St George to Cunnamulla (3.25 hrs Travel)
After arriving in St George take the Historical Self-Drive Town Tour (details from the Balonne Shire Visitor Info Centre). Also make sure to visit the St George Heritage Centre for its interesting local history, a blacksmith operation, a functional printing press, local aboriginal artefacts and the Old Gaol and Courthouse buildings (relocated to the site from within the town). There is some great fishing at St George at Waroo Bridge, Beardmore Dam (which also has barbecue/picnic facilities), Jack Taylor Weir. While at the Jack Taylor Weir you will be able to see the Thomas Mitchell Cairn, amongst the landscaped gardens, which shows where he crossed the river on his fourth expedition (which was when he named the Balonne River amongst others). The Weir itself is quite impressive at 6m in height holding around 10,000 megalitres.
You could also enjoy some great bushwalking at Buckinbah Weir and on the Balonne River Walk (keep an eye out for koalas and variety of beautiful native birds). On permanent display at the unusual location of the Balonne Sports store is Steve Margaritis Hand Carved Emu Eggs. A collection of 40 years of work, each one is illuminated from within, and the collection has at various times been displayed internationally.
For wine lovers Riversands Vineyard is a boutique winery offering tastings an outdoor cafe & gift shop and they also have barbecue facilities.
Nindigully is a nearby town with a number of nineteenth Century buildings. Despite only having a handful of residents currently, Nindigully has Queensland's oldest pub (licensed in 1864) still in original condition and location. Nindigully is also another spot recommended for good fishing. On the way to Cunnamulla you'll come across the town of Bollon which has a large koala population for you to enjoy (due to prolific River Red Gums) and the nearby Rosehill Aviaries Wildlife Park with its extensive collection of Australian Parrots as well as other birds (over 600), kangaroos and sugar glider possums. (It is situated on a working sheep and cattle station). Thrushton National Park (4WD accessible only in dry weather, has dense Mulga Scrub, Spinifex sandplains, and Eucalypt Woodlands).
These are some of the great destinations to see while travelling between St George and Cunnamulla. Be sure to add them to your list of places to visit.
- St George
- St George Historical Self-Drive Town Tour
- Fishing on Waroo Bridge, Beardmore Dam, Jack Taylor Weir, Nindigully
- Bushwalking at Buckinbah Weir and Balonne River Walk (koalas and birds)
- Steve Margaritis Hand Carved Emu Eggs
- St George Heritage Centre, Local History, blacksmith operation, functional Printing press, local aboriginal artefacts
- Old Gaol and Courthouse
- Riversands Vineyard - boutique winery, tastings
- Thomas Mitchell Cairn at Jack Taylor Weir
- Nindigully, 19th Century buildings, Qeensland's oldest pub
- Bollon, Large Koala Population, River Red Gums
- Rosehill Aviairies Wildlife Park, (Australian Parrots, other birds, kangaroos, sugar glider possums, on a working sheep and cattle station)
- Thrushton National Park, Dense Mulga Scrub, Spinifex sandplains, Eucalypt Woodlands