, and bores were sunk into the Great Artesian Basin. Today, Saddliers Waterhole and Hamburg Creek are a traveller's oasis. The large red river gums provide shade and make it a great place for visitors to relax and wash away the cares of long day's travel.
Step back in time where everyday early outback life is on display. The small but delightful Morven Historical Museum and Miniature Building Display contains some fascinating memorabilia. A must see is the miniature replica pioneer township. Painstakingly recreated over 15 years, buildings that have long gone have been preserved. The attention to detail of the buildings and the early building techniques makes this display a unique outback attraction. The Museum also has a collection of Aboriginal grinding stones, stone axe heads, spears, coolamons and boomerangs. In the grounds there is the 'tin hut', built of flattened kerosene tins, which is a testament to outback ingenuity. Built as housing during the great depression of the 1930's, these huts were common homes for pensioners. With only a few remaining today, Morven is fortunate to have one on display.

Augathella Heritage Trail

Augathella, Murweh Area
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It is not until you take the time to walk Augathella's self-guided heritage trail that you discover the rich and diverse history of the town. Bushrangers, bullockies and huge sheep stations all played their part in the development of Augathella. Drop by and discover the rich history of this Outback town.

Augathella 4x4 Stock Route Trail

Augathella, Murweh Area
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The Augathella 4x4 Stock Route Trail is accessible by Four Wheel Drives Only. Follow the pathway of those who opened up the outback. Travel along this stock route to discover the land and explore its history. A detailed map and directions is available at the Charleville Visitor Information Centre. Please note, the track is impassible during and after wet weather conditions, and when maintenance is being carried out. This track is taken at your own risk and the Murweh Shire takes no responsibility for injury or damage to vehicles.
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