Thargomindah is situated along the Adventure Way, and lies on the banks of the Bulloo River approximately 200 kilometres west of Cunnamulla, and 1,100 kilometres west of Brisbane. The road is sealed to Thargomindah, with only a 45 kilometre stretch remaining to be sealed to the historic Burke and Wills “Dig Tree” on Cooper Creek at Nappa Merrie Station. It is the ideal touring route to or from South Australia via the famous Strzelecki Track and the Flinders Ranges. By following this Highway through the Bulloo Shire, you can explore the deserts, gibber and flood plains, and discover the natural beauty and unique qualities of the Outback in far south western Queensland.
In 1860, Burke & Wills epic expedition through far South West Queensland helped to pave the way for settlement in the area. It was during this time that a remarkable bushman by the name of Vincent James Dowling pioneered and settled Thargomindah Station. The Station was, and still is, situated on the opposite side of the Bulloo River to where the town of Thargomindah is located. The Town Reserve of Thargomindah was gazetted on 31st December 1874.
Today, Thargomindah is a modern country town providing the facilities and services expected by visitors, including a fully sealed airstrip with Pilot Assisted Lighting. The town has a population of approximately 230, with the traditional source of industry in the Shire being beef and wool. In recent times, petroleum/oil and gas make up a large part of the Shire’s economy.
Thargomindah is an Aboriginal word meaning “Cloud of Dust”, and each of the streets in Thargomindah is named after residents or notable people of the time. For example, Sams Street is named after the “fighting Parson”, the Reverend Hulton-Sams, a member of the “Bush Brothers”. It was believed that he had a practise of preaching and then holding a sparring session. A poem was widely circulated after his death in France during WWI.
Thargomindah is perfectly positioned for day tripping. You can visit the iconic Burke & Wills “Dig Tree” at Cooper Creek, or spend a day at the historic Noccundra Hotel on the Wilson River and enjoy a meal, a drink, and a yarn with the locals. Visit Cameron Corner, where the States of Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales meet, or travel to Hungerford to have a cool drink at the Royal Mail Hotel before visiting the Currawinya National Park. Take a short trip to see Lake Bindegolly National Park (home to migratory birds) and enjoy the Walking Trails, and nature activities, including bird watching.
Points of Interest
- Hydro Power Plant Display and Demonstration
- Hydro Walking Trail
- Historic Thargomindah Hospital (now the VIC)
- Leahy House, and Heritage Trail
- Post Office and Gift Shop
- Old Thargomindah Printery
- Bulloo River Walking Trail
- Bulloo River –
- fish for yellow belly or yabbies
- Lake Bindegolly National Park & Walking Trails
- Bulloo River – Fish for Yellowbelly /Yabbies
- Burke & Wills “Dig Tree” on Cooper Creek
- Cattle Station Stay