Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla locals reckon that in their town, the handshake's stronger and the smile lasts longer. Perhaps that's why Slim Dusty's 'Cunnamulla fella' has become the epitome of bush folk and the bronze statue of him in the main street immortalises the larrikin in all Australians as he sits on his swag enjoying the moment.

Visit the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Centre for a look into this bush legend and to collect maps of town and the many walks on offer. While you're at the Centre, take a look through the art gallery and interpretive displays explaining local history, opal mining, wool production, native vegetation and the importance of the Great Artesian Basin and its precious water.

The Cunnamulla Heritage Trail will let you glimpse the region's past including the development of a local pastoral industry that still supports the town today. Walking trails along the river and through the Cunnamulla bush land will encourage you to slide effortlessly into the relaxed way of outback life, but keep your eyes peeled for plentiful native wildlife hiding in the scrub.

Of course, one of the greatest pleasures of an outback holiday is having a yarn with the locals. If a yarn over the bar of one of the number of great bush pubs isn't enough, Cunnamulla hosts many regular social events including bowls and tennis, as well as the famous Cunnamulla Fella Festival. The Festival is held each year in November and its program includes country music and the excitement of a professional (PBR) bull ride.

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Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
Queensland
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Dirranbandi, Balonne Area
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Cooladdi

Cooladdi, Murweh Area
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The Bulloo River flows through the town of Thargomindah and there are several different fishing holes along the river. There is vehicle access from the bridge, follow the walking tracks along the river.

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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 and Co, and dance halls. Hebel's interesting history has been narrated through the public art piece, the Hebel Historical Circle.

Eulo Five Mile Waterhole

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The Five Mile Waterhole at Eulo is the perfect spot to throw a line in and catch Yellowbelly, Catfish and Yabbies. The area has good camping and you can bring your pets along too. Not interested in fishing - well don't despair why not take a bit of a bushwalk or do some birdwatching.

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Amby

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Amby, originally called Amby Creek, became a township in 1883 and forms part of the eastern boundary of the Outback region. It can best be described as where the grain and the grazing belts meet. The Old Stage Changeover Shanty - known to the locals as Netting Hole - dates back to 1875 and is located on the northern side of town, along the Warrego Highway near Amby Downs waterhole.

Charleville Ward River Fishing Spot

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Imagine - River Red Gums swaying in the breeze, stoking the fire while your sausages sizzle away, catching that elusive Yellow Belly and laughing with the kookaburras. The weather's great, Charleville is only 20 kilometres away and you've finally been able to pick up that book you put down two months ago.
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