In the heart of the Balonne Shire is the region’s commercial hub, St George. Resting on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, St George is surrounded by peaceful farmlands with expansive cotton and wheat fields. With wide tree-lined streets, this friendly country town boasts historic buildings and some of the best inland fishing in the country. It’s also home to Queensland’s most westerly winery.
Spend some time in St George discovering gourmet delis and hearty pub food, abundant birdlife, including pelicans and eagles, on the picturesque Riverwalk, and a host of local festivals. Cruise down the tranquil Balonne River and watch an epic sunset in St George. You may be only 500 km west of Brisbane, but it feels like a whole world away.
Join us as we head out west to experience the outback way of life, learning about how the graziers and producers of this region carry out their impressive operations all whilst enjoying the local sights and country hospitality. Spending nights out under the wide open sky away from the bright city lights you will be able to discover the cosmos in all its glory. Take the opportunity to see some of the endangered species of native Australian animals up close and personal as we visit them in their natural habitats. Discover and learn the history of Australia’s National Gemstone, the opal as we are shown how they are mined,processed, and turned into beautiful jewellery.
No trip to St George is complete without exploring the Balonne River, part of the Murray-Darling Basin system. Enjoy river breezes and the sounds of nature as you stroll along the banks on the 2 km Riverwalk and spot locals taking to the water in canoes, kayaks and boats. Visitors can take a cruise with Sandytown River Cruise. Pack your own snacks and drinks for a two-hour sunset cruise and spot whistling kites, pelicans and eagles.
For water of a different kind, take a dip in the St George Baths' thermal pool. The artesian spring water here is heated to 34 degrees making for some serious relaxation.
On your St George holiday, other must-do attractions include visiting The Unique Egg, a collection of emu eggs hand-carved over the last 40 years by local icon Stavros. Pop into the St George Heritage Centre, where you can see the old gaol and courthouse, heritage pieces and local Aboriginal artefacts. The Jack Taylor Weir on the Balonne River offers a great spot to throw a line in. And a short trip to the Nindigully Pub will reward you with a cold one in Queensland’s oldest pub (it’s held a pub licence since 1864).
We’ll be heading to St George on our Inland Explorer tour. Come with us to discover everything this region has to offer.
You can visit St George at any time of year, but April and May tend to be popular. This is the perfect time to take a self-drive cotton tour and follow the trail to see endless snowy white fields with cotton on the bud.
Queensland’s most westerly winery is located 2 km out of town at Riversands Vineyard. Here you can taste wines at the cellar door, enjoy cheese platters amongst the vines and hear an intriguing story of winemaking out west.
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