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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.

Cunnamulla this weekend: Saluting the stars of yesterday today.

What’s on at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla this weekend?
After a very successful ‘Slim Dusty Day’ last week and some great weekend activities we are back for round two… and three! This weekend, and next, we will be Saluting the Stars of yesterday over dinner, beer and good vibes. Get all the info below.

Friday the 21st of June: Saluting the Stars of yesterday, today.
Kicking off your weekend early and in typical country style, Club Boutique is hosting Scott Dann and Renae Joy to sing you into Saturday. They will be bringing you the best of your favourite artists including hits from Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Michael Buble, Elvis, The Pretenders, Adele, The Corrs, Pat Benatar and Fleetwood Mac. While you reminisce on old times, you can enjoy your main meal with flavours from our Australian menu. A delicious dessert will follow, and we can assure you won’t want to leave after!  Your meal, dessert, entertainment and entry into the lucky door prize, valued at over AUD100, is all included in your $45p.p ticket. Event runs from 6.30pm – 11pm,  Booking are essential and can be made here: https://clubboutiquehotel.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/5ff7fb5c-103a-4659-9575-f1dfaeaef0d1?Event=102022 Have you got other things planned this Friday? No need to change your plans! We’ve ensured everyone will be able to enjoy this incredible night of entertainment! We have a second show the following week, Saturday the 29th June which you can book here: https://clubboutiquehotel.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/710d2a15-3e27-4f08-abe9-c534970500d9?Event=102024

Saturday 22nd June: All about country Dinner and Show
The likes of Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Michael Buble and Fleetwood Mac don’t tickle your fancy? Join us on Saturday instead 6.30pm – 11pm, for a different line up of old hits. Enjoy the same delicious meal and company but to tunes of Allan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, George Strait, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Connie Francis and Patsy Cline. If these artists still don’t hit the spot, then all we can say is you’ve got a bad taste in music! 😉 Book here for Saturday: https://clubboutiquehotel.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/8cb0da2c-985c-42c6-b6be-f8238e287c63?Event=102018

If you are out of town this weekend or need another reason to stay in Cunnamulla, we will be hosting the same dinner and show next Friday night, the 28th. For 45p.p come and have a great night! Booking essential and can be made at this link, https://clubboutiquehotel.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/728ac57a-9e16-4500-8c5d-8285a346b405?Event=102020

As you may already know we have our regular weekly events at Club Boutique Hotel including lunch, dinner, Saturday markets, beer and wine tasting and campfire dinner and show. You can see all the details below to come along and enjoy these great activities.

Every Sunday we host a campfire dinner and show for $30p.p. You get a gourmet 3 course outback roast dinner and will be serenaded by country tunes and mesmerised by the fire. It is a great way to experience the outback and chat with locals and other travellers. This week we’ve included a video of last week’s guests enjoying the night. You can book this week’s campfire dinner and show at this link, https://clubboutiquehotel.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/cda15464-ba0c-470a-90a2-04906306323e?Event=103487

Saturday Markets are the perfect place to treat yourself! We have cakes, biscuits, slices, all the goodies you can imagine. If you’re not into sweets (we’d say you’re crazy) we also have art, clothing, jewellery, jams and chutneys too! These start 10am Saturday’s.

Club Boutique hosts daily lunches and dinners. Lunch runs from 12 – 2pm with specials from $10. You’d be crazy not to pair this with our craft beer and wine tasting from 4pm –5.30pm which you can book here: https://clubboutiquehotel.oztix.com.au/?fbclid=IwAR3fZ5mVR46eXjzAABUTj2bjIL6a6zWTSmlfbbqnshIos5nf13Mlj4cL-Xc If that’s not enough join us each night for dinner from 6-8pm.

Cunnamulla Anzac Day 2019

WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM

Cunnamulla is the town of living history and untold stories three hundred men and women from Cunnamulla, Eulo, Yowah and Wyandra enlisted in the great war, lets share their stories

Cunnamulla soldiers fought towards the finish line

The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) were those who served in the Great War 1914-1918 in the Gallipoli campaign.

The 25th April is recognised as the national Australian day of remembrance for ANZAC Day. ANZAC Day has evolved over the years to now include and commemorate all Australian and New Zealand persons "who served in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

So on this ANZAC Day 25th April 2019 so many years later we continue to join together to reflection, respect and remember those who served, some giving life and limbs to defend the way of life we all enjoy today. With each passing year we see the numbers of people who served dwindle however younger generations are stepping up and marching to continue to keep the stories and their contributions alive.

Dawn Service Cunnamulla Anzac Day 2019

4.45am Meet at the corner of John and Louise streets in front of the old Cunnamulla RSL. 5am March along John Street to the memorial fountain where the dawn service will be held. On completion of the dawn service breakfast is available at the Cunnamulla Bowling Club where two-up is also played.

Morning Service Cunnamulla Anzac Day 2019

Cunnamulla Pony Club riding in the Cunnamulla Anzac Day Parade

10.15am Meet on the Corner of Louise & Stockyard streets beside the Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla. 10am March along Stockyard Street into Jane Street to the memorial fountain where the service will be held.

The memorial fountain located corner Jane and John streets Cunnamulla was completed in 1919 as a memorial to the soldiers who dies at Gallipoli. The fountain design is art nouveau style and regarded as special landmark in Cunnamulla by locals. The palm trees growing alongside the fountain were planted on the 50th Anniversary of World War II. The water reticulation system had a major overhaul about 18 years ago to restore the fountain to its former glory.

Roll of Honour

The Roll of Honour board was displayed at the Civic Centre is moulded in copper and mounted on marble with a list of people from the Paroo Shire who served our country in war up to World War II. Ir reads as follows;

Brave Hearts and True, God Guide Them. Paroo Shire Shall Their Sacrifice Be In Vain, 1914.

AHEARNE, J.F.

ALLPASS, F.J.

ANDERSEN, H.A.

ANDERSON, A.

ASHDOWN, G.C.

ATHORN, H.E

ALYWARD, J.J.

ALYWARD, P.

ALYWARD, W.E.

BARRY, M.

BARTLE, W.

BARTON, R.

BASKIN, J.

BEASLEY, J.

BENT, J.

BEST, F.

BLACKIE, N.R.

BLAKE, A.K.

BORGER, S.

BOURCHIER, J.R.

BROWN, A.

BROWN, J.A.

BROWN, R.J.

BURKE, J.

BURNELL, W.J.

BURTON, F.G.

BURTON, W.J.

BUTLER, W.H.

BYE, W.E.

CAHILL, F.L.

CAMPBELL, A.J.

CAMPBELL, A.C.

CAMPBELL, E.E.

CARTER, W.D.J.

CARTER, E.A.

CASHMAN, W. (Captain Major)

CAVE, F.

CHAPMAN, B.

CHAPMAN, E.

CHRISTIE, A.W.

CHRISTIE, C.J.

CHRISTIE, W.F.K.

CLARKE, G.

CLAYTON, R.

CLAYTON, T.

CLELAND, A.H.

COLGAN, R.P.

CONNOLLY, A.

CONNOR, S.M.

COOPER, C.W.S.

COOPER, G.F.

COOPER, T.J.

CORBETT, S.

COSTELLO, J.T.

COURTNEY, A.N.

COWLEY, S.W.

CRAIGIE, T.C.

CRESWELL, W.J.

CROOK, T.G.

CROWLE, R.J.

CRUMMY, W.J.

CUZENS, J.R.

DALLAS, J.S.

DARCEY, J.

DAVIS, J.H.

DAVIS, W.

DAWSON, G.

DAWSON, T.

DAWSON, W.

DICKSON, R.G.

DIGHTON, W.E.

DOLAN, J.

DONNELLEY, C.E.

DONOVAN, J.

DOUGLAS, J.W.

DOUPAIN, A.

DOYLE, T.

DUDLEY, W.H.

DUFF, C.

DUFFY, M.J.

DUGGAN, A.

DUNN, T.

DURAND, L.N.

DWYER, J.F.

DWYER, J.J.

EIG, F.C.

EIG, L.J.

FIG, J.

EMBLIDGE, J.J.

ESCREET, J.S.

EVANS, A.T.

FAINT, L.

FALLICK, P.H.

FERBER, G.

FINLAY, M.

FITZGERALD, P.

FLETCHER, J.L.

FLYNN, W.

FOLEY, T.

GAGHEN, M.

GARDINER, T.

GASKILL, H.J.

GAVIN, J.F.

GILBERT, G.V.

GILL, P.E.

GORDON, G.

GORMAN, W.

GOODE, R.H.

GRAY, H.J.

GREATREX, F.T.

GREEN, C.J.

GREER, R.

GRICE, F.

GRIFFITHS, P.

GRIMES, V.

HARPER, C.N.

HARRIS, W.

HARRISON, J.

HAY, A.

HAWARD, W.A.

HAYEARD, R.

HEAD, J.

HEALEY, J.K.

HEALY, T.E.

HENNESSY, F.W.

HEARD, W.H.

HEARN, E.J.

HEARN, G.L.

HEUSTON, E.W.

HEUSTON, A.I.

HICKLING, F.C.

c. Hickling 1924 Cunnamulla

HILL, J.

HOFFINSETZ, K.

HOGAN, J.P.

HOGAN, J.M.

HOGAN, G.C.

HOOD, M.

HUNT, W.

HUNT, G.H.

HULL, W.

IRVINE, G.

IRWIN, J.C.

JAMIESON, R.

JAMIESON, W.

JENKINSON, C.

JOHNSON, A.C.

JOHNSON, F.C.

JOHNSTON, A.

JONES, T.

JONES, C.W.

JONES, D.F.

JONES, H.T.

JORDAN, F.T.

JOSEY, S.R.C.

KEANE, M. (SISTER)

KEANE, P.

KEARNEY, F.B.

KEBBLEWHITE, E.A.

KEELEY, P.

KEMP, E.S. (SISTER)

KENNEDY, D.I.

KERRIGAN, W.E.

KEYS, A.

KING, F.V.

KING, W.

KNIGHT, M.J.

LAND, A.

LAND, N.L.

LANGE, H.

LARSON, O.

LAWSON, R.

LEEDS, A.W.

LEMMON, F.G.

LEONARD, W.

LESTER, F.

LEWIS, F.

LEWIS, C.H.

LIDSTONE, J.A.

LOWE, C.A.

LOWNY, W.H.

LYALL, J.

LYNAM, P.J.

LYNCH, J.J.

MACDONALD, A.

MACGREGOR, S.

Doug McGreggor's father

MACKAY, A.N.

MACNAMARA, H.

MANNS, R.A.

MANNS, N.H.

MANSBRIDGE, A.

MARSHALL, G.

MARSTON, J.H.

MAYNE, J.S.

MAXWELL, T.R.

McCASKER, N.L.

McCORMACK, P.M.

McDONELL, C.

McDONALD, A.P.

McDONALD, J.

McINTOSH, E.J.

McINTOSH, A.K.

McLEAN, C.I.

McLEOD, J.

McLEOD, W.D.

McKAY, L.F.

McKELL, T.

McKINLEY, J.

McMAHON, J.J.

McMILLAN, E.J.C.

McNICOL, D.

MEADE, J.

MEANEY, P.

MERCER, J.

MILLMAN, J.H.

MOFFIT, J.J.

MOORE, J.C.

MOORE, W.J.

MOORE, W.J.

MOORE, G.

MORGAN, J.

MORRIS, A.C.

MOSES, W.

MOYAN, E.J.

MURPHY, P.

MURPHY, P.

MURRAY, A.E.

MYRES, F.

NEWMAN, C.

NEWTON, H.N.

NICHOLLS, S.G.

NICHOLLS, L.

NOLAN, H.

NORRIS, A.W.

NEILSON, C.,

OAKES, N.L.

O'BRIEN, P.J.

O'CONNOR, W.D.

O'DONNELL, P.

O'KEEFE, J.J.

OLIFFE, J.

ORCHARD, D.W.

O'REGAN, P.

O'SULLIVAN, D.

O'REILLY, C.P.

O'SULLIVAN, J.

PAIN, F.

PALFREYMAN, F.G.

PALMER, H.

PAYNTER, A.

PAYTON, S.

PEATTIE, J.

PHIPPS, C.

PHILLIPS, J.W.

PILLOW, E.S.

PLUNKETT, R.

PRATT, G.E.

PRICHARD, H.V.

PROCTOR, B.E.

PROCTOR, R.D.

PYE, C.H.

QUINN, G.H.

RADFORD, E.J.

RADBURN, A.

RAILTON, J.J.

RANGE, J.

RANGE, O.

REARDON, J.A.

RETCHFORD, A.O.

RICHARDS, E.S.

RICHARDS, J.

RILEY, J.P.

ROACH, H.K.

ROBERTSON, M.W.

ROBINSON, J.L.

ROBINSON, W.

ROBINSON, W.

RODGERS, J.J.

RUSSELL, R.

RUSH, A.

RYAN, J.P.

RYAN, B.

RYAN, M.

RYAN, J.

RYAN, PJ.

SABIEN, A.C.

SABIEN, R.H.

SALMON, C.J.

SAUNDERS, R.

SCHMIDT, R.

SCHOLES, H.I.

SCOTT, W.

SHADWICK, A.

SHANNON, P.J.

IMMS, W.H.

SKELTON, P.F.

SMITH, C.D.

SMITH, J.M.

SMITH, G.

SMITH, J.D.

SMITH, E.

SMITH, S.

SMITH, J.

SMITH, P.

SNOW, L.

STEVENS, W.B.

STEVENS, A.L.

STEWART, R.J.

STILSBY, J.H.

STOREY, E.

STUBBS, E.C.

STUART, D.

SULLIVAN, J.W.

SULLIVAN, J.E.

SYMONS, W.K.

TAIT, L.L.

TAYLOR, J.L.

THOMAS, H.J.

THOMPSON, W.

THOMPSON, C.N.R.

TOMKINS, T.F.

TONKIN, A.C.

TONKIN, W.

TRAVERS, J.A.

VANNECK. R.W.

VARDON, G.L.

VOCKLER, C.A.

VON SWEDEN, J.

j Von Sweden 1924 Cunnamulla

VOWLES, C.

VOWLES, W.R.

WALKER, H.J.

WALLACE, J.

WALSH, J.N.

WALSH, F.W.

WALTERS, S.E.

WARD, A.E.

WEARING, W.

WEBSTER, D.J.

WELDONS, S.

WELSH, J.

WENDELIN, C.A.

WHEELER, A.

WHEELER, A.A.

WHITING, E.

WHITE, J.

WHITE, A,

WICKHAM, G.

WILLIAMS, P.C.

WILSON, W.J.

WILSON, T.

WILSON, A.

WILSON, F.

WILSON, R.

WILSON, N.

WISE, M.

WYLIE, E.

WRIGHT, E.L.

WRIGLEY, A.J.

A child that became a man overnight

Doug McGreggor was a boy of just 11 when his father went to war. Doug immediately took over the family carrier business. With no driving or truck license he took charge of a 7 tonne truck and travelled thousands of miles on dirt roads as far as Innamincka. Many roads were in fact just wheel tracks through the scrub with no signs just landmarks passed down through generations.

When Doug reached towns he would send a telegram to his mother providing an update on his movements and confirming his expected arrival date and time at the next location. During these years Doug not only continued the business and supported his family but strengthened and grew the business dramatically.

 

Bob Poncho & his town band attended every Cunnamulla Anzac Day service from 1943 until it's eventual folding.

Bob acted as the official bugler of every Armistice Day Ceremony as well as for funerals of ex service persons in Cunnamulla. During the second World War Bob assisted by his wife Valma and Bandsmen met every incoming and outgoing train from the Cunnamulla Railway Station taking Diggers away and returning them from War Service.

Bob served in the Cunnamulla Town Band from a young boy and eventually became band master. Bob taught many generations of Cunnamulla people to play the many instruments that made up part of the town band. This was not a paid position but a contribution to the community as a community service, something that is rate today in our modern society.

Cunnamulla Anzac Day Town Band

Robert (Bob) Lion Poncho was born in Cunnamulla in 1901 and died in Cunnamulla in 1993 aged 92 years. Two years prior to Bob's death he was recognised for his service to the Cunnamulla community when in 1991 the Paroo Shire Council established a permanent memorial "Bob Poncho Park". Bob Poncho Park is located on the corner of Stockyard & Jane Streets Cunnamulla with a range of public amenities and picnic facilities. The park also boasts a beautiful rotunda where locals gather daily for a catch up.

Randall Osbourne - Bugler

How lucky are we in Cunnamulla to have Randall Osbourne play for all Anzac Days and other days remembering those that gave their lives for us. Randall you do an amazing job and make us all proud.

Cunnamulla ANZAC Day return of Cooper creek to Cunnamulla Bike Riders

cooper creek to cunnamulla bike ride 2018

After an epic journey by bike from Cooper Creek back to Cunnamulla riders will enter Cunnamulla over the Darby Land Bridge that crossed the Warrego river. They will travel along Louise street and turn into John Street then past the Memorial Fountain where the town is invited to participate and support the riders by clapping them home.

Anzac Day Cunnamulla & District Diggers Races

The races have been cancelled due to all the rain which has been a god send to the entire district.

Cunnamulla's Vietnam Veterans

Michael "Gundy" Manning

Owen Schmidt

Michael Cooney

The War Hero, Larrikin, Champion Racehorse Trainer

Charles William, ‘Cocky’ Easton was a remarkable character who called the outback home. He was a champion racehorse trainer, a war hero and a larrikin liked by all. His life is highly celebrated in bush folklore, bush poetry and through the memories of those who knew him.

Cocky enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in 1940 with his mates from the bush. They were all in the same 2/10th Field Regiment in Malaya. Due to the British Surrender all members of his regiment became Japanese prisoners of war suffering extreme brutality.

Cunnamulla Anzac Day Cocky Easton

Dear Mum, boys filling up. Love BIll

Cocky was acknowledged for his incredible bravery throughout the time spent in Japanese labour camps when he received the highest volunteer military award, the military medal.

Although his bravery and heroics throughout this period were remarkable, it was his relentless humour that he is best remembered for, lightening the mood as prisoners.

In the conclusion of the war, Cocky and his fellow bush mates all miraculously returned home.

Cunnamulla Anzac Day Cocky Easton Malay

Two police boys with C.W. Cocky Bill Easton during war.

What some women did on the home front during World War II

The Oxford Hotel came up for tender and Rene Manning purchased and ran it from 1936 – 1951. She raised 6 children and ran the hotel on her own for four years while her husband Bill was away at war.

The Oxford Hotel was opposite a major fuel depot and a rail way station and at the time there was possible threat for a Japanese invasion.

Rene Manning dug a slit trench when the Japanese were going to invade behind the Oxford Hotel Cunnamulla

Rene dug a slip trench in the backyard in case of a bombing, equipped with small survival port with a change of clothes, water, cheese and chocolates for the kids.

Cunnamulla Gun Club is the oldest operating Clay target club in Queensland possibly because of the good deed of Mr Reg Bardon during the war years.

During the war years the Cunnamulla Gun Club was closed down, but Reg Barden being a keen shooter, paid all the affiliation fees and kept the club open. He obtained clay birds and cartridges from Melbourne so the club could start shooting immediately on the return of those who enlisted.

Club Boutique Hotel Beer & Wine O’Clock

Come in and try our great Cunnamulla Characters Brewed craft beer or some Angove wine. Have a chat, get some local knowledge.

Beer Wine OClock Cunnamulla Characters Brewed Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Planning ahead? Check out what’s on around Cunnamulla!

25 April 2019 - Anzac Day Cunnamulla

3-6 May 2019 – Barcauldine Tree of Knowledge Festival

10 May 6.30pm – Cunnamulla State School Beyond Broncos Hot Dish Night at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

10-12 May 2019 – Cunnamulla Gun Club May Shoot

16 – 19 May 2019 - Music in the Mulga Wondilla Station Eulo

21-26 May 2019 – Channel Country Quick Shears Shindig Thargomindah

1 June 2019 - Markets @ Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

2 June 2019 - Sunday Campfire Dinner at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

13 June 2019 - Slim Dusty Day at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

15 June 2019 – Cunnamulla & District Diggers Races

21 June 2019 - Salute the Stars of Yesterday Today Dinner & Show at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

22 June 2019 - All About Country Dinner & Show at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Sunday Campfire Dinner & Show Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

28 June 2019 - All About Country Dinner & Show at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

29 June 2019 - Salute the Stars of Yesterday Today Dinner & Show at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

5 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

6 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Mark Porter

7 July 2019 - Blues on the Grass with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

7 July 2019 - Sunday Campfire Dinner at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

12 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

13 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

14 July 2019 - Blues on the Grass with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

14 July 2019 - Sunday Campfire Dinner & Show Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

16-18 July 2019 - Big Red Bash Birdsville

19 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

20 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

20-21 July Channel Country Music Muster Thargomindah

21 July 2019 - Blues on the Grass with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

21 July 2019 - Sunday Campfire Dinner at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

26 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

27 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

28 July 2019 - Blues on the Grass with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

21 July 2019 - Sunday Campfire Dinner

Cunnamulla Easter

Top things to do around Cunnamulla over Easter Weekend

Cunnamulla the town of living history and untold stories

April and Easter the perfect time of year for Cunnamulla the Outback and Outdoors!

Easter is always a special time of year for me. Not because it’s Easter but I totally love the weather at that time of the year. For me I think it’s the perfect time to enjoy Cunnamulla and Outback Queensland. The temperature while cooler in the mornings and later at night is beautiful during the day. Warm enough for a swim in the day and cool enough to enjoy a campfire at night even if it is just for looking at. Two necessities are insect spray as we have had a flood in the river and the sand-flies are breeding. The other is a fly veil as flies are particularly friendly now.

Looking around Cunnamulla over Easter weekend

What’s Open over Easter in Cunnamulla and When?

It can be a little tricky and sometimes frustrating when travelling over the Easter period to find shops open.

Here’s a few places that will be open in Cunnamulla that should be able to service most if not all your needs.

Accommodation, Restaurant, Bar, Cellarbrations Bottleshop

Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Good Friday – Closed

Easter Saturday – 10am – 8.30pm

Easter Sunday – 12 Midday – 8pm

Easter Monday – 10am – 8.30pm

Map Directions Link to Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

https://goo.gl/maps/eEd3JK7DjHq8BXRL6

Groceries

Holidays are a time where we all find ourselves chowing down and snacking as we catch up with family and friends. No matter how much we buy there is always something we need!

IGA Mills & Sons Cunnamulla – Groceries, Deli, Bakery, Meat, Fruit & Veg, General Merchandise & Small goods

Good Friday – Closed

Easter Saturday – 9am – 1pm

Easter Sunday – Closed

Easter Monday – 9am – 1pm

Map Directions Link to IGA Mills & Sons Cunnamulla

https://goo.gl/maps/eUebCKKFc44DZGXX8

Fuel

Fuel cunnamulla easter weekend

As you travel further into the outback you will experience some difficulty in 24 hour accessibility of fuel and petrol stations.  This is particularly frustrating on public holidays as demand is low and wages high.

If you are travelling to or through Cunnamulla and not able to find an open petrol station never fear as Hatchman Petroleum has come to your rescue!

Hatchman Petroleum has a 24/7 fuel card machine so you will never be stuck when travelling. In addition to this the depot is manned on normal days of trading. You can also get your gas replaced!

Directions Link on Google:

https://goo.gl/maps/vhmgFcexkuH2

Newsagency

Cunnamulla Newsagency has restricted opening hours over the Easter Weekend so make sure you get those lotto's on and be there in time to collect the latest papers.

Good Friday – Closed

Easter Saturday – 9am – 11am

Easter Sunday – 10am– 11am

Easter Monday – Closed

Good Friday Tips for what to do around Cunnamulla

Great Read over Easter Holidays

Good read over Easter Unforgiving

If you are looking to wind down and relax with a great book over Easter weekend we must recommend “Unforgiving” The story of the life and death of Sam. The author is mother Carmel Beresford. Described by Brunette Lenkic* as …’a compelling tale with strong filmic elements..Unembellished language allows the reader’s focus to remain on the dramatic story. The author is especially good at evoking sadness; the raw emotion expressed in the part following Sam’s accident is especially moving. Although it is unusual for the dramatic high-point to occur so early in a memoir, there are confronting revelations in the rest of the work that balance it out. This manuscript tells a powerful story.’

Copies are available for purchase at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla as well as Cunnamulla Newsagency and at Ellie's News Quilpie.

You can also order directly from the author for $39.99 including postage. Order Now!

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Annabelle Brayley - Australian Outback Storyteller

9 October 2018

Book Review: Unforgiving - The story of the life and death of Sam.

I first read the manuscript of Unforgiving when Sam's mother Carmel Beresford sent it to me last year. I don't know Carmel and, at the time, I was editing Bush Docs with a deadline looming so I shouldn't have even read it but I remembered hearing of Sam's accident back in 2011 and I was curious. Once started, I couldn't not finish...

I read Carmel's newly published book again last week. It is, first and foremost, a love story about an engaging bush lad who clearly still owns the heart of his mother. While it was clearly her intent that the reader should know, I did feel as though I had intruded into her very personal relationship with her youngest son. It felt like a privilege on some level but, just as it did the first time, it left me feeling a bit unsettled.

Unforgiving is also an uncompromising, brutally honest recollection of Sam's terrible accident, subsequent death and the aftermath of that tragedy. It is easy to read but it is, by no means, an easy read. It is a confronting but very compelling glimpse into the often challenging, sometimes funny and occasionally terrifyingly harsh reality of one family's life in remote SW Queensland.

Once again, I couldn't stop reading it...

Details for purchase below...

Krysta Cini to Unforgiving - The Story of the Life and Death of Sam

Having a rum while reading this incredibly heartbreaking yet exceptionally well written book. Only thing missing in this picture is the box of tissues I have been through!

The love and strength Carmel Beresford shows in writing and publishing this book is admirable.

Jo Emery

This is a story no mother should ever have to share. One that describes how her baby was taken not by the hands of fate but by the careless hands the family held as friends and in trust. Carmel Beresford shared her draft manuscript with me some time ago, leaving me with not only the deepest of sorrow but the greatest of hope that truth could be found in the most harsh yet most beautiful landscape of Queensland. I’ve held Carmel in the highest regard as a professional and mother, giving her life to the children in the outback, their families and the land. I hope that Sam’s story brings rain to a drought for not one family, but the many his story will touch. Australian Story

If you have read the book please leave a review, we would love to hear what you think!

Trow a Rug on the Warrego River Banks

As Good Friday is a day where most if not all shops will be shut it’s a great day to throw a picnic rug out on the banks of the Warrego River.  Look for mussels in the mud banks, fish and even yabbies’ to create your own Good Friday feast.

As kids, we would be kept busy for hours searching in the muddy banks of the Warrego for mussels. Catching yabbies’ are also a fun activity for all the family either with a piece of meat tied to a string, with a pot or if you’re tough enough bare hands in the rocks.

Once you have your catch there is a range of ways to cook but if you’re looking to not have much washing up and want to try something different we have a tip.

Pack mud around fish and bake it straight on the hot coals of a campfire.

Once cooked peel the mud off and the skin peels off at the same time leaving the beautiful white flesh.

Spuds are also great wrapped in foil and baked on the coals.

Be sure if you start a fire that you clear the surrounds. Always put out the fire with water as burying a fire often causes severe burns to the next person that comes along. This is most important in the outback as the dense hardwood timbers like Gidyea will remain hot for days.

Get a bit of Salt Bush from the Bushland Gardens.

Include the Fishing holes’ info and maps.

Darby Land Bridge Cunnamulla Eastern Side

Travel through Cunnamulla on Louise Street which will take you directly towards Thargomindah.

Just before you approach the bridge there is a driveway on the right-hand side of the road where you can drive onto the riverbank and fish.

Darby Land Bridge Cunnamulla Western Side

Travel through Cunnamulla on Louise Street which will take you directly towards Thargomindah.

Drive across the bridge and you will see a road directly on your right as you cross.

Take that road and park your vehicle around the tree.

Allan Tannock Weir

Travel along Louise Street and turn left into Garden street (Follow the Warrego Riverside Tourist Park Signs).

Travel past the Cunnamulla Cemetery on your left and follow Weir Road for about 4km.

You will eventually arrive at the weir.

There are many spots both up and down the river where you can fish. 

You may see the locals in the water scooping however we do not recommend as it is extremely dangerous.

If there is water over the weir do not attempt to drive across or you could be in some trouble.

You could also catch yabbies’ in the weir area over the rocks.

Be sure to ask a local and most would be happy to help you out.

You may even find the odd one that will give you part of their catch so be friendly and don’t be shy, it’s not the Outback way.

Map Directions Link to Allan Tannock Weir

https://goo.gl/maps/jXmeEmPHDoP4vbWs7

A - 8 Mils Hole – Travel along the Old Charleville Road from Cunnamulla and turn off at the bend in the road.

B – 10 Mile Hole – Travel along the Old Charleville Road from Cunnamulla and turn off over the “Killowen Grid”.

C- Tickleman Hole – Travel along the Old Charleville Road from Cunnamulla and turn off just past the house.

D – 22 Mile Hole – Travel along the Old Charleville Road from Cunnamulla and turn off at old gate post before gate.

Cunnamulla Water Tower

The Cunnamulla water tower is currently involved in a massive transformation as artist Guido Van Helten paints a full-size mural around the entire tower.

Each day his vision evolves and sets tongues wagging and cameras on auto pilot as locals and travellers express their thoughts on the work of art.

Local resident Chris Mills said, she can’t wait to see what evolves on the part of the tower that is clearly visible from where she has her morning coffee.

http://www.guidovanhelten.com/

To follow Guido on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/guidovanheltenART/

Map Directions Link to Cunnamulla Water Tower cnr Watson & Jane Sts

https://goo.gl/maps/mWyPs7G1pXUdkHrd6

Paroo Pride photography competition

Sandhills

Deer Foot

Gardens around town

Yapunyah about to flower – Bees

Keep an eye out for Turtles!

Easter Sunday

6pm Sunday Campfire Dinner Club Boutique Hotel

Lunch at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla Easter Weekend

Easter Saturday Cunnamulla Golf and lots more..

Cunnamulla Golf Club Fun Day – All Welcome!

10 Hole 3 Ball Ambrose $10 per player

1.30pm shotgun start

Club house open 12 noon

Sponsored by Cellarbrations @ Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Directions to Cunnamulla Golf Club

Travel West along Louise street and go over Darby Land Bridge.

At the old sale yards turn right onto Humeburn Road.

At the end of the old sale yards on the right hand side you will see the entry to Cunnamulla Golf Club.

Drive through the grid and follow the road all the way in until you reach the club house.

Once you arrive go upstairs and let someone know you have come to join in and they will get you all sorted.

This is a great fun day out and an excellent way to meet and mix with locals. Whether you are on your own or with a group we highly recommend you join in.

Eulo Gymkanah

Three days of fun. Motorbikes, dust, great food and great company. Head out to the Eulo Sports Grounds. Call into the Eulo Store or Eulo Queen Hotel for directions as there is nothing better than local knowledge.

Art Exhibition “The Four of Us”

There is a great deal of talent involved in the current exhibition at the Regional Art Gallery that is housed in the Cunnamulla Visitor Information Centre. The exhibition is a joint exhibition of four Cunnamulla locals with a range of work on display and for sale. It is totally worth your time to pull in and have a browse.

Good Friday – Closed

Easter Saturday – 9am – 2pm

Easter Sunday – 9am – 2pm

Easter Monday – 9am – 2pm

Map Directions Link to Cunnamulla Visitor Information Centre

https://goo.gl/maps/TfLCFgBGsSdjBTDd8

Artesian Mud Bath

A trip to the outback is not complete until you have experienced an Artesian Mud Bath.

This is a leading attraction in Outback Queensland and has been voted number two in the world for that type of spa experience.

You can do it on your own or in a group but always ring ahead and book or you will be sadly disappointed.

Club Boutique Hotel Beer & Wine O’Clock

Come in and try our great Cunnamulla Characters Brewed craft beer or some Angove wine. Have a chat, get some local knowledge.

Planning ahead? Check out what’s on around Cunnamulla!

19-21 April - Eulo Gymkhana & Motorbike Sports

21 April 2019 – Trivia Night Noccundra Hotel

25 April 2019 - Anzac Day Cunnamulla

3-6 May 2019 – Barcauldine Tree of Knowledge Festival

10 May 6.30pm – Cunnamulla State School Beyond Broncos Hot Dish Night at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

10-12 May 2019 – Cunnamulla Gun Club May Shoot

16 – 19 May 2019 - Music in the Mulga Wondilla Station Eulo

21-26 May 2019 – Channel Country Quick Shears Shindig Thargomindah

1 June 2019 - Markets @ Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

13 June 2019 - Slim Dusty Day at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

15 June 2019 – Cunnamulla & District Diggers Races

21 June 2019 - Salute the Stars of Yesterday Today Dinner & Show at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

22 June 2019 - All About Country Dinner & Show at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Sunday Campfire Dinner & Show Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

28 June 2019 - All About Country Dinner & Show at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

29 June 2019 - Salute the Stars of Yesterday Today Dinner & Show at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

5 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

6 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Mark Porter

7 July 2019 - Blues on the Grass with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

7 July 2019 - Sunday Campfire Dinner

12 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

13 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

14 July 2019 - Blues on the Grass with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

14 July 2019 - Sunday Campfire Dinner & Show Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

16-18 July 2019 - Big Red Bash Birdsville

19 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

20 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

20-21 July Channel Country Music Muster Thargomindah

21 July 2019 - Blues on the Grass with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

21 July 2019 - Sunday Campfire Dinner at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

26 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

27 July 2019 - Boutique Beers & Blues Dinner & Show with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

28 July 2019 - Blues on the Grass with Mark Porter at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

21 July 2019 - Sunday Campfire Dinner

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Cunnamulla Ready for 2019 Year of Outback Queensland Tourism

2019 Year of Outback Queensland

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared 2019 Year of Outback Queensland Tourism and Club Boutique Hotel, Cunnamulla is eager to welcome you.

The heritage town that celebrated Cunnamulla 150 in November 2018 is renowned for rolling out the welcome mat, the quality of its events, flashing the pearly whites and saying g’day! It could possibly be the most friendly laid back place on the planet.

Club Hotel Cunnamulla Cunnamulla 150

Hotelier Peieta Mills of Club Boutique Hotel says tourist are most welcome in Cunnamulla and to show them just how much we treat them to a down to earth genuine real life experience. No pretence just a big smile, a firm handshake and a real-life Outback Queensland adventure.

Ms Mills who has also run local Cunnamulla tours for more than twelve years says don’t just stay overnight or pass through.

Les Capewell riding horse into Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Pull up, kick back and relax, uncover the hidden secrets and history on the Cunnamulla Town & Industry Tour that operates daily June to September and at other times for group bookings.

There is something for every dynamic in Cunnamulla with great tours, caravan parks and facilities, restaurants, craft beer tastings, tipples and tales, campfire dinners, counter meals, and local Cunnamulla events for those that are travelling by caravan or motorhome.

Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla Campfire Dinner

There is plenty on offer for those travelling by coach, car or plane.

Up market Cunnamulla accommodation at Club Boutique Hotel in the centre of the CBD just 5 minutes walk from pretty well everywhere.

Phillip Walker Litejets Australia Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla regular guest

In April 2019 Club Boutique Hotel will also open up its Safari Glamping experience, which will give you all the five star luxuries, under five million stars.

While Outback Queensland region has been devastated with drought for fourteen of the past sixteen years they’re so many reasons for tourists to see beyond that and to visit Cunnamulla and immerse themselves into the local community.

Three good reasons to visit Cunnamulla in 2019;

  1. Meet the locals

  2. Try the local food and

  3. Lap up the great hospitality as you depart your home you’re welcomed into ours!

Cosy up to a Cunnamulla Fella or Cunnamulla Shiela, say g’day and learn a little about their life and their lifestyle in Cunnamulla. Did you know some of the locals are 6th – 8th generation locals!

At Club Boutique Hotel there is plenty of Cunnamulla history and there are plenty of tales dying to be shared from John Wilson harbouring Ben Hall the famous Bushranger to locals immortalised with Cunnamulla Characters Brewed the best craft beer on tap in Outback Queensland.

Cunnamulla Anzac Day

Two police boys with C.W. Cocky Bill Easton during war. One of the Cunnamulla Characters Brewed is in honour of our old mate Cocky!

Have a drink to them at the bar, purchase a takeaway growler or help Club Boutique Hotel celebrates these great Cunnamulla characters of the past with their daily Whisky, Wine, Beer & Rum o’clock.

There will be great entertainment if you are looking for things to do, meal options at lunch and dinner and a great opportunity to meet some locals past and present. If you feel a little tipsy they’ll even give you a FFEE ride home!

entertainment Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla Mark Porter

On Sunday’s the Sunday Roast gets taken to a new level with a three-course dinner around the campfire in the gardens of Club Boutique Hotel however booking is essential by no later than 2pm on the day. Free pick up and drop off is available from anywhere in Cunnamulla town area and caravan parks.

roast lamb Club Boutique Hotel Sunday Campfire Dinner

Entrée is hearty home made soup, the main is classic old time roast like ya grandma used to make, with a choice of two meats, roasted potatoes, pumpkin, peas and gravy. Desert is a homemade old time favourite with ice-cream and cream. All for the budget price of $30 per person and you help yourself!

Cunnamulla area also boasts many great natural or nature based attractions like the natural sand dunes, the Warrego River and an abundance of local wildlife. The Cunnamulla area has the largest population of kangaroos and wallabies in Australia.

Brolgas Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla is also a bird watching or twitcher hotspot boasting more than 215 documented species of Australian Native Birds. That’s more than 1/3 of all birds in Australia. The birds alone attract people from all over the world to come to Cunnamulla.

travellers Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla Bar

So no matter what style of travel, if you are a single, a retiree, a couple of a family Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla has you covered, plan ahead and get outback in 2019! Cunnamulla is ready and waiting for you!

Cunnamulla Road Trip Down Memory Lane With John Hill

JJohn Hill Transport Pty Ltd

John, Jan and Georgie Hill finally took a Cunnamulla road trip down memory lane from Southport to Cunnamulla staying at Club Boutique Hotel and then onto Bourke for some more reminiscing of a bygone era.

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Albion’s Warrego Sawmill Cunnamulla

Albion’s Warrego Sawmill Cunnamulla What a Story.

in May 2018 I had the pleasure of taking decedents of the Albion family on an Out The Back Australia Cunnamulla Town and Industry Tour so became inspired to write this blog and share a little of the history I know along with some images. Alexander Albion was a building contractor for some years around the Drayton/Jondaryan district, and eventually the family moved to Cunnamulla. John was then about seventeen.

There Alexander Albion continued as a builder and one of his efforts was to build a wooden hospital in Cunnamulla which was the first hospital which was names South Warrego hospital. That building was located out in what was called bluebush.

The first matron was Mrs Whitacre and following is her picture.

Mrs Whitacre Cunnamulla first matron

First Matron of Cunnamulla Hospital Mrs Whitacre

Part of the original hospital building was relocated into Cunnamulla when the second hospital was built. Part of the first hospital became a home eventually belonging to Doug and Gwen Locke and today is the home of Arnold & Barb Simpson. Read More

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Cunnamulla Beer Brewer In History of Australian Beer

Cunnamulla Beer Brewer, Burton’s Brewery Part of Australia’s History of Beer, Rum and Whisky in (QLD)

The history of beer in Australia dates back to the early days of British colonisation when Sir Captain Cook brought beer with him on his voyage to Australia.

With the first fleet landing in the 18th century, the alcohol industry in Australia begun to expand with the first pub opening up in 1796 in Parramatta, the Mason Arms.

John Boston became Australia’s first official brewer after creating a beer from Indian corn.

Cunnamulla Beer Btrewer

Burtons Brewery Cunnamulla

Beer didn’t make its way up to Queensland until a little later in the 19th century when larger was first brewed at the Castlemaine and Quinlan breweries.

Although larger is common in the modern world, early beers were top-fermented and quick-maturing ales. Lager was not brewed in Australia until 1885 and then brewed in Queensland in 1889. These beers were also brewed missing hops due to the fact no one had successfully refined hops. James Squire become the first in 1804.

The Castlemaine brewery has a long and rich history in Australia.

Situated in Brisbane Queensland, it has produced Australia’s most popular beer, XXXX. The brewery begun in 1878, however really came in to its own after recruiting a master brewer from Germany. Alhois William Leitner used his expertise to solve the cloudy beer problem, keeping beer fresher for longer. The recipe is still used today for XXXX Bitter.

The X’s in XXXX represent the quality of beer, back in the day beers were given an X rating. The breweries first brew was given a XXX rating, however in 1924 the recipe was perfected gaining the fourth X. That same year Mr Fourex was introduced to the world quickly becoming one of Queensland’s most recognised symbols. XXXX also kept the troops hydrated throughout the first and second world war after being distributed around the world. XXXX was often called barbed wire by diggers.

Over time breweries have come and gone throughout Queensland’s vast landscape like Cunnamulla Beer Brewer Burton’s that existed in Cunnamulla in 1885.

A local historian confirmed despite strong demand the locally brewed Cunnamulla beer was not successful due to the bore water.

Burtons Brewery was situated on the banks of the Warrego River on the current Cunnamulla State School Site.

All these years on, broken bottles with the breweries logo on it are still being dug up around the site.

Queensland Brewery also referred to as Bulimba Beer supplied wooden kegs to Club Hotel Cunnamulla in the late 1800’s.

It was another major brewery that opened prior to 1883 changing hands and locations from Teneriffe to Fortiutude Valley. Carlton United Breweries took over the brewery in 1961 and in 1993 the brewery was relocated to Yatla.

In 1940 a somewhat un recorded and forgotten beer riot took place on Brisbane’s Queen street.

The riots took over the streets for six hours after the Government decided to enforce strict liquor regulations. They imposed closing venues at 8:00pm and no trading on Sundays, forcing civilians to take matters into their own hands.

Despite beers popularity, rum quickly became the beverage of choice among settlers and convicts as mentioned in the following convict song.

Cut yer name across me backbone
Stretch me skin across yer drum
Iron me up on Pinchgut Island
From now to Kingdom Come.
I’ll eat yer Norfolk Dumpling
Like a juicy Spanish plum,
Even dance the Newgate Hornpipe
If ye’ll only gimme Rum

Rum experienced rapid growth in the late 18th century and became extremely popular in the 19th eventually becoming a semi official currency of the time. Drunkenness became a huge issue during this time period with even kids often being seen stumbling the streets.

In 1808 the Rum Rebellion became the only ever successful armed take over of Government in Australian history.

Its cause is widely misunderstood, however it is common belief that the autocratic William Bligh was removed as he threatened the massive profits that were being made from trading spirits. This perception suggest it was no more then an argument between unsavoury parties. The Rum Rebellion had a much deeper story and was basically a build up of a long running battle for power and a fight over the future of the colony.

In modern Queensland, rum still remains highly popular with Bundaberg Rum now sweeping the world.

Beenleigh Rum is the states oldest rum, however Bundaberg is by far the most iconic and successful. The Bundaberg Rum distillery began in 1888 because local sugar mills didn’t know what to do with the waste molasses after the sugar was extracted. Men that worked in these mills noticed the potential profits and held a meeting at The Royal Hotel on 1 August 1885 to discuss.

Soon after, Bundaberg produced its first rum in 1889 and continued operation until 1907, when it ceased operation for seven years.

The distillery has had its fair share of set backs with two fires in 1936 and 1939, in which rum spilt in to the near by Burnett River. With clever advertising campaigns, Bundaberg Rum has become an international beverage, winning awards on the global stage for its Master Distillers Collective Rum. Bundaberg Rum has become another Queensland icon, however Whisky falls short of that status.

Queensland isn’t big on Whisky with only one distillery.

The Castel Glen distillery is Queensland’s only whisky manufacturer and produces a number of 100% natural Whisky beverages.

For other great stories on Cunnamulla History;

Albion’s Warrego Sawmill Cunnamulla

In Tribute Bub (Steven) Emery

Thargomindah, Noccundra onto Cunnamulla by Joyce Margaret Cowie

Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride 2018

Cunnamulla Accommodation Live Australia’s Story with Tristan Evert

Top Cunnamulla Accommodation for Cunnamulla Fella Festival

American Twitchers do Cunnamulla in search of Raptors

Cunnamulla Road Trip Down Memory Lane With John Hill

In Tribute Bub (Steven) Emery

A poem written in memory of Bub Emery!

A mailman has a thankless job,

No truer words were spoken yet

A million things to memorise

And God help if you forget.

Bub Emery

Bub (Steven) Emery on his mail truck in front of his house in Stockyard Street Cunnamulla

Along the corrugated roads

In summer heat or winter cold

Through mud, mirage, or bulldust deep,

You watch the endless miles unfold.

 

The man we knew who drove the mail

With many a high and heavy load,

Earned love, respect and gratitude,

Along the Moombidary Road.

 

So many extra favours done

Without a thought of recompense

“Of course it’s not a trouble mate

What! Me? take payment have some sense.”

“You want to pay me for the ride?

Now, look here, don’t let’s argue mate!

Enjoy your company.

Besides you opened every flaming gate!”

 

His cheerfulness and kindly deeds,

Are held within our memory

And sadly missed by all of us,

Is our good mate “Bub” Emery.

(These inadequate but sincere lines require no signature. They are meant to express the thoughts of many people who knew and respected the late Mr. Emery. and especially those people along his mail run, who have reason to be grateful for his kindness and cheery good – will.)

For other great stories on Cunnamulla History;

Albion’s Warrego Sawmill Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla Beer Brewer In History of Australian Beer

Thargomindah, Noccundra onto Cunnamulla by Joyce Margaret Cowie

Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride 2018

Cunnamulla Accommodation Live Australia’s Story with Tristan Evert

Top Cunnamulla Accommodation for Cunnamulla Fella Festival

American Twitchers do Cunnamulla in search of Raptors

Cunnamulla Road Trip Down Memory Lane With John Hill