The South West, or Channel Country is the epitome of the ‘natural’ Outback. At night the dark cloth of the heavens is scattered with glittering stars and at Charleville’s Cosmos Centre and Observatory you can get an even closer look.
It’s not just about the landscape though, it’s the people and the stories. In the town of Cunnamulla on the banks of the Warrego River you can learn about the ‘Cunnamulla Fella’ immortalised in the song made famous by bush legend Slim Dusty.
The term ‘Cunnamulla Fella’ is used to describe young ringers and shearers who work hard on the stations during the week and play hard in the Outback’s towns on the weekend. It’s a way of life for many young station hands to this day.
Further to the west, the town of Quilpie is most famous for one thing, brilliant boulder opals. Unique to this part of the world, these rainbow hued beauties are coveted internationally. You can even dig for your own for free just outside of town. Or, maybe head to the pub and see if you can get any tips on technique from a professional gem fossicker.
If you’re more into the richness and beauty of landscapes rather than striking it rich, the very edge of the Channel Country with its stunning sunsets will make your heart race. Here, Lake Bindegolly National Park offers a spectacular mix of red dessert and thriving wetlands. The landscape changes colour as the sun moves across it during the day and the moon and the stars do the same at night.