Covering 95,000 square kilometres, it is the second largest shire (The Diamantina) in Queensland and is twice the size of Denmark! Only 14 stations and 283 residents make up this brilliant area of the sunshine state! The desert and the channel country combined with the teeming flora and fauna, make up one of the world’s most fragile and unique desert ecosystems. But for a small community (that has doubled in size since 1990), the town has some truly excellent facilities and is known as the administration centre of the region. Bedourie is also home to the famous ‘Bedourie Camp Oven’, which the Australian Government claimed significant and ‘uniquely Australian’ in 2001. In recognition of the iconic oven, a street in the ACT was actually named Bedourie Street in March the same year.
Did you know that the Bedourie Hotel/Motel was built in the 1800’s from adobe brick! Make a visit to this iconic pub for great counter meals and friendly dining service.
Attractions / Things to Do:
- Astonishing gibber plains and Waddi Trees
- Bedourie Mud Hut
- Bedourie Cemetery
- Bedourie Heritage Walking Trail
- Cuttaburra Crossing – A wetland located between Lake Koolivoo and Lake Machattie
- Carcoory Homestead Ruins – Built in the 1800’s and now listed by the National Trust
- Diamantina National Park
- Hot Artesian Spa & Swimming Pool
- King’s Creek Crossing
- Outback Golf Course located near Lakes Larry and Sampson – Boasting a nine hole course in the picturesque desert
- Permanent waterholes perfect for bird watching sunset experiences
- Toko floodplain channels – A Kangaroo feeding area that can be experienced along a ‘Bedourie Discovery’ drive
- Vaughan Johnson Lookout
Accommodation & Camping Grounds:
Major Annual Events:
- Bedourie Campdraft, Rodeo, Gymkhana & Bronco Branding
- Camel & Pig Races & Camp Oven Cook-Off
- Ute & Travellers’ Muster
- Bedourie Races & Rodeo
Check out the full list of events within the Diamantina shire, here.
Bedourie Camel Races
Food & Drink, Pubs & Restaurants:
Suggested itineraries incorporating Bedourie:
- Central West Outback Adventure Drive (Approx. 4 Days)
- Bedourie Discovery (3 Day / 2 Nights)
- Far West Adventure Drive (Approx. 10 Days)
- Simpson Desert Racing Carnival (Up to 15 Days)
- Diamantina National Park Drive (3 Days / 2 Nights)
- The 186km Bilby Way Journey from Birdsville to Bedourie (Contact the Bedourie Visitor Information Centre for further details).
The Bedourie Visitor Information Centre located on Herbert Street.
Visitor Information Centre:
Bedourie Visitor Information Centre
Phone: 1300 794 257
Fax: (07) 47461272
Address: 13 Herbert Street, Bedourie QLD, 4829
For more information on Bedourie, check out the Diamantina Tourism Website: http://www.thediamantina.com.au/bedourie