The Gums


The Gums is a small settlement west of Tara in Southern Queensland Country’s Western Downs region. The first postmistress named the Gums, after what the drovers called their meeting place nearby. You’ll find the tiny settlement at the junction of the Leichhardt Highway and the Tara-Surat Road, 30 kilometres west of Tara. The town’s quaint historic church and tiny bush school date back to early twentieth century.

Named after a nearby spot drovers used to meet in bygone days, The Gums is a tranquil location, perfect for a ‘smoko’ stop in your travels or a great short-term campsite to pitch your tent or park the van. The Gums Nature Reserve offers opportunities to see native birds, flora and fauna in natural surrounds.

Quick Facts

The Gums is a small Queensland Rural Location within the local government area of Western Downs, it is located approximately 280kms from the capital Brisbane covering an area of 1084.399 square kilometres. The Gums has a recorded population of 159 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Standard Time zone Australia/Brisbane.

If you are planning a visit to The Gums we’ve put together some of the things nearby that you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know The Gums and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.