St George

About St George


Population: 3,048

From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, St George relaxes the senses in all the right ways. Perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, its just the place from which to explore the beautiful Balonne Shire. Stretch your legs and take in the breeze on the shady riverbank walkway flanking the town. Below the Jack Taylor Weir is where explorer Major Thomas Mitchell crossed the Balonne River back in 1864 and gave St George its name.

Pack up some drinks and nibbles to enjoy on a Sandytown River Cruise. As you idle down the river you will enjoy views and abundant birdlife including pelicans, cockatoos and eagles. Anglers wont be disappointed either, with St George reputed as having the best inland fishing in Queensland. Beardmore Dam or Jack Taylor Weir are great spots to picnic and throw in a line.

 

Events such as the Dirranbandi Family Fishing Classic, the annual St George Family Fishing Competition, and the Yellow Belly Country Music Festival will keep the family entertained, and you can learn more about the local cotton and grape industry by joining a Cotton Farm and Winery Tour in St George.

You’ll have a whole new appreciation for the humble emu egg when you see it carved into a stunning, illuminated piece of art at The Unique Egg in St George. Local character and artisan Steve Margaritus – or “Stavros” as we know him, hand carves an amazing variety of patterns and scenes on each egg.

St George has tree lined streets where you’ll find great coffee, gourmet delis and quality pub food. And don’t miss a visit to the most westerly winery in Queensland while you’re here – Riversands Wines, where you can while away the afternoon with a free personalised wine tasting at the cellar door followed by scones and homemade jam or a cheese platter and a glass of wine in their country garden.

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Experiences

St George Heritage Trail

Take a step back in time as early as the 1800s by discovering the St George Heritage Trail. Download the St George Heritage Trail brochure (PDF) or pick up a brochure from the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre and follow the 45 minute drive to explore important historical

St George Pilots Memorial

This fighter pilot memorial pays tribute to two brave men hailing from St George. Squadron Leader John Jackson bravely served in World War II in some of its most dangerous battles and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) medal for his work in the Middle East after

Cotton Farm and Vineyard Tour

Don’t miss out on experiencing the Cotton Farm and Winery Tour held every Thursday from May to September. Enjoy the on board commentary provided by a local cotton farmer as they showcase their fully operational cotton farm and learn how cotton is grown, irrigated and harvested. Once finished

St George Heritage Tour

Discover the stories and legends of the town. Visit the Anchorage Homestead and hear about the history of one of the oldest homes in the Shire. Learn about our local heritage at our Heritage Centre. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at Riversands Vineyards and hear the stories

Meanwhile in St George | #outbackqueensland

Instagram post 17936980015496165 Spectacular St George!

Fun Fact - Here you will find the world’s only display of hand-carved, illuminated emu eggs (which have been gifted as far as the White House!) by local character and artisan Steve Margaritis – or ‘Stavros’ as the locals know him. 

St George has also made it as a finalist in @theqtic Top 'Small' Tourism Town?

See our Story or go to https://tinyurl.com/TopTourismTownStGeorge to see their entry and vote for them for your chance to win a $2000 @apollomotorhomeholidays travel package? 

Voting is open and will close 11.59pm, Monday 26 April 2021. 

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Instagram post 17861398796484442 The perfect way to end the day!

This could be you when you visit @riversandswinery. Located on the banks of the Balonne River in St George, south west Queensland and has been in the Blacket family since 1996. 

Create your own wine journey as you enjoy a free wine tasting in their cosy cellar and hear about the stories behind their wines. They also have the perfect country garden for you to enjoy your next relaxing afternoon - think - cheese platters, wine, scones or a decadent mud-cake!

Best known for their delicious fortified muscats and ports. They also produce a range of dry white and red table wines along with the ever popular sweeter Moscato styles.

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Instagram post 17943230809440697 Thurston National Park is for the serious bush campers and four-wheel drive enthusiasts! There are no facilities, so prepare to be totally self-sufficient and well-equipped. 

On arrival to the 4WD camping area, you will discover the ruins of the Thrushton homestead and woolshed which serve as a reminder of the area's previous life as a sheep property. The homestead was originally part of Dunkeld Inn, near Thallon and was relocated via 40 horse-drawn carts in 1921. There is a diverse range of plants and animals that thrive within Thrushton and over 100 species of birds have been recorded in the area.

Thrushton National Park is 40km north-east of Bollon and 102km west of St George.

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Instagram post 18107144710082148 Home of Queensland Boulder Opal, Opalton lies 123kms from Winton. It is one of the largest opal fields in Queensland and is known for the quality of opal mined.

Opal was first discovered here by George Cragg in 1888 and the first mine was worked in 1894. In 1899 the largest piece of opal ever recorded was mined from Opalton, a pipe opal more than three metres long.

There is a public fossicking area where you can try your luck at finding opal for yourself. 
Great photo by @horetabi 
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