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Windorah

With a panorama of giant red sandhills, Windorah is located in the heart of the Channel Country, beside Cooper's Creek. It doesn't get much more 'outback' than here, with its stunning vistas, picturesque ruins and historical sites.

Windorah's history is linked with Isisford for it was the Whitman brothers who established both towns. Originally known as Stony Point, its current name is the Aboriginal word for 'place of large fish'. This relates to Cooper's Creek, which is formed by the junction of the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers just south of Jundah. Cooper Creek at Windorah is a top fishing spot, ideal for birdwatching and enjoying watersports with a waterhole about 19 kilometres in length and up to 10 metres deep. The channels can spread floodwaters up to 100 kilometres wide as they flow towards Lake Eyre.

A scenic 12 kilometre nature drive from town to Cooper's Creek gives a view of the area with all its diversity. Magnificent red sandhills are situated just to the west of town.

Windorah's main industry is cattle grazing, due to the abundance of Mitchell Grass and other herbage that is available especially after floods.

Albert Park Motor Inn - Longreach

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Chillagoe Cabins - Chillagoe

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Club Boutique Hotel - Cunnamulla

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Inland Oasis Motel - Mount Isa

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Kinnon and Co - Longreach

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Leichhardt Accommodation - Mount Isa

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Longreach Motor Inn - Longreach

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North Gregory Hotel - Winton

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O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat - Lamington National Park

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Oaks Moranbah - Moranbah

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Spicers Hidden Vale - Grandchester

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The Rocks Motel - Charleville

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Windorah

Windorah: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Red Sandhills


The Red Sandhills ten kilometres west of Windorah on the Birdsville Road are the reddest that you will find anywhere. They may not be very high, but they are worth stopping to admire, especially for photographers. The sandhills continually change colours throughout the day. The best time to see them is at sunset. It's an ideal place to have a drink or two and watch the sun go down and the moon come up at the same time. Along with the sounds of silence, the view and your own company - what better way to take away the stress.

The children will also use up their excess energy running up and sliding down the sandhills. And don't worry, the red sand brushes off.




7 Maryborough Street
Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.2K from Windorah

Whitula Gate Museum


The Whitula Gate Museum is based around an original slab hut built by the Rabbit Board in 1906 as a boundary riders' hut. The hut was moved to its present location in 1996 to be used as the centre point of the museum. The museum has been designed to re-create an 1800s homestead. The museum has household and station equipment as well as aboriginal artifacts on display. Combined with the museum is the Windorah Information Centre, it is a great place to stop, revive and collect local information.




7 Maryborough Street
Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.2K from Windorah

Windorah Nature Drive


The Nature Drive is a 12 kilometre off-road drive from Windorah to Coopers Creek that passes through a variety of country including Gidgee woodlands, Spinifex grasslands and floodplains to finish the drive at Coopers Creek. There are around 38 different flora with common name plates as well as a number of points of interest along the way. The drive will join the Quilpie Road at the bridge over Coopers Creek.

Pick up a fact sheet from the Information Centre before you leave. Although called a 'drive' it is a good easy afternoon walk for hikers. Just ask at the Information Centre if you need to be dropped off at the start or picked up at the finish.




7 Maryborough Street
Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.2K from Windorah

J.C. Ruins


John Costello was empowered by John Collin and Son of Melbourne to secure land for the Collins family. It was during one of these early exploring trips that John stopped here and carved his initials (or was it J.C. for John Collin) on the famous JC tree while he was waiting for his billy to boil.

A hotel was built nearby at a later date, and when Surveyor G.T. Weale laid out a township in 1884, he gave it the name Canterbury, because the Post Master General's Department would not accept J.C. as a town name. The township and the run was officially named Canterbury, but the hotel continued to be referred to as "The J.C.".

The hotel and township of Canterbury have long disappeared and all that is left is the small remains and cemetery. The tree on which John carved his initials has long gone.

The hotel was a pise building, the rammed earth walls were marked and painted to resemble larger rectangular stone blocks.




Diamantina Development Road,
85 kilometres west of Windorah
Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 1.1K from Windorah

Windorah: Events

Easter Fun Day


Held on the banks of the iconic Coopers Creek, this anything goes race requires teams of four to complete set obstacles against the clock and against each other. This is a day where it is just a much fun for the spectators and the competitors. Food and bar available all day. Great for the whole family.

The Easter Fun Day will not be held in 2016, but may be returned in 2017.


Event Dates
2017
      16th Apr


Cooper Creek
Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.2K from Windorah

Windorah Campdraft and Rodeo


Watch the thrills and spills of all the rodeo and campdraft action. This is a weekend not to be missed. From barrel racing to bucking bulls, this event showcases what campdrafts and rodeos are all about. Pack the swag and dance the night away and experience all that Windorah has to offer.


Event Dates
2016
      12th Aug
      13th Aug


Windorah rodeo grounds
Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.2K from Windorah

Windorah International Yabby Races


Heading out to Birdsville to the races? Stop in at Windorah first for the iconic International Yabby races, a night not to be missed. This is a truly unique Outback Queensland experience you wont forget.

All the action takes place in the main street of Windorah right out the front of the Western Star Hotel. You never know you could back a winner before you even get to Birdsville!

Free camping available, entertainment and fun for everyone.




Event Dates
2016
      31st Aug


Albert Street
Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.2K from Windorah

Windorah: Travel Tips

Windorah Visitor Information Centre


The Windorah Visitor Information Centre is located on Maryborough Street in Windorah.

This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures and itineraries. Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, the Windorah Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do and where to eat. Discuss with the friendly staff your travel plans or make a booking.

Call in and collect your free "Information and History Walk around town" booklet and while you are there, visit the Whitula Gate museum which is housed in the beautiful gardens of the Windorah Visitor Information Centre. Enjoy a free tea or coffee while you relax on the verandah of the Information Centre or catch up with friends and family back home on the free wi-fi.

Road conditions and weather forecasts can be obtained at the centre to help plan the next leg of your journey.




Maryborough Street
Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.4K from Windorah

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