Cunnamulla is on the Warrego River, north of the New South Wales border. It is the biggest wool-loading station on the Queensland railway network, with two million sheep in the area. Explorers Sir Thomas Mitchell and Edmund Kennedy were the first European visitors, arriving in 1846 and 1847 respectively, and by 1879 the town was thriving with regular Cobb & Co. services to the west. In 1880, Joseph Wells held up the local bank but could not find his escape horse. Locals bailed him up in a tree that is now known as the Robber's Tree and can be found in Stockyard Street. The wetland birdlife in the area, particularly the black swans, brolgas and pelicans, is spectacular.
Centenary Park, 2 Jane St; (07) 4655 8470
Nearby national parks
Cunnamulla Fella Centre Art Gallery and Museum: gallery showcases different artist exhibitions throughout the year, while the musem displays the rich history and heritage of the town and wider Paroo shire; Jane St.
Yupunyah Tree: planted by Princess Anne; Cnr Louise and Stockyard sts.
Outback Botanic Gardens and Herbarium: Matilda Hwy.
Outback Dreaming Arts and Crafts: exhibits and sales of local Aboriginal art; Stockyard St.
The Heritage Trail: discover the days of the late 1880s on this self-guide trail; details from visitor centre.
Wyandra: small town featuring Powerhouse Museum and Heritage Trail; 100 km N.
Noorama: remote sheep station that holds picnic races each Apr; 110 km SE.
Culgoa Floodplain National Park: 195 km SE; see St George.
Campsites around town
Wyandra Camping Reserve 96 kmThis basic campground for self-sufficient campers is set behind the school in Wyandra, off Moody St. Wyandra is off the Mitchell Hwy, around 100 km north of Cunnamulla and 90 km south of Charleville.... Find out more
Caravan parks around town
Rest areas around town
Next to the Cunnamulla Fella monument on the west side of town via Jane St.
Nardoo Camp Area 36 km
36 km N of Cunnamulla (R) or 164 km S of Charleville (L)
Campground located just off the highway at the homestead. Good facilities but only limited shade.
Wyandra rest area 95 km
Adjacent to the highway. On the south side of town.
What's on around town
Outback Masters Games: odd-numbered years, Apr.
Cunnamulla Festival and Bullride Championships: Nov.