St George

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From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, St George relaxes the senses in all the right ways. Perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, it is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Balonne Shire.

St George town map

 

Cotton self drive trail

 

 

Cotton Self-Drive Trail

Fill in the morning or afternoon by experiencing the St George Cotton Self Drive Trail. Pack your thermos and smoko as you head off and get to know more about the local cotton industry. Pick up our tourism brochure St George and Surrounds from the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre to embark on the Cotton Self Drive Trail.

114 St George's Terrace, St George
Phone: (07) 4620 8877

 

St george riverbank walkway

 

 

St George Riverbank Walkway

Car weary legs will appreciate the two-kilometre stretch of shady riverbank walkway flanking the town. A star feature, the riverbank walkway begins below the Jack Taylor Weir. There you'll find a commemorative stone to mark Sir Thomas Mitchell's crossing of the Balonne River on St George's Day back in 1846. Further along the riverbank walkway, a marker showcases the flood heights of the swollen Balonne River from years gone by.

St George's Terrace, St George

 

Unique egg

 

 

Unique Egg

In an unassuming small low set brick building in the main street of town, you will find the humble emu egg carved into a stunning, illuminated piece of art at the Unique Egg. Local character and artisan Steve Margaritis - or 'Stavros' as we know him - has carved an amazing variety of patterns and scenes on each egg and illuminated them. This is the world's only display of hand-carved, illuminated emu eggs, which have been gifted as far as the White House!

108 Victoria Street, St George
Phone: 07) 4625 3490

 

riverlands wine

 

 

Riversands Vineyards

For the wine lover, Riversands Wines satisfies your thirst for a good drop. While away the afternoon in their shady country garden with a free, personalised wine tasting at the cellar door followed by scones and homemade jam or a cheese platter and a glass of wine.

66 Whytes Road, St George
Phone: (07) 4625 3643
Website: www.riversandswines.com

 

Sandytown river cruises

 

 

Sandytown River Cruises

To really take in the Balonne River's magnitude of water, pack a few drinks and nibbles and jump on board a Sandytown River Cruise. As you idle down the middle of the river, sit back and enjoy the views and abundant birdlife including pelicans, cockatoos and eagles. Try a leisurely afternoon cruise, fishing tour or a full moon evening cruise.

Mobile: 0400 219 379 to arrange a booking
Website: www.stgeorgerivercruises.com

 

Cotton farm and winery

 

 

Cotton Farm and Vineyard Tour

Don’t miss out on experiencing the Cotton Farm and Winery Tour held every Thursday from May to September. Enjoy the onboard commentary provided by a local cotton farmer as they showcase their fully operational cotton farm and learn how cotton is grown, irrigated and harvested. Once finished you will head onto Riversands Wines for a vineyard tour before being treated to a personalised wine tasting and a delicious lunch with entertainment in their relaxed country garden. To make things easy for you, your bus driver will collect you from the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre or your accommodation provider in town and drop you back. To make a booking contact the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre.

114 St George's Terrace, St George
Phone: (07) 4620 8877

Balonne pop up gallery

 

 

Balonne Shire Pop Up Gallery

Browse through the collection of local artwork on display at the Balonne Shire Pop Up Gallery. Each piece of artwork tells a different story and is available for purchase. If one catches your attention be sure not to miss it as the exhibition constantly rotates throughout the year.

St George Library
112 Victoria St, St George
Phone: (07) 4625 3375

 

St george pilots memorial

 

 

St George Pilots Memorial

A fighter pilot war memorial pays tribute to two brave men hailing from St George. One of these men, Squadron Leader John Jackson bravely served in World War II in some of its most dangerous battles and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) medal for his work in the Middle East after destroying seven aircraft. Less than six months later, Jackson led his squadron of Kittyhawks in the Battle of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea which prevented the Japanese advancement into the country. In recognition of his efforts, Jacksons International Airport at Port Moresby is named in his honour. The other serviceman, Warrant Officer Leonard Waters, was the first Aboriginal fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force. The legacy of these two locals will forever be remembered on the sandstone monument overlooking the Balonne River.

St George's Terrace, St George (opposite the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre)

 

T model ford bakers truck drive

 

 

1917 T-Model Ford Baker's Truck Drive

Step back in time onboard a classic 1917 T-Model Ford Bakery truck. For only $5, Trent from the St George Bakery will take you on a guided tour around town. Trent is available until lunchtime, and all funds raised go towards the invaluable Royal Flying Doctors Service.

97 Victoria Street, St George
Phone: (07) 4625 3777

 

Beardmore dam

 

 

Beardmore Dam

Take a trip to the outskirts of town to rest at the Beardmore Dam recreation area where you'll have the chance to spot a mob of kangaroos lazing around. Upstream from the Beardmore Dam is the point where the Maranoa and Balonne Rivers meet forming the northern catchment of the Murray Darling Basin. Find out more on the importance of Beardmore Dam through the Cotton Self Drive Trail.

Thungaby Road, St George

 

St george heritage centre

 

 

St George Heritage Centre

The keenest of history buffs and those wanting to retrace their family history will want to call into the St George Heritage Centre and browse their collection of artefacts, historical information, blacksmith, printing press, old gaol and courthouse. Please contact the friendly staff at the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre on (07) 4620 8877 for their opening hours as the Heritage Centre is manned by volunteers.

Victoria Street, St George
Phone: 0417 193 504

 

Heritage trail

 

 

St George Heritage Trail

Take a step back in time as early as the 1800s by discovering the St George Heritage Trail. Download the St George Heritage Trail brochure (PDF) or pick up a brochure from the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre and follow the 45 minute drive to explore important historical sites, colourful stories, and buildings that have shaped the town's history.

114 St George's Terrace, St George
Phone: (07) 4620 8877

 

Cacti garden

 

 

Cacti Garden

If you still have time to spare in St George, then give Roy and Jan Aldridge a call to arrange a viewing of their impressive cacti garden, for just a gold coin donation, with the proceeds going towards the Hear and Say Centre.

Cnr Alfred and Scott Street, St George
Phone: (07) 4625 4190

   

Miniature Car Collection

Car enthusiasts will appreciate Doug and Kerry King's miniature car collection specialising in diecast cars. Call them to arrange a viewing of the remarkable collection for a gold coin donation, with the funds raised going towards Care Flight.

Scott Street, St George
Phone: (07) 4625 3636

Balonne Artesian Thermal Hot Springs

 

 

St George BATHS (Balonne Artesian Thermal Hot Springs)

For those following the artesian basin be sure to stop and soak your weary body in the thermal pool. 

Officially opened in December 2019 the thermal pool features artesian spring water heated to 34 degrees which is reputed to have healing properties.  Particularly beneficial for older people as there's the opportunity to be able to do low-impact exercise with a ramp and rail to access the warm waters.  In the warmer months entry will also gain you access to the 50m pool.

148-154 Victoria St, St George

Phone: (07) 4625 3416

 

Photo of War Memorial

 

 

 

St George Heritage Tour

Discover the stories and legends of the town during a 4 hour guided tour, including a visit to the Anchorage Homestead, and hear about the history of one of the oldest home’s in the Shire. Learn about our local history at our heritage centre before finishing off the day by relaxing in the gardens of Riversands Vineyards where you’ll listen to the stories behind the labels.

This very informative tour will take you around our beautiful town stopping for morning tea at the Anchorage and lunch at the Vineyard. To make things easier for you, your bus driver will collect you from the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre or your accommodation provider in town and drop you back. To make a booking please contact the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre.

114 St George's Terrace, St George

Phone: (07) 4620 8877

Murray cod sculpture

 

 

 

Murray Cod Sculpture

On the banks of the Balonne near the very crossing that Sir Thomas Mitchell ventured many years ago, you will find an iconic piece of art.

Meet Murray, our giant Cod sculpture. Made up of the most unlikely pieces, including spanners, horseshoes, nuts and bolts, this unique artwork was created by the very talented Dion Cross in 2019.

Cavanough Park, Albert St

Phone: (07) 4620 8877

Flood Pole with heights for historical floods

 

 

 

Flood Marker Pole

The Balonne River is the lifeblood of this agricultural community and its ebbs and flows have a major impact on the people who live and work here.

The region experienced major flood events in 1950,1956, 1975, twice in 1983, 1996, 2010, twice in 2011 and 2012. All of the heights of the water level are recorded on the flood height marker situated on the Balonne River down from the information Centre.

St George's Terrace.

Aboriginal painting of murray cod

 

 

 

Mani Tribes Art Gallery

If you’re looking to learn about our local Aboriginal Culture, then be sure to stop in at Mani Tribes Art Gallery.

The local boys will take you on a guided tour of the gallery explaining the art work and the stories and styles behind them.

Learn about local bush tucker and bush medicine and have the privilege of listening to stories told through the sounds of the didgeridoo.

   

Bird Watching Tours

If birdwatching is one of your loves, then the Balonne Shire will provide you with plenty of bird watching opportunities.  With over 250 bird species recorded, including Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo and the Glossy Black-Cockatoo.  A free 1-hour bird watching tour is available of a Tuesday during the tourist season. 

Call into the Visitor Information to book or pick up a free bird guide to the birds and birdwatching hotspots of the Balonne Shire.