Explore Diamantina National Park’s wetlands, which supports breeding populations of many resident and migratory birds. This 507,000 hectare Park offers an opportunity to see a range of rare and threatened species, as well as an array of interesting plants and trees.
On arrival into Bedourie, call into the Bedourie Visitor Information Centre to peruse their brochures, souvenirs, photo gallery and history. Grab a town map and watch a video about the Diamantina Shire on the big screen. Other services at the Bedourie Visitor Information Centre include:
DAY 1: Bedourie to Diamantina National Park approx. 230kms / 4hrs
Take the scenic drive from Bedourie to Diamantina National Park, arriving in time for a shaded picnic lunch along Whistling Duck Creek at the Gum Hole Camping ground. Check out the other good camping area option “Hunters Gorge”, located by Mundawerra Waterhole on the Diamantina River, before driving to Diamantina Homestead to wander the museum and learn the interesting history.
Janet’s Leap Lookout offers a great photo opportunity with a bird’s eye view over Diamantina Gates, where the Diamantina River channels converge and escape through a narrow gap between the Hamilton and Goyder ranges. Time to retire for the evening at either Hunters Gorge or Gum Hole camping grounds. Enjoy dining and sleeping under the vivid Outback sky.
DAY 2: Diamantina National Park – Warracoota Circuit Drive – 4WD only approx 90km / allow 4-5hrs
Today will be spent exploring the interesting Warracoota Circuit Drive in Diamantina National Park. Natural highlights of the drive include the Warracoota Waterhole, a long, narrow and deep waterhole which never runs dry; Lake Constance, a semi-permanent waterhole home to many varieties of birds; Sand Dunes formed over a million years ago that have been stable for 8-12,000 years; Claypans that often appear as shimmering lakes in hot weather; Gibber Plains with its small stones that have been polished by windblown sand over many years; Grasslands, a great spot for photographing flowers after early Spring rain; the changing colours of Flinders Grass from bright green to purple as it dries; and Mitchell Grass Plateau with its plants that can last as long as 20-30 years.
Man-made highlights of the Warracoota Circuit Drive include Bronco Yards with its heavy duty design, built to withstand bucking animals; some Steel Yards that were built in 1980 to replace wooden stockyards; Gum Hole Yards for a fine example of skilled bush craft; the Stock Camp where the men ate and bunked down after a hard day mustering and yarding; and some Ruins, the history of which are unknown so keep an eye out for clues.
For more information on the Diamantina National Park, please visit the Diamantina National Park website here
DAY 3: Diamantina National Park to Bedourie approx. 275kms / 3hrs
Depart your camp ground for Mayne Hotel Ruins, approximately 40kms north on the Diamantina Lakes/Winton Road, a popular resting place for travellers, drovers, stockmen and opal miners to quench their thirst from 1888 to 1951. Obviously no fridges existed during that time so drinks were kept cool in a nearby underground cellar that was closed up during the day, and opened nightly to let the cool air in.
Return to Bedourie via the Monkira Road for the opportunity to explore 2 cemeteries at Monkira Station, prior to arriving back into Bedourie.