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Eulo [1] is a small town in South Western Queensland. The town centre is a few kilometres from the Paroo River, and it is the second largest town in Paroo Shire after Cunnamulla.

Eulo is a small town but seems to capture the spirit and atmosphere of Queensland's Outback. Once the bustling main centre for the opal miners, the area was chosen for settlement given its proximity to a good waterhole on the Paroo River.

At the Eulo Queen Hotel, not only the ale flows freely, but so too do the many legends surrounding the Eulo Queen. Isobel Robinson ran the hotel towards the end of the nineteenth century   virtually reining over the town and the nearby opal fields, hence her title   the Eulo Queen.

As you enter Eulo, on the right is the famous 'Paroo Track' which is where the world lizard racing championships are held. At the left-hand side of the track is a piece of granite with a plaque that reads: 'Cunnamulla-Eulo Festival of Opals. 'Destructo', champion racing cockroach accidentally killed at this track (24 August 1980) after winning the challenge (sic) stakes against 'Wooden Head', champion racing lizard 1980. Unveiled 23 August 1981'.

Each winter, beekeepers come to the area to allow their bees to feed on the Warrego variety of Eucalyptus found in the region. While in Eulo, try the local Yapunya honey, which the locals call the  Taste of the Outback .

Get in[edit]

Eulo [2] is 60km from Cunnamulla on sealed road. The road is mostly single lane sealed, with a wider gravel verge. You have to pull off to the side for oncoming traffic, or pull off the road entirely for road trains. Nearest car rental and daily scheduled air travel is in Charleville.

Get around[edit]

The town itself only consists of a few houses and shops. Most of the heritage trail can be walked. You will need a car to get out to the mud springs or the Paroo.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Lizard Racing Track. Once a year Eulo hosts the lizard races. At other times of year you can see the track and imagine what it would be like with 5000 people in the town watching the races.  edit
  • Mud Springs, (just over the Paroo river on the Thargomindah Road). The mud springs are areas of raised and soft mud where water can flow from the Great Artesian Basin. The mud springs are not very muddy, and there is no water flowing. Interesting local landscape though, and if you have made it this far, you may as well go and visit them. free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Swim in the Paroo River, (At the wier). Depending on water flow (not too much, not too little) you can swim in the Paroo River. A small weir has been built just by the road bridge. A better swimming hole on the Paroo is available to the south at Caiwarro in the Currawinya National Park. free.  edit
The Paroo river crossing and weir at Eulo
  • Mud Bath. The date farm will fill a cast iron bath up with water, and give you a variety of mud to put in it. The Paroo river just down the road allows you to do the same thing free of charge (albeit it considerably colder and with fish).  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Date Wine, Date Sauce, Dates. The Date Farm has date wine and other date products for sale.  edit
  • Paroo Patch, (Middle of town, opposite the general store), [3]. Locally made handicrafts. Nice leatherwork. Small store.  edit
  • Opals, (At the general store). Opals are mined at nearby Yowah and are for sale a the pub and at the general store.  edit
  • Honey. Beekeepers bring their bees to Eulo each winter to feed on the nectar of the Eucalyptus trees. Paroo honey can be purchased at the general store, along with a real heehive on display.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Eulo Queen Hotel, 07 4655 4867, [4]. Dinner nightly from 6:30pm, and lunch daily. Mains around $15.  edit
  • Eulo General Store, 07 4655 4900, [5]. Toasted sandwiches, pies and sausage rolls and toasted sandwiches.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Eulo Queen Hotel. Historical pub, named after the Eulo Queen during the town's opal mining heyday.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Eulo Queen Hotel. This is the only place to stay in Eulo. It six non-ensuite rooms and some cabins. Toilets and showers are out the back. The pub rooms just have a thin foam mattress and heating & cooling is a little antiquated.  edit

Contact[edit]

There is free WiFi at the Eulo Queen Hotel. There is no Optus or Vodafone mobile reception in Eulo.

Get out[edit]

The Currawinya National Park is just to the south of Eulo. The turnoff is to the left just beyond the Paroo River Bridge. The other side of the park is Hungerford. Continue west 200kn or so Thargomindah, or take a day trip to the opal fields at Yowah.



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