At the intersection of two major stock routes, an outback town was born – thriving undoubtedly because of a river’s course which gave the town its name. Cunnamulla is an Aboriginal term for ‘long stretch of water’ and the river is the Warrego – a great place for boating, fishing or swimming.
Cunnamulla is the supply town for travellers heading further west, perhaps in search of a splash of colour – for out past Eulo is opal country.
The town was established to service the huge sheep and cattle properties, one of which was Tinnenburra, at one stage claiming the largest shearing shed in the world, with 101 shearing stands. In 1858 William Landsborough’s expedition aroused interest, attracting graziers who opened up the west. The history of wool records vast tonnage transported out of the area, down to Bourke, then carried aboard paddle steamers en route to coastal ports for shipment overseas.
Cobb and Co coaches were the main people movers of the nineteenth century, with services commencing in 1867. Just 20 years later, the railway took over the transportation of freight and then people. Cunnamulla has one of only two covered railway platforms in Queensland. The other is in Normanton.
At Cunnamulla, join the Heritage Trail and discover its historical sites – the Post Office (1868), the Saddlery, Trappers Inn, the Blacksmith, the State School (1885) and St Catherine’s Convent (1914).
Then there is the Robber’s Tree down at the southern end of Stockyard Street. This is the tree which the 1880 bank robber, Joseph Wells, climbed to hide from the law. Barking dogs drew attention to his lair.
Cunnamulla is the southern gateway to the Matilda Highway and lies at the crossroads to the Adventure Way travelling west to Eulo and the Yowah Opal Fields and on to Thargomindah and Innamincka.
Activites and Experiences at Cunnamulla
- Farm/Station activity
- Sightseeing Join the Heritage Trail and discover its historical sites.
- Airport MacAir Airlines.
- Banking Facilities EFTPOS, National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank at the post office.
- Boat Ramp Situated 600 metres from the Cunnamulla Weir wall on the Warrego River five kilometres south of town.
- Coach Stop Coach connection.
- Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale Available at the post office.
- Mechanical Services Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ).
- Medical Facilities
- Post Office
- Public Telephone
- Rail Terminal Coach connection from Queensland Rail’s Westlander service to Charleville.
- Supermarket Most goods and service available.
- Takeaway Food
- Visitor Centres Cunnamulla Visitor Information Centre, Jane Street.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Local Aboriginal crafts and arts are available in the town.
- Aussie Lifestyle
- Caravan and Camping
- Cultural Local Aboriginal crafts and arts are available in the town.
- Farm/Station Nardoo Station.
- Fishing Cunnamulla Weir and Warrego River provide some good fishing spots.
- Historic/Heritage Cunnamulla Heritage Trail directs visitors to sites of historic interest.
- Industry/Mining, Agriculture
- National Park Currawinya National Park and Lake Bindegolly National Park.
- RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
- Empty Nesters
- Gay and Lesbian
- Meetings Incentive Conventions
- Outback Queensland Tourism
Nearest Airport: Cunnamulla