St George

Emu egg carvings, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 2411

On the banks of the Balonne River is the Western Downs town of St George. It is the last post in southern Queensland before the heavily populated east coast finally gives way to the sparseness of the outback. The river crossing was discovered by explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell on St George's Day, 1846, giving the town its name. St George is often referred to as the inland fishing capital of Queensland with lakes and rivers nearby, which also support the area's rich cotton, grape and grain industry.

Visitor Information

Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre, 112-114 St Georges Terrace; (07) 4620 8877

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In Town

Heritage Centre: historic buildings and a local history museum featuring Aboriginal display; Victoria St; (07) 4625 5168.

The Unique Egg: carved, illuminated emu eggs; 9am–5pm Mon–Fri, 9am–12pm Sat; Balonne Sports Store; Victoria St; (07) 4625 3490.

Town murals: around town, depicting scenes of St George's history.

Riversands Vineyard: boutique winery on the banks of the Balonne River; open daily but closed Sundays in February; Whytes Rd; (07) 4625 3643.

Jack Taylor Weir: Sir Thomas Mitchell cairn commemorating the explorer's landmark crossing in 1846; western outskirts.


Beardmore Dam: popular spot for watersports and picnics in surrounding parklands. It offers excellent fishing for yellow-belly and Murray cod; 21 km N.

Ancient rock well: hand-hewn by Aboriginal people, possibly thousands of years ago; 37 km E.

Nindigully: town where the film Paperback Hero was filmed. Features Nindigully Pub, which has the oldest continual licence in Qld, since 1864; George Rd; (07) 4625 9637; 44 km SE.

Boolba: holds the impressive Boolba Wool and Craft Show each May; 50 km W.

Begonia Historical Homesetad: grazing property with farmstay and museum; (07) 4625 7415; 73 km N.

Thallon: small town with excellent swimming and fishing at Barney's Beach on the Moonie River. The nearby Bullamon homestead (1860), mentioned in Steele Rudd's Memoirs of Corporal Keeley, has original shingle roof and canvas ceilings; tours by appt (07) 4625 9217; 76 km SE.

Bollon: large koala population in river red gums along Wallan Creek and a heritage and craft centre in George St; 112 km W.

Thrushton National Park: undeveloped park of mulga scrub, sand plains and woodlands; access in dry weather only and 4WD recommended; (07) 4624 3535; 132 km NW.

Culgoa Floodplain National Park: in the Murray–Darling basin, this park, with over 150 species of birds, is excellent for birdwatchers. There are no formal walking tracks and visitors must be self-sufficient. 4WD recommended; access via Brenda Rd, Goodooga; (07) 4654 1255; 200 km SW.

Campsites around town

Jack Taylor Weir camping area (bush camping) 1 km

This site is on the western side of the weir in St George. There are no facilities but it is close to town. St George is at the junction of the Carnarvon, Balonne and Moonie hwys, 200 km west of Goondiwindi and 290 km... Find out more

Beardmore Dam Turnoff camping area (bush camping) 13 km

This campground is 13 km north of St George, on the turn-off to Beardmore Dam. You’ll need to bring drinking water, as there are no facilities. St George is at the junction of the Carnarvon, Balonne and Moonie... Find out more

Moonie River camping area (bush camping) 43 km

There are no facilities at this site beside the Moonie River in Nindigully, 44 km south-east of St George. St George is at the junction of the Carnarvon, Balonne and Moonie hwys, 200 km west of Goondiwindi and 290 km... Find out more

Warroo Bridge camping area (bush camping) 46 km

Camping is permitted on the north side of the bridge at this site 60 km north of St George. Bring your own drinking water. To get here, follow the Wycombe School–Warroo Bridge Rd from the Carnarvon Hwy, then travel... Find out more

Barney’s Beach camping area (bush camping) 71 km

You’ll find this campground beside the Moonie River, on Thallon–Dirranbandi Rd, 3 km west of Thallon. There are no facilities at the site. Thallon is 76 km south-east of St George.... Find out more

Balonne Minor Bridge camping area (bush camping) 73 km

Self-sufficient campers can stay at this site, 3 km west of Dirranbandi on Dirranbandi–Bollon Rd, around 94 km south of St George.... Find out more

Bush camping areas 93 km

Self-sufficient campers are welcome to camp in Thrushton National Park, but be aware that there are no facilities or amenities and it is very rarely patrolled. Come equipped with drinking water and a gas/fuel stove, as... Find out more

Green Timbers camping area (bush camping) 95 km

This site is for self-sufficient campers only, as there are no facilities. It is 18 km south of Surat off the Carnarvon Hwy, and is accessible in dry weather only. Surat is 78 km south of Roma and 116 km north of St... Find out more

What's on around town

Show: with rodeo; May.

Boolba Wool and Craft Show: May.

Horseracing: St George Jockey Club; July.

Nindigully Campdraft: Sept.

Family Fishing Competition: Sept.

Nindigully Country Music Spectacular: includes pig races; Nov.

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