The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure, and a different one each day
Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure, and a different one each day
About this Drive
The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure, and a different one each day. The fully sealed 1812 kilometre highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria, from Cunnamulla to Karumba. Traversing the ‘real outback’ the route is filled with friendly local characters, unique attractions and unspoiled natural sites. Four days is a comfortable drive, depending on how long you spend discovering the unique charms of each township. Along the Matilda Way you will discover little known secrets, experience the raw history of the region and natural wonders of the vast and ancient landscapes. As you’re travelling, check the byways along the route; there are plenty of sidetrips that add to the overall outback experience. Just remember you are sharing the road with huge road trains, livestock and native animals, take care and give way, you’ll protect your vehicle and the truckies will thank you for it. Come and enjoy experiencing the Outback along the Matilda Way.
Cunnamulla to Charleville
Cunnamulla is a community who invites you to come along and uncover all the hidden gems on offer. Be immersed in the local culture and history as you explore the heritage trail or visit one of the three station stays in the region. Visit the Cunnamulla Fella Centres Artesian Time Tunnel and learn a little about the Great Artesian Basin, an underground water table that sustains life in some of Australia’s harshest environments. If nature is your thing take a walk along the Warrego river walk, stroll around the Cunnamulla Bushlands or spend some time discovering some of the 207 bird species at ‘Bowra Sanctuary’. A side trip west along the Bulloo Development Road to the quaint town of Eulo comes highly recommended and then continue North along the Opal Byway and discover Yowah, an opal mining town with plenty to offer. When done, head back to the Matilda Way and head for Wyandra, 97 kilometres to the north of Cunnamulla. The highway follows the route of the railway and it’s the railway system that actually dictated where towns would be created. Wyandra was once a major water stop for steam engines that hauled wool and sheep to the marketplace.
Barcaldine to Longreach
Barcaldine is an attractive town steeped in history and culture with plenty to see and do – an overnight stay is recommended. The best place to begin is the Visitor Information Centre in The Globe where the friendly staff will tell you all about the town. You can also visit the Family History Room and the Art Gallery which are located in the building. On Oak Street, the famous Tree of Knowledge celebrates Barcaldine’s fighting spirit and connections to Australia’s labour movement. The monument has a cathedral feel and is particularly beautiful at night when lit by special lighting. Packed with local history, the Australian Workers Heritage Centre is well worth a visit. If you’re travelling between Barcaldine and Ilfracombe during August to September, spectacular wildflowers in season are a must see and the many species of birds will appeal to bird watchers. In Ilfracombe, old tractors, disused farm equipment and historic rural machinery have been neatly laid out, forming an openair museum known as ‘machinery mile’. Wander around town and visit the Wellshot hotel, take a dip in the artesian spa, the corrugated iron Langenbaker Cottage and Post Office, which claims to have been Australia’s first motorised mail service.
Longreach to Winton
The bustling town of Longreach came into prominence for visitors in 1988 when the Queen opened the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. This modern centre is world famous and warrants much more than just a casual glance. The entire history, adventure and essence of the Australian outback is rolled into one huge, diverse and informative display. Adding life to this western Queensland town are a number of other firstclass attractions, namely the Qantas Founders Museum, with its own decommissioned Boeing 747 Jet as its centrepiece. The School of Distance Education offers tours of its facility, which provides an education to students within a 1000 kilometre or more radius via satellite internet. The Longreach Pastoral College, the Longreach Power House Museum and the Longreach Arts and Cultural Centre, in the old Ambulance Station, where locals display their arts and crafts, are also worth a visit. Various companies offer regular sunset cruises on the Thomson River, some in historic paddle steamers, with campfire meals and bush poetry thrown in. Hop aboard a Cobb and Co. coach for a tour of the town or head out to a real working sheep and cattle property to get a glimpse into life on the land.
Winton to Kynuna
The big skies and wide open spaces around Winton have excited and inspired visitors for years. Banjo Paterson wrote Waltzing Matilda in the neighbourhood back in 1895. The song was performed in public for the first time at Winton’s historic North Gregory Hotel and now it is sung wherever Australian’s gather to celebrate. The new Waltzing Matilda Centre, dedicated to the memory of Waltzing Matilda, will open with a gala event early 2018. Winton is the Dinosaur Capital of Australia and hosts two major dinosaur attractions, the Australian Age of Dinosaurs and the Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park. Both museums offer guided tours and a real dinosaur experiences. Filmmakers love the dramatic landscape close to Winton. So many feature films have been produced here the town now hosts a midyear film festival at the historic openair Royal Theatre. Qantas was born in Winton when the first general meeting of the airline was held at the Winton Club. Winton’s Musical Fence inspired singer/songwriter Gotye to write the songs on his debut album that went on to win three Grammy Awards.
McKinlay to Cloncurry
Cloncurry is 348 kilometres on from Winton, but a side trip to discover the Combo Waterhole just south of Kynuna is well worth the trip. The waterhole Banjo Paterson drew inspiration from for the national folk song Waltzing Matilda. Walk the 2.5 kilometre return circuit to the billabong along the Diamantina River and have a picnic “under the shade of a Coolibah tree”. Head on into Kynuna to a different kind of watering hole, the Blue Heeler Hotel. The pub is the only remaining building to have any association with the great Australian folk song, Waltzing Matilda. It is said that both the swagman and squatter had their last drinks at the hotel. Banjo Paterson also drank at the hotel. Come in for a cold beer and meet the locals! Hitting the road again, it is a short trip to Mckinlay where you can test another watering hole, the Walkabout Creek Hotel, the pub made famous by Paul Hogan in his movie “Crocodile Dundee”. The pub, together with other buildings in the town were featured in this iconic Australian film. Another hours travelling will take you through undulating and open downs country to the town of Cloncurry.
Cloncurry to Normanton
Cloncurry is an interesting outback town and definitely deserves extended time for exploration. Mining has played a key role in the development and growth of the town and a bloke called Ernest Henry is responsible for its very existence. In 1867 he discovered copper and even today copper mining remains a major player in the growth of Cloncurry. A visit to John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery will provide a history lesson or two. Commemorating Reverend John Flynn who developed the Royal Flying Doctor service as a ‘mantle of safety’ back in 1928. Covering isolated regions the service is still as integral to the outback’s survival today as it ever was. While there a muststop is Cloncurry Unearthed, Visitor Information Centre and Museum. See the water bottle of explorer Robert O’Hara Bourke or learn more about Mary Kathleen a former Uranium mining town or wander through the museums’ mineral and gem collection, which is ranked as one of the most comprehensive in Australia. Continuing on to Normanton, the vista changes and you’ll see taller and taller termite mounds, which is a sure sign you’ve reached northwest Queensland.
Normanton to Karumba
It’s a good stretch of road extending the 71 kilometres to Karumba, a town right on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Although it seems to take the longest of any previously travelled section of the highway, it’s all to do with the excitement of finally reaching the ‘end of the road’ and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Its very location makes Karumba an excellent place to get a ‘feed’ of fresh seafood including excellent prawns, for which the town is noted. Visit one of the many vibrant bars at night and you’re sure to run into somebody from the prawn trawling fleet. Speaking of bars, music buffs may know the Red Hot Chill Peppers’ song ‘Animal Bar’, from the album Stadium Arcadium, which is written about Karumba and named after one of the town’s bars. Around Karumba it’s relatively flat country, but it’s the birdlife that excites. Saurus cranes, similar to a brolga, are in abundance. If you’re in Karumba in September or October, keep an eye out for the ‘morning glory’ a unique cloud formation that sometimes forms in the early morning. Congratulations for making the full length of the Matilda Highway.
Why Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park is MUST Destination for Tourist?
Last year we had lots of fun at karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park such as the Burke and Wills Grand Adventure Performances, MartyB gave Tribute to Elvis, Trevor Stewart Performance, Special Birthdays Events, Families and friends get together in our Entertainment Area which were extremely interesting. We will continue with some more entertainment events this year. There is always something happening at Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park so stay tuned to the croc.
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Happy Hour and Wood Fired Pizzas
Preorder your pizza early at Reception and bring your beverages down for an enjoyable evening. You can choose from Meat lovers, Hawaiian, Satay Chicken and now our new pizza Chicken, Bacon, Mushroom and Feta pizza. Pizzas cost $20 and you can do half/half options.
As part of our service to you we arrange and book tours free of charge. We cover a wide range of options like fishing charters, cruises and even a vintage train ride!
We do bookings for Kerry D Fishing Charters, Karumba Saltwater Fishing Charters, Karumba Fishing Adventures, Croc and Crab Cruises, The Ferryman and Queensland Rails’ Gulflander train in Normanton.
Come in and talk to our friendly reception staff about experiencing all of what Karumba has to offer. We have brochures on all of these activities and we are more than happy to assist you.
Dog Do Do’s
If your dog happens to do it’s business please clean it up. Leaving it there makes it very comforting to say the least.
Our Café is now open daily from 9am to 3pm. We sell coffees and cakes along with sweet treats like Ice Cream Cones, Tiramisu, Pancakes etc. Check out the menu on the café window.
Art and Craft
Book Trevor Stewart
If you have a group of people who wish to celebrate something like a birthday or a wedding anniversary or just want your own entertainer for the evening than you can book our entertainer to perform just for you. Please register your interest with Park Management up at the office and we will set it up for you.
Office and Shop Hours
Our office/shop is open daily from 7.30am to 5.00pm daily. We stock a wide range of clothing, souvenirs, bait, ice, mini mart grocery line, tackle and caravan plumbing accessories. Come in and check it out. If you don’t see it just ask as we may have it.
Entertainment Area Usage
This area is utilised for functions and for WiFi. The TV is placed on a timer at close of office at 5pm to switch off around 9 pm. If you wish to watch a certain channel please organise with reception and it is a first in best dressed situation.
The powerpoints located in this area are for staff usage only and no persons are permitted to go beyond the counter or the rope. At no time are any pets allowed for any reason as this is a food service area.
Now Happenin’ at Sunset Caravan Park
Wood Fired Pizzas Wednesday evenings
Sunset Cafe NOW OPEN !!!!!!!!
Tours and Charters now operating
Comin’ Soon at Sunset Caravan Park
Meal Nights with Live Entertainment
Art & Craft Arvo’s
Trevor Stewart Live
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Postal Address: Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park, PO Box 61 Karumba Queensland 4891
Tel: 07 4745 9277
Fax 07 4745 9480
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