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Bedourie, Oasis in the Desert

Situated on the edge of the Simpson Desert and in the heart of the Channel Country in southwestern Queensland, Australia, this modern town is headquarters of the vast Diamantina Shire which covers 6.3% of Queensland, or twice the size of Denmark.

The major industries are beef production and tourism, with mining exploration continuing. Visitors to Bedourie always remark on the town’s green lawns and native gardens, shrubs and trees, which are the vivid expression of its motto “Oasis in the Desert”.

Local attractions include the lawn cemetery, the heritage-listed Mud Hut, the Outback Golf Course, the magnificent Hot Artesian Spa and Pool Complex, Visitor Centre and the Medical Clinic. Outside town is Cuttaburra Crossing, a renowned wetland with prolific birdlife; Carcoory Ruins, which are listed by the National Trust; and Diamantina National Park, just named one of Australia’s top ten National Parks.

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