Located just 68 km north of
Barcaldine, Aramac Shire covers an area of
23,232 km2. The township of Aramac is located on Aramac Creek
that flows into the Thompson River. Forming part of the Lake Eyre Basic
Catchment, the township is located on rich black soil and relies solely
on water from the Great Artesian Basic to service the communitys need.
The pastoral town of Muttaburra is located on the junction of the
Thompson and Landsborough Rivers. These rivers are usually a series of
waterholes that get smaller, to eventually dry out in the winter. It is
only after good rain, does the rivers flow and in the event of a flood,
they turn into raging torrents, with the last recorded flood in March
1995, when the waters were nearly three miles wide.
In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.
Information Centre Post Office
Gordon Street, ARAMAC QLD 4726
Ph: 07 4651 3147
Dr Arratta Memorial Museum
Nev Bullen Drive,
PO Box 69, MUTTABURRA QLD 4732
Ph: 07 4658 7235
Visit the Aramac Shire Council for a
calendar list of events.
|Dr Arratta Museum
Nev Bullen Drive, MUTTABURRA QLD 4732 Ph: 07 4658 7287 (contact Nev
Formerly the Muttaburra and District Hospital, it now houses
much of the original medical and social history of the area. Dr Arratta
MBE arrived in Muttaburra in 1925 and spent 35 years here. The operating
theatre, which has been restored to its original state, dates back to
1933. The main building was built in 1957.
These unique caves are on the edge of the Aramac Range. The caves
contain rare examples of traditional Aboriginal rock art, covering over
100 metres along the escarpment and are estimated to be at least 10,000
Includes a labyrinth of weathered
caves and blowholes. It is alleged that in 1869 Government Troopers
massacred forty Aborigines.
Starting at the town grid in Muttaburra, the
drive takes in a circuit of about 4 km. An additional 6 km includes
historic sites such as the Union Hole and Shearers Strike Camp, and the
Muttaburra Cemetery. The drive takes in a variety of landscape from the
gidgee sucker country to desert sand ridges and black soil channel type
country. With some 21 species of trees (examples have been marked along
the route), that include acacia, eucalyptus, eremophila, grevillea and
others. A map of the drive is available from the information centre in
Discovered in 1963 on Rosebury Downs Station by Doug
Langdon whilst mustering along the Thomson River, the fossil remains had
been scattered by the movement of cattle for years. Some of the locals
had even taken pieces home with them. Doug Langdon contacted the
Queensland Museum and once the importance of the find was known, most of
the material that had been souvenired was returned.
At the time of the
find, it was the most complete dinosaur skeleton found in Australia,
although now it is second to Minmi paravertebra found near Roma. The
dinosaur is from the early Cretaceous marine deposits of central
Queensland, living 100 million years ago. Muttaburrasaurus is a plant
eater about 7 metres long and walked on its hind legs, spending most of
its time foraging and resting on all fours. It belongs to the onithopod
group of dinosaurs.
Three specimens have been found in Queensland, this one near
Muttaburra, two near Hughenden and two near Lightening Ridge. The
life-size replica standing in the park in Muttaburra opposite the store,
was purchased by Neil Hall 1988.
Aramac Shire Events
Redford Cattle Drive
Attention: HRCD Coordinator, Aramac Shire Council Ph: 07 4651 3311 Fax: 07
In your wild erratic fantasy,
visions come to you of HARRY,
Gone-a-droving 'down the Thompson',
where the Western drovers go.
As the stock are slowly stringing,
Harry rides behind them singing.
For the drover's life has pleasures,
that the townsfolk never know.
And the bush has friends to meet him,
and their kindly voices greet him,
In the murmur of the breezes,
and the river on its bars.
And he sees the vision splendid,
of the sunlit plains extended.
And at night the wondrous glory,
of the everlasting stars.
Be right there in the saddle and
discover the secrets of horsemanship and droving knowledge passed on from
generation to generation.
Ride through the desert country, down the jump up, across the clayplans and
through the Mitchell grass plains.
Roll out your swag under the stars and witness spectacular sunrises and sunsets,
bush yarns, bush poetry and fair dinkum true blue droving (camp oven) tucker.
Experience first hand an authentic outback cattle drive.
35 Gordon St (PO Box 65), ARAMAC QLD 4726
Ph: 07 4651
3311 Fax: 07 4651 3156
Includes a photographic tour of Aramac, attractions in the shire and
calendar of events.
Contact (see website)
The Barcaldine Regional Council is a
council in the Central west Area of Queensland. The Council takes in the former
three shires of Aramac, Barcaldine, and Jericho and covers an area of
approximately 53,677 sq km. The council includes the townships of Alpha, Aramac,
Barcaldine, Jericho, and Muttaburra.