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Nindigully

Situated on the banks of the Moonie River, just 45 kilometres south-east of St George is "The Gully" as it is locally known. Nindigully is home to pretty much four house and a pub, But what a pub, what a view and what characters you'll find!

Nindigully Pub, established in 1864, vies for the position of Queensland oldest continually licensed pub in Queensland. It's like something out of an outback movie, it fact, the film, 'Paperback Hero', was filmed here and the cafe's boomerangs remain perched in place.

Once named Australia's 'Best Country Pub', You will have no trouble unwinding on the verandah of the pub as it hums with the chatter of travellers and locals alike, enjoying happy hour and live acoustic music. Pack your appetite as the challenge of the 'Road Train' awaits - a whopper burger, big enough to feed you and 100 of your closest mates!

There are plenty of spots to immerse yourself in bushland. Set up your caravan or tent along the scenic tree-lined riverbank or book into one of the pub's rustic rooms.

Nindigully, Goondiwindi Area
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Hebel Historical Circle

Hebel, Balonne Area
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In the little town of Hebel it feels like time has stood still, leaving behind tales of the Ned Kelly gang, Cobb & Co, and dance halls. Hebel's interesting history has been narrated through the public art piece, the Hebel Historical Circle. Out of the red earth, tall timber posts hover over ten illustrated signs; each telling their own story of Hebel's history. Complete with play equipment, there is something to keep everyone occupied.

Dirranbandi

Dirranbandi, Balonne Area
Dirranbandi is located in the Balonne Shire and is a one and a half hour drive from the nearest major town of St George. The district around the town of Dirranbandi has been described as some of the finest wool growing country in Australia. As you enter the town, you'll pass by a levee bank which is famous for having saved the town from flooding on more than one occasion. Be sure pull in and stretch your legs along the walkway at picturesque Jack Dwyer Memorial Park upon the riverbank. On a visit to Railway Park, you'll find the 1913 Station Master's residence, which is now home to the Rural Transaction Centre, the old waiting room and parcels office, and the statue of Aboriginal Stockman and boundary rider, Tom Dancey, who won Australia's most famous footrace, the Stawell Gift in 1910. In 1885, the town site was surveyed and named Dirranbandi which means 'swamp abounding in frogs and waterfowl' or 'frogs around the waterhole.' Dirranbandi is the gateway to the Culgoa Flood Plains National Park. The park is situated on the Queensland/New South Wales border and is ideal for birdwatching. Visitors wanting to camp at the National Park should contact the Ranger in Charge or talk to the Balonne Shire Information Centre in St George. At the centre of a cotton-growing area, Dirranbandi's population almost doubles at harvest time when backpackers flock into town to pick the crop. Dirranbandi is also home to 'Cubbie Station'' which is believed to be the largest privately owned cotton property in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hebel

Hebel, Balonne Area
In the little town of Hebel it feel like time has stood still, leaving behind tales of the Ned Kelly gang, Cobb & Co and dance halls. Be sure to stretch your legs whilst walking around the Hebel Historical Circle, a public art piece which illustrates the stories in Hebel's history. Hebel Hotel is a gem of a country pub. Colourful artwork by John Murray adorns the front of the pub, with the interior decked out in recycled furniture made from reclaimed bush finds. It's the kind of quirky place you'll want to linger to get to know the locals over a cold beer. Built as a dance hall in 1897, Hebel General Store retains its original dance floor but now offers amazing home cooked cakes, desserts and meals. By night it's a restaurant under the stars complete with white tablecloths and flowers on the tables. Spend the afternoon fishing or setting the yabby pots in the Bokhara River, just a stone's throw from the main street. You can bush camp at the river or for a bit more comfort there are caravan and camping sites as well as air-conditioned accommodation on offer in town.

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.

Nindigully

Nindigully, Goondiwindi Area
Situated on the banks of the Moonie River, just 45 kilometres south-east of St George is "The Gully" as it is locally known. Nindigully is home to pretty much four house and a pub, But what a pub, what a view and what characters you'll find! Nindigully Pub, established in 1864, vies for the position of Queensland oldest continually licensed pub in Queensland. It's like something out of an outback movie, it fact, the film, 'Paperback Hero', was filmed here and the cafe's boomerangs remain perched in place. Once named Australia's 'Best Country Pub', You will have no trouble unwinding on the verandah of the pub as it hums with the chatter of travellers and locals alike, enjoying happy hour and live acoustic music. Pack your appetite as the challenge of the 'Road Train' awaits - a whopper burger, big enough to feed you and 100 of your closest mates! There are plenty of spots to immerse yourself in bushland. Set up your caravan or tent along the scenic tree-lined riverbank or book into one of the pub's rustic rooms.

Amby

Amby, Maranoa Area
Amby, originally called Amby Creek, became a township in 1883 and forms part of the eastern boundary of the Outback region. It can best be described as where the grain and the grazing belts meet. The Old Stage Changeover Shanty - known to the locals as Netting Hole - dates back to 1875 and is located on the northern side of town, along the Warrego Highway near Amby Downs waterhole. Amby Quarry, located on the western side of town, is a lava flow of pure basalt ten metres deep, five kilometres wide and sixty-four kilometres long. It is quarried for construction of roads, bridges and dams. Fossils can be found occasionally in the lava. Renowned for its country hospitality, stop and meet the locals and take up the challenge of the 'no horse' golf course.

St George

St George, Balonne Area
Perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River and towered by beautiful river gums, St George is an oasis in the bush. Life here is easy with the river the source of rest and play for the friendly locals who welcome visitors to share their town. Get your bearings with a walk along the two kilometre stretch of shady riverbank walkway flanking the town. Below the Jack Taylor Weir is where explorer Major Thomas Mitchell crossed the Balonne River back in 1846 and gave St George its name. Keen anglers won't be disappointed. The Balonne Shire has a reputation for the best inland fishing in Queensland, with no fewer than seven river systems traversing it. Settle in at the riverbank for a quiet afternoon in search of the great Murray cod and yellowbelly. There are also plenty of quiet spots to picnic and throw in a line like Beardmore Dam and Jack Taylor Weir. There is no shortage of fishing events to keep the family entertained; Thallon Carp Busting Competition in March, Dirranbandi Family Fishing Competition over Easter, Dirranbandi Carp Buster in October and the annual St George Family Fishing Competition in September. You'll have a whole new appreciation for the humble egg once you've visited The Unique Egg in St George. You'll see the work of local character and artisan Steve Margaritis - 'Stevie the Greek' to his friends - and his talented daughter Panorea - who have created the world's only display of carved, illuminated emu eggs. Down tree-lined streets you'll find great coffee, gourmet delis, award-winning restaurants and quality pub grub. And don't miss a visit to the most westerly winery in Queensland - Riversands. While away the afternoon with a free, personalised wine tasting at the cellar door followed by scones and homemade jam or a cheese platter and a glass of wine in their shady country garden. Check out the wine labels which feature country characters and legendary locals.

Nindigully Tourist and Visitor Area

Nindigully, Goondiwindi Area
Free Entry
Pack the van for a few days alongside the tree-lined Moonie River at the Nindigully Tourist and Visitor Area (free camping) located just below the Nindigully Pub. Fill your day by taking a stroll along The Gully Walk - a purpose built historical river walkway, perching up on the tables and chairs with a book, or heading up to the Nindigully Pub for happy hour. Toilets and showers are available here for those of you who are looking for some creature comforts.

Wallam Creek, Bollon

Bollon, Balonne Area
Free Entry
The soil gets redder as you approach this great little western town, and sitting on the banks of the peaceful Wallam Creek is the tranquil town of Bollon. At the free caravan and camping area there are plenty of shady spaces to park the van for a few days on the edge of the picturesque creak, and an easy 1.2 kilometre stroll along the creek-side walkway provides access to the little town's main street. Along the walkway you can appreciate Aboriginal dreamtime artwork and exert some energy on the exercise equipment that flanks the walkway. So that you won't have to 'rough it', you'll have the comfort of free showers and toilets as well.
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