Located in Queensland’s Southern outback, St George is home to roughly 3,000 people and is predominantly known for its agricultural industry. Perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, this rural town is the perfect base from which to explore what the beautiful Balonne Shire has to offer.
Part of the Murray-Darling basin, the Balonne River provides the local agricultural industry with a constant water supply. The river attracts fishing crowds from the region as it’s well-known for Murray Cod and locals suggest early Winter is a great time to fish for this particular species.
Sandytown River Cruises, guided by local Brett Schweikart, offers scenic cruises along the Balonne River. Cruises run twice daily between April 1st through to September 30th and guests are encouraged to bring along their own nibbles and drinks to enjoy as they take in the local flora and fauna. For more information or to book, head to their website.
St George Heritage Trail
If you’re a self-confessed history buff, take a self-guided tour of the St George Heritage Trail and discover the town’s iconic legends and landmarks. The map includes 20 stops, all of which have been mapped out on a downloaded PDF. Download the trail map by visiting this link.
As one of Queensland’s oldest pubs, Nindigully is a must-visit for locals and visitors to the region. Initially the dwelling served as a shearer’s accommodation, then it became a Cobb & Co coach change over station. When stopping by, take on the road train burger which features a mammoth 1.5kg beef pattie, or carve into one of their iconic kilogram T-bones. In November, the venue plays host to an annual pig race – a bucket list item for many!
Both camping and accommodation facilities are available at the venue, making it a great stop to add to your route. Head over to their website to discover more about Nindigully Pub.
Nestled on the banks of the Balonne River, Riversands Wines is Queensland’s most western winery offering a unique cellar door experience and garden cafe. Although they dabbly in dry table and sparkling wines, they are best known for their fortified selection, inlcuding their Golden Liqueur Muscat and Port. Riversands are open 7 days a week and offer free wine tastings to guests. For more information, head to www.riversandswines.com.
The Unique Egg
For over 60 years, owner of The Unique Egg, Stavros Margaritus, has been hand carving emu eggs to showcase and sell in his artisan gallery. From local landscapes, to geometric designs, there are no limits to what Stavros can carve into these Located on Victoria Street, the gallery is open weekdays from 9am until 4pm and on Saturdays between 9am – 12 noon. Head on over to his Facebook page where you can take a look at his work before planning a visit to the gallery.
Flood Marker Pole
Located at the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre, a visit to the flood marker pole will give you a good perspective of just how much the Balonne River fluctuates as it showcases a number of minor, moderate and major flood levels and their dates. To find out more, head to the local council page.