Our region

The Balonne Shire is located in Queensland, approximately 500kms inland from the east coast of Australia and is nestled just above the New South Wales border. Geographically and metaphorically it serves as a bridge between the expanse of the great outback to its west, and the Great Dividing Range and capital city to its east.

Across more than 31,000 square kilometres, 4,500 residents call one of our seven communities home – St George, Thallon, Dirranbandi, Bollon, Nindigully, Mungindi, and Hebel. One of the unique things about our Shire is that every town is situated beside a river.

Towns in the shire are known for their rich history, friendly locals, bird life, wide open spaces and their relaxed country lifestyle.

Traditionally, the shire’s economy has been built around agriculture, in particular the production of cotton, grain, sheep and cattle. Growth has been shown in new areas such as tourism, and horticultural crops such as grapes, onions, and garlic.

The Shire hub, St George, sits at the intersection of six highways, providing connectivity for the transportation of goods and flow through of visitors alike.

Watch this short video on visiting the Beautiful Balonne shire