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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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Burke & Wills Motel - Mt Isa

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Central Point Motel - Mt Isa

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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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Outback Mt Isa - Mount Isa

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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: Events

Windorah Bronco Branding


Back in the day, when pioneering settlers, created their properties and homes on the vast tracks of lands in Australia, Bronco Branding became the most efficient way to brand and draft calves, generally without the aide of yards, or walking cattle vast distances.

With teams consisting of one or two catchers on horseback, and three handlers on the ground, Bronco Branding has now become a spirited timed event, encompassing and maintaining the traditions of stockmen and women in Australian pioneering history.

So, if you're in the mood to experience a piece of thriving outback history, bring along a shady hat, a comfy chair, your best cheering voice and get out there!


Event Dates
2017
      9th Jul


Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.1K from Windorah

Windorah Gymkhana


Windorah Gymkhana has both motorbike and horse events for all age groups, and is held on the Saturday prior to Windorah Bronco Branding and Stockman's Challenge.

Also, the Windorah Gymkhana has a range of novelty events, such as Bang and Go Back, Walk, Trot and Lead, and Motorbike Chariot Race. Lots of fun for both spectators and competitors.

As part of the Gymkhana and Bronco Branding circuit each year, it is just one of the great events to attend in the channel country.


Event Dates
2017
      8th Jul


Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.1K from Windorah

Windorah Stockman's Challenge


The Windorah Stockman's Challenge is a judged event, comprising of Junior and Juvenile, Beginner and Open flat work. It is a great opportunity for new and seasoned riders of varying riding disciplines and skills, to show off their abilities and horses.

The Windorah Stockman's Challenge is also held with the Windorah Gymkhana and Windorah Bronco Branding, so a busy, fun filled community weekend!

For the spectator, the Windorah Stockman's Challenge is a fun way to view the horsemanship skills of our budding riders and local stockmen and women.

Nomination forms and patterns are available from the Windorah Information Centre prior to competition.


Event Dates
2017
      9th Jul


Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.1K from Windorah

Windorah Campdraft


Windorah Campdraft is held in conjunction with their Rodeo each August school holidays, bringing families and friends from all around the district.

Running over one and a half days, followed by an afternoon rodeo, it is noted as an event that includes everyone.


Event Dates
2017
      12th Aug


Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.1K from Windorah

Great Yellow Belly Fishing Competition


Windorah's Great Yellow Belly Fishing Competition is annually held on the banks of Cooper's Creek, located approximately 12 kilometres from Windorah. This event is held over the first weekend of each July, which fits in with Queensland school holidays.

It is a great opportunity to catch a Yellow Belly of skiting proportions, and win some great prizes! The weekend has plenty of family filled fun, which includes prizes for everyone, a damper cooking competition, bar, music and a presentation night.

Free camping along the banks of the Cooper is available, as well as a scheduled courtesy bus to and from town, for those who don't wish to drive, or who have imbibed.


Event Dates
2017
      1st Jul
      2nd Jul


Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.1K from Windorah

Windorah International Yabby Races


The Windorah International Yabby Races began 1998, and is always on the Wednesday night prior to the iconic Birdsville Races, which is on the first weekend of each September.

It is held in the street outside of the Western Star Hotel, and draws a crowd of punters, ready to whet their appetite with speedy blue claw crustaceans.

As well an opportunity for a good knees up, with live music, it is an event which helps raise much needed funds for Royal Flying Doctors Assc, local community groups, as well as auctioning for charitable organisations, such Breast Cancer Research and Tie Up The Black Dog.


Event Dates
2017
      30th Aug


15 Albert Street
Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.1K from Windorah

Anzac Day Celebrations - Windorah


Windorah's Anzac Day celebrations begin with a Dawn Service, commencing at 5.30am at the Windorah Cemetery.

The Morning Service begins with the march from the Windorah Information Centre, gathering at 9.00am, and proceeding to the Rock of Remembrance, at the Windorah Caravan Park.

Morning Service is followed by a shared plate morning tea. All are welcome.

Two-Up begins at 1pm at the Western Star Hotel, lunch is available.


Event Dates
2017
      25th Apr


7 Maryborough Street
Windorah, QLD, 4481

Located 0.1K from Windorah

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

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