Step back in time with a trip to Queensland’s corner country and the far west town of Thargomindah.
Read on to discover the best things to see and do on the Bloomfield Track or find and book accommodation near Thargomindah today.
Thargomindah has a population of only 230 people, yet the Bulloo shire is the third largest in Queensland, containing large gas and shale oil fields and thus providing significant council revenue. This town is an historical one, and a haven for nature lovers with ample deserts, gibber and flood plains to explore.
Any trip to Thargomindah must take in the impressive historical buildings still standing around the town. From the hospital to the museum, these old mud brick house are just as remarkable now as they were many they were constructed, over 100 years ago.
The hydro power plant is also a must-visit, owing to its historical significance and prominence in the town. It is Australia’s first hydro-electricity system driven by artisan water pressure, and free tours can be arranged.
Located on the Bulloo River, Pelican Point is a focal point on Thargomindah’s River Walk. The old weir is a crossing from the town to the old settlement of Thargomindah Station on the opposite bank of the river. Nowadays, this spotting is popular for fishing, yabbying, canoeing and swimming, or for just enjoying a picnic in gorgeous surrounds.
One hundred and forty five kilometres from Thargomindah lies the iconic Noccundra Hotel. The pub was built in 1888, and is made of sandstone blocks, brought in by camel train. There are also two powered sites at the rear of the pub if you can stand the generator noise all night.
The National Park is an interesting site located only a short 45km drive east of Thargomindah. The Park features two salt lakes and one freshwater lake, and a number of walking trails including a 4.5km bird watching walk which can offer glimpses of a variety of birds and emus. The national park is one of only two sites where the endangered tree species Acacia ammophila survives, due to the effects of overgrazing.
The Burke and Wills Dig Tree is located 380km west of Thargomindah, and remains an Australian national icon. The tree, a spreading Coolabah, is a striking reminder of Australia’s pioneering spirit and of the extreme harshness of the Outback. In 1898 John Dick carved Burke’s face into another tree about 30m downstream of the Dig Tree, known as the ‘Face Tree’.
Thargomindah can get incredibly hot, with summer temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius.
Thargomindah is located in far western Queensland, about 1000km west of Brisbane and 200km west of Cunnamulla.
The road from Cunnamulla to Thargomindah is all sealed, double lane and in good condition.
The Explorers Caravan Park sits at the end of the main street. For more accommodation options in and around Thargomindah, click here.
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