Do you know the FIRST place in Australia to produce hydro electricity? It wasn’t the Snowy Hydro Scheme, or near a city.
Thargomindah – a tiny town in the south west corner of Queensland claims it was not only the first town in Australia, impressively, it was third in the world! Drilling began in 1891, with the bore struck in 1893. Hydro-electric powered the street lighting from 1898-1951 by using the water pressure from the Artesian Basin.
This Artesian Hydro Power Plant is believed to be the oldest working unit in Australia, and possibly the world! You can see close up a windmill and a decommissioned oil “donkey”. You can take a self-guided tour of Australia’s first hydro-electricity system – visit the Visitor Centre for a swipe card to hear the stories.
The swipe card guides you on automated tours of the Old hospital – complete with a ghost…
And the Old Jail.
What else to see and do in Thargomindah?
Riverwalk – it was raining on the Bulloo River when we were there. But you could still appreciate all the work gone into the riverwalk with signage
and lovely seating under the river gums.
Collect a tick sheet from the Visitor Centre with local things to do and people to meet like Dogga Dare at the Caravan Park…
and Surly Shirley at the pub. We found the hotel very friendly – and the lunch was fantastic!
Town Walk You can explore right around the town, and see the attractions on the way. See the old and new cemeteries, Thargomindah Town Hall, the Post Office with its interesting history and Leahy House, a Historical House Museum.
Public Art Look out for the beautiful murals.
Back to nature Lake Bindegolly and Currawinya National Parks have amazing birdwatching and camping.
Events Their annual event is the Shearers Shindig in May. Space is being cleared for a brand new SPA GAZING Centre, so keep an eye on that in the future! It will include group bath, single bath, 2,3 and 4 bath as well as Foot Baths with Wheelchair access.
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