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Westmar

Westmar is a small town on the Moonie Highway, around 45 minutes drive west of Moonie. The Andersen brothers, owners of Western and Maranoa Transport companies, opened a fuel depot and rest stop at this location. The name Westmar was derived from the first part of the words WESTern and MARanoa.

The community's roadhouse offers everything from fuel and groceries to an evening meal and a cool beer. The community holds gymkhanas, sports days and movie nights.

Southwood National Park lies further east along the Moonie Highway.

Westmar
Westmar,
Queensland
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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 old-time dance halls. Hebel's interesting history is brought to life 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 for the kids, there is something to keep everyone occupied.

Adventure Way

St George, Balonne Area
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The Adventure Way takes you from Brisbane to Adelaide via Queensland's richest grain and cotton producing area surrounding Dalby. It travels through Brigalow and belah belts to the outback plains where mulga lines the road and eventually gives way to a treeless gibber landscape at the Queensland, South Australia border. From Innamincka, follow the historic Strzelecki Track to the Flinders Ranges and finally to Adelaide. The rewards of the journey are many, discovering the awe-inspiring landscape, the native flora and fauna, the rich history of early pioneers, opal fossicking and the spirit of adventure.

Daymar

Daymar, Goondiwindi Area
Daymar is a small rural community in South West Queensland, approximately 600 kilometres from Brisbane. Located south east of St George, with the closest town Thallon to the south east, Daymar is a lovely little spot to stop and stretch your legs. The community maintains a tennis court which is frequently used. The closest accommodation option is camping is Thallon.

Roma

Roma, Maranoa Area
Only 350 kilometress north-west of Toowoomba, Roma is sometimes referred to as the 'gateway to the outback'. Home to the southern hemisphere's largest sale yards, visitors can get a feel for the outback by perching on a fence or taking a coveted possie on the viewing platform to watch the action at Roma Saleyards. Be sure to time your visit for a Tuesday or Thursday and you can witness the sale of up to 12,000 head of cattle in a single day. To get a real feel for the town itself, take a walk along the heritage-listed Heroes' Avenue, which is planted with more than 100 bottle trees. Each tree is a memorial to a local soldier who lost their life in WW1. For a dose of history, head to the Mount Abundance Homestead, built in 1860, which is the site of the region's first settlement. The homestead has important links to early explorers Sir Thomas Mitchell and Ludwig Leichhardt. Don't miss the Big Rig Oil and Gas Interpretative Centre and Night Show for an interactive insight into the hardships and heroic stories of oil drilling and exploration. Visit the 'Oil Patch' to get up close to impressive rigs and one of the first diesel powered rigs ever used in Australia. If you're a wine buff, the Romavilla Winery is the oldest winery in Queensland and is open from Monday to Saturday. There's a varied calendar of events from Picnic Races, the Roma Cup and Easter in the Country to the multicultural Santos Food and Fire Festival and all the fun of the Roma Show.

Thallon

Thallon, Balonne Area
Signalling your approach into Thallon, giant grain silos act as landmarks for the town. Thallon was gazetted in 1911 and was named after the Commissioner of Railways, Mr JF Thallon. The town is surrounded by prime grain growing country and draws grain in from Weengallon, Nindigully, Mungindi, Dirranbandi and Thallon. In the 2012-2013 harvest, Thallon recorded the second largest grain intake in Queensland, behind that of Goondiwindi. Wheat, cotton, chickpeas and oats are just some of the crops grown in the Thallon area which are transported by truck or train into the Port of Brisbane for export. Next to the giant grain silos, you will find the relaxed free camping area located at the Thallon Recreational Grounds, which includes toilets and showers (key available at the Francis hotel or through the Town Officer). For those looking for some comforts, there is power available by contacting the Town Officer. If you're wanting to stretch your leg or wet a line for Yellowbelly and Murray Cod, take a stroll past the grain silos down to 'Barneys Beach' perched on the banks of the Moonie River. Thallon's Francis Hotel is not a pub to pass! Named after Harold Francis, one of the early licensees, the hotel stands metres off the busy highway waiting to satisfy your appetite for food and local history.

Hebel

Hebel, Balonne Area
In the little town of Hebel it feels like time has stood still, leaving behind tales of the Ned Kelly gang, Cobb and 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 illustrated signs; each telling their own story of Hebel's history. Complete with play equipment, there is something to keep everyone occupied. Use Hebel as your base for visiting the untouched Culgoa Flood plain National Park, a good side trip for campers and birdwatchers. This is nature at its best, so be prepared to be totally self-sufficient. The Hebel General Store and Caravan Park has kept much of its original 1890's dance hall character and offers amazing home cooked cakes, desserts and meals. The Hebel Hotel is a gem of a country pub. It's a quirky place with the interior decked out in recycled furniture made from reclaimed bush finds. It's the kind of place you'll want to stay to get to know the locals over a cold beer. Cabin accommodation is available here too. Spend the afternoon fishing or setting the yabby pots in the Bokhara River, just a stone's throw from the main street.

Bollon

Bollon, Balonne Area
The soil gets redder as you approach Bollon - a great little western town sitting on the banks of the peaceful Wallam Creek. The free caravan and camping area complete with toilets and showers is the perfect spot to rest up for a few days. From there, take a stroll into Bollon along the new 1.2 kilometre creek-side footpath which is flanked by Aboriginal dreamtime artwork and exercise equipment. If you do one thing in town, make it the Bollon Heritage Centre. Even the keenest history buff will be pleasantly surprised by the range of artefacts and stories that narrate the town's rural history and Aboriginal culture. Nearby at the Walter Austin Park you'll find the Bollon Returned Servicemen Memorial Wall. Travellers are well catered for at The Bollon Hotel, which offers accommodation and meals; and also at Deb's Café in the main street, which provides plenty of meal choices and groceries. For serious campers and Four Wheel Drive enthusiasts, Thrushton National Park is just 40 kilometres north east of Bollon and accessible via dirt roads.

Talwood

Talwood, Goondiwindi Area
When you visit the pretty western country town of Talwood, with its neat lawn and tree lined main street, the thing that will strike you is the friendliness and pride of the local people. It's a small town with a whole lot of community spirit that has grown to service the surrounding rural industry. The main event in Talwood is the Picnic Races which are held each August, a great day of racing and socialising that attracts people from all over Queensland and New South Wales.

Dirranbandi

Dirranbandi, Balonne Area
Dirranbandi is a small country town that comes alive through the cotton harvest months. Home to the famed Cubbie Station, the largest irrigated cotton farm in the southern hemisphere; it is only a stone's throw away from this small town. As you drive into Dirranbandi, you'll pass by the town's levee bank which is famous for having saved the town from flooding on more than one occasion. Sit and have a cuppa amongst the shade of Railway Park which marks the end of the South West rail line and was the destination of the very last mail train to operate in Australia. On a visit to Railway Park, you'll find the old railway waiting room, the original parcels office and the 1913 Station Master's residence, which is now the Rural Transaction Centre. While meandering the park you'll uncover a stone cotton bale in memory of the late Des Stevenson, the pioneer of the cotton industry in Dirranbandi and the famed Cubbie Station. A neighbouring bronze statue in the centre of town celebrates the remarkable story of Aboriginal man Tom Dancey - the 1910 winner of Australia's most famous foot race the Stawell Gift. On the opposite side of the street - adjacent to the homeware and gift shops - enjoy the colourful mosaic walkway that shows an artistic take of the town's history. If you're looking for a quiet spot to picnic, throw in a line, or stretch your legs, then head to the Jack Dwyer Memorial Park on the edge of town.

Nindigully

Nindigully, Goondiwindi Area
Just 45 kilometres south east of St George, Nindigully or "The Gully" as it's locally known, is pretty much four houses and a pub on a riverbank. But what a pub, what a view and what characters you'll find! Perched on the banks of the Moonie River, having been established in 1864, the rustic Nindigully Pub is the longest continually licensed pub in Queensland. Have you seen the film 'Paperback Hero'? It was filmed here and the café's boomerangs remain perched in place. You'll 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. Savour the company in the beer garden with a cold beer pulled from the keg. Pack your appetite as the challenge of the 'road train burger' awaits - a whopper five kilogram burger, big enough to feed you and 10 of your closest mates. Park 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. .
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