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ABOUT Taroom

The tell-tale sign that you’ve arrived in Taroom is the Steel Wings windmill at the northern entry to town. Manufactured around the turn of the 20th Century, the windmill is a rare commodity, being only one of two known windmills of its type still in working order.

The landmark says a lot about the town. Taroom is steeped in early European history and built on primary industries – first sheep, now cattle and grain.

The region opened up to settlers in the 1840s with the northern exploits of early explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. The good doctor took a liking to the place while camped by the Dawson River, carving his initials and year date – LL 1844 – into the bark of a coolabah tree. The initials long since gone – in somewhat controversial circumstances – the tree still stands pride of place in the main street, which is as it happens, the Leichhardt Highway.

A pleasant walk up the hill takes you to Gilbert’s Lookout, named after Leichhardt’s companion who met a violent end here.

Across town in Yaldwyn Street, Leichhardt Park is the site of Leichhardt’s memorial. The park is dedicated to the region’s native flora with weeping bottle brush, flaxleaf paperbark, lemon scented gum, swamp mahogany and bloodwood found throughout the grounds. The exception is a single Aleppo Pine, seeded from Lone Pine on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

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Things to see and do near Taroom

While at Taroom why not try these Tours

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The Roma Saleyards are the largest cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere, seeing over 400,000 cattle a year.

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Boobook Explore

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Find inspirational small-group experiences revealing the unique landscapes, ecology and history of the southwest Outback Queensland region, including Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

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Sandytown River Cruises

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Sandytown River Cruises offers visitors an opportunity to experience the beautiful Balonne River, a small but important part of Queensland’s inland river system.

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Cotton Farm and Vineyard Tour

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Don’t miss out on experiencing the Cotton Farm and Winery Tour held from May to September.

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St George Heritage Tour

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Discover the stories and legends of St George, including a visit to the Anchorage Homestead with a fully guided tour including morning tea.

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Riversands Vineyards Tours

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Riversands Vineyards in conjunction with the St George Explore Centre run a combined cotton farm & vineyard tour from April to September.

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Nullawokka First Nations Tours

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Nullawokka First Nations Tours is based in Bollon, south west Queensland. The company is owned and operated by Bill Speedy.

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WWII Secret Tag-A-Long Tour – Charleville

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Discover why over 3500 United States Army Air Force personnel were stationed in Charleville during World War II.

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Charleville’s ‘Magnificent 7’

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Charleville Bilby Experience

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Outback Date Farms

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Travel West Outback Tours

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Travel West operate Four Wheel Drive Motel Accommodated Tag Along Tours to Birdsville, Innamincka and the Corner Country.

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