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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
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Tregole National Park

Morven, Murweh Area
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In semi-arid, south-western Queensland, Tregole National Park straddles the boundary between two of the state’s natural regions, the brigalow belt and the mulga lands. The park protects a small, almost pure stand of ooline Cadellia pentastylis, an attractive dry rainforest tree dating back to the Ice Ages. Ooline has been extensively cleared and is now uncommon and considered vulnerable to extinction. Tregole’s ooline forest survives in the less than ideal semi-arid conditions. Mulga grows on the ridges while poplar box woodlands cover the alluvial plains, brigalow woodlands grow on areas with heavy clay soils and Mitchell grasslands are found on the park’s undulating plains.
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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.

Morven Great Artesian Basin

Morven, Murweh Area
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Morven is fortunate to be situated on the Great Artesian Basin, ensuring the town of a constant and reliable water supply. The water is approximately two million years old, and really did run off the backs of dinosaurs! Today, two bores provide Morven with their water. The depths of the bores range from 700 to 800 metres; pumps are needed to ensure adequate water pressure is provided to every household. The main bore has an interpretive sign, explaining this amazing water source, the largest underground Water Reservoir in the Southern Hemisphere.

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.

Augathella Kenniff Tree

Augathella, Murweh Area
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There is nothing like having a connection to Bushrangers. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the notorious Bushrangers, the Kenniff Brothers, tethered their horses under this magnificent old Coolibah tree between their many cattle and horse stealing escapades. Often referred to, (but not entirely accurate) as 'Australia's Last Bushrangers', Patrick and James (Jimmy) Kenniff, lived a life filled with horse stealing, cattle duffing, armed robbery and let's not forget murder! Growing up in New South Wales, the boys moved to Queensland in the 1890's. Settling in and around the Mitchell area, it wasn't long before their career in stealing horses and cattle from surrounding properties began. After several years of this rascally lifestyle the boys were finally captured, their trial was held at the Roma Magistrate Court. Their fate - one sentenced to jail, the other hung. Further information on the Kenniff Brothers is on display at the Kenniff Tree in Augathella.

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.

Augathella

Augathella, Murweh Area
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.

Mitchell

Mitchell, Maranoa Area
Soaking in the soothing mineral springs at Mitchell is just one of the surprises that awaits you in this quaint town on the edge of the outback. Just 87 kilometres west of Roma via the Warrego Highway, Mitchell sits peacefully on the banks of the Maranoa River. It lies in the westerly-most reaches of Southern Queensland Country and services the adjoining communities of Amby, Muckadilla and Mungallala. Many a sun-scorched traveller has found bliss floating in the thermal mineralised waters of the Great Artesian Spa. It's relaxing for the body and therapeutic for the soul, and a precious natural resource that the locals proudly share. Located in Mitchell's aquatic centre, the Spa offers two large pools, one warm and one cool, of natural artesian water. It has been designed for easy access, with a hydro chair for those with restricted mobility. You can explore magnificent sandstone formations, and pristine native ecosystems and take in magnificent panoramic vistas at numerous sites throughout the area. Accessing the Mt Moffatt section of Carnarvon National Park is easy from Mitchell. Nature lovers will be impressed with the abundance of wildlife including over 250 bird species living in and visiting the area. Mitchell's active community is keen to preserve the treasures and lessons from the past and have created a range of heritage and cultural displays covering its local indigenous cultural heritage, early explorers and pioneers, bushranging past and social history. Make your first stop the Heritage Museum - packed full of local history, historical items and photographs. Don't miss Major Mitchell's Campsite - established in 1846 on his fourth expedition to map an overland route from Sydney to Darwin. For a taste of the town's chequered past take in the history at Kenniff Court House - the original courthouse where local bushrangers, the Kenniff Brothers, were committed to stand trial in 1902. And well worth a visit is working property and fully restored homestead Bonus Downs, built in 1911 by Australian pastoral legend, Sir Samuel McCaughey.

Mungallala

Mungallala, Maranoa Area
Mungallala, said to mean 'food and water' is the site of a cypress sawmill, located about half way between Mitchell and Morven where the Warrego Highway crosses the Mungallala Creek. Mungallala originated as a railway town and is a wonderful place to stop for lunch and experience the workings of an outback town. One of the interesting natural features of the area is a stand of Ooline trees. On the road between Mitchell and Mungallala, the Warrego Highway crosses hills which are wooded by a specimen of a rare tree commonly known as Ooline (Cadelia Pentastylis). It is said to be a remnant of rainforests of a previous age. For the self-sufficient traveller there is a rest area provided on the western side of town. This is the approximate site where the Cobb and Co. coach horses were changed on the journey to and from Charleville before the coming of the railway in 1885.

Morven

Morven, Murweh Area
In 1859 on the mail route from Brisbane to Charleville, a small area was taken from the property Victoria Downs and set aside for public use and designated on maps and documents as 'Victoria Downs Reserve'. It became known informally as 'Sadlier's Waterhole' when Captain TJ Sadlier and his wife camped at the property. When the town was officially surveyed in 1880 it was called Morven. Originally chosen as an ideal camping spot for early travellers into the Outback, a settlement formed. Even today Morven, with its garden beds and picnic tables, is regarded as a good place to take a break from driving. Morven Museum houses a must-see collection of handcrafted, perfectly recreated miniature buildings from the bark and slab hut days of early Outback settlement, as well as an original kerosene tin hut. Just 10 kilometres south of Morven is Tregole National Park. Discover the rare Ooline Tree, a rainforest remnant right here in the Outback. Take a break overlooking Sadliers Waterhole or explore the 4x4 stock route trails. As with most Outback communities the history is colourful and vibrant. Get a copy of the Heritage Trail guidebook and uncover Morven’s unique history.
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