Coen

There's plenty of life in the old mining community of Coen. Originally the town was created around a repeater station in the Overland Telegraph Line to the Tip of Cape York Peninsula. Camp on the town's outskirts in a bush camping ground at The Bend on Coen river - you'll appreciate the beauty of access to a toilet facility if you have been going rough.

Coen lies in the centre of the Cape York Peninsula, part of the large Cook Shire Council. It is a hub of government services with facilities including two shops with fuel outlets, a cafe and takeaway, medical centre, hotel, camping and guesthouse.

Cape York House sits solidly in the main street, a community project where the town's history is presented within a building made from recycled materials from the now-demolished Mein telegraph repeater station. This original Mein station was situated north of the current Archer River Roadhouse. You will find the historic house easily accessible - just grab the key to the building (and toilet facility) from Mulleys Store next to the hotel. It's on an honour basis which is a pleasant atmosphere of trust in these globally troubled times.

There are no alcohol restrictions in the community.

You'll find police and a post office based within Coen. There is also a very active Aboriginal corporation which co-ordinates services for local Indigenous people.

At the southern end of the main street is the Coen Heritage House, with displays about local history,
including information on the Gold Rush, local families, and the building of the Telegraph Line.
A collection of mining equipment, previously part of the Cape York Mining Museum in Weipa, is
also on display.

A visit to the Gold Mine at Coen is very interesting. You will find a working four head stamper along with a personal entertaining descriptive guide. Camping and caravan facilities are available as well.

Just north of Coen, you'll find a lovely swimming and camping spot; there is a drop toilet here. 20 kilometres north of Coen is the Quarantine Inspection Station where it provides travel information for the Cape.

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Sundown National Park

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
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High, remote and rough, Sundown National Park (south west of Stanthorpe) entices both self-sufficient campers and experienced bushwalkers to explore its rugged ridges and gorges. Camp at one of five camping areas (three accessible by four-wheel-drive only) or hike in to a secluded bush camp.

Girraween National Park

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
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Huge granite boulders tower above open forests in the spectacular and popular Girraween National Park outside Stanthorpe. Camp at either Castle Rock and Bald Rock Creek camping areas or picnic in the shady Bald Rock Creek day-use area.

Donnellys Castle, near Pozieres

Pozieres, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
Visit a bushranger hideout! 'Thunderbolt' who roamed the New England Tableland, had one of his hideouts near Pozieres. Donnelly's Castle, as it is now called, is a rock formation that you can walk between, around and over.

Storm King Dam

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
Storm King Dam rests in a picturesque rural setting with many water birds (including pelicans) and is an ideal spot for picnics, water sport and fishing. Fish species include golden perch, murray cod, silver perch, jew and river black fish.

Quart Pot Creek, Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
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The pretty Quart Pot Creek meanders through granite country and natural bushland, passes through the town of Stanthorpe, and continues out through the south-west, where it meets Spring Creek to form the Severn River.

Glenlyon Dam

Texas, Goondiwindi Area
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Glenlyon Dam is ideal for wildlife viewing and many water sports including skiing, sailing and fishing. Fish species in the dam include Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Silver Perch, Jew and Spangled Perch. Camping sites, cabins and caravans are available at the Glenlyon Dam Tourist Park located at the waters edge.

Stanthorpe

Stanthorpe, Southern Downs Area
Two and a half hours drive south-east of Brisbane, discover Queensland's premier wine region in the Granite Belt - where they've been making boutique wine since the 1870s in the cooler microclimate temperatures.

Amiens

Amiens, Southern Downs Area
Amiens is one of the pretty districts in the Granite Belt region, 17 kilometres north-west of Stanthorpe. These days the area is popular for orcharding, wine making and vegetable growing and was first settled by First World War servicemen who had been granted land for fruit growing after returning from war.

Pozieres

Pozieres, Southern Downs Area
The Granite Belt locality of Pozieres is situated about five kilometres west of the New England Highway, with the turn-off to the south of Dalveen. It is a productive fruit and vegetable growing area and also offers easy access to recreation areas such as Donnelly's Castle, Pozieres State Forest and Passchendaele State Forest.

Severnlea

Severnlea, Southern Downs Area
The Southern Downs village of Severnlea, on the highway south of Stanthorpe hasn't changed that much since it was first settled. There is still fruit growing and topaz fossicking, but these days you'll also discover some very good wineries.
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