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10 unmissable Outback Festivals and events of 2020!

Pack your bags, you’re heading bush for a boogie, beer and some top tunes! 2020 is jam packed with some fantastic new and returning outback festivals. We are ready to give you all the details on our top 10 unmissable Outback Festivals and events of 2020. Get those dancing shoes ready and the esky packed, you’ve got a busy year ahead!

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Telstra has the largest coverage area and while you may not get reception between towns you will get Telstra in the Outback Towns. Some areas also have Optus coverage. If you have Vodaphone or other providers you will not get reception outside of capital cities.

Roma’s Easter in the Country Festival

Roma’s Easter in the country is a 5day celebration running from the 8th of April through to the 13th of April 2020. There is something for everyone with children’s activities such as mini train rides, the monster Easter egg hunt, ponies and animals to pat and billy kart racing.

Other activities and events over the 5 days include, various art shows and museum tours, saleyard tours, Outback tucker under the stars, “Big Rig night show” , various garden tours, craft shows, poetry readings, Xtreme bulls event,  markets, street parades, drag racing , wife carrying races, rodeo, and of course the country music extravaganza with Lee Kernaghan & The Wolfe Brothers performing live. As you can see there is something for everyone and the event showcases all the outback has to offer! It is an must do event this year. You can find further information via the official website here.

Julia Creek Dirt and Dust Festival

The Julia Creek Dirt and Dust festival has been running for 26 years, it one of the Outback’s long-standing festivals and if that doesn’t tell you why it’s made our 10 unmissable Outback Festivals list than we don’t know what will. It runs from the 17th to the 19th of April this year and has an itinerary of events you won’t be able to believe! Across the weekend you can get in on the action by testing your endurance in the Senior Dirt and Dust triathlon. Join over 300 athletes race around on one of the toughest courses and tackle the harshest conditions.

If that’s not quite your style you might enjoy the dirt and dust festivals adventure trail run instead. with 3 different categories you can choose to compete seriously in the 16km or 11km events or if your looking for something a little more fun, you can enjoy the 5.5km event and come dressed in costume, the crazier the better!! All courses have 13 country themed obstacles located throughout the course which will include a Mud Bath, Rock Run, Hurdles, Dirt Jumps, Creek run, Cargo net, Bog hole, Sandbag Carry/water truck spray/aid station / Tyre gauntlet, Sink or Swim, Rope across the creek, Croc Slide /and a Hay Bale hurdle.

Novelty Events

The Dirt and dust festival also offers plenty of  novelty events for some extra fun! These include,  Pig Racing, Cow Pat Throwing, Fly Catching along with kids fun and games like old school games, sack races, Coits, 3 legged races and many more.

If you more of a watcher than a participator, there will be plenty of action for you too. There will be horse racing on the Dirt and Dust Race day, which will also include Fashions on the Field and Country Tastes Luncheon. Last but not least you can get your adrenaline pumping by enjoying the Dirt and Dust Festival PBR Bull riding! It showcases some of the outback’s toughest and most talented bull riders and is always a night of dangerous drama, not stop thrills and pure talent!!

You can find out more about Julia Creek’s Dirt and Dust Festival via the official website and purchase your tickets here

Music in the Mulga Eulo

Music in the Mulga is a outback country rock music festival, held over 4 days from the 14th to the 17th of May. It is run on a working sheep and cattle farm, ‘Wandilla Station’ near Eulo Queensland, making for a truly unique experience.

They have an exceptional line-up again this year, if you missed The Wolfe brothers at Roma’s Easter in the Country Festival you’ll luckily be able to catch them here too. They will be joined by The Pigs, Simply Bushed, Kerry Kennedy, Bec Hance, Jimmy Bay Music, Adam Kilpatrick, Pete ‘Smokie’ Dawson, Keith Dunn and Andy Abra.

Music in the Mulga is approximately 60 minute drive from Cunnamulla so if you are not a caravaner or camper and you’re looking for accommodation Cunnamulla the top rated Cunnamulla Accommodation of Booking.com and Trip Advisor is Club Boutique Hotel.

Get your tickets and more information from the official website here. 

Vision Splendid outback film festival

Winton is quickly forming a reputation of “Hollywood in the Outback”. The quiet outback town with a population of less than 1000 people has produced some big-name films such as “Mystery Road” and “Goldstone” with filming taking place in the town, it is becoming a driving force for the creation of a Regional Film Industry. The Vision Splendid Outback film festival was started in an effort to showcases local and afar talent! This year’s festival runs from the 26th of June to the 4th of July and will show screenings of the short film competition along with selected feature films. The competition is open to independent filmmakers from Australia and around the world, If you would like to apply you can do so here. This year’s theme is “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”.

You can purchase your ticket via the official website here

Cunnamulla Fella Festival

The Cunnamulla Fella Festival is another gem that we’ve included on our 10 unmissable Outback Festivals list for 2020. We wrote a blog guide to last year’s Cunnamulla Fella Festival which you can read here. It will give you some idea of what you could expect for this year!! The 2020 dates have been set and the festival will take place from Friday the 28th of August to Sunday that 30th August.

Ashtons Circus at Cunnamulla Fella Festival 2019

It’s a weekend full of country music, rodeo, bushmen contest, motorbikes, market stalls, fireworks, Cowboys, bull riders, shearers, you name it! Make sure you book your accommodation and caravan and camping sites early as there is a large bowls carnival the same weekend. The Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla is a great base to meet friends, family and other travellers during the festival and they also run a range of events during the weekend so click the link to keep up to date with What’s on. You can purchase tickets via the official website here.

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The Big Red Bash

The Big Red Bash is one of QLD’s biggest Outback Festivals. Unfortunately, you may have to plan far in advance to attend this beauty as it sells out in days! The 2020 Big Red Bash is held from the 7th – 9th July however it sold out in record time late last year, with record numbers set to attend as well.  The event is expecting over 9000 people to venture to this year’s event, and we can understand why!

Line Up

This year’s line-up includes, Paul Kelly, Ian Moss, Tim Finn, John Williamson, Kate Ceberano, Ian Moss, Shannon Noll, Dragon, The Radiators, Mi Sex, Wendy Matthews, Thirsty Merc, Marc Gable, Dragon, Glenn Shorrock, Caitlin Shadbolt and plenty more. If you have not travelled to Birdsville or the bash before there is a great facebook group to join. It’s called Travelling to the Big Red Bash which offers support tips and hints for the perfect trip. Remember a great trip is also about the journey not just the destination.

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On-route to Big Red Bash 2019

Cunnamulla is a town worthy of a a day or two and Club Boutique Hotel has some great functions and events pre and post the Big Red Bash. Many bashers call in to experience the last bit of luxury and comfort before they head further West. It is also the only place in the Outback where you can have craft beer on tap with their unique and exclusive Cunnamulla Characters Brewed. If you would like further information you can check out the official Big Red Bash website.

Birdsville Races

The Birdsville racetrack welcomes over 6000 guests for the Birdsville races each year. The 2020 race meet will happen on the 4th and 5th September. Attendees will enjoy two days of quality outback racing along with all-star entertainment each night at the famous Birdsville Hotel. If you’re in need of more fun than that, you’re in luck! You also have the opportunity to participate in the RFDS Fun run. A race dedicated to helping raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctors service.

In 2019 a Facebook group was started to assist first time travellers to Birdsville Races. The group is full of information and can assist anyone travelling alone to be art of a larger group. We highly recommend you join Travelling to Birdsville Races.

If you are travelling through Cunnamulla we suggest you keep in up to date with what’s on, what you can expect to experience and see on your journey through Outback Queensland and more via the following facebook page Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla. To purchase tickets to this year’s races head to the official website here!

The Outback Food Wine and Music Festival

I think the name of this event would just about convince anyone to go! Who doesn’t love food, wine and music? Especially all at once!  This year Outback Food, Wine and Music Festival is on from the 11th – 13th of September. Held in Longreach at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, it is an “unmissable outback event. A degustation of food, wine, craft beers, master chef classes and live music!! You can purchase your tickets and find out further information here.

Outback paddle Regatta Festival

A second festival located in Longreach only this time your swapping the wine and food for a paddle board, kayak, canoe or dragon boat! Set on the Thomson River this years Outback Paddle Regatta Festival is being held on Saturday the 19th September.

There is something for everyone, with serious and competitive challenges available to test your skills and battle out for the prizes. Or if you are more of a “just for fun” competitor, you can take out the various water craft for a more leisurely spin! The day also hosts various novelty races and games including, duck races, giant duck races, arm wrestling competitions, mini-obstacle courses for the kids, and of course music, food and entertainment throughout the day. You can keep up to date with the schedule and find out more information via the official website here

VDM Fest  – Rock Edge Country Music Festival

Back for a 4th year and growing each time! This year VDM Vest is expanding to a 2-day Festival over the 3rd and 4th of October. It is a Rock Edge County Music Festival located in Biloela, at the Biloela Showgrounds. This year’s line-up is an epic one. With the likes of  Missy Lancaster, Anna Farquhar, Natalie Pearson, Viper Creek Band and The Tony Q Band set to take the stage! You’ll want to get in quick for this one. You can buy your tickets here.

We know it might be a mission and a half to tick all of these events off in the one year, but you can only try right!? 😉 We certainly mean it when we say they are 10 unmissable Outback Festivals and events of 2020! So we will let you decided which ones your heading to this year and which ones will be on next years list!

7 ways to beat the heat and stay safe in Outback QLD this summer.

With summer fast approaching and temperatures soaring, we thought there’d be no better time to give our local advice on 7 ways to beat the heat and stay safe in Outback QLD this summer! The heat can be relentless and it’s hard to know what you can do to cool down and stay safe but here’s how.

Keeping cool:

Cool off with a dip in one of outback Queensland’s natural swimming pools.

Outback QLD is filled with beautiful rivers, creeks and waterholes, perfect to jump right in on those summer day’s. Lucky for us the best one is right on our door step! Cunnamulla is located right on the banks of The Warrego River. You can fish, swim and kayak along the river and there are some beautiful spots to perch to watch the sunset. It is a great spot to escape the heat but we recommend trying to stay out of the sun during the middle of the day. Enjoy a morning or afternoon swim instead!

If you’re travelling further north in Outback QLD, 700km North of Cunnamulla to be exact, you will find Longreach Waterhole. Another great spot to escape the heat and jump in for a swim. Another two hours north and you can enjoy Long Waterhole in Winton. Both are worth a visit and an ideal spot to take a dip! The maps below highlight their locations from the town centres.

Further into the centre of Australia, Birdsville, has two exceptional spots to dive in and cool down. Birdsville sits right on the banks of the Diamantina River, you can swim, fish and kayak here, it’s full of adventure! If you would like to try an authentic outback experience, you can swim in a billabong in Birdsville! ‘Birdsville Billabong’ is easy to find, located on the edge of town, near the Caravan Park. You can refer to the map below for additional details.

Enjoy a nice cold beer.

This seems to be a common theme of our blogs, we aren’t surprised! As always we know the perfect spot where you can enjoy an ice cold beer, Club Boutique Hotel. Peieta, owner of Club Boutique Hotel loves having a chat about Cunnamulla’s history and all there is to know about the outback! Club Boutique hotel even offers a perfect beer for the occasion “Cunnamulla Characters Brewed” The range of craft beer replicates some legendary Cunnamulla personalities into unique flavours, certainly an experience we recommend! Of course we’d suggest staying a while in Cunnamulla too. If your continuing your outback Queensland travels beyond Cunnamulla you can check out of blog on ‘Outback Queensland’s most iconic Hotel’s and Pub’s!‘ we think you’d be wild not to stop for a cold beer at these beauties!

Enjoy some of the incredible indoor activities outback QLD has to offer.

The easiest way to beat the heat and stay safe in Outback QLD this summer, is to stay in doors. There are plenty of wonderful indoor activities available to keep you entertained!

The Cunnamulla Fella Centre and Art Gallery is located at Cunnamulla’s Visitor information centre on Jane Street. It is a great place to start, you can learn about the history of the Cunnamulla and the story of the Cunnamulla Fella. You can also grab additional information about the town and surrounding areas while you’re there!

The Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, is a must visit tourist spot and a great activity to get out of that heat! There are many things to see and do at the Waltzing Matilda Centre, including viewing of the art and photography exhibitions, dining at the cafe, browsing the Qantilda Museum and of course learning the history of the Waltzing Matilda song. Winton is also home to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. It is a wonderful family day out where you will learn and discover the history of dinosaurs in Australia!

The Qantas Founders Museum Longreach is another wonderful family friendly location where you can avoid the sun and heat on a summer day while still enjoying a day exploring! It is home to a world-class museum, cultural displays, interactive exhibits and even Qantas aircraft tours.

Take a Nap

One of our favourite ways to stay out of the mid day heat is a snooze. Not only is it relaxing and refreshing but you will be out of the sun and heat in the hottest part of the day! This would be my pick!

Staying safe in the heat:

Seek shade shelter when you can.

The sun in Australia is extremely hot and can be dangerous if you are in it for long periods of time. It is important to try and seek shade or shelter throughout the day to stay cool, avoid getting sunburnt, dehydrated or over heated. This particularly applies in the middle part of the day, when the sun is strongest. The best place to stay cool is under a big shady tree! Alternatively, try and schedule some of the indoor activities, mentioned above, for the mid day heat!

If you’re hiking, stick to the cooler part of the day.

Hiking at the best of times is hot! If you plan on doing some hiking on your trip to outback QLD, leave early in the morning or late afternoon. It is far to hot to be hiking through the middle of the day. It can be very dangerous, you need to keep cool and hike only at appropriate times.

Luckily it has been abnormally mild lately and we have not really had any hot days. So if your were planning on doing some hiking our recommendations are, the Cunnamulla Bushland gardens, Cunnamulla Sandhills, Cunnamulla sewerage estuary and Cunnamulla Warrego River Walk. The sun rises at 5am and sets late in the evening around 7pm allowing for some excellent morning or afternoon hiking weather and temperatures!

Travelling in the Heat

Staying safe on the roads in the heat is important too. A good tip if you break down on outback roads is to never leave your vehicle no matter how long you are there. When people start looking for you it is often by air and a vehicle can be easily spotted from above, however a person in the scrub can not. Try to avoid sitting in your vehicle if you break down, hop out and find a spot under a shady tree nearby if possible. It is also important to carry excess water with you, just in case. Another great safety practice is to always keep in touch with family or friends to make sure they know your plans and where you are heading. However, remember not to rely solely on technology as in many parts of remote areas there is limited to no service.

Be prepared

The most important advice is to be prepared for the heat! Sun protection is essential, a hat, sunscreen and light clothing will be helpful in protecting you from the suns rays. A fly net is also a good addition as the flies can be relentless in summer!!

We hope these 7 ways to beat the heat and stay safe in Outback QLD this summer are helpful and make for a more enjoyable journey!! Safe travels.

Outback Queensland’s iconic ‘must do’ experiences!

Of course, there are plenty of spectacular towns, landscapes and places to visit on your outback adventure (Cunnamulla included). However, there are also some incredibly characteristic and symbolic outback experiences to be had on your adventure too! We have put together a list of some of Outback Queensland’s iconic ‘Must Do’ experiences.

1. Sleep under the stars

Usually you save the best for last right? Well not today, this ‘must do’ outback experience is both magical and breath taking, and therefore takes its rightful position at the top of our list.  With no lights, no cars, no noise and no buildings, the outback sky transforms into a blanket of stars each and every night. It is one of the most beautiful and fascinating places to stargaze. There is only one way to make the experience truly unforgettable; rolling out your swag, and sleeping under the blanket, blanket of stars that is 😉

2. Have a beer with a local

Lucky for you, we have already compiled a list of Outback QLD’s most iconic pubs for you to enjoy a nice cold beer in! However even luckier for you, we also know the best local to enjoy it with! Sure, enjoying a beer is nice, but having yarn with a local while you drink it is even better. They can provide you with some fantastic insight into the outback. They have many years’ experience living, working and travelling the outback so have some great stories to tell! If you have travel questions, or itinerary questions, they are great at suggesting ‘must stop places’ for the most authentic experiences!

Peieta, owner of Club Boutique Hotel knows the history of Cunnamulla like the back of her hand and loves sharing all there is to know about the outback! If you are passing by Cunnamulla we suggest stopping for a beer and a chat! Club Boutique hotel even offers a special beer perfect for the occasion “Cunnamulla Characters Brewed” The range of craft beer replicates some legendary Cunnamulla personalities into unique flavours, certainly an experience we recommend! Of course we’d suggest staying a while to. You can read our blog on the best ways to spend 72 hours in Cunnamulla for some suggestions. Of course you can book our luxury accommodation here.

3. Swim in natural mineral waters

The Great Artesian Basin in Australia’s is the largest Artesian basin in the world. Water lies far below the surface under the majority of Queensland and into parts of South Australia and the Northern Territory. Water discharges from the Great Artesian Basin via various natural springs or via bores that have been drilled to tap into the water. Either way it can create some wonderful swimming spots filled with natural mineral enriched water. There are several places throughout QLD when you can bathe in the warm waters. It is certainly a once in a lifetime swim! Water from the Great Artesian Basin can be extremely hot and dangerous, it is important to only swim at designated swimming spots. Some of our favourite spots in Queensland include;

The Great Artesian Spa Mitchell , located in Mitchell QLD, has 2 pools filled with artesian water. One naturally heated from the Great Artesian Basin and regulated to a comfortable temperature. The second pool is far cooler and a welcomed feeling after spending a while in the heated one!

Artesian Mud Baths Eulo, located in Eulo QLD, slightly different to the usual natural swimming springs, here the artesian water discharges on the surface as mud! Mud enriched with various minerals such as Silica, Magnesium. Potassium, Calcium, Iron and Zinc. It is a wonderful day out, and while it’s not quite a swim, it is certainly just as nice! Your skin will be silky smooth after your day at the mud baths! We wrote about the Eulo Mud baths in our How to get the most out of 72 hours in Cunnamulla Blog too!

Charlotte Plains, We mentioned Charlotte Plains in our previous blog on 8 places to Camp in Cunnamulla and surrounds. A perfect spot for an afternoon swim at sunset, it doesn’t get much better.

4. Glamp in the Outback

It’s no surprise glamping made the list, glamping has been trending for a while and we’re not surprised. Combine a gorgeous bell tent, luxury linen and a plush bed with the added bonus of the outback landscapes and colours and you’ve got yourself a dream set up! It’s a totally unique experience and one we highly recommend. Club Boutique in Cunnamulla offers Glamping in Outback Queensland. You can book here. Additionally, we put together a list of the 5 best place you can glamp in Outback Australia in case your travel plans don’t include QLD just yet!

5. Learn the History

Learning the History is definitely on our Outback Queensland’s iconic ‘must do’ experiences list. The outback is home to beautiful diverse landscapes, incredible people and unique experiences. However it also has an incredibly rich history. You can learn about the outback, it’s people, monuments, landscapes and stories by chatting to locals, visiting the local information centres and of course by touring the area. Club Boutique Hotel in Cunnamulla offers wonderful town tours, you can learn the in-depth story of the Cunnamulla Fella, as well as the history of the different areas, buildings and sights of the town. Many outback towns offer experiences like this and they are well worth it!

6. Fossick for Opals

The Opal is Australia’s national gem-stone. They are mined in various places across Australia with Outback Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales being prime spots. Of course you can join in on the fun and try your luck at finding one of the beautiful stones for yourself. It is a great family activity and certainly an iconic must do while you are travelling the outback! You can mine for opals in Outback QLD at, Yowah, Winton, and Quilpie.

7. Attend an outback festival or event.

If there is one thing Outback Queensland known how to do, it’s throw a Festival! There is an abundance of festival’s and events to choose from including the Cunnamulla Fella Festival, Winton’s Way out West Fest, Winton’s Outback Film Festival, Birdsville Races, the Betoota Races Music in the Mulga Eulo and the Big Red Bash to name a few! You will need to plan ahead for an experience like this, tickets to these events are selling out in record time with record numbers! Big Red Bash 2020, sold out in 1 day this month and will see over 9000 people attend the festival next July! If that doesn’t prove these events should be on Outback Queensland’s iconic ‘must do’ experiences list than we don’t know what will!

8. Sit and enjoy an outback sunrise or sunset.

Last, but certainly not least is winding down to watch one of the outback’s most spectacular visions! Sunrise and Sunset. The most vivid oranges, reds, yellows, pinks and purples you can imagine, they make for a beautiful start or end to the day. It is hard to describe their beauty which is why we have included them on the list of Outback Queensland’s iconic ‘must do’ experiences! Time to see one for yourself.

8 places you can camp in Cunnamulla and surrounds.

There are plenty of ways to travel to outback, 5-star luxury resorts, budget accommodation, caravanning, and of course camping! It might be the least luxury way of travel, but we think it’s a great way to experience the outback for everything it is! To make your travels to Cunnamulla easier we have put together a list of 8 places you can camp in Cunnamulla and surrounds.

1. Club Boutique Hotel

We know that camping isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Which is why Club Boutique Hotel offers luxury camping, in the form of GLAMPING! Our glamping tents are a one of a kind, glamorous outback experience. Not only do you get to swap out a swag for a bed, but you get added luxuries like, soft cosy linen, WI-FI, a snack fridge and of course a totally instagramable boho inspired bell tent to sleep in. You can book our glamping via the book now button on our glamping page . If you’re looking for a bit of extra information on glamping, you can refer to our “5 places you can glamp in the outback” blog.

If that is still not quite lush enough for you, you can try Club Boutiques 1- and 2-bedroom luxury suites and we are positive they will be the perfect amount of comfortable and indulgent. We have every type of traveller covered, that’s for sure. You can book any of our accommodation options here. We understand that some prefer the simple (or rougher) life and that is why we have popped together this list of 8 place you can camp in Cunnamulla and surrounds.    

Getting to Club Boutique is easy! We are located at 15 Louise Street Cunnamulla. You can refer to the map below for our exact location. We have also included a picture of Club Boutique from the road so you know what to look for.

There are many different styles of camping, rugged bush camping in a swag or tent, sleeping in a van, and of course caravanning! Caravan Parks can often make it feel like you aren’t camping at all, they have great cooking facilities, the option for power, usually a shower and are often close to the town centre. They are a perfect option if the ‘swag under the stars’ on the side of the road isn’t for you! There are 3 caravan Parks included in our list of 8 places you can camp in Cunnamulla and surrounds, all with fantastic facilities and with their own notable qualities.

2. Cunnamulla and Warrego Riverside Tourist Park

Warrego River Tourist Park is located right on the Warrego River at 322 Weir Rd, Cunnamulla. The river is one of the most picturesque landscapes in Cunnamulla and surrounds, and the caravan park is no different. It recently went under some renovation and is now home to some of the most fantastic facilities and amenities we’ve seen at a caravan park! The grounds are littered with lemon, pomegranate, limes and Kumquats trees. The gardens and lawns are perfectly manicured. Gorgeous roses and an array of herbs such as rosemary, chives, and basil for your picking. The caravan park is located about 3km from the town centre, you can view the map below for some directions. You can also find further information and booking details on the official website.

3. Cunnamulla Tourist Park and Cabins

No. 3 of 8 places you can camp in Cunnamulla and surrounds is Cunnamulla Tourist Park and Cabins. Located closer to the town centre of Cunnamulla, at 65 Watson Street, it’s a great spot if you prefer walking the town! They offer powered and unpowered sites as well as cabins if you prefer a night indoors. They have plenty of facilities including BBQ’s, a laundry, camp fire, free WI-FI, and a camp kitchen. You can refer to their website for booking and prices. The map below will provide you with accurate directions to the Caravan Park.  

65 Watson Street Cunnamulla

4. Cunnamulla Cabins and Caravan Park

The last caravan park we have included on the list is Cunnamulla Cabins and Caravan Park. Also located closer to town, a spacious and budget caravan park with powered, unpowered sites including some with ensuite showers. Additionally, they have the option of $10 bush camping if you’re looking for a cheap and convenient spot to set up.  You will have access to facilities such as the camp kitchen, BBQ area and fire pit. If you are interested in upgrading for the night, they also offer a variety of budget rooms, cabin’s, cottages and motel accommodation. You can browse the different types of accommodation, available dates and booking details here

79 Emma Street Cunnamulla

Not everyone is a rugged camper, but we would recommend trying it at least once! You can’t beat the serenity of a secluded campsite or sleeping under the stars! We’ve included a few spots that are a little less luxury and a little more outback style in our list of 8 places you can camp in Cunnamulla and surrounds. Have a look below;

5. Mannbo’s Find

Can’t get much more basic than this! Located off the Mitchell HWY, Coongoola, QLD (map below) is Mannbo’s Field. Put simply it’s a red dirt field with plenty of trees and shrubs. It is the perfect place for an outback experience under the stars. Off the beaten track, peaceful and quiet, and the sky filled with stars, a place only for the adventurous! There are no facilities at this campground so you must be self-sufficient. It is important to leave the site as you found it, making sure to take your rubbish with you. The grounds are free to stay, pet friendly and accessible to motorbikes, RV’s, camper trailers and caravans . It won’t be the perfect spot for everyone but certainly for those bold enough to try a real outback camping experience!

6. Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 17km North-West of Cunnamulla. We have included exact directions and an accompanying map below to make finding the site as easy as possible. First things first, Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary is only open from March to October each year. It is most commonly used by keen bird watchers from across the country. Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 200 species of bird life! A full list of bird species is provided at the Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary offers powered and unpowered sites, caravan sites, cooking and amenity facilities. Alternatively, you can stay in the sheering quarters which accommodates up to 11 people in 6 bedrooms. Bookings are essential at Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary and should be done in advance. You can call the team on (07) 4655 1238 or you can read further information and book via the website here

Keep an eye out on Club Boutique Hotel’s blog page in the coming weeks for an additional blog spilling on the best places to go bird watching in the Cunnamulla area.

7. May’s Bend

May’s Bend is 11km North of Bourke, a little on the outer region of Cunnamulla. However, we thought it was a notable addition considering last week’s blog was a 7 day itinerary from Sydney to Cunnamulla. With Bourke featuring as an included stop-over point. This may just be the campsite you were looking for on the journey. May’s Bend is a free campsite that is accessible to all vehicle types. Tent camping is permitted, and it is pet friendly as well. The campground is located right on the Darling River making for a great swimming spot to cool off in, fishing is also allowed. Additionally, you can enjoy a fire and there is plenty of birdlife to watch here too! There is no drinking water available so ensure you have enough before setting up camp. Directions from both Bourke and Cunnamulla are outlined on the maps below.

8. Charlotte Plains

Finally, our last campground to make the list of 8 places you can camp in Cunnamulla and surrounds is Charlotte Plains. You may be familiar with Charlotte Plains already as it features on this year’s outback QLD tourist magazine with the below iconic image.

Charlotte Plains is a family owned and operated sheep station 45km East of Cunnamulla, they offer powered and unpowered sites or the option of the shearer’s quarters with 8 rooms available. One of Charlotte Plains notable facilities is the porcelain bath aka artesian baths, located on the property. You can sit and soak in the mineral enriched water spilling from the artesian bore. A truly iconic and unique experience to the Outback. You can find out more information on charlotte plains here.

Lastly, we would like to recommend a wonderful tool if you are camping your way around Outback QLD or camping anywhere across Australia. Some of the more rugged / less developed campgrounds on this list were found via the Wiki-Camps mobile app. This app provides you with exceptional information on thousands of camping spots across Australia, many of which are free to stay at. You can search via location and are able to download the maps to use offline which is perfect for when you are looking for campgrounds in the outback. The app is a once off payment of AUD$7.99 and may be a worthwhile investment if you are a regular camper looking for different campgrounds around Australia.

Written by Belinda Johnston
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7-day Outback road trip from Sydney to Cunnamulla

There is no doubt Sydney is a popular tourist destination, so we’ve made it easy for you to hop, skip and jump your way to Cunnamulla from Sydney with our 7-day Outback road trip! We have put together a short and sweet itinerary for those with limited time and who want to experience a 7-day Outback road trip from Sydney to Cunnamulla. Keep an eye out over the coming months if you are looking for a longer itinerary encompassing some additional outback locations. However, if you’re on a mission to get from A to B, and quickly, this one’s for you!

On your first day of travel we suggest leaving Sydney relatively early in the morning to ensure you make the most of the daylight to explore the regions along the way. 8am would be the best time to leave to ensure that you can comfortable fit in the day’s activities.

We recommend enjoying your first day in the Blue Mountains, an hour’s drive just outside of Sydney. It feels more like 10hours, the serenity of the ranges is beautiful, and the scenery is breath taking. Certainly, a perfect first stop on your journey.

There is no better way to start your holiday then a swim! Wentworth Falls is a waterfall with a beautiful swimming hole at the base. The walk down can be a little difficult and is estimated to take around an hour to complete. A quick dip is the ultimate way too cool off! It is the most amazing spot to enjoy reading a book, relaxing among the trees and soaking up the peace and quiet. We recommend allowing 2.5 Hours for the walk and swim.  Some of the walking tracks in this area are currently closed as they undergo repairs. The maintenance is due to finish very soon and you can check for the reopening dates here.

After you have enjoyed a relaxing morning, you can’t move through the Blue Mountains without a stop at one of the iconic lookouts. The incredible sights from Cahills Lookout are certainly worth the stop and the perfect place to snap a picture. If you’re interested in another small walk you can continue onto Narrow Neck Plateau and Peckman’s Plateau, around a 40minute return walk. We would allocate 2 hours if you are interested in checking out both lookout points.

Cahills Lookout

The town of Bathurst is approximately 1hr 20min drive on from Cahills Lookout and we suggest staying a night or 2 in Bathurst as it has plenty to offer. Especially if you have managed to time your trip with Bathurst’s event of the year, the ‘Bathurst 1000’, you are in for a treat! The V8 supercars event is on in October each year and you can find out all the juicy details here. We have heard it can be a pretty wild week!


While the event is only held once a year, it doesn’t stop you getting among the action for the remainder of the year. Except this time, you can get behind the wheel yourself! Mt Panorama Motor Racing Circuit is a street circuit, meaning you have access to the track any day of the week, speed limits do apply though! A great way to get the track experience when you can’t make the race!

Bathurst in Autumn brings a new meaning to the word beautiful! If you are a keen photographer or just a sucker for beautiful red, orange and yellow colours ‘Old Highway at Meadow Flat is your spot! Words can’t do it justice, the colours on the trees are phenomenal. Mayfield Gardens in Bathurst is another notable mention, while the gardens are incredible in Autumn, they hold their beauty year-round and are certainly a perfect spot for lunch before you hit the road again to continue to Cunnamulla.

Old Highway at Meadow Flat

After spending 2 days in Bathurst we suggest travelling onto Narromine to spend your next evening, the drive is 230km, approx. 3-hour drive. Alternatively, if you’re interested in a small detour and have a little bit of extra time on your hands, Dubbo is a great alternative to spend the day and night! To do this, instead of heading to Narromine, head in the direction Take the Mitchell HWY A32 towards Dubbo. Refer to the map below.

If you decide to detour to Dubbo it will add an additional 20-30km onto your trip.

Dubbo has some great attractions such as Taronga Western Plains Zoo and the Dubbo Gaol. The Zoo has an overnight camping experience where you will “uncover the secret, after hours life of the Zoo with the help of a Zoo Host. Enjoy a tasty Australian barbecue dinner, continental breakfast and two-day entry to the Zoo”.  The perfect option for a family! You can find out further information and book the experience here.

The following morning, head from Narromine to Bourke. A slightly longer stretch of travel but it will make for a fun filled afternoon in Bourke. As your driving this stretch it is astonishing to imagine the land and the experiences someone would be having in this area 150 years ago! Imagine the differences in the conditions and the roads. There were merely wheel tracks through the scrub. Bullock wagons, horse wagons and camel trains would be making their way to Bourke. Drovers would be moving large mobs of sheep and cattle across the arid land and desolate land. It is hard to imagine how challenging the era would have been to perform what are now simple tasks. It will certainly highlight the toughness of the outback!

There is nothing more spectacular than sunset in the outback! Mt Oxley is a short 40-minute drive from Bourke and is a well-known spot for its sunsets and an ideal spot for an iconic outback shot! Refer to the map below for directions to enjoy golden hour on Mt Oxley.

Mt Oxley Sunset

You’re now on the final stretch of your 7-day Outback road trip from Sydney to Cunnamulla! We might be bias but it’s certainly our favourite part. Bourke to Cunnamulla. This was once the main thorough fair for all people travelling. Sydney was the major city and all freight was taken via this route. At that time this part of Queensland was part of NSW. The rail being developed from Brisbane to Cunnamulla changed this and Brisbane became the main port!

We suggest a mid-morning departure, not too late that you will miss quality time in Cunnamulla but also not to early that you will be battling the roo’s. You can refer to our recent blog for some additional travel tips on the outback roads so you are staying safe! It will take you approximately 3hrs of travel from Bourke to Cunnamulla, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon.

Between Barringun and Cunnamulla you will pass many historical properties including Tinnenburra Station once owned by James Tyson, Australia’s first self-made millionaire. Tyson built the world’s largest shearing shed of that time on Tinnenburra, he shore almost half a million sheep each year and at one stage loaned the Queensland Government 500,000 pounds.

Today you will see a string of properties signed as SLM which is a large aggregation funded by a Dutch superannuation company mainly females in the medical industry. SLM do strip grazing or cell grazing as well as now promoting Cunnamulla Camel Co. Make sure you call in at Club Boutique Hotel for a cold Cunnamulla Characters Brew and ask for some info. Closer to Cunnamulla you will see high fences and this is cluster fencing or exclusion fencing another thing you can ask about while enjoying a coldie.

Luckily for you, we also know a really great place to rest your head 😉 and we have heard it offers a range of activities, knowledge and incredible food too! Club Boutique of course, you can book here. Since we also know that deciding what to do while on holiday can be tricky, we compiled the best way to spend 72hrs in Cunnamulla in another great blog, we promise you won’t be bored for a second! We can’t wait to see you at Club Boutique soon, and we know will you enjoy your 7-day Outback road trip from Sydney to Cunnamulla.

Written by Belinda Johnston : www.b-social-management.com

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Outback Queensland’s most iconic Hotel’s and Pub’s! You’d be wild not to stop for a cold one at these beauties!

We’ve compiled a list of Outback Queensland’s most iconic Hotel’s and Pub’s. They have all the essentials, friendly folk, cold beer, a good pub feed and a place to rest your head!

Birdsville Hotel

Located in none other than Birdsville QLD. Some have labelled it Australia’s most iconic pub, (were not sold just yet, there’s some solid contesters on this list)! However, most iconic or not, it’s one you wouldn’t want to miss. The Birdsville Pub was built in 1884 and was Heritage listed in 1992, its history is invaluable. However, it’s existence was not always smooth sailing, the pub has endured some of Queensland’s wildest weather, including fires, sandstorms, cyclones and floods. The story is fascinating and one you should visit to learn!

We think that the Birdsville Hotel’s character is what makes it one to remember. Some of its most memorable traits include the “Hard Yards” Hat wall/ceiling. A commemorative gesture to those who have put in the hard work to contribute to Birdsville in a positive way. The criteria being they must have “achieved at least one year of unbroken service” and are then invited to hang their hat inside the Birdsville Pub. A section is also dedicated to remembering those who have since passed and left a positive mark in the community. If you’re heading to Birdsville for the Big Red Bash, Birdsville Races or just ‘because’, Birdsville Pub is certainly a great place for a cold one!

Betoota Pub

Betoota is probably most well known for having a population of 0. Simon Remienko was the owner of the Betoota Pub for over 40 years, after he passed away in 2004, the town became uninhabited. The pub remained as the one and only structure of the ghost town.

In 2014, based in Sydney, a satirical online newspaper was started. It was named “The Betoota Advocate” the paper was extremely successful and has been a positive impact on the town, with many only learning of the town’s existence from the viral sensation of ‘The Betoota Advocate’. It is now a popular spot to stop for fans of the online newspaper.

In 2017 the Pub was purchased by a new owner Robbo Haken who began renovations in the hope of re-opening. It has been a lengthy road to get the pub to legally re-open but it’s well under way! It is not ready yet, but you can stay up to date with the grand opening here. Even if the pub hasn’t opened, it’s a truly unique experience to visit the town so we are sure it will be even more enjoyable when the beer is flowing! It’s saying something if the pub isn’t open yet and it still made our Outback Queensland’s most iconic Hotel’s and Pub’s list!

Club Boutique Hotel

Located in Outback Cunnamulla, Club Boutique Hotel boasts charm and authenticity! You can stay in luxury hotel suites or even try your luck with glamping. Club Boutique is one of Cunnamulla’s oldest hotels. The walls are lined with history (literally) The photos span from one wall to the next starting in black and white and as time travels on the coloured pictures appear! 

Club Boutique owner Pieta Mills knows more about the town of Cunnamulla and it’s surrounds than you’d find in an Encyclopedia! Pieta offers town tours to learn about not only the club’s history but the rich history and heritage of Cunnamulla.

Club Boutique offers craft Beer and Wine tasting, has a full dine in restaurant attached, where nothing short of gourmet meals are served for lunch and dinner. This year it turned into an entertainment restaurant for 6 weeks, with acts travelling from  across the country to perform. The entertainment restaurant was a huge success and will be back next year from the 1st of June through to the end of July, with some fantastic acts in store.  

In addition, Every Sunday evening Club Boutique hosts a campfire dinner by the fire. Enjoy country tunes, a roast dinner and shared stories by the fire. It’s a genuine outback experience and certainly our favourite on the Outback Queensland’s most iconic Hotel’s and Pub’s list!

North Gregory Hotel

Winton, renowned for its dinosaur fossils and opal mining, is home to the North Gregory Hotel. The original hotel was opened in 1879. One of the Hotel’s claims to fame it is known to be the first place “Waltzing Matilda” was played by Bajo Patterson as he was passing through in 1895. As all Aussie know “Waltzing Matilda” went on to be referred to as Australia’s unofficial anthem.

It is also known that meetings held at the North Gregory were the start of a little something called QANTAS too! The North Gregory’s history is rich, and it still has plenty to offer. Today you can learn about the swagman, with an ‘immersive theatre show’ around the campfire that’s aired every day at the North Gregory.

The North Gregory Hotel also offers themed dinner nights every Monday through to Saturday with a different theme each night, be sure to check their website for updated details. Lastly the hotel is known for its fun filled “Sundays at the Gregory” It’s essentially a party every Sunday! There is food, drinks, games, and of course quality people. Be sure to include the North Gregory Hotel on your trip to Outback Queensland. 

Walkabout Creek Hotel

Nothing screams ‘Iconic Australia” like Crocodile Dundee…right?? Weather you answer yes or no, Walkabout Creek Hotel, Mckinlay, makes the list. Known for and made famous by it’s inclusion as part of the set of the Paul Hogan film “Crocodile Dundee” released in 1986.

It is a popular spot to stop and snap a picture amongst the memorabilia while you are hit with a big case of nostalgia. Not only can you have a beer at the same bar as “Mick Dundee” but you can check out his ‘Never Never Safari Tours’ truck from the set! The Hotel has basic room accommodation or camping, serving lunch and dinner and of course cold beer!

A trip through Outback Queensland wouldn’t be the same without stopping at one (or all) of these iconic Outback Pubs! If you have already been, let us know your favourite in the comments!

Club Boutique Hotel Entertainment Recap!

Club Boutique Hotel Entertainment has had an incredible 6 weeks, too good not to share we thought! Our restaurant entertainment has been some of the outback’s finest and we want you to know about it!  

A few weeks ago, you would’ve caught the blissful sounds of our musicians Michael Fix and Luca Stricagnoli. Both exceptionally talented and a true delight for our diners and guests.

The following week we had the pleasure of hosting Glenn Shorrock, Peter (Pip) Joyce, Jason Vorherr (Tours with Darryl Braithwaite as guitarist and back-up singer might we add) and of course Stuart Wilkinson who tours and plays piano for Ross Wilson. Their pilots we even a part of the band! With John Morrison on Guitar / Drums and Jake Barden on the sax! They joined in on an impromptu jam session and wow, were we and the other guests impressed, not to mention lucky! We had front row seats. When they departed, they left us feeling charmed and proud, mentioning that they felt so welcome and comfortable at Club Boutique Hotel they wished they could stay every night, it was wonderful to hear their feedback. 

Stay tuned for Club Boutique Hotel Entertainment to come, we have some exceptional talent on the way! We can’t wait to see you soon.

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Your Guide to the 2019 Cunnamulla Fella Festival

Whether you’re a seasoned festival goer or a first timer this blog will take you through the Who What When Where and Why of the Cunnamulla Fella Festival! The 2019 Cunnamulla Fella Festival is not to be missed, and this year it’s more jam packed than ever with activities, education, food, family fun and of course the rodeo! So you don’t miss out on a thing we’ve put together this guide to the 2019 Cunnamulla Fella Festival.

WHO

Who will be there you ask!? None other than top entertainers, singers, performers, you name it! The likes of, Cathy Drummond, Dani Young, Red Neck Gentleman, Adam Brand, Cosentino, Country Horizon Duo and Ashton Entertainment. If that’s not enough there will be plenty of kids, adults, couples, singles, locals, travellers, bull riders, circus performers,  horses, cattle and other furry friends. In other words, EVERYONE, will be there so we suggest you be there to!

WHAT

What’s on at the Cunnamulla festival this year? The list of Activities is endless, but our top picks are:

Singalongs: A favourite of everyone’s and there’s plenty to go around! There will be different musical events each day and often more than one a day. Check the official schedule to see who tickles your fancy! 

Sumo Wresting: No explanation needed here. Sumo wrestling will take place Thursday the 29th of August at 1pm at the Cunnamulla Library.

Rodeo School: While it may not get your skills up to scratch to ride in this year’s Rodeo, it might just get you well on your way to riding next year. Get tips from the pro’s and get ready for a whole lot of fun. Rodeo school will be held Wednesday 28th, Thursday the 29th and Friday the 30th at 3pm, John Kerr Park.

Kids Circus Workshop: If you’d rather learn the circus act’s than watch them this is the spot for you. Learn the tricks of the trade and challenge your friends! Taking place on the Wednesday 28th and Thursday the 29th at Cunnamulla Town Centre from 3pm – 4pm.

Globe of Death and Circus Acts: After attempting the circus tricks there no better step to perfecting them than watching the experts. Globe of Death and Circus Acts will be on at 7pm the 28th at Cunnamulla Town Centre. Additional Circus acts will be on Friday the 30th at 10am and Saturday the 31st from 9am – 1pm.

Sheep Shearing Display: If you want a truly outback experience, we suggest putting this one at the top of your list, an iconic Australian display. To be held at the Cunnamulla Town Centre from 9am – 1pm on Saturday the 31st.

Wood Chopping Challenge: You may have to split your time between this and the sheep shearing display to witness this showcase of strategy and strength! Cheer on the wood choppers from 9am – 1pm Saturday the 31st.  

Rodeo: A night of pure talent and EPIC stacks! You’ve not had the full country experience until you’ve watched the crazy action of a rodeo. There no better one than the Cunnamulla fella festival rodeo. It will be kicking off at 6pm on Friday night the 30th of August at John Kerr Park.

Fireworks: Have we saved the best for last? We will let you decide! Our moneys on the rodeo 😉 However the fireworks come in close second. No better way to send off the night than with a fireworks display. Starting at 10pm Saturday the 31st at John Kerr Park! We look forward to lighting up the sky!

Please see the full list and current schedule of what’s on to be sure you don’t miss a thing and stay up to date with any changes. You can purchase your tickets on the official website .

WHEN

Pre-Festival activities and entertainment began the 24th of August and go through until tomorrow, Thursday the 29th. The Main event “The 2019 Cunnamulla Fella Festival” runs from Friday the 30th of August to Sunday the 1st of September.

WHERE

Lucky for you there’s so much fun to be had the festival is located all over town. From the 29th August to the 1st of September, the main festivities are being held at John Kerr Park, Cunnamulla Town Centre and Eulo Hotel. As for the pre festival activities they will be hosted at various locations including; The bowls club, Cunnamulla Bushlands, Cunnamulla showgrounds, Cunnamulla Library, Cunnamulla top tourist Park, Cunnamulla cabins and caravan park, Cunnamulla town hall and Yowah,  Be sure to check the online schedule for where each specific event is located.

WHY

We’d rather ask you WHY NOT?? Enjoy a long weekend (or week) among friends, family and locals while sharing in all that Cunnamulla has to offer. It’s a culturally rich experience with many activities for all. You will leave after the Festival wanting more and we will be sure to see you every year following! Come and enjoy the fun!

Lastly, just between you and me…. we have inside info on the best place to stay and rest your head for the weekend! With all it’s usual charm and more, Club Boutique Hotel is ready to make your Cunnamulla Fella Festival trip even more memorable! Come home to your comfortable 1-bedroom rooms, 2-bedroom suite’s or luxury glamping tent. We will leave that choice up to you! Book here. See you soon!

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How to get the most out of 72 hours in Cunnamulla! What to see, what to do and where to eat and drink!

Well firstly, I will say you should spend more than 72 hours in Cunnamulla! There is so much to see, do and amazing friendships to be made! However, we wanted to provide a jam-packed itinerary for those who may be pushed for time and need to know the best way to spend 3 days in Cunnamulla and it’s surrounds! So, buckle up and get ready to sleep for a day or two after spending these 3 days in Cunnamulla!

What to do:

Attend a Festival:

One of the things this beautiful country town is well known for is the Cunnamulla Fella and what better way to spend your 72 hours in Cunnamulla than celebrating with a festival. The Cunnamulla Fella festival to be precise. Every August (yes August is just around the corner, time get planning) Cunnamulla is host to a vibrant, country, family friendly and fun filled festival! Its packed with history, rides, workshops and of course a rodeo! It is the perfect way to see everything Cunnamulla has to offer in just a short time. This year the festival runs from 30th – 31st of August. We will be doing a full blog on the festival in the upcoming weeks so keep your eye out for that to help with your planning. Whether you time your visit with the festival or not keep reading for some other amazing activities to fill your 72hrs (or more) in Cunnamulla! For additional information you can check out the official website.

Visit The Cunnamulla Fella Statue

If you can’t line up your trip with the festival, no need to stress you can still get your dose of Cunnamulla Fella History! A must stop location is the Cunnamulla Fella Statue. The Cunnamulla Fella is a song written by Stan Coster and sung by Slim Dusty, a tribute to the Aussie stockman.  Located in front of the Paroo Shire Hall on Jane Street, It’s the perfect place to get that tourist snap.  Pair this with a town tour, through Club Boutique Hotel, learn the in-depth story of the Cunnamulla fella and the statue as well as the history of the different areas, buildings and sights of the town.

Kayak The Warrego River

The Warrego River flows through Cunnamulla and is a magical, picturesque, wildlife filled water system with so much to offer. One of the best ways to really immerse yourself in its beauty is to kayak on the river itself. Spend the morning, afternoon or all day paddling up the river stopping on the various banks along the way to take it all in. You can take a guided tour with Club Boutique Hotel or hire your own kayak and go at your own pace. Gum tree’s, Yapunyahs and Coolabah’s grow along the river banks and provide shade along your paddle. They create eerie yet beautiful scenery over hanging the water and are home to some incredible bird life. A photographer’s delight! Take a packed picnic and enjoy the serenity and the river banks all to yourself.

Sand Boarding

One for the family! While you’ve more than likely heard of snow-boarding, chances are you are wondering just what ‘sand’ boarding entails. If you are imagining snow-boarding on a sand hill you are pretty spot on. While our sand boards aren’t quite as complex as a snow board, they will essentially do the same thing, thrust you down a hill. It’s great fun and makes for some epic stacks and stories to tell! On the outskirts of Cunnamulla, you will find naturally formed sand hills, an odd sight from the usual flat, dry and red dirt landscape throughout the majority of Cunnamulla. Sand boarding definitely gets the adrenaline pumping and not only will your muscles be sore the next day, your cheeks will be to! You can find out more about sand boarding at Club Boutique Hotel. If you can squeeze it into your 72 hours in Cunnamulla than we highly recommend!  

Mud Baths Eulo

Not far from Cunnamulla, a mere 67km drive west, you can find yourself relaxing in the outback’s finest artesian mineral enriched mud bath. Fancy a spa day? This is the place to be! Eulo’s Artesian Mud Baths are located on the Adventure Highway. With Sunset viewing tubs now available it is certainly not an attraction to be missed on your trip to Cunnamulla.

Opal fossicking

Fancy fossicking for Australia’s national gem opal?  A little further on from Eulo is Yowah, it is home to the ‘Yowah nut’.  The Yowah nut is an ironstone formation that when cracked open sometimes contains an opal. There is a public fossicking area located in Yowah where you can also hire fossicking equipment such as a picks and buckets. It is a great family day while learning plenty about the opal! You might even get lucky and find an opal that will cover the rest of your holiday costs! 😉

Sunday Roast Campfire Dinner

Depending on what day of the week you are in Cunnamulla we would love to se you at our Sunday Roast Campfire dinner. A perfect end to the week, sing along’s, 3 course meal, good company and a toasty fire! We host them every Sunday at Club Boutique hotel, if you’re unsure, check out our recent blog which contains a video re-cap of the night! I know you won’t be able to say no after watching!

Where to stay eat and drink?

Lastly the biggest question of all, where to stay, eat and drink??? Luckily for you Club Boutique has it all! Enjoy our standard rooms, our two-bedroom suites or if your feeling extra adventurous try out our glamping!  Not only do we have you covered for your beauty sleep, but we have boutique beer and wine tasting every day to! And of course, we always a fully stocked bar. We have daily lunches from $10 and dinner at our restaurant to. Club Boutique is the perfect place to base yourself for a jam packed 72 hours in Cunnamulla or a slow and steady week’s holiday with us. Either way we can’t wait to see you soon!

Don’t forget to check out the maps below to help you plan your trip if your coming from Brisbane or Sydney!

Brisbane to Cunnamulla
Sydney to Cunnamulla
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5 places you can glamp in the outback.

GLAMPING. If you’re not on the band wagon, I suggest you get on it. ‘Glamorous camping’ are the only two words you need to know. Yes, we are talking a real bed, décor, lights, soft 5-star linen and of course, luxe shampoo and conditioner. I mean what more do we need to say! If rugged camping isn’t your thing, take note of these 5 places you can glamp in the outback instead.

Number 1: Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla Safari Glamping, QLD

Cunnamulla is 700km west of Brisbane, or a 2 or 3 day drive if you are coming from Adelaide. It is a remote country town, full of life and a perfect spot for your first glamping experience.

At Club Boutique you will experience the night in a boho inspired bell tent. Your tent will be graced with a plush queen bed and soft cosy linen. You have the option to turn it into a family room with the addition of up to 3 single beds. You will be gifted with free Wi-Fi (trust me, you will want to Instagram this spot)! The bar fridge will be stocked with snacks (a selling point on its own) and you will have plenty of tea and coffee for a morning cuppa in bed. As guests you will also be offered a free airport pick up and drop off service to make your stay as smooth as possible. Ready to book? You can do that here. Or alternatively call Club Boutique Hotel on 07 4655 1679.

Number 2: Squeakywindmill Boutique Tent B&B, NT

Onwards and ‘Westward’ from Queensland we stumble into the glamping spots of the NT.  Squeakywindmill Boutique Tent B&B have 3 luxury and eco (double points) glamping tents. While they aren’t your typical boho tepee tents you’ll enjoy a cabin like tent instead. They are located on the edge of the scenic Western MacDonnell Range, boasting with bird life and incredible landscapes.

Number 3: Longitude 131, NT

Longitude 131 is not for the budget traveller, but it is for those after a complete luxe experience. With astonishing views of Uluru from your generously sized tent (or should we say canvas house). Cosy up to your personal fire or curl up on the outdoor day bed to watch the sky become covered in stars. Enjoy a full ensuite bathroom in your tent, and a full sized ultra-comfortable bed. It sounds like a once in a like time splurge!

Number 4: Ikara Safari Camp Wilpena Pound Resort , SA

Located in the beautiful Flinders Ranges, Ikara Safari Camp offers a variety of glamping options. They have glamping tents to suit couples or they have a bigger sized option so you can bring the whole family! There glamping tents feature a fire pit, ensuite bathroom, a private deck and aircon. Yeah that’s right a tent with aircon. Doesn’t get any better than that!

Number 5: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, WA

For those venturing on to Western Australia to enjoy everything the Kimberly Region has to offer, Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge will take care of your glamping needs! They have tented cabins with ensuite’s, hot water and flushing toilets. They boast private decks, and are situated in a secluded spot, perfect for bird watching.

If you haven’t tried glamping yet, we promise you won’t be disappointed! We can also promise that you will never want to stay in your regular tent again. Trust us there is no going back and we aren’t mad about it. What better place to start than with these 5 places to glamp in the outback!