Towns in Australia

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Cunnamulla QLD


Postcode: 4490

Cunnamulla (Aboriginal meaning “dry water hole” is a small town which lies on the Warrego River in south west Queensland, Australia, 206 kilometres south of Charleville, and approximately 750 kilometres west of the state capital, Brisbane. Cunnamulla is situated at the intersection of the Mitchell Highway and the Balonne Highway. Town population is 1600 persons.

Cunnamulla is the administrative centre for the Paroo Shire, which also includes the townships of Wyandra, Yowah and Eulo, and covers an area of 47617 square kilometres.

Major industries of the area are wool, welfare, pig and kangaroo hunting, and hospitality industry.

The town itself came into being in the late 1800s as a coach stop for Cobb and Co coaches.

Cunnamulla was the subject of a 2000 documentary film of the same name by Dennis O’Rourke, in which he followed several members of the community as they went about their daily lives

It has also been stated that the very first interstate game of Rugby League (between New South Wales and Queensland) was played between Cunnamulla and Bourke.