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Yuleba

To look at it on a map, Yuleba looks like a little town on the Warrego Highway about mid-way between Roma and Miles. Sure, it is a well-equipped little town offering many services for travellers, but it's also a place with a rich and important history and more than a thing or two to entice you to stay awhile.

Yuleba features in the story of the Cobb & Co era, as it was between Surat and Yuleba that Cobb & Co scheduled its very last horse-drawn coach mail run on 16 August 1924. You can retrace that last run and visit sites of local significance such as the Cobb & Co Mural, Aboriginal native wells (also a pleasant picnic spot) and Cobb & Co Corduroys - where cypress pines were laid to make roads passable in the horse-drawn era.

Keen fossickers can hunt for opalised and petrified wood and agates at The Maryanne, and there's plenty of room for bush camping beside the dam.

Yuleba's scenic Judd's Lagoon and Wetlands is abundant in flora and fauna, providing a tranquil natural backdrop for bush camping and the perfect spot to relax and connect with nature.

Yuleba
Yuleba, Maranoa Area
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.

Wallumbilla

Wallumbilla, Maranoa Area
Wallumbilla is situated five hours travel from Brisbane, just east of Roma and has a population of approximately 320 residents. If you stop for freshly baked scones with jam and cream at Wallumbilla's Calico Cottage and Visitor Information Centre, you're sure to meet a local who will happily give you the rundown on what to see and do in town. 'Wallum', as the locals call it, is known for its friendly hospitality and its relaxed pace. Make sure you take your time to savour a good coffee and browse the Cottage's local produce, art and craft before you set off exploring. Wallumbilla's Heritage Centre offers interesting interpretative displays, historic memorabilia and many old photographs of the early days. At Wallumbilla Railway Station rail buffs can learn about the district's tragic rail disaster of 1956, a collision between the Westlander and the Western Mail. Just eight kilometres west of Wallumbilla at Pickanjinnie you will find a monument to an Aboriginal legend, you can't miss it!

Surat

Surat, Maranoa Area
Fresh air and great fishing are two good reasons to spend some time in the picturesque little town of Surat, midway between St George and Roma on the Great Inland Way. But they're not the only things you'll find in this relaxed river town. Take your time to soak up the history of Cobb & Co, unwind on a river walk or picnic in the tranquil surrounds of the Balonne's riverside parklands. Early mornings are gold for birdwatchers. Active types can get out on the river water skiing or jetskiing and then there's the fishing. The Balonne is an angler's paradise and locals are only too happy to swap fishing tips and recommend favourite spots to wet a line. Steeped in history with links to Cobb & Co and the 'boom time' of the wool-growing industry, Surat is a 'must-see' for any history buff. Here you'll get a taste of life as it used to be. The Cobb & Co Changing Station, the original site of the Cobb & Co Store and a 'drop-off' point for coach travellers and goods, houses a museum of regularly changing displays depicting the lifestyles of yesteryear including a 14-seater Cobb & Co coach. The complex houses the Surat on Balonne Gallery, featuring local and travelling exhibitions, and the Window to the Balonne Aquarium - a 25,000 litre fresh water aquarium displaying a range of native fish species. Make a visit to the Aboriginal Interpretative Shelter, which displays family histories of Aboriginal families who lived on the site in the mid 1900s. Nature lovers and photographers visiting from January to May will love Beranga Creek with its blanket of colourful water lillies.

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.

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.

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.
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