Kilcowera Station, Outback Queensland
Imagine sitting by your campfire as a vivid, red sun sets over a timeless Outback landscape. Parrots chatter in nearby Coolabah trees as the purple dusk creeps across a cloudless sky.
This is Kilcowera Station, a stunning contrast of mulga rangelands and ephemeral wetlands brimming with birdlife in South West Queensland.
Halfway along the Dowling Track, Kilcowera is adjacent to the RAMSAR listed Currawinya NP and offers exceptional views and access to Lake Wyara.
Kilcowera Station Accommodation
- Accommodation is provided in clean, comfortable and modern shearer's quarters which can sleep 17 in 6 twin rooms (one with a bunk bed), and two bedrooms with a queen size bed.
- All linen is supplied and beds are made up.
- Bathroom facilities are outside and separate from the main building.
- The hosts can supply all meals for groups who book this option in advance.
- Self-catering is also available, visitors can bring their own supplies and use the fully equipped kitchen, (microwaves, stove with oven, fridges, fans, TV etc).
- Cost pp per night for accommodation is $40.
- Campers and caravanners are in for a treat as the main campground is set among green lawns, trees and shrubs surrounding the quarters.
- There is a true bush camp kitchen, BBQ's, fireplaces and wood supplied.
- Bathrooms, toilets and laundry facilities are nearby and power is available, you can even bring your pet!
- Cost for camping at the quarters is $35 per vehicle per night for a powered site and $30 for an unpowered site. (maximum 4 people, $5 per extra person).
- Visitors can also bush camp at Cardenyabba Lagoon which has a series of secluded campsites each with a fireplace and wood supplied.
- There is a long drop toilet at the Lagoon and it's only 3 km from the quarters and the bathrooms there.
- Conventional vehicles and caravans are able to access these sites as well as four wheel drives.
- Costs for bush camping and not using the amenities are $30 per vehicle per night, or $35 if guests would like to use the bathroom amenities at the Shearers Quarters (maximum 4 people per vehicle, $5 per extra persons).
All guests are supplied with a comprehensive information pack which includes maps, bird lists and detailed information about the station to help them on their self-guided tours of Kilcowera.
Kilcowera Station Location:
Getting to Kilcowera Station:
- Kilcowera is one hour's drive (90 kilometers) south of Thargomindah on the well maintained, mainly gravel, Dowling Track and is usually accessible by conventional vehicle as well as 4 WD. However some of the station tracks require a high clearance vehicle. If you are driving up from the south, Kilcowera is 80 kilometers from Hungerford, about one hour's drive.
- By Air : Airstrip Co-ordinates 28 41' South and 143 55' East. Kilcowera is 40 nautical miles south of Thargomindah and has 3 airstrips available for light planes.
Driving to Thargomindah
There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to the Thargomindah.
The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your Outback Beds experience.
Warrego Hwy <> Adventure Way: Distance = 1,100km approx
Western Freeway > Mitchell Highway: Distance = 1,215km approx
Hume Highway <> Newell Highway <> Mitchell Highway: Distance = 1,441km aprox
Barrier Highway <> Silver City Highway <> Explorers Way: Distance = 1,232km approx
See & Do
Kilcowera Station See and Do:
When it's time for you to explore Broken Hill and the area, there are so many things to see and do.
- Guests can be as laid back or as busy as they choose to be, with the guided or self-guided tours around the property a good place to start – a way to get the feel of the place.
- Get your 4WD off the beaten track and check out Lake Wyara,Murderers Bore and Rustlers Roost in our Lake paddock or maybe the Dingo Barrier fence and Cardenyabba Lagoon.
- There are bushwalking trails, superb bird watching and photographic opportunities, yabbies to be caught in the lagoon, dam or waterholes.
- Visitors can look in on the stock work, usually done in April or May.
- Then there's the wildlife spotting, learning about the different flora in the mulga rangelands and to wind down, the stars are breathtaking in the outback especially if you're sitting around your own campfire having a beverage with friends.
Kilcowera is ideally situated for day trips to the nearby towns of Thargomindah, Hungerford, Eulo, Toompine, Yowah opal fields and Leopardwood mine. Currawinya and Bindegolly National parks are also just a short drive away.
More About Our Place
Kilcowera Station (cont)
While this is truly a bird-watchers' paradise, other animals to be seen include Red Kangaroos and Eastern Greys, the Western Grey Kangaroo, Wallaroos, Emus, Lizards, Echidnas, Yabbies and small carnivorous marsupials.
Greg and Toni Sherwin have lived on, owned and cared for Kilcowera for 31 years.
In recent years they have opened the gates to visitors and enjoy showing them around their working cattle station.
If you are after a safe, friendly, clean and hospitable destination you'll find it at Kilcowera.