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St George

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.

St George, Balonne Area
Queensland
Australia

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