Passengers: 1-21 | From $35 per person
When it comes to travel in the outback there is no better way to uncover the secrets of a town or district than with a local on a guided tour. That is certainly true in Cunnamulla the heritage town situated in Queensland’s outback on the banks of the beautiful Warrego River. As you travel into town you could be forgiven for thinking there is nothing much happening and you would not be further from the truth.
Let us show you some outback ingenuity as we travel to locations not open to the public to experience first hand the entrepreneurial spirit well and truly alive today. Tourists have become a vital part of the sustainability of our town as more businesses rely on tourists and tourism to stay afloat and employ locals. We sincerely thank you for visiting Cunnamulla and supporting our local economy. On this tour you will experience activities you would not otherwise have known existed making is a must for every outback traveller.
This tour has a 100% money back guarantee if you are not fully satisfied so you cannot lose!
2.30pm Daily – Bookings Essential
Pick ups and drop off are available daily from the following locations:
- Cunnamulla Tourist Park Watson Street
- Warrego Tourist Park Weir Road
Three hour tour with local commentary
Meals: Smoko (afternoon tea) is provided half way round on this tour and is a lavish selection of cakes, slices, sandwiches with tea, coffee, wine or beer. Special dietary requirements can easily be accommodated but must be requested with your booking so we can ensure lots of healthy fresh food for all.
What to Bring: Closed in shoes, camera, water bottle, hat and sunscreen
Vehicles: Minibus 21 seats front facing air conditioned vehicle
4WD: Seats all front facing – only used on occasions with small numbers of passengers
Your adventure tour is about to commence so buckle up and get ready to discover the past and present on a fun town tour of Cunnamulla.
Get to know and understand the characters of the outback and become part of what is our home “Cunnamulla”. You will come to know and love it as we do.
Passing through the huge natural sand dunes you will find out how these treasures developed. Keep an eye out for Australian native birds in Cunnamulla you will be amazed with the number of species.
Uncover the old saw mill government housing and see where houses have been moved to as we share the story of how and why.
Cunnamulla has five tribes of Aboriginals and the CDEP program in another important topic we discuss. After telling the story of Brendan Abbot and the council works depot we discuss why a new building was required.
We passionately chat about local health services, the Cunnamulla Hospital and the challenges of not having a full time doctor. You will be amazed to see some recently sold and renovated homes in Cunnamulla and we will divulge the housing prices and demand for good rental accommodation in the local market. Discover the history of the old power station and the vision across the road is a stunning Family home.
Characters of a bygone era include Catholic Priests, the Bishop, Sisters of Mercy, bank robber Joseph Wells and local Aboriginal author Herb Wharton. The cemetery evokes many stories of ghosts from the past, shearing strikes the tragic death of a young boy and a pioneer who settled on Tinnenburra Station.
As we embark on Allan Tannock Weir Aboriginal history tells the story of how Cunnamulla got its name. We pass the old stock route where many a drover moved mobs with stock whips cracking. Cobb and Co coaches operated regular services through Cunnamulla from 1879 and you will travel over some land their big-hearted horses galloped on. We share how forty years of flood research and a healthy respect of the river empowered Allan Tannock to help save Cunnamulla from the 2009 floods that destroyed Charleville and Nyngan. Self-driven Allan Tannock was a man of vision, a thirst for knowledge motivated his recordings of daily events and he passionately lobbied government in the pursuit of economic development of the Cunnamulla region. He served his country at war, was a true gentleman and will always be a legend in these parts.
On the return journey to Cunnamulla CBD view developments along the river as we pass the controversial house built for the Paroo Shire Council CEO. We pass the Cunnamulla State School another historical icon and then travel over the Darby Land Bridge where history and industry meet to tour of a local table grape farm. The infamous Cunnamulla Fella is our next port of call as we uncover how this beautiful bronze statue came to life.
Travelling along Stockyard Street the main street of the town we stop at the Club Boutique Hotel to enjoy a delicious smoko and uncover the history of this beautifully renovated Cunnamulla heritage hotel.
Once again hitting the Cunnamulla heritage trail other significant links to the town its people and past unfold include the Fountain, St Albans, Osborne Bros, Artesian Bore water, water tower and Hatchman Petroleum today the only fuel depot servicing a large chunk of remote Queensland outback.
A visit to Cunnamulla railway station completed in 1898 brings back memories of the old rattlers once the main links to civilisation but now old ghosts as the government has robbed the outback of service and facilities.
We then follow the well-worn line north to tour Hortonvale revealing how a local grazing family transformed their properties and lives after the wool crash. This irrigation development and diversification is beyond the scope of your wildest imagination evidence of true entrepreneurial vision. The sheer size implementation of environmental and conservation systems will guarantee this fourth generation farming family long-term sustainability.
By now you’ve experienced and discovered more about what’s happening in Cunnamulla than most locals and we hope it inspires you to stay a few extra days to continue to explore our special part of Queensland’s Outback at your own leisure.
For some we will now say good bye, for others we will see you around the campfire to enjoy a hearty dinner and some local entertainment!
*Please note that the duration of this tour and time of smoko may change depending on the season & number of passengers.