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Thargomindah

Follow the tracks of Cobb and Co. Fish mighty rivers like the Bulloo, Wilson and Paroo and Cooper’s Creek. For some visitors, the highlight is watching the fabulous birdlife on the lakes in Currawinya and Lake Bindegolly National Parks; while others prefer the historic pubs at Hungerford, Toompine and Noccundra. Fossick for opals (or buy them direct from the miner), go adventure four wheel driving, stay on a cattle station, visit the famous Burke and Wills ‘Dig’ tree and Cameron’s Corner – where New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia meet – so much to see and do! The ancient land forms are special – the mulga country, gibber and flood plains and red sandy desert – resplendent with wildflowers following suitable rains.

The first European visitors to this area included people like Vincent Dowling who in 1859 rode his horse from northern New South Wales to the Bulloo River – twelve months before the famous Burke and Wills expedition left Melbourne. Dowling returned in 1864 with cattle to establish Thargomindah Station. More pastoralists with cattle and sheep quickly followed. Burke and Wills ill-fated expedition passed through what is now Bulloo Downs Station in 1860 (just south of Thargomindah) where three members of the expedition – Doctor Becker the German naturalist and noted artist, Stone and Purcell – perished.

The origin of the name ‘Thargomindah’ is unknown though local legend suggests it derives from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘Cloud of Dust’ or perhaps the Echidna.

Australia’s first hydroelectric scheme powered by a high-pressure artesian bore supplied electricity for street lighting and according to the Sydney Bulletin, Thargomindah was one of the three major centres for electricity in the world surpassed only by London and Paris. The hydroelectric scheme continued to meet Thargomindah’s electrical requirements until 1951.

Activites and Experiences at Thargomindah

  • Motorcycling Motorcyclists enjoy the variety of roads in Queensland’s Southwest from the challenging to the easy riding fully sealed roads. If you enjoy a challenge, try the track from Kilcowera Station to Lake Wyara (Note: this is a private road please make arrangements with the owners before arrival at the Station) or the back road to Cameron Corner.
  • Birdwatching The unique lake systems in Currawinya and Lake Bindegolly National Parks are birdwatching areas of renown. Near Thargomindah are wetlands with lignum, water holes in the Bulloo River, cooling ponds and a quarry filled with water. Further afield the Paroo and Wilson Rivers and Cooper Creek are great birding areas. Birds that can be seen in the area are numerous and include Bourke’s Parrot and Pink eared duck.
  • Bushwalking A nine and a half kilometre walking trail around Lake Bindegolly is a must for birders and bushwalkers. A comprehensive interpretive area just off the Adventure Way details the Lakes unique qualities. Currawinya National Park also offers bushwalking opportunities.
  • Camping Camping is available at Currawinya National Park, Hungerford and the Wilson River at Noccundra.
  • Canoeing Great canoeing available on all river systems and National Parks.
  • Cooking
  • Driving
  • Farm/Station activity Visit Kilcowera or Epsilon Stations.
  • Exercising A fully equipped gymnasium is available in Thargomindah, swimming in the town’s swimming pool (open summer months only), walking, playing sport (golf, bowls, tennis) and fishing are just some of the activities designed to keep the body beautiful.
  • Fossicking Fossicking for the unusual Boulder Opal is a fascinating passtime and could result in you finding some stunning opal to take home. The towns of Yowah and Quilpie are within easy reach of Thargomindah and are well known for the quality of opal mined.
  • Art Painting The outback landforms, flora and historic buildings of Southwest Queensland provide an endless opportunity for artists to capture the unique beauty and colour of the landscapes and sky. For those interested in painting or photographing people, the characters in towns like Thargomindah and Hungerford provide an endless source of material.
  • Sightseeing What’s your special interest? Landscapes, desert, gibber plains, flood plains, mulga country? Historic buildings and places? Stunning sunsets and lake views from high vantage points? Flora and fauna? Visiting two corners or three States of Australia? Explore life on a cattle station? The largest onshore oilfield in Australia? Make Thargomindah your holiday destination.
  • Tennis
  • Bush Tucker
  • Walking A short trail (half a kilometre) follows the Bulloo River to the old Cobb and Co crossing. This walk has interpretive signage and a map is available from the Visitor Information Centre. There are also town heritage walks available.
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Thargomindah airport has two runways one 1,463 metres and one 846 metres long. Jet A1 and Avgas fuel available.
  • Ambulance
  • Banking Facilities National Australia Bank agency at the general store. Commonwealth Bank agency at the Post Office.
  • Bottled Gas
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale All businesses accept EFTPOS transactions.
  • Fuel Petrol and diesel are available.
  • Golf Nine hole golf course with sand greens. Clubs are available for hire.
  • Hospital Outpatients clinic.
  • Public Bar
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities Clinic sister on call. Royal Flying Doctor Service provides a general clinic each Thursday and emergency evacuations.
  • National Park Lake Bindegolly National Park and Currawinya National Park.
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities Nine hole golf course, fully equipped gymnasium, squash, tennis, bowls and billiards.
  • Supermarket Most goods and services available.
  • Swimming Pool Summer months only.
  • Takeaway Food From the service station.
  • Tennis Court Two courts at the Community Centre.
  • Visitor Centres Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre.
  • Places of Worship
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Cultural
  • Educational
  • Environmental
  • Farm/Station Visit Kilcowera or Epsilon Stations.
  • Fishing The Bulloo, Wilson and Cooper Rivers stock plenty of Yellowbelly.
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Golf
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Homestay
  • Industry/Mining, Agriculture Oil and gas fields.
  • National Park Lake Bindegolly National Park and Currawinya National Park.
  • Nature based
  • Off road
  • Outback An outback lifestyle, a busy town steeped in history and 220 friendly locals makes Thargomindah a particularly special place to visit.
  • Pub Stay
  • Relaxation
  • Remote
  • Romance
  • Soft Adventure
  • Wilderness
  • Wildflower Wildflowers after rain are sensational! Close to the Tickalara oilfields and on the road to Innamincka from Cameron’s Corner.
  • Wildlife
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Budget
  • Disabled
  • Empty Nesters
  • Family
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Group
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior
  • Single
  • Outback Queensland Tourism

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