Taking in 60,901 square kilometres in South Western Queensland, “Barcoo” is the seventh largest shire in Queensland that offers an outback experience not to be forgotten. Travellers will encounter magnificent red sand hills, brilliant white ghost gums, rock formations, natural open grass lands and river flats.
The three small townships of Barcoo include Jundah, Stonehenge and Windorah. These towns have history dating back as far as the 1870’s. Pioneer graves, historic sites such as the JC Hotel Ruins, Magee’s Shanty and Battle Hole are some of the iconic landmarks within this region.
Home to the Shire’s Administration Centre, Jundah is located on the banks of the Thomson River, just 30 kilometres above the “Barcoo Junction”. This is where the Thomson and Barcoo River also meet to form Coopers Creek. Tranquillity is also the draw card to this quiet little town that has a population of 110 people. The historic building built in 1899 hosts a mural painted by school children in 1990 and the Barcoo Shire Museum depicts interesting relics from the past.
Stonehenge is a quaint little town located 67 kilometres to the north of Jundah and situated on a Stoney ridge overlooking the Thomson River. The area boasts scenic views and astonishing landscapes.
35 kilometres below the “Barcoo Junction”, Windorah is the last stop before Birdsville and rests on the edge of Coopers Creek flood plains. Close by, magnificent red sand hills rise from the black soil plains and present a majestic picture. The Information and Cooper Art and Craft Centre continue to provide a great information for visitors.
A variety of events and functions are held within the shire and include the International Yabby Races at Windorah, Woolly Caulfield Cup Sheep Races at Jundah and the Bronco Branding at Stonehenge. Visitors will experience genuine country hospitality amidst the communities whilst travelling the country roads.