Oh he’s the Cunnamulla fella Yes he’s the Cunnamulla fella

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Oh he’s the Cunnamulla fella Yes he’s the Cunnamulla fella

Cunnamulla Fella

“Oh he’s the Cunnamulla fella. Yes he’s the Cunnamulla fella.”

Cunnamulla, a town that I could never say the name right, remains deep in my heart. It’s a small town lies on the Warrego River, two hours drive from Charleville, and seven hours drive west from Brisbane. I continued the outback expedition by driving to Cunnamulla from Charleville. Besides kangaroos and emus jumping on the road, the drive is fantastic if you like this kind of landscape.

Cunnamulla looks like a middle of nowhere in the outback, but it is surprisingly diverse if you look around. As a historic outback town, the information center museum shows various historical facts and artifacts from the olden days. It also lies on the Great Artesian Basin. Many cattle and sheep farms located near the town, some are open for visitors. Warrego River is a great place for kayaking, camping, and birdwatching, and the naturally formed sand hill is a wonderful playground for everyone. The town itself is quite charming as well. At night, drive five minutes away from the town, and you’ll see the best and brightest night sky.

I slept only a few hours each day in Cunnamulla because I didn’t want to miss a thing. With the guide of Pieta Mills of Out the Back Australia, we did all the activities I mentioned and more. I love this red soil country.

David Carline and his Kooma family

Davie Carline, Australia’s Aboriginal Kooma tribe

The Great Artesian Basin bore bath at Charlotte Plains

The Great Artesian Basin bore bath at Charlotte Plains

Kayaking on Warrego River

Kayaking on Warrego River

Black swan on the Warrego River

Black swan on the Warrego River

Pelicans on the Warrego River

Pelicans on the Warrego River

Cunnamulla downtown

Cunnamulla downtown

Cunnamulla Coach mural

Cunnamulla Coach mural

The famous 'Indiana Jones bridge' at the Rocky - it's for sheep and people during the flood

The famous ‘Indiana Jones bridge’ at the Rocky – it’s for sheep and people during the flood

Dancing brolga

Dancing brolga

Shearing shed at the Chalotte Plains

Shearing shed at the Chalotte Plains

The Great Artesian Basin bore at Charlotte Plains

The Great Artesian Basin bore at Charlotte Plains

Robyn Russell - the woman behind the Charlotte Plains

Robyn Russell – the woman behind the Charlotte Plains

Camel bags

Camel bags

Downtown

Downtown and gazibo

Tourist information

Tourist information

Club Boutique Hotel

Club Boutique Hotel

Sunset in Cunnamulla

Sunset in Cunnamulla

Sheep waiting for the shearing at the Rocky

Sheep waiting for the shearing at the Rocky

Cunnamulla downtown

Cunnamulla downtown

Cunnamulla post office

Cunnamulla post office

The southern Milky Way

The southern Milky Way

With Pieta on the Warrego River

With Pieta on the Warrego River


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Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

9 Comments

  1. Andrew says:

    Awesome pics! Great work Juno!

  2. Uma says:

    That starry sky was epic! The canal must have been pretty toasty warm as well, though I’d be looking over my shoulders for crocs, lol!

  3. […] time all I could think was, ‘I have to come back’. I loved every minute of it. Somewhere in Cunnamulla I wondered, ‘Why do I love this place so […]

  4. […] 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 […]

  5. lyn barden says:

    I so enjoyed your photo’s of Cunnamulla. IO haven’t been to the outback for years. to see the bore drains and channel, Brolga’s and the pubs was great. I need a trip outback!

  6. Mitch says:

    How do i get to that small creek that you are sitting in?

  7. I so want to do the outback. I have been to Australia but didn’t manage to do the most important and the most amazing bit. Another reason to go back!

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