Taroom is on the banks of the Dawson River in the Capricorn region. Since settlers took up land in 1845, cattle raising has been the main local industry. The coolibah tree in Taroom's main street was marked 'L. L.' by explorer Ludwig Leichhardt on his 1844 trip from Jimbour House near Dalby to Port Essington, north of Darwin.
17 Kelman St; (07) 4628 6113.
Nearby national parks
Museum: old telephone-exchange equipment, farm machinery and items of local history; open 9am–3pm Mon and Fri or by appt; Kelman St; (07) 4627 3231.
Expedition National Park This remote park features the 14 km Robinson Gorge. The 4 km return track leads to an excellent lookout. Only experienced walkers should attempt the rough track down into the gorge. The Cattle Dip Lookout overlooks a permanent waterhole reached via the 8 km return Shepherd's Peak Trail or from the carpark at the lookout. 4WD recommended; some of the road is gravel. (07) 4624 3535; 128 km NW.
Lake Palm Tree Creek:
Lake Palm Tree Creek:rare Livistona palms; 15 km N.
Murphy Conservation Park: pristine lake with birdlife, and picnic and camping spots. It was the site of Leichhardt's campsite in 1844; 30 km N.
Glebe Weir: waterskiing and fishing; 40 km NE.
Wandoan: the local heritage trail in the town visits all the major sights, including the Waterloo Plain Environmental Park; brochure from visitor centre in Royd St; 59 km S.
Scenic and historic drives: self-drive tours to nearby sights; brochure from visitor centre.
Campsites around town
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Lake Murphy camping area 23 kmThis large camping area has plenty of space for motorhomes and large groups looking for a shady spot near the lake, which is a seasonal refuge for waterbirds. You’ll need to bring firewood and drinking water.... Find out more
Glebe Weir camping area 31 kmA hugely popular spot for fishing and waterskiing, Glebe Weir is a 54 km drive from Taroom. To get to the campground, take the Leichhardt Hwy 28 km north of Taroom, turn right onto Glebe Weir Rd and travel for a further... Find out more
Isla Gorge camping area 54 kmIf you’re seeking a campsite with a view, you’ll love watching the sun set over the orange-coloured cliffs of Isla Gorge at this camping area. There are undefined walking tracks for experienced walkers. Bring... Find out more
Starkvale camping area 73 kmSelf-sufficient campers with 4WD vehicles can access this grassy clearing in the Robinson Gorge section of Expedition, 4 km south-east of Robinson Gorge Lookout (dry-weather access only). There are approximately 8... Find out more
Bush camping areas 83 kmBush camping is permitted throughout the Robinson Gorge section and in certain areas of Beilba and Lonesome sections for self-sufficient and experienced campers. For a unique outback Qld experience, set up camp inside... Find out more
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Rest areas around town
Chain Lagoons rest area 13 km
T/O 15km N of Taroom (R) or 80km S of Theodore (L)
Secluded area located 1.5km north of the highway at the lagoon.
Glebe Weir camping area 31 km
T/O 27km N of Taroom (R) or 67km S of Theodore (L)
On the banks of the Dawson River 26km east of the highway.
Isla Gorge camping area 53 km
T/O 59km N of Taroom (L) or 36km S of Theodore (R)
Small campground in Isla Gorge National Park. Located 1km west of the highway in scrub at a lookout.
Wandoan rest area 56 km
Just off the highway. On the south side of town.
Theodore camping area 81 km
Located 2km off the highway on the banks of the Dawson River at the southern end of the main street through town.
What's on around town
Campdraft: Apr and Oct.