Windorah is the Aboriginal word meaning “Big Fish” and is 35km south of where the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers join to form the infamous multi-channelled Cooper Creek which commences its epic journey towards Lake Eyre, pushing through a mosaic of channels and flood plains that stretch outwards from its banks for up to 100kms, Cooper Creek in flood is surely the beating heart of the Channel Country.
With waterholes spanning up to 10kms in length there is generally great fishing to be had with catches of yellowbelly, catfish and bream. Smaller channels are great for catching fabulous yabbies’ – one of the great bush delicacies.
Discover the history of the town by participating in the information and history walk/drive/ride around Windorah. Pick up the guide for this activity from the Visitor Information Centre.
Coopers Creek is home to an abundant array of birdlife and is an excellent place for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts to spend some time.
A 12km nature drive from just outside town to the Cooper Creek crossing is a must to learn about the huge range of flora native to the area.
The sand hills to the west of town are the deepest red you will ever see. A western sunset over these magnificent hills is very photogenic and there is definitely no shortage of them just a short distance from town on the road to Birdsville.
An original slab hut, circa 1906 built on the banks of the Whitula Creek has been relocated to town and features in an interesting historical display, retelling the history of the town and its people.
80kms west of Windorah lies the JC pub ruins, once part of the township site of Canterbury, and the small town cemetery is a poignant reminder of the vulnerability of our early pioneers and their children in the outback.
Windorah is also now home to an amazing Solar Electricity power plant, and definitely worth the stop. Generating power from the sun, this plant supplies Windorah with some of its energy requirements.
The Windorah Information Centre holds a selection of brochures to help you make the most of the outback, local and the Surrounding area. Friendly staff will help you with any queries.
The Whitula Gate Museum is in the grounds of the Information Centre and is well worth browsing.
Address: Maryborough Street, Windorah, Qld, Australia
Phone: 07 4656 3063
Fax: 07 4656 3137