About Thargomindah

Population: 171

Get ready for a real Outback adventure when you either drive or fly into Thargomindah, situated on the Adventure Way in the south west corner of Queensland. Thargomindah was the first town to be gazetted in the Bulloo Shire in 1874, after the legendary, ill-fated expedition of Burke and Wills paved the way for settlement in this area in 1860.

Book a tour to witness firsthand the workings of the first hydro power plant in Australia, and the third in the world, to produce hydro-electric power for street lighting by using the water pressure from the Artesian Basin.

Visit the historic hospital, made out of locally made mudbricks, and meet our friendly resident ghost Matron Tite.

Relive the horror of being locked in a small, dark jail cell in the heat of the Outback when you visit the old Thargo Jail.

Check out the original Cobb & Co Crossing. Thargomindah became the home for Cobb & Co Coaches to service all the distance settlements and was in use up until late 1929.  Take an easy walk from the caravan park, winding along the edge of the Bulloo River right to the Cobb & Co Crossing.

Enjoy the comforts of home with good quality accommodation and a highly rated caravan park.  Appreciate the luxuries and conveniences of the big smoke like a modern coffee shop, restaurant, hotel, Foodworks, hairdresser, post office, 24 hour fuel, mechanical, electrical and refrigeration repairs.

Where To Stay


Hydro Power Plant

The Hydro Power Plant is the first in Australia and third in the world! In 1891 drilling commenced on a bore to supply the town with water and in 1893 an exceptionally good supply was struck at 808 metres (2650 feet) with the water at 84 degrees celsius.

Lake Bindegolly National Park

Lake Bindegolly National Park is a remote but accessible park on the edge of Queensland’s channel country. This park is a bird and sunset-watcher’s paradise, distinguished by desert landscapes, a string of salt and freshwater lakes, thousands of waterbirds and a rare tree. Acacia ammophila, a large gidgee-like

Leahy Historical House

Leahy House was built around 1885 when a deed of grant was made to the Thargomindah Newspaper Company. The house is built of local mud brick and was owned by Sir Sydney Kidman in the early 1900s. The Bulloo Shire Council purchased the building in 1995 and the

Dowling Track

The Dowling Track – a journey of discovery. Travel in the footsteps of Vincent James Dowling and other early pioneers over 100 years ago discovered this area, known as the “Plains of Promise”- people travelled the track looking for a new life and new opportunities. The Australian author,

Bulloo River

The Bulloo River flows through the town of Thargomindah and there are several different fishing holes along the river. There is vehicle access from the bridge, follow the walking tracks along the river. There is a picnic area for your convenience. Be sure to visit the Thargomindah Visitor