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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, Barcoo Area
Queensland
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Desert Sky Tours

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Desert Sky Tours operate extended tours with hotel/motel accommodation to Birdsville, Innamincka, Flinders Ranges, Gawler Ranges, William Creek, Coober Pedy, Kangaroo Island, Yorke Peninsula, Back O' Bourke, Wilson's Promontory, Great Ocean Road and Mungo National Park travelling in a Toyota Landcruiser 100 Series four wheel drive vehicle. Tours depart from and return to Adelaide, and prices include accommodation, touring and all meals.

Oz Outback Adventure Tours

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Oz Outback Adventure Tours offers a truly unique experience to help give you the opportunity to better understand and appreciate just how amazingly beautiful and diverse our country is. Their very popular extended tours have been specifically designed to give you memories that will last a lifetime, and inspire you to further explore so much more of their great land. Oz Outback Adventure Tours sole focus is you. They are so lucky to have Queensland as their 'Backyard' and they feel privileged to be able to share with you some of their favourite destinations. Their vision of giving you an experience you will forever cherish by personally sharing their vast knowledge and bush skills will ensure your journey of a lifetime will be etched in your memory forever. It is their wish that the tours will put a smile on your face for so many years to come as you reminisce about your time with them. They love what they do and they are very proud and very passionate about their country and the destinations they take you to. They look forward to meeting you and being part of your Queensland Outback Adventure experience with Oz Outback Adventure Tours.

Whitula Gate Museum

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
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.

J.C. Ruins

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
John Costello was empowered by John Collin and Son of Melbourne to secure land for the Collins family. It was during one of these early exploring trips that John stopped here and carved his initials (or was it J.C. for John Collin) on the famous JC tree while he was waiting for his billy to boil. A hotel was built nearby at a later date, and when Surveyor G.T. Weale laid out a township in 1884, he gave it the name Canterbury, because the Post Master General's Department would not accept J.C. as a town name. The township and the run was officially named Canterbury, but the hotel continued to be referred to as "The J.C.". The hotel and township of Canterbury have long disappeared and all that is left is the small remains and cemetery. The tree on which John carved his initials has long gone. The hotel was a pise building, the rammed earth walls were marked and painted to resemble larger rectangular stone blocks.

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.
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