64 km west of Cunnamulla and 887 km west of Brisbane,you"ll find Eulo. It is basically little more than a one-pub, one-general store town and yet it has a charm which makes it something more than just another outback Queensland town.
Eulo has seasonal variations in its population. In winter beekeepers bring their bees from the south to feed on the eucalypts in the area. The honey, a distinctive Warrego variety, is dark and delicious.
Ironically, although it is nothing more than a series of diverse buildings ranging from conventional bungalows to caravans and lean-tos, Yowah is the second-largest town in the Paroo Shire.
Yowah has been an opal field for nearly a century. In the 1890s its population grew to 400 or 500 but today it ranges from about 50 in summer to around 100 in winter. The extra population are mostly Victorians, coming to the Queensland warmth in wintertime. Instead of heading for the coast they come to this way out place where there's no shop, no water other than bore water, and where the Flying Doctor is still the only reliable medical service.
The main attraction are the valuable opal deposits known as 'Yowah Nuts'. They may look like rocks, but when split open they show a centre of pure opal.
Take the trip up to 'The Bluff' for excellent views over the whole area.
8 km out of Eulo on the road to Thargomindah is a sign which reads: 'Mud Springs. Built up over centuries these springs and others like them are the natural release valves for the Great Artesian Basin. The tops are soft and jelly like.
If you cross the stile and walk about 100 metres you will see a large mound. Climb to the top and there is a stick which, when pushed into the mound, sinks into a bed of soft clay. In spite of its hard exterior the mound is obviously a thick, glutinous clay.
Paroo River and the Lagoon - Canoing, Fishing, Yabbying, Bird Watching,
Bush Walking, Cycling
Heritage Trail tours in an original 1956 model FJ Holden