Darling Downs South West


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Council Areas:

  1. Bulloo Shire
  2. Quilpie Shire
  3. Paroo Shire
  4. Murweh Shire
  5. Balonne Shire
  6. Maranoa Regional
  7. Goondiwindi Gegional
  8. Western Downs Regional
  9. Toowoomba Regional
  10. Souther Downs Regional

Contact details

See QLD National Parks

4.4 km return
90 mins

Lake Broadwater

This track joins the two campgrounds. It starts just west of the campground and the lake and make its way around the lake before heading towards Wilga Bush Camp. There are lots of birds in the area. The track is mostly sandy but easy to follow. It passes the old dingo fence. There is also a lot of signage identifying trees.

7.2 km return
2 hrs

Lake Broadwater The Hide

This track along the lake's shore joins the two camping areas and down to the Hide. It passes the remains of a dingo fence built in the 1860s for St Ruth Station and promises you an abundance of bird and waterbird life.

1.5 m return
45 mins

Meat Ant Park

Good for a stop and stretch your legs, when travelling on the Landsborough (Matilda) Highway between Barcaldine and Charleville or Roma, with a short stroll along the levee.

1 km return
30 mins

Mt Basalt

This unique geological and environmental area features rare volcanic formations and a few walking tracks and lookouts with spectacular views

7.2 km return
70 mins

Munroe Tramway

An easy, well-maintained walk through bushland and farmland, including some short sections that join up with the dirt road.

Interpretive signs tell the history of the Munroe Tramway, and some lovely views/birdwatching opportunities.

5.3 km return
2 hrs

Riverbank Walkway

Car weary legs will appreciate this stretch of shady riverbank walkway flanking the town. A star feature, the Riverbank Walkway includes the Jack Taylor Weir and Andrew Nixon Bridge at the far end, with its commemorative stone to mark Sir Thomas Mitchell’s crossing of the Balonne River on St George’s Day back in 1846. Along the riverbank walkway, markers showcases the flood heights and history of the swollen Balonne River from years gone by.

1.3 km return
30 mins

Roma Bush Gardens

Encompassing the picturesque Railway Dam, this leisurely walk is a must for enthusiast of the Australian bush. The 14 hectare gardens showcase eleven vegetation communities local to the Roma region, including Brigalow, Coolibah and Mulga. The walk offers a great variety of different vistas of the dam, which is also regarded as a first-rate place for bird-watching. Read about the native plants through the interpretive panels as you navigate the loop.

3.7 km return
90 mins

Surat Riverwalk

There is a park on the banks of the Balonne River which is a pleasant spot for a picnic. It is part of a walk along the Balonne River which includes footbridges, viewing platforms, Memorial Garden and a weir. There is an Aboriginal interpretative shelter which tells the story of local Aboriginal families and with any river bank environment out west, it is home to some impressive birdlife.

Very Easy
2 km return
45 mins

The Gully Walk

This is a stroll along the Moonie River right opposite the Nindigully Pub. It features a nice path with plenty signs in relation to local history and wildlife.

4 km return
1 hr

Tumble Downs Desert Walks and Gallery

The Yelarbon Desert is a magnificent desert wilderness made from elevated, eroded level silty plains, these landforms are isolated to areas around Yelarbon near the State border. Grassland is scattered with shrubs and trees of Bull Oak, Tea tree, Belah Mallee Box and Poplar Box.

Much of the land type in this region consists of eroded soil, salinity scald, bleached sandy loam and light clay with intermittent Pitted Bluegrass, spinifex and Windmill (Inquisitive) grass and Roly Poly.

Our guided walk will take you into some of the most Eastern Desert in Australia at Yelarbon in South West Queensland. We do not rush... but take our time to experience the country’s beauty.

Enjoy a chat and a relaxing cup of Billy Tea & Anzac biscuits with your guide Julie Boyce on your return.