Picturesque tree-lined streets greet visitors to Queensland's St George - a rural town brimming with rich heritage and quiet charm.
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About St George
You don’t have to look very far to find interesting history in rural Queensland. Just 520km west of Brisbane is the quiet town of St George in the Balonne Shire. St George was named after the saint’s day in England by Major Sir Thomas Mitchell, who camped there in 1846. To mark the spot, a stone memorial and plaque was erected where he stayed. Situated on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, St George is also part of the old Cobb & Co route, and visitors might be surprised to discover a charming town that is home to Jacaranda-lined streets, a quirky art scene and some of the best inland fishing Queensland has to offer.
Things to do in St George
St George’s tourist information centre offers a plethora of information on attractions, points of interest and general information. Just across the road you’ll find the river walk, which lazily makes its way beside the Balonne River for almost two kilometres to the Jack Taylor Weir where Sir Mitchell’s memorial is posted.
After grabbing some self-drive tour brochures at the info centre, you’ll find plenty of trips to keep you interested. A 95km drive takes you deep into the cotton growing process from start to finish, passing irrigation canals, large gins and workers in the fields. The town’s buildings provide some of the most interesting attractions, with the 45min heritage trail guiding you on a journey through time, including the old courthouse and gaol, blacksmith and the original printing press. Tours range from an hour to a full day, which might give you an appreciation as to what this historical town has to offer.
The Nindigully Pub
Head 45km south east of St George along the Carnarvon Highway and you’ll come to the Nindigully Pub – the oldest continually licensed pub in Queensland. Licensed in 1864, this watering hole was originally the shearers’ quarters for the Nindigully Station. The ‘Gully’ has changed from hand to hand throughout the ages, having 21 licensees since it was opened. It’s a testament to the importance of the site when you consider that in the early 1900s the population stood at a paltry six people, yet the pub, general store and town hall were kept alive.
Free camping is available straight out the front door, with nearly 1km of river frontage on to the Moonie River. Camp, explore the river walk, fish or just take in the sights. Creature comforts are available with hot showers and flushing toilets.
Out of the St George area are several national parks including Culgoa, Thrushton and Narkoola. Each is distinct with a story to tell. For something different, travel south to Dirranbandi – the home of infamous Cubbie Station, the largest cotton farm in the southern hemisphere. Four wheel drive tours are available several days a week in order to allow you take in the magnitude of this farm.
Getting to St George
St George is about 520km west of Brisbane in the Balonne Shire.
Hit the road along the A2 past Toowoomba and the Moonie Highway (route 49). St George is also located on popular tourist routes Adventure Way and Great Inland Way.
Regional Express (REX) Airlines offer a twice weekly air service from Brisbane, Thargomindah, Toowoomba and Cunnamulla.
When to visit St George
Located in the southern Queensland region, St George experiences four distinct seasons that all have their own allure. With the direct access to inland waterways however, summer is the best time of the year to enjoy St George. Fishing, swimming and boating are just a few of the water activities you can enjoy, while summer fruits are in abundance during this time of the year - yet another reason why summer in St George just can’t be beat.