Kynuna is a tiny outback town famous for inspiring Banjo Paterson to write his iconic tune, Waltzing Matilda. It is said that Samuel Hoffmeister, at the time of the Shearers' Strike, drank his last drink at the Blue Heeler Hotel and then killed himself at Combo waterhole (south of town). This story stirred Paterson to write the now-famous ballad.
Roadhouse, Matilda Hwy; (07) 4746 8683.
Blue Heeler Hotel: famous hotel with illuminated blue heeler statue on the roof.
Kynuna Roadhouse: obtain a mudmap from the roadhouse to find the original Swagman's Billabong.
Combo Waterhole Conservation Park The events described in 'Waltzing Matilda' occurred in this park, which has waterholes lined with coolibahs. On the Diamantina River, the park is an important dry-weather wildlife refuge. See the Chinese-labour-constructed historic stone causeways from the 1880s or take the 40 min return waterhole walk. The turn-off to the park is 16 km E.
McKinlay Although the town is tiny, its famous Walkabout Creek Hotel was originally known as McKinlay Hotel and is the local watering hole in the film Crocodile Dundee, which starred famed Australian larrikin Paul Hogan. 74 km NW.
Swagman's Billabong:made famous in our national folk song; 2 km E.
Rest areas around town
Middle of town
Large area adjacent to the highway next to the roadhouse.
NOTE: Camping available for a fee.
Combo rest area 17 km
145km NW of Winton (R) or 18km SE of Kynuna (L)
Just off the highway near the turn-off to Combo Waterhole.
30 km NW of Kynuna (L) or 46 km SE of McKinlay (R)
Large area just off the highway.
Bendemeer rest area 65 km
93km NW of Winton (R) or 70km SE of Kynuna (L)
Adjacent to the highway.
McKinlay park area 74 km
Just off the highway. In the middle of town.
What's on around town
Surf Carnival: Apr.