Palm Tree Creek, Banana Shire Council

Population 626

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.

Visitor Information

17 Kelman St; (07) 4628 6113.

Nearby national parks

  • Isla Gorge National Park

    Isla Gorge National Park, in Queensland’s Central Highlands, lies at the southern end of the Dawson Range and features rugged...more

  • Carnarvon National Park

    Tucked away in this vast, rambling park in Queensland’s Central Highlands is the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge. Boasting towering white...more

  • Cania Gorge National Park

    Cania Gorge, a dramatic landscape of gullies, caves and spectacular 70-metre-high sandstone cliffs, is the centrepiece of this national park...more

Nearby towns

  • Theodore

    Theodore, once called Castle Creek, was the site of Queensland's first irrigation project, opened in 1924. With its rich black soils,...more

  • Miles

    Miles is in the Western Downs. Ludwig Leichhardt passed through this district on three expeditions and named the place Dogwood Crossing. The...more

  • Roma

    Roma is in the Western Downs region and was named after the wife of Queensland's first governor. Roma boasts a few historic...more

In Town

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: 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

Dawson River Bungalows and Tourist Park 1 km

This caravan park has undergone dramatic changes recently. No longer council-operated, it now offers 20 powered sites, plenty of space for tent camping, and modern bungalows. The park also features a laundry and a... Find out more

Sandy Creek Bridge camping area 11 km

This very basic campsite with no facilities is 8 km south-west of Taroom. Access is via the Roma Rd. Taroom, on the Dawson River, is 120 km north of Miles on the Warrego Hwy and 153 km south of Banana on the Dawson Hwy.... Find out more

Chain Lagoons camping area 14 km

This free campsite with no facilities is 15 km north-east of Taroom, reached via the Old Theodore Rd from the Leichhardt Hwy. Taroom, on the Dawson River, is 120 km north of Miles on the Warrego Hwy and 153 km south of... Find out more

Lake Murphy camping area 23 km

This 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 km

A 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 km

If 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 km

Self-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 km

Bush 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

Dogwood Creek camping area 98 km

This old sawmill site is now a clearing for campers, but offers no facilities. It is reached from Barakula State Forest Rd off Auburn Rd. Go past the Department of Primary Industries area and look for the forestry camp... Find out more

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

At Wandoan

Just off the highway. On the south side of town.

Theodore camping area 81 km

At Theodore

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.

Show: May.

Rodeo: July.

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