Population: 100 (approx.)
GPS Coordinates: 27.32oS; 149.88oE
We're a small community on the banks of the Brigalow River, just over 60km west of Tara, and home to a $1.2 million ANZAC Memorial Museum. Our museum houses a treasure trove of military memorabilia in tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of our armed forces Diggers. The atmosphere here will capture your heart as you contemplate the experiences of our fallen. Take in the magnitude of the elevated Canberra Bomber, the Twin Mounted Naval Bofors Gun, equipment from the Light Horse Brigade and armoured personnel carriers.
Meandarra was first surveyed as a town site in 1912 and was allegedly derived from a pastoral run. There is no proven theory for where our town name originated, but legend has it a swaggie was asked, "Who lives here?", and replied, "Me and Darra", in reference to his dog. A statue next to the Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum captures this humorous tale. While you are exploring our town, take a scenic walk along the tranquil Meacle Family Walkway which meanders along the banks of Brigalow Creek. This is the ideal place to absorb the most picturesque setting of our landscape; enjoy the melody of birdsong, admire the native waterlilies (Nymphaea gigantea), or throw a line in for some fresh golden perch.
Population: 40 (approx.)
GPS Coordinates: 27.72oS; 150.37oE
South of Tara, on one of the only major crossroads from Dalby through to Outback Queensland and New South Wales, is the little township of Moonie. Our name derives from the Moonie River which was first recorded as 'Mooni' by Sir Thomas Mitchell when he passed through the area in 1846. Moonie is the site of Australia's first commercial oil field, which was established in 1961, and still operates today pumping crude oil. Call into our Rural Transaction Centre to find the Visitor Information Centre, a range of local arts and crafts and friendly local knowledge. Enjoy a picnic in the garden and discover our history via the interpretive panels or the static displays of the oil equipment.
While our town may seem quiet on first impression, we are becoming somewhat famous for our lively Moonie Yabbie Races held each year in November. Grab a syndicate of six to ten friends and purchase one of our fine bred yabbies to be part of the day's activities.
Population: 20 (approx.)
GPS Coordinates: 27.25oS; 149.68oE
We may be named the "End of the Line" at the railway station, but our community spirit is alive and well with much character for you to discover. The End of the Line Railway Siding provides a shady retreat and accommodates much of our local history including how the town got its name. Montys Garage Vintage Car Museum houses an impressive display of approximately 60 vehicles dating from 1921 to 1966 and provides a rare insight into the mechanical repairs and painstaking restoration work of these beautiful motor cars. Our shady Bottle Tree Inn, aptly named after a long standing bottle tree, is the perfect place to catch up with some locals and experience our friendly country hospitality. If it's a true bush experience that you're after, join us at one of our two annual campdrafts which draw examples of skilled horsemanship from across our region.
Our town lays claim to an internationally recognised, 130 hectare botanic garden; Myall Park Botanic Garden, which was established in the 1940s, is located seven kilometres outside of town. Developed by amateur botanist David Gordon, the garden is home to the famous 'Robyn Gordon' grevillea and boasts one of Queensland's oldest collections of Australian semi-arid zone flora. The on-site gallery exhibits superb botanical paintings by the late Dorothy Gordon. Follow the interpretive signs off the beaten track on foot or bike to see the very best of the park's specimens.
GPS Coordinates: 27.34oS; 150.21oE
We are a small settlement which was named by the first postmistress after the term used by the drovers to refer to their meeting place in an area nearby. Today, it's an iconic crossroads to the west of Tara with a petrol station serving hearty meals or simply a relaxing short term stay in nearby settings for self-sufficient travellers. The Cabawin Oil Well was the first oil well found in the Tara region and The Gums is proud of this contribution to history. Towards Tara you will witness one of the largest aboveground Australian Grown Wheat storage silos in our region.
GPS Coordinates: 27.34oS; 150.06oE
Originally called ‘Red Hill', we were renamed in honour of settler Samuel Hannaford. We're proud of our local history and share the memorabilia of local generations at our Hannaford Historical Museum located inside the Post Office. Horses and stock work are not foreign to those of the Hannaford district, which hosts campdrafts, gymkhanas and family fun days.
GPS Coordinates: 27.64oS; 149.80oE
We're a small settlement about 40km south of Meandarra. Try your swing on our 9 hole rural golf course as you take a break between the townships of Meandarra and Westmar.
Elevation: 248 m
GPS Coordinates: 27.89oS; 149.75oE
Our town name was derived from a fuel depot owned by the WESTern and MARanoa Transport companies. Our treasured stop is the welcoming break at the crossroads of the Moonie Highway and Meandarra-Talwood Road. Relax in the nearby rest area or the roadhouse gardens taking in the colourful parrots that visit our trees. While you're stopped here, take a look at the larrikin murals painted on our water tanks.
GPS Coordinates: 27.90oS; 149.56oE
We're a nice quiet rural settlement where you're welcome to camp on the banks of the Moonie River. You'll find our secret piece of paradise to the west of Westmar. The Flinton Races are our annual Easter event and has been dubbed the "Melbourne Cup of the West", enticing crowds from across the state.