Thargomindah is situated along the Adventure Way, and lies on the banks of the Bulloo River approximately 200 kilometres west of Cunnamulla, and 1,100 kilometres west of Brisbane. The road is sealed to Thargomindah, with only a 45 kilometre stretch remaining to be sealed to the historic Burke and Wills "Dig Tree" on Cooper Creek at Nappa Merrie Station. It is the ideal touring route to or from South Australia via the famous Strzelecki Track and the Flinders Ranges. By following this Highway through the Bulloo Shire, you can explore the deserts, gibber and flood plains, and discover the natural beauty and unique qualities of the Outback in far south western Queensland.
In 1860, Burke & Wills epic expedition through far South West Queensland helped to pave the way for settlement in the area. It was during this time that a remarkable bushman by the name of Vincent James Dowling pioneered and settled Thargomindah Station. The Station was, and still is, situated on the opposite side of the Bulloo River to where the town of Thargomindah is located. The Town Reserve of Thargomindah was gazetted on 31st December 1874.
Today, Thargomindah is a modern country town providing the facilities and services expected by visitors, including a fully sealed airstrip with Pilot Assisted Lighting. The town has a population of approximately 230, with the traditional source of industry in the Shire being beef and wool. In recent times, petroleum/oil and gas make up a large part of the Shire's economy.
Thargomindah is an Aboriginal word meaning "Cloud of Dust", and each of the streets in Thargomindah is named after residents or notable people of the time. For example, Sams Street is named after the "fighting Parson", the Reverend Hulton-Sams, a member of the "Bush Brothers". It was believed that he had a practise of preaching and then holding a sparring session. A poem was widely circulated after his death in France during WWI.
Thargomindah is perfectly positioned as a base for day tripping around our Shire, with number of iconic attractions within a few hours drive.
You can visit the iconic Burke & Wills "Dig Tree" at Cooper Creek, or spend a day at the historic Noccundra Hotel on the Wilson River and enjoy a meal, a drink, and a yarn with the locals.
Take a short trip to see Lake Bindegolly National Park (home to migratory birds) and enjoy the Walking Trails, and nature activities, including bird watching.
For those a little more adventurous, take a day trip along the Dowling Track to Hungerford and Currawinya National Park.
For those passing through, visit Cameron Corner, where the States of Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales meet.
If you want to stay closer to your camp site, you can fish in the Bulloo River or net big blue yabbies for dinner. Take a leisurely walk along the Bulloo River to the Weir, and then to the Cobb & Co Crossing, or you can walk out to the Hydro Power Plant Display on the outskirts of town. There is a tour of the Old Hospital and a Hydro Power Plant demonstration at 8.30am every day during April to October, which is well worth visiting or turn back time as you wander through Leahy House, which is located right in the heart of town.