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12 Things to do in Cunnamulla QLD & Guide to Visiting in 2023

Welcome Sign, Cunnamulla - Queensland Australia

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Find out the best things to do in Cunnamulla and your guide to visiting this country town in Queensland, right here! It’s a township created by Cobb & Co, way back in 1879, when the first coach drove here. This is one place to immerse yourself in country life and get back to nature. 

We only stopped overnight in town, but I was able to see some of the highlights. The people are passionate about their town and aren’t afraid to share it with the travellers passing through.

Read on below and take a short tour with the information I have for you today and add these activity’s to your list.

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Best Things to do in Cunnamulla Queensland

1. Tourist Information Centre

Find out everything about the area right here at the Tourist Information Centre. Additionally, you will find the entrance to the Artesian Time Tunnel inside and the Cunnamulla Fella Statue outside on the grounds.

No things to do in Cunnamulla list would be complete without stopping here
No things to do in Cunnamulla list would be complete without stopping here

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2. Artesian Time Tunnel

The Artesian Time Tunnel allows visitors to gain an understanding of the importance of water from the Great Artesian Basin. As it covers one-fifth of Australia and is considered the world’s largest underground river. But did you know that it’s the lifeblood of many Australian community’s and helps sustain life, and supports the pastoral and mining industries?

The Artesian Time Tunnel, Cunnamulla
The Artesian Time Tunnel, Cunnamulla

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3. Cunnamulla Fella Statue

This is one of the must-do and instagramable spots in town. The statue is based on a song brought to life by the Australian country music legend Slim Dusty.

The Cunnamulla Fella is an iconic bush character, and the town erected this statue to tribute Slim and the writer Stan and to all the “ringers” of the bush. Subsequently, Sculptor Archie Sinclair created this bronze statue in 2005 and is located in front of the Paroo Shire Hall and next to the Visitor Information centre.

The Cunnamulla Statue, Outside Tourist Info Centre
The Cunnamulla Fella Statue, Outside Tourist Info Centre

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4. Charlotte Plains Station

The is one unique activity’s is one that you don’t want to miss, and there are so many options to enjoy it. Take a day trip or overnight stay to Charlotte Plains Station and enjoy the Hot Artesian Baths supplied by the property. It’s only 40 minutes away from town and gives you first-hand knowledge about the Great Artesian Basin. 

Lucky that you have the option to camp beside the baths on an unpowered site. Or, alternatively, there are Powered Sites and cabins also available, a short distance away on the property. We stayed in the Sherer’s Cabins and was one of the best things we did in the Outback.

Charlotte Plains Station - Artesian Hot baths | Outback Queensland
Charlotte Plains Station – Artesian Hot Baths

5. Water Tower

The Water Tower was painted by renowned artist Guido van Helten in April-May 2019. Similar to Charleville, it depicts children intertwined through a sporting event, which is played with its nearby rival.

Painted Water Tower in town
Painted Water Tower in town

6. Sand Board down the dunes

This outback town is home to some of Australia’s more impressive Sand dunes. You don’t have to be a kid to experience the incredible thrill of rolling down the vibrant red hills. It’s exhilarating, and we bet you won’t be able to resist running back to the top for another go. 

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7. Robbers Tree

There was an attempted robbery of a Queensland bank in January 1880 by Joseph Wells. Following a scuffle, Joseph ran off and climbed the “Robbers Tree”, where he was eventually found.

The trial was held in Toowoomba, Joseph was charged and the last person to be hung for Robbery under Arms. Finally, the execution was held in Brisbane 3 months later, and Joseph was buried at Toowong cemetery.

Cunnamulla Robbers Trees - Queensland
Cunnamulla Robbers Trees – Queensland

8. Check out the Festival

In August, there’s no place you’d rather be than Cunnamulla, where cowboys, bull riders, shearers, and stockmen come together for one wild weekend of celebrating everything outback. 

And, of course, this is the perfect opportunity to test out your bush skills in the annual Cunnamulla Fella Challenge. Whether you’re a seasoned whip cracker or a wool rolling novice, there’s an event for you and a whole lot of fun. And for those feeling brave, why not give bull riding a go? 

9. Hang out on the Warrego River

If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, you’ll definitely want to add the Warrego River to your list of must-visit destinations. While this beautiful river is undoubtedly the perfect spot for fishing, it offers so much more besides that. 

Birdwatchers will delight in the wide variety of feathered friends they can spot along the river banks, while kayakers will love the calm waters and stunning scenery. Even if you’re not up for anything too strenuous, a leisurely stroll along the Warrego River Walk is the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon and soak up the local flora and fauna. 

Go fishing or Bird watching on the Warrego River
Go fishing or Bird watching on the Warrego River

10. Stockmans Show

If you find yourself in town, there’s one activity that you simply cannot miss called the Outback Stockman Show. This show is a real gem, filled with exciting and educational displays of horsemanship, sheep herding, and whip cracking. 

And let’s not forget the star of the show, the working dogs! They are incredible to watch in action. What makes the Outback Stockman Show stand out is its presentation, with humor and an engaging host who keeps the audience enthralled from beginning to end. 

Just head to the Warrego Riverside Caravan Park at 3 p.m.

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11. Find a Skippy (Kangaroo)

Did you want to see a Australian Kangaroo in the wild while touring Australia? This small town boasts the title of having the largest kangaroo population in Outback Queensland, with a whopping 950 roos per person. 

And it’s no wonder – these friendly creatures can often be seen hopping, skipping, and jumping around the roads. With that said, it’s important to stay safe, so be sure to brush up on road safety tips regarding Kangaroos.

Fun Fact: Why do Aussies call Kangaroo’s, Skippys? This spans back to an 80s Television show where a Kangaroo named “Skippy” and his boyhood friend helped suss out people in trouble. It’s kind of like an Aussie version of “Lassie.”  If you search on YouTube, you’ll find some old episodes.

Australian Kangaroo

12. Eulo Mud Baths

Apart from Charlotte Plains, the Artesian Basin also supplies water for the Eulo Mud Baths. This is not your average spa day but a chance to soak in the healing properties of milky mud drawn from ancient springs. 

As you sink into the claw-footed outdoor baths surrounded by breathtaking bushland, you can indulge in a little bit of luxury. Whether you’re looking for a solo soak or a romantic rendezvous, there are several different rooms to choose from. 

Where is the Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla is located in southern Outback Queensland, a 9-hour drive west of Brisbane and 1.5 hours from the New South Wales Border. Additionally, It has a very close connection to Charleville, which stands 2 hours north. Therefore, both are brilliant stopovers before heading further into Outback Queensland.

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Where to Stay?

Hotels / Motels

There are several options when choosing accommodation between old Queenslander Hotels(pictured above) or convenient motels. Prices range from $80 per night for 2 adults to $160 per night, and facilities reflect in the cost. As a result, you’re sure to find something suitable for your style and budget, but I have a few links below as suggestions.

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Country Way Motor Inn
Country Way Motor Inn
Corrella Motor Inn
Corrella Motor Inn

Caravan Parks

From what I found, there were two main Caravan Parks available. The Warrego Riverside Tourist Park and the Tourist Park. Firstly, the Warrego Riverside Tourist Park(pictured below) had a lovely set up with spacious sites with tree coverage in between them for privacy.

This was located a few kilometres outside of town, which added to the quiet. Secondly, the Tourist Park was more open plan and still looked very inviting. It was located right in town and more convenient for shopping facilities.

Warrego Riverside Tourist Park just outside of town
Warrego Riverside Tourist Park just outside of town

Free Camping

Located 30 kilometres north of town and off the Mitchell Highway is a free camping spot called Mannbo’s Field. The field is covered in red dirt, no facilities, and you need to be totally self-sufficient. Furthermore, peaceful, quiet, and low light pollution to enjoy those outback stars. Equally important, it’s assessable for Motorbikes, RV’s, Camper Trailers, and Caravans, and pet friendly.

How to get there?

Flying

Flights are aboard Regional Express Airways or REX for short. They only depart from Brisbane and take about 3 hours with 2 stopovers along the way ( Toowoomba & St George, on route to Thargomindah).  Therefore – Yep, you get the milk run!

This journey will not run every day and is currently scheduled at:

  • Sundays & Wednesday Departing Brisbane & Return

Prices seem to range around from $250 per person, one way. And fluctuations could occur around different fare types or busy times. Additionally, The fare types can determine the baggage weight of 15 kilograms to 23 kilograms. Consequently, this can work in your favour if you have another domestic REX fight out of Brisbane.

In the end, best to check on the Regional Express website for current times and prices available.

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Grab a drink or stay at the Warrego Hotel Motel
Grab a drink or stay at the Warrego Hotel Motel

Driving

Driving your own vehicle is by far the best way to experience the Outback. Firstly, it gives you the flexibility to explore at your own pace, only see what you want to see. Secondly, to reduce costs with remote long distances.

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More importantly, the roads are all sealed, so you’re able to drive there in any vehicle. Keep in mind that some of the roads could be single lanes and require you to share with on coming traffic.

Hotel Cunnamulla, Queensland
Hotel Cunnamulla, Queensland

Best time to visit?

Like most of Outback Queensland, it’s more pleasant to visit during the Winter Season when the Temperatures are cooler. Additionally, you’ll find more open around this time of year.

Summer can get very warm and can get up to temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius. Below, I have listed the average temp over each six-month period.

  • April to September – 5 to 28 degrees Celsius (22mm to 30mm rainfall over 3 days).
  • October to May – 14 to 36 degrees Celsius (25mm to 53mm rainfall over 4 days). 

Distances from other Locations

  • Charlotte Plains Station – 52klms ( 40 mins)
  • Charleville – 200klms (2 hours)
  • St George – 290klms (3.25 hours)
  • Quilpie – 300klms ( 3.25 hours)
  • Eromanga –  400klms (4.25 hours)
  • Windorah – 540klms ( 6 hours)
  • Stanthorpe – 690klms (7.5 hours)
  • Longreach –  714klms (7.5 hours)
  • Toowoomba – 660klms ( 7.25 hours)
  • Brisbane – 790klms ( 9 hours)
  • Birdsville – 920klms (10 hours)

Fly’s and bugs can be a big issue when travelling through the Outback Queensland, or Central Australia. While, I didn’t experience this too much in town, it can happen intermittently and especially during warmer weather. I find carrying a fly net and a wide-brim hat will help in supporting a tolerance them.

Wrap up to the things to do in Cunnamulla & Guide

Thanks for reading this guide today on the things to do in Cunnamulla and I hope you found what you were looking for. However, If your still researching, you can gather more Outback Queensland insights HERE for planning and inspiration.

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