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Aramac

Aramac is one of the oldest towns in the central west and steeped in history. Originally known as Marathon, their town was later renamed after Robert Ramsay Mackenzie - the first explorer to the area who carved his name (R R Mac) on a tree. The tree was found by the explorer William Landsborough and the name Aramac was born.

The district was one of the biggest wool producers in Australia but it's the history of their local cattle industry that has made Aramac famous.

The infamous Harry Redford (Captain Starlight) was a drover and cattle duffer who stole cattle from the Aramac area and drove them to South Australia. Among the cattle he stole was a white bull from Bowen Downs which nearly proved to be his undoing.

Harry faced court in Roma, Queensland on cattle stealing charges after the white bull was recognised by staff from Bowen Downs. The story of his daring escapades has been retold in many forms but in Aramac they have their own way of celebrating this historical event. There is a statue of the white bull in Gordon Street and each year visitors can join the droving trip to celebrate Aramac’s connection to Harry. The Harry Redford Interpretive Centre contains information about the fascinating story of Harry and his cattle duffing exploits and photographs from the Harry Redford Cattle Drives.

The Aramac area is a great region to explore and get off the beaten track. Aramac’s wonderful natural attractions include Lake Dunn, Gray Rock and Horsetailer's Gorge. Make a stop at the Gray Rock Reserve and Horsetailers Gorge where Cobb and Co. stopped and spelled their horses, or join in the Artesian Country Tours to see Gracevale Caves and Mailman’s Gorge with the region’s most recognised historian, Tom Lockie. Learn the story about etched images of strange six-toed human footprints and the Central West’s own Rainbow Serpent imprinted on the sandstone walls.

While in Aramac visit the Aramac Tramway Museum which contains memorabilia from the early years of settlement, the most famous piece is the resorted ‘Aunt Emma’ RN28 Rail motor.

Aramac
Aramac, Barcaldine Area
Queensland
Australia

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Mount Slocombe Lookout

Yaraka, Longreach Area
Free Entry
Mount Slocombe Lookout is located close to the small town of Yaraka. The panoramic view takes in the nearby Yang Yang ranges and surrounding plains and grazing lands. Barbecue facilities have been installed and a picnic table.

Winton

Winton, Winton Area
"Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong..." You'll be forgiven for relentlessly whistling this famous tune while you're in Winton, as it's the very home of Banjo Patterson's 'Waltzing Matilda'. Reputedly inspired by an 1894 shearer's suicide at the nearby Combo Waterhole and first performed in Winton's North Gregory Hotel on 6th April 1895, you can learn all about Banjo and the adopted national anthem at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton.

Byfield National Park and Byfield Conservation Park

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Byfield National Park and Byfield Conservation Park extend over 15,000 hectares. Boasting massive parabolic sand dunes (the oldest reaching more than five kilometres inland) and rugged pinnacles, the parks offer remote coastal camping opportunities.

Langlo - Adavale Road

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
Take a side trip off the Matilda Way along the Langlo-Adavale Road for a bit of off-road adventure, it's a great way to see more of Queensland's Outback as you travel between Tambo and Blackall. The drive presents great views of beautiful outback landscapes.

Looking Glass, The

Injune, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
The Looking Glass walking track leads walkers through the colourful woodlands of the Maranoa River in the Mount Moffatt section of Carnarvon National Park, where pink trunks of smooth-barked apple trees rise above a carpet of wildflowers.

Smalleys Beach

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Smalleys Beach is situated approximately 35 kilometres north of Mackay and is part of the Hibiscus Coast. This secluded beach is also located in the Cape Hillsborough National Park and offers limited camping sites.

Mount Archer National Park

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
With a height of 604 metres, Mt Archer dominates Mt Archer National Park and provides a dramatic backdrop to Rockhampton. The park protects a range of plants and animals, including plant species with restricted distributions, also the glossy black-cockatoo.

Mirani

Mirani, Mackay Area
Mirani is situated 38 kilometres west of Mackay in the Pioneer Valley. It boasts a museum and library, Post Office, Olympic sized swimming pool, caravan park, 18 hole golf course and three squash courts.

Illawong Beach

Mackay, Mackay Area
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A serene and peaceful coastline awaits at Illawong Beach. Kilometres of sandy shoreline as well as off and on dog leash areas make Illawong Beach a popular choice for sunrise strolls. At low tide, the ripples in the sand stretch for kilometres, where small blue soldier crabs can be seen scuttling across the surface.

Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
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A wonderful landscape of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations make Finch Hatton Gorge a must-see attraction. There are many walking tracks which weave through sub-tropical rainforest.
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