Towns in Australia

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Bedourie QLD


Postcode: 4829

Bedourie is a small town located in Central West Queensland, Australia, lying on Eyre Creek. It is located 1600 kilometres west of the state capital, Brisbane and 200 kilometres north of Birdsville. Town population is 120 persons.

Bedourie is the administrative centre of the Diamantina Shire, which also comprises the towns of Birdsville and Betoota. Total shire population is 326 (Census 2001).

The town has doubled in size since 1990 and now boasts many new houses and modern facilities. A feature of the town is its lush green grass and abundance of trees and shrubs.

The Diamantina Shire Council Chamber was moved from Birdsville to Bedourie in 1953. It remains the administration centre for the Shire.

The local Royal Hotel was built in the 1880’s of adobe bricks and is still operating today with little change in appearance except replacing the thatched roof with iron. There is motel accommodation and a licensed restaurant. The postal agency is situated inside the hotel.

Bedourie is also home of the famous camp oven, a lightweight metal pan with a matching lid that can also be used for a pan. Following this trend a swag has now been named after the town.