“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

10 thoughts on “Runaway Photo: Charlotte Plains – Outback Magic”

  1. 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. 🙂

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