st george

Business Directory and Tourist Guide

WELCOME TO THE BALONNE SHIRE

From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, St George relaxes the senses in all the right ways.
Perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, it is the perfect base from which to explore our beautiful Balonne Shire.

THINGS TO SEE & DO IN ST GEORGE

Unique Egg

  • Witness the world’s only display of stunning hand carved, illuminated emu eggs
  • Meet ‘Steve the Greek’ the amusing raconteur who skilfully creates the carved eggs

Riversands Wines

  • Enjoy free wine tastings of whites, reds, ports, muscats and liqueurs
  • Pottery boots, Condamine bell and quart pots filled with port
  • Outside garden café with scones and cheese platters available for purchase
  • Locally made grape jams and chutneys
  • Open 7 days per week (excluding February)

Sandytown River Cruises

  • Your host Brett Schwiekert is available by appointment
  • 1 -3 hour river cruises, fishing charters and full moon evening cruises available
  • View abundant wildlife including pelicans, cockatoos and eagles
  • For your convenience, you can BYO drinks and nibbles

Pilots War Memorial

  • Features two pilots from St George that served during World War II
  • Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson
  • Warrant Officer Leonard Victor Waters was the first aboriginal fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force

Jack Taylor Weir/Andrew Nixon Bridge

  • Constructed in 1953
  • Commemorative stone to mark Sir Major Thomas Mitchell crossing the Balonne River

Riverbank Parkland

  • Two kilometre stretch of shady riverbank walkway flanking St George
  • Offers a number of exercise stations and the children will enjoy the Lions, Apex and Rotary parks
  • The St George flood marker showcases the flood heights of the swollen Balonne River over the years.
  • Pack yourself a picnic lunch and enjoy the free electric BBQs along the riverbank

Beardmore Dam

  • Constructed in 1972 and holds a capacity of 81,800 mega litres of water when full

Murals

  • History of Cotton mural – showcase the beginnings of the local cotton industry
  • History of Transport mural – painted by Peter Caporn, the mural encapsulates the past using the colours of the river and roads of the Balonne Shire
  • Cobb and Co photo mural – the Cobb & Co Coach played a significant role for travellers in the early years of the Balonne Shire

Fishing

  • Eight waterways traversing the Balonne landscape to ‘throw a line’ in
  • Tackle available from Balonne Sports Store (Unique Egg), Golders
  • Bait available from BP and Handy Store

whilst in the balonne shire

The Balonne Shire’s hub, St George, is the gateway to the shire’s other towns to the south and west including Bollon, Dirranbandi, Hebel, Nindigully, Thallon, Mungindi (Qld).

Bollon

  • Free caravan and camping area complete with toilet
  • Visit the Bollon Heritage Centre, retracing Bollon’s history
  • Aboriginal dreamtime artwork and exercise equipment on the river walk into town with public showers
  • Explore the Thrushton National Park

Dirranbandi

  • Home to the famed Cubbie Station
  • Railway Park holds the 1913 Station Master’s residence, which is now the Rural Transaction Centre
  • Tom Dancey Memorial – the 1910 winner of Australia’s most famous foot race the Stawell Gift
  • Enjoy the colourful mosaic walkway that shows an artistic take of the town’s history
  • Head to the Jack Dwyer Memorial Park on the river’s edge for a quiet spot to picnic

Hebel

  • Caravan and camping sites available
  • Hebel General Store offers amazing home cooked cakes, deserts and meals
  • A public art piece, the Hebel Historical Circle narrates the towns interesting history
  • Hebel Hotel is a gem of a country pub, with colourful artwork by John Murray adorns the front
  • Explore the Culgoa Floodplain National Park

Nindigully

  • Nindigully Pub is the longest continually licensed pub in Queensland and full of character. Pack your appetite as the challenge of the ‘road train’ awaits – a whopper burger, big enough to feed you and 100 of your closest mates
  • There are plenty of spots to rest on table and chairs or stroll on the river walkway whilst free camping at the Nindigully Tourist and Visitor Area

Thallon

  • Free camping area at the recreational grounds and includes toilets and showers.
  • Colourful murals to illustrate its life from the time Major Mitchell discovered it; to the wheat and wool industry that it thrives on.

Mungindi (Qld)

  • Pull in for a cuppa at the Barwon River parkland
  • Pop in for a classic pub meal at the 2 Mile Hotel which was recently rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in 2010
  • Admire the One Ton Post, the monument famously erected by surveyor JB Cameron to mark the end of surveying the 29th parallel

Ph: 07 4620 8877
E: [email protected] www.beautifulbalonne.com.au

balonne shire visitor information Centre

114 St Georges Terrace
St George QLD 4487