Runaway Photo: Charlotte Plains – Outback Magic

Shearing shed at Charlotte Plains

 

“Bridge the gap between country and city.”

 

This has been Robyn’s motto for working in tourism. She has always tried to show visitors the difference between traveling and experiencing. Now she’s continuing the tradition through Charlotte Plains, previously owned by her parents. In a piece of land that is the size of half of Singapore, they used to have 60,000 sheep in the flourishing days. Now they only sheer about 7,000 sheep per year, but Charlotte Plains is a home to horses, camels, cattle, and variety of wildlife in the Outback.

Charlotte Plains is about an hour’s drive away from Cunnamulla. It’s a great place to experience what it is really like to live in the Outback and understand the history hands on. There are endless things to do here including wildlife watching, photography, station work, history tours, bathing in the Great Artesian Basin bore, and more. The Cunnamulla region was one of the first to successfully pipe the Great Artesian Basin bore. Charlotte Plains had their own bore since 1982, feeding the entire region ever since. You can dip your body into the 43 degrees (Celsius) of hot water. Dipping into the hot water in hot Outback weather might not sound attractive but trust me, it is surprisingly pleasant and peaceful. The water contains multivitamin and minerals that soothe and heal.

This place had been gone through many owners before Robyn’s family took over. She started the tour from a small graveyard where she buried her husband several years ago. From there we passed a lot of animals including camels and brolga birds. There is simple but clean accommodation for visitors, and tents are always welcome. Camping under the southern Milky Way anyone? Robyn also created a small historic museum in one of the buildings. She arranged big and small historic monuments. Old jockey uniforms, swimming medals, books, old suitcases, dolls, photos… it’s the memorabilia of Charlotte Plains.

Visiting stations in the Outback is one of the best ways to get to know the region. If you are in Queensland’s Outback, make sure to visit Charlotte Plains!

Robyn, the keeper of Charlotte Plains

Robyn, the keeper of Charlotte Plains

It's a great playground for kids - learning so much about the nature!

It’s a great playground for kids – learning so much about the nature!

Bathing in the Great Artesian Basin bore bath

Bathing in the Great Artesian Basin bore bath

The Great Artesian Basin bore

The Great Artesian Basin bore

The Great Artesian Basin bore

The Great Artesian Basin bore

Sheering shad at Charlotte Plains

Sheering shad at Charlotte Plains

Dancing brolgas

Dancing brolgas

Cows are part of the Outback!

Cows are part of the Outback!

Fun kangaroo art at Charlotte Plains

Fun kangaroo art at Charlotte Plains

Shearing shad

Shearing shad

Wool, right after shearing

Wool, right after shearing

A small campfire area for overnight guests

A small campfire area for overnight guests

Part of Robyn's collections

Part of Robyn’s collections

Robyn's father used to travel with this suitcase. Looks like a part of closet, don't you think?

Robyn’s father used to travel with this suitcase. Looks like a part of closet, don’t you think?

Camel ride, anyone?

Camel ride, anyone?

Kangaroos in the Outback

Kangaroos in the Outback

Caution: Camels and Other Beasts

Caution: Camels and Other Beasts

Outback charm

Outback charm

Sorry you missed it!

Sorry you missed it!

Champion ribbons

Champion ribbons

The Champion Race 1964

The Champion Race 1964

Part of the historic collections

Part of the historic collections

Marking the wool cargo with this plate

Marking the wool cargo with this plate

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9 Responses to “Runaway Photo: Charlotte Plains – Outback Magic”

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  1. Alex says:

    You had me at baby goats! Love it!

  2. Ayngelina says:

    I love the sense of humor of this place, so much fun.

  3. Angie Away says:

    I love the shot with the old suitcases & hat!

  4. Noah says:

    I’d say those hot springs would be amazing in the early morning around sunrise … Outback sunrise + hot water = yes please!

  5. I love all of it! Looks like you had quite the experience in the Outback!

  6. What a photogenic place!!

  7. The animals look amazing! We can’t wait to get to Australia one day to see the kangaroos! But we also enjoy seeing cows and horses and…well, any animal that is not in captivity. :)

  8. Federico says:

    I’m with Noah, but for sunset!

  9. Nicole says:

    Beautiful post, Juno!

    So glad you got to experience a unique part of the Australian outback and see a different side to Australia. :)

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