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Windorah is currently working towards becoming an accredited Queensland Tidy Town. You can tell us what you think of Windorah by voting in the poll.

Windorah is one of three small towns located in the Barcoo Shire in central west Queensland. It is stated that the town is named after the local Aboriginal word for “Big Fish” although according to an account of the Durack settlers, the name means high, stony place.

Local Government Information

Located in Far West Queensland, in the heart of the Channel Country, Barcoo region is one of the more remote shires with an area of 61,974 square kilometres in far Western Queensland, incorporating the townships of Jundah, Stonehenge and Windorah. The Barcoo Shire lays claim to the most exceptionally unique place in Australia and the world. It is the only place where two prominent and significate inland rivers, the Thomson and Barcoo meet to form a creek the Cooper Creek. Rich in history, the Barcoo Shire has an outback experience to offer everyone. Along with unique rustic landscapes, distinctive flora and fauna, spectacular wildlife, freshwater fishing, golf, bird watching and stunning sunsets. The Barcoo is also home to Magee’s Shanty, birth place of the famous Bush Christening renowned by Banjo Paterson. The welcoming three outback towns of Windorah, Jundah and Stonehenge can all be easily accessed via sealed roads and are located within a leisurely drive to the major towns of Longreach or Quilpie. Barcoo Shire is the gateway to Birdsville, Bedourie, Innaminka, Quilpie or Longreach and Winton to the north.

Barcoo Shire Council

Located just 35 kilometres downstream from where the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers join to form the multi-channelled Cooper Creek, Windorah is known as “The Heart of the Channel Country” and offers a welcome and interesting stop for travellers to western Queensland.

With a small population of about 80 people, Windorah’s main industries are sheep and cattle grazing, with a growing tourism industry offering stunning vistas, picturesque ruins and historical sites.


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Queensland Tidy Towns Accreditation