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Cunnamulla Ready for 2019 Year of Outback Queensland Tourism

2019 Year of Outback Queensland

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared 2019 Year of Outback Queensland Tourism and Club Boutique Hotel, Cunnamulla is eager to welcome you.

The heritage town that celebrated Cunnamulla 150 in November 2018 is renowned for rolling out the welcome mat, the quality of its events, flashing the pearly whites and saying g’day! It could possibly be the most friendly laid back place on the planet.

Club Hotel Cunnamulla Cunnamulla 150

Hotelier Peieta Mills of Club Boutique Hotel says tourist are most welcome in Cunnamulla and to show them just how much we treat them to a down to earth genuine real life experience. No pretence just a big smile, a firm handshake and a real-life Outback Queensland adventure.

Ms Mills who has also run local Cunnamulla tours for more than twelve years says don’t just stay overnight or pass through.

Les Capewell riding horse into Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Pull up, kick back and relax, uncover the hidden secrets and history on the Cunnamulla Town & Industry Tour that operates daily June to September and at other times for group bookings.

There is something for every dynamic in Cunnamulla with great tours, caravan parks and facilities, restaurants, craft beer tastings, tipples and tales, campfire dinners, counter meals, and local Cunnamulla events for those that are travelling by caravan or motorhome.

Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla Campfire Dinner

There is plenty on offer for those travelling by coach, car or plane.

Up market Cunnamulla accommodation at Club Boutique Hotel in the centre of the CBD just 5 minutes walk from pretty well everywhere.

Phillip Walker Litejets Australia Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla regular guest

In April 2019 Club Boutique Hotel will also open up its Safari Glamping experience, which will give you all the five star luxuries, under five million stars.

While Outback Queensland region has been devastated with drought for fourteen of the past sixteen years they’re so many reasons for tourists to see beyond that and to visit Cunnamulla and immerse themselves into the local community.

Three good reasons to visit Cunnamulla in 2019;

  1. Meet the locals

  2. Try the local food and

  3. Lap up the great hospitality as you depart your home you’re welcomed into ours!

Cosy up to a Cunnamulla Fella or Cunnamulla Shiela, say g’day and learn a little about their life and their lifestyle in Cunnamulla. Did you know some of the locals are 6th – 8th generation locals!

At Club Boutique Hotel there is plenty of Cunnamulla history and there are plenty of tales dying to be shared from John Wilson harbouring Ben Hall the famous Bushranger to locals immortalised with Cunnamulla Characters Brewed the best craft beer on tap in Outback Queensland.

Cunnamulla Anzac Day

Two police boys with C.W. Cocky Bill Easton during war. One of the Cunnamulla Characters Brewed is in honour of our old mate Cocky!

Have a drink to them at the bar, purchase a takeaway growler or help Club Boutique Hotel celebrates these great Cunnamulla characters of the past with their daily Whisky, Wine, Beer & Rum o’clock.

There will be great entertainment if you are looking for things to do, meal options at lunch and dinner and a great opportunity to meet some locals past and present. If you feel a little tipsy they’ll even give you a FFEE ride home!

entertainment Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla Mark Porter

On Sunday’s the Sunday Roast gets taken to a new level with a three-course dinner around the campfire in the gardens of Club Boutique Hotel however booking is essential by no later than 2pm on the day. Free pick up and drop off is available from anywhere in Cunnamulla town area and caravan parks.

roast lamb Club Boutique Hotel Sunday Campfire Dinner

Entrée is hearty home made soup, the main is classic old time roast like ya grandma used to make, with a choice of two meats, roasted potatoes, pumpkin, peas and gravy. Desert is a homemade old time favourite with ice-cream and cream. All for the budget price of $30 per person and you help yourself!

Cunnamulla area also boasts many great natural or nature based attractions like the natural sand dunes, the Warrego River and an abundance of local wildlife. The Cunnamulla area has the largest population of kangaroos and wallabies in Australia.

Brolgas Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla is also a bird watching or twitcher hotspot boasting more than 215 documented species of Australian Native Birds. That’s more than 1/3 of all birds in Australia. The birds alone attract people from all over the world to come to Cunnamulla.

travellers Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla Bar

So no matter what style of travel, if you are a single, a retiree, a couple of a family Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla has you covered, plan ahead and get outback in 2019! Cunnamulla is ready and waiting for you!

Cunnamulla Road Trip Down Memory Lane With John Hill

JJohn Hill Transport Pty Ltd

John, Jan and Georgie Hill finally took a Cunnamulla road trip down memory lane from Southport to Cunnamulla staying at Club Boutique Hotel and then onto Bourke for some more reminiscing of a bygone era.

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Albion’s Warrego Sawmill Cunnamulla

Albion’s Warrego Sawmill Cunnamulla What a Story.

in May 2018 I had the pleasure of taking decedents of the Albion family on an Out The Back Australia Cunnamulla Town and Industry Tour so became inspired to write this blog and share a little of the history I know along with some images. Alexander Albion was a building contractor for some years around the Drayton/Jondaryan district, and eventually the family moved to Cunnamulla. John was then about seventeen.

There Alexander Albion continued as a builder and one of his efforts was to build a wooden hospital in Cunnamulla which was the first hospital which was names South Warrego hospital. That building was located out in what was called bluebush.

The first matron was Mrs Whitacre and following is her picture.

Mrs Whitacre Cunnamulla first matron

First Matron of Cunnamulla Hospital Mrs Whitacre

Part of the original hospital building was relocated into Cunnamulla when the second hospital was built. Part of the first hospital became a home eventually belonging to Doug and Gwen Locke and today is the home of Arnold & Barb Simpson. Read More

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Cunnamulla Beer Brewer In History of Australian Beer

Cunnamulla Beer Brewer, Burton’s Brewery Part of Australia’s History of Beer, Rum and Whisky in (QLD)

The history of beer in Australia dates back to the early days of British colonisation when Sir Captain Cook brought beer with him on his voyage to Australia.

With the first fleet landing in the 18th century, the alcohol industry in Australia begun to expand with the first pub opening up in 1796 in Parramatta, the Mason Arms.

John Boston became Australia’s first official brewer after creating a beer from Indian corn.

Cunnamulla Beer Btrewer

Burtons Brewery Cunnamulla

Beer didn’t make its way up to Queensland until a little later in the 19th century when larger was first brewed at the Castlemaine and Quinlan breweries.

Although larger is common in the modern world, early beers were top-fermented and quick-maturing ales. Lager was not brewed in Australia until 1885 and then brewed in Queensland in 1889. These beers were also brewed missing hops due to the fact no one had successfully refined hops. James Squire become the first in 1804.

The Castlemaine brewery has a long and rich history in Australia.

Situated in Brisbane Queensland, it has produced Australia’s most popular beer, XXXX. The brewery begun in 1878, however really came in to its own after recruiting a master brewer from Germany. Alhois William Leitner used his expertise to solve the cloudy beer problem, keeping beer fresher for longer. The recipe is still used today for XXXX Bitter.

The X’s in XXXX represent the quality of beer, back in the day beers were given an X rating. The breweries first brew was given a XXX rating, however in 1924 the recipe was perfected gaining the fourth X. That same year Mr Fourex was introduced to the world quickly becoming one of Queensland’s most recognised symbols. XXXX also kept the troops hydrated throughout the first and second world war after being distributed around the world. XXXX was often called barbed wire by diggers.

Over time breweries have come and gone throughout Queensland’s vast landscape like Cunnamulla Beer Brewer Burton’s that existed in Cunnamulla in 1885.

A local historian confirmed despite strong demand the locally brewed Cunnamulla beer was not successful due to the bore water.

Burtons Brewery was situated on the banks of the Warrego River on the current Cunnamulla State School Site.

All these years on, broken bottles with the breweries logo on it are still being dug up around the site.

Queensland Brewery also referred to as Bulimba Beer supplied wooden kegs to Club Hotel Cunnamulla in the late 1800’s.

It was another major brewery that opened prior to 1883 changing hands and locations from Teneriffe to Fortiutude Valley. Carlton United Breweries took over the brewery in 1961 and in 1993 the brewery was relocated to Yatla.

In 1940 a somewhat un recorded and forgotten beer riot took place on Brisbane’s Queen street.

The riots took over the streets for six hours after the Government decided to enforce strict liquor regulations. They imposed closing venues at 8:00pm and no trading on Sundays, forcing civilians to take matters into their own hands.

Despite beers popularity, rum quickly became the beverage of choice among settlers and convicts as mentioned in the following convict song.

Cut yer name across me backbone
Stretch me skin across yer drum
Iron me up on Pinchgut Island
From now to Kingdom Come.
I’ll eat yer Norfolk Dumpling
Like a juicy Spanish plum,
Even dance the Newgate Hornpipe
If ye’ll only gimme Rum

Rum experienced rapid growth in the late 18th century and became extremely popular in the 19th eventually becoming a semi official currency of the time. Drunkenness became a huge issue during this time period with even kids often being seen stumbling the streets.

In 1808 the Rum Rebellion became the only ever successful armed take over of Government in Australian history.

Its cause is widely misunderstood, however it is common belief that the autocratic William Bligh was removed as he threatened the massive profits that were being made from trading spirits. This perception suggest it was no more then an argument between unsavoury parties. The Rum Rebellion had a much deeper story and was basically a build up of a long running battle for power and a fight over the future of the colony.

In modern Queensland, rum still remains highly popular with Bundaberg Rum now sweeping the world.

Beenleigh Rum is the states oldest rum, however Bundaberg is by far the most iconic and successful. The Bundaberg Rum distillery began in 1888 because local sugar mills didn’t know what to do with the waste molasses after the sugar was extracted. Men that worked in these mills noticed the potential profits and held a meeting at The Royal Hotel on 1 August 1885 to discuss.

Soon after, Bundaberg produced its first rum in 1889 and continued operation until 1907, when it ceased operation for seven years.

The distillery has had its fair share of set backs with two fires in 1936 and 1939, in which rum spilt in to the near by Burnett River. With clever advertising campaigns, Bundaberg Rum has become an international beverage, winning awards on the global stage for its Master Distillers Collective Rum. Bundaberg Rum has become another Queensland icon, however Whisky falls short of that status.

Queensland isn’t big on Whisky with only one distillery.

The Castel Glen distillery is Queensland’s only whisky manufacturer and produces a number of 100% natural Whisky beverages.

For other great stories on Cunnamulla History;

Albion’s Warrego Sawmill Cunnamulla

In Tribute Bub (Steven) Emery

Thargomindah, Noccundra onto Cunnamulla by Joyce Margaret Cowie

Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride 2018

Cunnamulla Accommodation Live Australia’s Story with Tristan Evert

Top Cunnamulla Accommodation for Cunnamulla Fella Festival

American Twitchers do Cunnamulla in search of Raptors

Cunnamulla Road Trip Down Memory Lane With John Hill

In Tribute Bub (Steven) Emery

A poem written in memory of Bub Emery!

A mailman has a thankless job,

No truer words were spoken yet

A million things to memorise

And God help if you forget.

Bub Emery

Bub (Steven) Emery on his mail truck in front of his house in Stockyard Street Cunnamulla

Along the corrugated roads

In summer heat or winter cold

Through mud, mirage, or bulldust deep,

You watch the endless miles unfold.

 

The man we knew who drove the mail

With many a high and heavy load,

Earned love, respect and gratitude,

Along the Moombidary Road.

 

So many extra favours done

Without a thought of recompense

“Of course it’s not a trouble mate

What! Me? take payment have some sense.”

“You want to pay me for the ride?

Now, look here, don’t let’s argue mate!

Enjoy your company.

Besides you opened every flaming gate!”

 

His cheerfulness and kindly deeds,

Are held within our memory

And sadly missed by all of us,

Is our good mate “Bub” Emery.

(These inadequate but sincere lines require no signature. They are meant to express the thoughts of many people who knew and respected the late Mr. Emery. and especially those people along his mail run, who have reason to be grateful for his kindness and cheery good – will.)

For other great stories on Cunnamulla History;

Albion’s Warrego Sawmill Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla Beer Brewer In History of Australian Beer

Thargomindah, Noccundra onto Cunnamulla by Joyce Margaret Cowie

Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride 2018

Cunnamulla Accommodation Live Australia’s Story with Tristan Evert

Top Cunnamulla Accommodation for Cunnamulla Fella Festival

American Twitchers do Cunnamulla in search of Raptors

Cunnamulla Road Trip Down Memory Lane With John Hill

 

Thargomindah, Noccundra onto Cunnamulla by Joyce Margaret Cowie

As bike riders from the Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike ride 2018 post a photo of them in the Noccundra Hotel it reminded me of a little more history and thought I would share from a good old mate of my Grandmothers, my mothers and mine who is no longer with us.

Joyce Cowie Old Noccundra Hotel

Joyce Margaret Cowie (nee Crouch) was born on December 19, 1912 in Thargomindah with the help of a midwife and was one of ten children of William and Lena Crouch. Her brother, Barney and sister, Kelly (who married a Teelow) were born in the hotel in Eulo that William & Lena Crouch owned at the time, before buying the Noccundra Hotel.

Joyce Cowie

William & Lena Crouch Noccundra Hotel

When the family moved to Noccundra Molly was born in the Noccundra Hotel, then Bill, Harry, Alf, Mavis and Ned were all born at Noccundra in the cottage near the hotel. Read More

Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride 2018

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Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride 2018 Connecting 158 Years of History

On Thursday 9th August 1906 two young men named Liddle & Beckett arrived in Cunnamulla as part of their attempt to cycle round the world and all because they loved adventure. 24 year old Liddle was from the Orkney Islands Scotland and 19 year old Beckett from England.

They duo relied mostly on the generosity of people to feed and accommodate them as they travelled. It is no surprise they were met in Cunnamulla with open arms by Mr. E Tindsall of Tattersall’s Hotel who provided their board and lodging during their stay. From Cunnamulla they journeyed via Charleville Blackall, Barcauldine, Longreach, Hughenden, and Cooktown, and then proceeded down the coast to Sydney, where they took a boat for New Zealand, and subsequently Tasmania, then returning to Sydney, Melbourne, Ballarat, Adelaide, and Fremantle.

Saturday 21 April 2018 a group of about fifty cyclers set off for Cooper Creek, Noccundra to participate in the Cooper Creek to Cunnamulla Bike Ride 2018 which will take place 21 – 25 April 2018.

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