Population 106

Despite being a tiny outback community, Muttaburra has much to promote in its history. Famous cattle duffer Harry Redford (Captain Starlight) planned his daring robbery at nearby Bowen Downs Station in 1870. He stole 1000 head of cattle (thinking they wouldn't be missed) and drove them 2400 kilometres into South Australia. He was arrested and tried; the jury acquitted him, probably because his daring was so admired. These events were the basis for Rolf Boldrewood's novel Robbery Under Arms. More recently, a skeleton of an unknown dinosaur was found in 1963 in a creek close to the Thomson River. It was named Muttaburrasaurus. A replica can be seen in Bruford Street.

Visitor Information

Post office, Sword St; (07) 4658 7147

Nearby national parks

  • Idalia National Park

    Set in the Gowan Range in central western Queensland, Idalia National Park is a dry, remote wilderness. Although the park encompasses the...more

  • Porcupine Gorge National Park

    Looking like an oasis in the dry, flat plains north of Hughenden, Porcupine Gorge National Park features towering sandstone cliffs and a...more

Nearby towns

  • Aramac

    Aramac is a small service town west of the Great Dividing Range. The town was named by explorer William Landsborough; the name is an acronym...more

  • Longreach

    Longreach is the largest town in central-west Queensland. Lying on the Tropic of Capricorn, this 'boom and bust' country is affected by...more

  • Barcaldine

    This pastoral and rail town is located some 100 kilometres east of Longreach. Known as the ‘Garden City of the West’, it was the...more

In Town

Dr Arratta Memorial Museum: this museum has medical and hospital displays with original operating theatres and wards; tours by appt; (07) 4658 7287.

Cassimatis General Store and Cottage: restored store depicts the original family business in early 1900s. The adjacent cottage was home to the Cassimatis family; tours by appt; (07) 4658 7287.


Cemetery:outskirts of town; 1 km W.

Agate fossicking: 5 km W.

Pump Hole: swimming and fishing for golden perch and black bream; 5 km E.

Broadwater: part of Landsborough River for fishing, birdwatching, bushwalking and camping; 6 km S.

Campsites around town

Muttaburra Caravan Park

Muttaburra Caravan Park is on Bridge St in Muttaburra, about 85 km north-west of Aramac. Muttaburra is part of the Barcaldine Regional Council, one of the largest cattle-producing regions in central western Qld.... Find out more

Aramac Caravan Park 83 km

This campground is next to the Aramac Showgrounds on Booker St in Aramac. There are some powered sites and laundry facilities are available. Aramac is part of the Barcaldine Regional Council, 440 km west of Rockhampton,... Find out more

Four Mile Waterhole camping area 84 km

Campers must be totally self-sufficient to use this site near the banks of Torrens Creek; there are no facilities. Take the Corinda turn-off from Torrens Creek Rd; travel for 5 km to the park entrance, plus a further 5... Find out more

Longreach Waterhole camping area 98 km

The Longreach Waterhole is reached from the Landsborough Hwy, about 4 km north-west of Longreach. There’s a toilet block, picnic tables and shelters in the adjacent day-use area, but you need to be totally... Find out more

Longreach Tourist Park 99 km

This holiday park provides a comfortable stay in one of central Qld’s popular tourist towns. Facilities include 2 swimming pools, 3 spas, a mini mart, wireless broadband internet or internet kiosks, free electric... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Longreach Tourist Park 98 km

Longreach is a busy tourist centre during the cooler months and a booking is important even though the park has expanded. It is within walking distance of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and about 2 km from... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Morella rest area 82 km

69km NW of Longreach (R) or 111km SE of Winton (L)

Adjacent to the highway.

Macsland rest area 87 km

24km NW of Longreach (R) or 156km SE of Winton (L)

Just off the highway near the scrub.

Longreach Waterhole camping area 96 km

5km NW of Longreach (R) or 175km SE of Winton (L)

Well off the highway near the river via River Farms Rd.

Ilfracombe park area 99 km

At Ilfracombe

Adjacent to the highway at the historical vehicle display.

What's on around town

Anzac Day Celebrations: Apr.

Landsborough Flock Ewe Show: June.

Horseracing: Aug.

Christmas Celebrations: Dec.

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