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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Top things to do in Cunnamulla this week

Whether you are a Cunnamulla local or have simply found yourself venturing our way for a genuine outback experience, you won’t be disappointed with what we have to offer this week. Good food, quality entertainment and great company are the top of the list this week and every week!

Thursday 13th June
First on the agenda we have Slim Dusty Day. Celebrate the Australian cultural icon with us the only way we know how, over a beer and his country tunes. We have brewed a specialty craft beer for the occasion A Pale Ale red in colour with a cloudy tone just like the dusty outback areas he entertained with his great music.” Don’t forget your boot scootin’ shoes to show off your moves for a chance at the ‘best boot scooter’ prize. Top off the look with your slim dusty hat and you will be sure to fit right in! Entertainment kicking off at 12 midday. We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor at Club Boutique Hotel.

Saturday 15th June
No need to miss your Saturday sleep in to make this weekend’s events, plenty of time for that extra hour sleep and morning cuppa before venturing out and about.  Starting at 10am we have the Club Boutique Hotel local markets. You will find delicious food, clothing and jewellery stalls, homemade jams and chutneys, local photography, craft beer tasting and wine tasting. As always there will be great outback entertainment and if you are looking for a chat there is no better place then the Club Boutique Hotel markets. Have a chat with the locals and immerse yourself in our lifestyle for the day, we have plenty of stories, advice and tourist tips to share. A perfect place to bring friends and family this weekend.  You can find the markets event page here with some additional information. https://www.clubboutiquehotel.com/eventbrite-event/markets-club-boutique-hotel-cunnamulla-2-3/

Sunday 16th June
There is no better way to wrap up the weekend than sitting around a campfire for a roast dinner and show. Listen to stories and be mesmerised by the music all while cozying up to fire. Sound like the perfect night for you? Wait until you hear the 3-course menu; Homemade soup, roast meat, potatoes, pumpkin, peas and gravy. Followed by some of you old time favourite desserts. From 6 – 8pm for $30pp it’s a sure way to top off your outback experience and spend your Sunday evening. You can book here: https://clubboutiquehotel.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/8da57041-73db-424a-83e1-9b02ccff21ec?Event=103482

Club Boutique is the place to be, not only do we have a weekend jam packed of unique outback events and experience’s, but we continue to offer our daily lunches, beer and wine tasting and dinner. Maybe you are looking for something a little less adventurous, or in need of a night in?  Join us for lunch, an afternoon beer or dinner instead. Lunch is from 12pm – 2pm with the offer of a $10 special, a lunch not to be missed. At the prime time of 4.00pm – 5.30pm every day we have our craft beer and wine tasting which you can book your desired date directly here, https://clubboutiquehotel.oztix.com.au/?fbclid=IwAR0BvNNXvCjrTco9cF46IOKPzc5f443uFzP4VrI6XUraXJxZPYC3N59ls98 Lastly,  dinner is served from 6-8pm every night at Club Boutique Hotel. We look forward to seeing you and sharing our love for the outback at Club Boutique Hotel this week!

Memories of a Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford


Cunnamulla the town of living history and untold stories

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford

As 2019 is Year of Outback Queensland we decided to share some memories of an amazing family and friends trip we did a number of years ago. We hope it encourages you to gather a few family members and friends together and plan something yourself or simply join in something that is already planned for you.

Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

We did this amazing trip in a 45 seat coach we chartered however another local family have had a similar great family experience by joining in the Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride. If you would like to see the country from a slower pace or if you like to ride you can get more information by clicking Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride 2019.

The following poem will give an insight to the fun, that was had on this trip we will forever hold dear.

Ode to Burke and Mills

They ventured to the Cooper

You couldn’t call them dills

a hardy group of travellers

They called them Burke and Mills.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Burke and Mills Expedition 1997

Now Burke was no relation

To the one in history told

But they could vouch that Mills, like Wills

In truth was just as bold.


Family and friends made up

This most intrepid breed

In all they numbered twenty-three

with driver, Roadie Reid.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford family trip

Unlike the poor originals

They travelled there in style

In air-conditioned comfort

All eighteen hundred miles.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford

Now the object of their mission

Was to see where Bub had bin

With yella belly fishing

At the Cooper, thrown in.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford fishing cooper creek

Bub’s spirit was there with them

as they travelled oer the miles

At times they thought they saw his face

Weathered in his sunny smile.

Bub Emery

Mike Smith provided lots of jokes

And funny little ditties

The repartee throughout the bus

Must be classed as witty.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Mick funny ditties

To celebrate Gran’s 89th

They stopped at Thargomindah

Michael Smith was 59

Many candles on the cake.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Margaret 89 and Mick 69 birthdays

Travelling on they came upon

The pub at old Noccundra

And with XXXX close at hand

They gazed at it in wonder.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Noccundra Pub

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Noccundra Hotel June Evert Brian Burke Neale Evert

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Noccundra Hotel Lesley June Evert Leanne Burke

Now the Cooper is a legend

For it’s multitudes of fish

But they must have heard them coming

For they hardly filled a dish.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Barry Waljo Miller fishing cooper creek

Luke landed a three pounder

You should have seen his grin

Twould have measured twice the size

Of the fish from fin to fin.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Luke Cridland Fishing Cooper Creek

Waljo Miller took the cake

For bloody sheer persistence

When late one night he hooked a bite

He’d worn down their resistance.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Waljo Miller fishing

Mr Porkey was their cook

He looked like a galah

No reference to his expertise

Just the feathered cap he wore.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Mr Porky Camp Cook

Behind the barbecue he slaved

They said “let’s call him Sir

The tucker that this bloke serves up

Would rival Cordon Bleau”.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Entertaining Elsie Burke

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Elsie Burke the dancing queen of Cooper Creek

Roumers spread throughout the camp

Most will go unlisted

But “They said this “and” They said that”

Was often heard being whispered.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Elsie they said this and they said that

Maria Cridland topped the lot

Said their June was adopted

“Black Sheep” one brave soul chimed in

“That’s rubbish! “Gran retorted.

Trip to Cooper Creek and Hungerford Maria Cridland said June was adopted

To verify that it’s a lie

Just ask old Earnie Braden

He drove the ambulance to the door

Be quick, he’s ninety-four.

The thunder box the boys set up

Was something to be told

And volunteers who pulled it down

Lacked sense of smell we’re told.

Breaking camp they travelled on

To Hungerford, next morn

Stopped off at Thargo

Where Peg and Elsie were born.

Bub drove along these dusty roads

Round Hungerford and Eulo

Carting wool, delivering mail

Bet his old trucks could tell a tale.

Now Emery Swamp’s named after Bub

Some old time told them

No signpost there to show the way

Perhaps they’ll pass another day.

Bub had mused about the beauty

Of the Currawinya Lakes

They determined that they’d see them

First hand, make no mistakes.

At Hungerford Pub the rafters rang

With the group’s melodious voice

And Neale performed in humorous vein

Presenting fishing prizes.

Elsie tickled those old ivories

She knows that it’s the rule

Maureen appeared with bolt and chain

To tie her to the patio stool.

And Gran recalled fond memories

In most nostalgic mode

Of her parents and her early days

In the pub across the road.

Now back in Cunnamulla

Still all rubbing shoulders

Cynthia did a spirit dance

With a scull found at the Boulders.

 They owe a lot to Ed and Chris

Who did the organising

This pair were offered multi thanks

For effort most outstanding.

Well – memories are made of this

So their trip down memory lane

With dear friends and family

Becomes a memory yet again.

Written by: Peg Campbell Daughter of Margaret Emery (Gran)

April 1997

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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


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


Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride 2018

cooper creek to cunnamulla bike ride 2018

Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride 2018 Connecting 158 Years of History

On Thursday 9th August 1906 two young men named Liddle & Beckett arrived in Cunnamulla as part of their attempt to cycle round the world and all because they loved adventure. 24 year old Liddle was from the Orkney Islands Scotland and 19 year old Beckett from England.

They duo relied mostly on the generosity of people to feed and accommodate them as they travelled. It is no surprise they were met in Cunnamulla with open arms by Mr. E Tindsall of Tattersall’s Hotel who provided their board and lodging during their stay. From Cunnamulla they journeyed via Charleville Blackall, Barcauldine, Longreach, Hughenden, and Cooktown, and then proceeded down the coast to Sydney, where they took a boat for New Zealand, and subsequently Tasmania, then returning to Sydney, Melbourne, Ballarat, Adelaide, and Fremantle.

Saturday 21 April 2018 a group of about fifty cyclers set off for Cooper Creek, Noccundra to participate in the Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride 2018 which will take place 21 – 25 April 2018.

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