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Gone Walkabout Town & Industry Tour

Rocky Station


  • Tour commentary by passionate & knowledgeable local
  • Fun and friendly
  • Learn the secrets of the past and present that only a local would know
  • Smoko half way round
  • Tour local industries and find out what makes the town tick
  • Tour large scale farming

Passengers: 1 - 16

Price from:
AUD $30 p.p.

Fitness Level:

The only requirement is you must be able to safely get on and off the bus unassisted.


• 4WD: seats front facing air-conditioned vehicle
• Minibus: 21 seats front facing air-conditioned vehicle

Tour Departs:

2pm daily
13:35 - Pick up – Out the Back Australia Headquarters

13:45 - Pick up – Bus Stop 32 John Street Cunnamulla beside IGA

14:55 - Pick up - Cunnamulla Caravan Park beside office

Inclusions & options:

Tour: Three hour tour and commentary.

Meals: Smoko (afternoon tea) is provided half way round on this tour. There is a variety of cakes, slices and scones with tea, coffee or a cold drink. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated so please confirm at time of booking so we can ensure there is lots of fresh healthy food to suite your needs.

Daily collection to and from accommodation or the designated pick up areas is included in the price. 
All entries are included as per itinerary.

What to Bring:

A sense of fun and adventure.


Closed in Shoes.




Tour only

Tour & Campfire Dinner





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Tour Itinerary

13:35 - Pick up – Out the Back Australia Headquarters
13:45 - Pick up – Bus Stop 32 John Street Cunnamulla beside IGA
14:55 - Pick up - Cunnamulla Caravan Park – beside office

14:00 – Your adventure tour is about to commence so buckle up and get ready to discover the past and present on a fun town tour of Cunnamulla.
Get to know and understand the characters of the outback and become part of what is our home “Cunnamulla”. You will come to know and love it as we do.
Passing through the huge natural sand dunes you will find out how these treasures developed. Keep an eye out for Australian native birds as Cunnamulla boasts 215 documented species.
Uncover the old saw mill and government housing that is having a significant makeover as part of a 30 million dollar federal government investment across Australia. See where houses have been moved to as we share the story of how and why.
Cunnamulla has five tribes of Aboriginals and the CDEP program in Cunnamulla assists unemployed Indigenous people to gain skills for work. 
Before telling the story of Brendan Abbot and the council works depot we view the old road grader now a garden ornament.
We passionately chat about local health services, the Cunnamulla Hospital and the challenges of not having a full time local doctor.
You will be amazed to see some recently sold and renovated homes in Cunnamulla and we will divulge the housing prices and demand for good rental accommodation in the local market.
Discover the history of the old power station once the source of electricity for the town, now abandoned and riddled with asbestos while the vision across the road is a stunning Family home.
Characters of a bygone era include Catholic Priests, the Bishop, Sisters of Mercy who provided education to the kids of the west.
Get to know and understand local characters like Miss Marianne and the Johnstone family who personal invested into developing the youth of Cunnamulla through sport.
We share the best kept secrets like the story of bank robber Joseph Wells and how his victims pled to the government to let him live then pass the home of successful local Aboriginal author Herb Wharton.
Approaching the cemetery we go back to the fifties when a huge shearing strike consumed the region. Ghosts of the past surface as we delve into tales of characters that now lay to rest in Cunnamulla’s Heritage Cemetery. The tragic death of a young boy and a pioneer who settled on Tinnenburra Station in 1867 which later became the largest holding in Australia are just two of our tales.
As we embark on Allan Tannock Weir Aboriginal history tells how Cunnamulla got its name and we pass the old stock route where many a drover moved mobs with stock whips cracking.
Cobb and Co coaches operated regular services through Cunnamulla from 1879 and you will travel over some land their big hearted horses galloped on.
Share how forty years of flood research and a healthy respect of the river empowered Allan Tannock to help save Cunnamulla from the mighty Warrego River in the 2009 floods that destroyed Charleville and Nyngan.
Self driven Allan Tannock was a man of vision, a thirst for knowledge motivated his recordings of daily events and he passionately lobbied government in the pursuit of economic development of the Cunnamulla region. He served his country at war, was a true gentleman and will always be a legend in these parts.
On the return journey to Cunnamulla CBD view developments along the river as we pass the controversial house built for the Paroo Shire Council CEO.
We pass the Cunnamulla State School another historical icon and then travel over the Darby Land Bridge where history and industry meet. A highlight is the tour of a local table grape farm.
With pubs a plenty there’s no shortage of yarns then we are off to learn the story behind the Cunnamulla Fella and the CBD.
During smoko have a look through the photographic display of local photographer Stephanie Mills who is donned Australia’s photographic storyteller before once again hitting the Cunnamulla heritage trail.
Other significant links to the heritage of the region include the Fountain, St Albans, Osborne Bros, Artesian Bore water, water tower and Hatchman Petroleum Mobil Depot today the only fuel depot servicing a large chunk of remote Australia.
A visit to the Cunnamulla railway station that was completed in 1898 will bring back memories of the old rattlers that were once the main links to civilisation.
We then follow the well worn line north to Hortonvale and reveal how a local grazing family transformed their properties and lives after the wool crash to include large scale irrigation development beyond the scope of your wildest imagination. See the sheer size along with the implementation of significant environmental and conservation systems that allow the preservation of precious commodities and natural resources that remain precious in this arid area of Australia.
By now you would experience and discovered more about what’s happening in Cunnamulla than most locals and we hope it inspires you to stay a few extra days to really explore our special part of Queensland’s Outback.
For some we will now say good bye, for others we will see you around the campfire to enjoy a hearty dinner and some local entertainment!

If you will be joining the campfire dinner the bus will collect at 18:00 beside the office at Cunnamulla Caravan Park.

“It was a very interesting day far away from the big city life and totally different from life we know, thank you very much."



Volker Rhein, Germany

Wer wirklich etwas von dem Leben im Outback Australien erfahren möchte, dem kann ich die 9 Tages Backpacker Tour von Outtheback Australia nur ans Herz legen. Ich habe in den 9 Tagen rund um Cunnumulla so viel vom realen Leben im Outback mitbekommen, wie auf keiner anderen Tour bisher. Meine Tour war insofern etwas Besonderes, als sie die Weihnachtstour 2011 war. Peieta und Trevor haben mir gezeigt, wie der Alltag auf Schafsfarmen aussieht und wie die Scherer arbeiten. Dabei bestand immer die Möglichkeit zum Gespräch mit den Farmern.  Überhaupt der Kontakt zu den Einheimischen und das Gespräch mit Ihnen wird auf der Tour groß geschrieben. Ein besonderes Erlebnis war es Weihnachten in Mitten einer australischen Familie zu feiern.


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