Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide : Flinders Ranges and Outback Visitor Guide
Ancient Aboriginal rock carvings can be found at the eastern end of the popular fishing and picnic spot, Cullymara Waterhole. Found about 110 kilometres north-west of town and listed under the Ramsar Wetlands Convention as desert wetlands of international importance, the Coongie Lakes system is a must-visit. See prolific bird life and marvel at beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the still waters of these superb lakes. Restrictions apply so visit the Innamincka Regional Reserve headquarters and information centre, located in the Australian Inland Mission building, before you head out. The Australian Inland Mission building stands tall in central Innamincka, thanks to a joint renovation project carried out between the South Australian government and Australian Geographic volunteers led by Dick Smith. The reconstruction followed the original plans and now houses interpretive panels on pastoral and Australian Inland Mission history, and the cultural heritage of Yandruwandha (pronounced Yan--dru--wan--dah) and Yawarrawarrka (pronounced Yarw--ya--wah--ka). Innamincka to Thargomindah The next major centre across the border from South Australia to Queensland is Thargomindah in Bulloo Shire. En route there's plenty to stop and see, tracing the path of early Australian explorers Burke and Wills. The scenery changes along the journey to Thargomindah through the Grey Range, where emus, kangaroos and birdlife abound. The traditional source of industry in the Bulloo Shire is beef and wool but petroleum oil and gas is a burgeoning and extremely important industry in the Shire. Thargomindah 372 kilometres from Innamincka First gazetted as a town in 1874, Thargomindah lies on the banks of the Bulloo River in Queensland. Visitors can take a relaxing stroll along the River Walk or catch fish or yabbies in the Bulloo River adjacent to the town centre. Thargomindah was the first town in Australia and the third location in the world, one day after Paris, to have street lighting generated by hydro-electric power. From April--October, Hydro Power Displays are conducted daily at 4:30pm, at the original site of the old bore on the outskirts of the township. Entry is free but you can make a donation. The old Thargomindah Hospital was built of local brick and mud prior to 1888 and used as a hospital until 1976. The building is now used as the Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre and houses historical artefacts. Another museum to visit is Leahy House, situated in Dowling Street and open daily from early morning to late evening. The house was built post-1885 and owned by Sir Sidney Kidman in the early 20th century. Entry is free. The partial structure of Thargomindah's original newspaper printery, circa 1884, still remains; however, it's not open to the public so you can only take photos from the outside. Cooper Creek, Innamincka The Sturt Desert Pea Advertisement on page 73 Expect the unexpected. Burke & Wills never had it so good. Phone: (08) 8675 9901 Innamincka Hotel Make sure you check conditions before you travel as they can vary. Be aware of rain damage, cattle grid crossings and corrugations. The track is single-lane in some areas. You'll also need to check Queensland road conditions for cross border travel.
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