Jundah

Jundah is the administration centre of the Barcoo Shire. With a population of approximately 100 people it is the largest of the three towns within the Shire. The district was originally settled by the Durack and Costello pioneering families in 1880. For 20 years or so over the turn of the century it was a thriving opal mining area, but lack of water caused work on the mines to cease. With the introduction of heavy machinery, the opal mines are once again attracting interest. Sheep and cattle are the main supporting industries in and around Jundah.

Jundah is just two and half hours south-west of Longreach and three and a half hours north-west of Quilpie, and 30 kilometres above the junction of the Barcoo and Thomson Rivers where they form Cooper Creek. The Thomson River, one kilometre out of town, provides a scenic fishing and recreational area with panoramic river drives. The river carries a variety of fish including yellowbelly, catfish and bream. Yabbies caught in the local waterholes along the river provide an entree to an evening meal or just a quick snack.

Jundah's Historical Museum is a window into the early pioneering times of the district. Other points of interest in the town include the Jundah Post Office with its beautiful shopfront mural and the Galaxy Opal, one of the world's largest Boulder Opals which was unearthed in the Jundah area.

Welford National Park, located 45 kilometres south-east of Jundah, covers 124000 hectares of nature's diverse landscapes. Among the native animals is the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby which makes its home in the park's northern and eastern sections.

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Langlo - Adavale Road

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
Rather than taking the Matilda Highway, this track is a great alternative to see more of Queensland's Outback as you travel between Tambo and Blackall the Langlo - Adavale Road. The drive presents great views of beautiful outback landscapes.

Iningai Nature Reserve

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
Iningai Nature Reserve is named after the Inangai, the traditional owners who lived along the Thomson River prior to European settlement. It is currently a reserve and the town common. You'll find bushwalking tracks leading from just south of town where car parking is available.

Forest Den National Park

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
Mitchell grass plains and gidgee woodlands are protected in this remote park in the Torrens Creek catchment in central-western Queensland. Forest Den National Park's semi-permanent waterholes along Torrens and Paradise Creeks provide a refuge for travellers and wildlife alike.

Bladensburg National Park

Winton, Winton Area
Free Entry
Bladensburg National Park is a large park protecting Mitchell grass downs and channel country. It is home to a wonderful variety of wildlife, including tiny mammals called dunnarts. Flat-topped mesas and sandstone ranges form a pleasing backdrop to the park's grassland plains and river flats.

Moorrinya National Park

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
This remote park has dry, flat plains criss-crossed by watercourses and covered in open eucalypt, paperbark and acacia woodlands and grasslands. Moorrinya is a wildlife refuge, protecting Australian icons such as kangaroos, koalas, emus and dingoes, as well as rare and threatened species such as the square-tailed kite, squatter pigeon and Julia Creek dunnart.

Idalia National Park Road

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
Drive through beautiful country landscape as you make your way along this track from Blackall to Idalia National Park. This national park protects an area with a great variety of vegetation, wildlife and birdlife.
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This unbelievable raw country at Bladensburg National Park - Scrammie Gorge is not to be missed. Historically, the homestead is one of the best depictions of life as it was in the pioneer days. Travel to the end of the Park through Mitchell Grass downs and claypans until the jump-up country where gidyea trees are twisted and gnarled due to the harshness of this land.

John Egan Pioneer Track

Stonehenge, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
The John Egan Pioneer Track highlights the ecological and cultural values of the Stonehenge town reserve. The track passes through downs country, scenic hill view country, spectacular erosions and rocky outcrops, natural springs and waterfalls (in wet seasons).

Lochern National Park

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
This is Queensland’s channel country, where flooding rains and devastating droughts are part of western Queensland life. Lochern has 20 kilometres of Thomson River frontage, fringed with huge old coolibahs.

Kooroorinya Falls Nature Reserve

Hughenden, Flinders Area
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Kooroorinya Falls is a natural waterhole surrounded by high rock walls on one side and sandy, shaded banks on the other. Visitors can go swimming, fishing, birdwatching or just take a walk. There is a creek with plenty of water and spectacular falls during the wetter months.
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