Full of heritage, cultural themes and natural beauty, Cunnamulla is the gateway to south-west Queensland.
Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Cunnamulla, or find accommodation options in Cunnamulla today.
Located 800km west of Brisbane on the banks of the Warrego River, about 1600 people call Cunnamulla home. The area was explored by Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846, and Cunnamulla is one of only four towns in the 48,000sq km shire. The name is Aboriginal for ‘long stretch of water’ and major floods are frequent.
Cunnamulla became the hub for several intersecting stock routes and as the population increased, the railway followed suit and the growth continued, with shops and businesses – including a soap maker and cordial factory – and a school.
Cunnamulla is small but there are several fuel stops, small family supermarkets and all the basic facilities. Most phone services work with a 100km radius of town. Expect to pay a little more for fruit, veg and fuel.
There are options to camp on outback stations, a selection of caravan parks in town and on the banks of the Warrego River.
Things to do in Cunnamulla
Outdoor adventurers will find plenty of activities to keep them busy in Cunnumulla. For some exhilarating sand and dirt 4WD tracks, head to either Culgoa National Park or Currawinya National Park. Beware though - when the shadows hit these roads the unwary might not see corrugations, rocky patches or patches of deep sand.
The whole family will love experiencing life on the land at Wandilla Station. Here, you can bush camp with your camper, caravan or tent on this 45,000 acre property on the banks of the Paroo River. But if you’re after a little luxury there’s also several bunk houses and room in the shearers’ quarters. Join in on farm chores (little kids will love this!), or go bushwalking, birdwatching, yabbying, fishing and kayaking.
The Heritage Trail will not only introduce you to the town’s heritage buildings but take you to the river walk with its superb sunset viewing platform above the river. You can also check out the magnificent old railway’s covered platform, and for the kids don’t forget to visit the dunes just out of town for a little fun in the sand.
Allan Tannock Weir
Five kilometres south of town, the Allan Tannock Weir is the perfect place to sit by the water to watch the birds come and go. If you brought your tinnie, there’s a boat ramp so you can explore a little further. Gas barbecues and picnic tables complete the setup, making it a great spot to stop for a picnic.
A brief brush with a bushranger resulted in Cunnamulla’s only heritage-listed tree. After an attempted bank robbery in 1880, Joseph Wells fled injured up a tree to hide from police. The local dogs tracked him down and he was subsequently found guilty and sentenced to death - but his legacy lives on thanks to the tree he hid up: now affectionately known as the Robber’s Tree.
Getting to Cunnamulla
Located at the crossroads of the Matilda Highway and Adventure Way, Cunnamulla is just over 800km inland from Brisbane.
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