Whether you’re heading from Melbourne to the Gulf or Brisbane to South Australia, this outback town will end up in your travel agenda.
Perched on the banks of the Warrego River, you’ll find Cunnamulla 780km west of Brisbane and 140km north of the New South Wales border.
This town was once where bullock teams passed through and shearers spilled from bar windows; but today the small town is known for its natural outback beauty and outback hospitality.
Here are ten things to do in Cunnamulla.
1. Visit the Cunnamulla Fella
Paying tribute to the region’s pastoral heritage, Aussie icon Slim Dusty often wandered the streets of Cunnamulla and popularised the tune, Cunnamulla Fella.
In tribute to the well-known outback song, the giant Cunnamulla Fella in the centre of town is hard to miss.
2. Find endless fun at the Warrego River
The Warrego River is much more than a place for fishing fanatics. You can go birdwatching, kayaking, fishing, yabbying and top it off with a swim.
If you’re after a more relaxing time in town, kick back on the banks or unwind with a stroll along the dirt 1.6km Warrego River Walk for a lazy afternoon and check out the local flora and fauna.
3. Make mates with Skippy
If you’re wanting to spot a kangaroo on your outback trip, Cunnamulla is the place to be.
With approximately 950 roos per person in Cunnamulla, this town takes home the title of ‘Outback Queensland’s largest roo population’.
Be wary while driving around Cunnamulla as these mates often hop, skip and jump near the roads, so check out these safety tips here.
4. Meet megafauna at Eulo
Ever wondered if the Australian bunyip was fact or fiction? It’s said that the mythical creature may be a cultural memory of a Diprotodon, a species of Australian megafauna and the largest marsupial ever discovered. Guess what? If you’re looking for one, you’ll find their fossilised remains a short 69km trip up the road in Eulo.
Megafauna evolved after the dinosaur era; although extinct, you can still see their decedents like roos, crocs and wombats today.
5. Get fossicking in Yowah
Make the 160km trip to Yowah for the chance to walk around a living opal gallery.
You’ll find all forms of opal in Yowah, but keep your eyes peeled in the fossicking field for the Yowah nut, a precious opal in siliceous ironstone nodules.
Majority of the town’s residents are small scale opal miners, so if you’re looking for a hot fossicking tip, just ask a local.
6. Fully immerse yourself in typical outback station life
If you’re looking for genuine outback experiences, this place is sure to tick the box. Fully immerse yourself in typical outback station life with a choice of working properties to visit. Get a taste of the Outback life. See sheep shearing (in season) or cattle mustering, go on a water run or help with some of the daily station tasks.
7. Get your nature lover on at Currawinya National Park and Lake Bindegolly
For National Park lovers, Cunnamulla is a great base to discover two of the finest natural encounters in the bush.
Take a day trip to Lake Bindegolly, an important feeding and breeding habitat for over 60 species of waterbirds and one of the most important wetland systems in the south-west.
Or visit one of Queensland’s biggest National Parks, Currawinya National Park and explore Lake Wyara and Lake Numulla, home to some of Australia’s most important inland waterbird habitats.
8. Enjoy festival fun at the Cunnamulla Fella Festival
In August each year, cowboys, bull riders, shearers and stockmen herd to Cunnamulla for a weekend to celebrate outback spirit and heritage.
See how your bush skills scrub up in the Cunnamulla Fella Challenge which includes events in whip cracking, wool rolling and bull riding. Yee-hah.
9. Surf sand dunes
Riddle me this, where would you find sand dunes 850kms from the beach? Find your answer in Cunnamulla.
The climb to the top of the town’s natural sand dunes may be tough but the thrilling rush sliding down will make you want to go again, again and again.
You can hire a sand board through Out the Back Australia on Louise Street.
10. Find your new favourite camping spot at Charlotte Plains Station
If you like camping spots with more room to move, take your camper trailer to Charlotte Plains Station.
Here, you can camp waterside and jump straight into the artesian springs from your portable home.
Catch the last rays of light or try spot a shooting star from the comforts of one of the tubs or spring.