Explore & Uncork St George Magic
St George Riverbank Walkway
Car weary legs will appreciate the two-kilometre stretch of shady riverbank walkway flanking the town. A star feature, the riverbank walkway begins below the Jack Taylor Weir. There you'll find a commemorative stone to mark Sir Thomas Mitchell's crossing of the Balonne River on St George's Day back in 1846. Further along the
riverbank walkway, a marker showcases the flood heights of the swollen Balonne River from years gone by.
Sandytown River Cruises
To really take in the Balonne River's magnitude of water, pack a few drinks and nibbles and jump on board a Sandytown River Cruise. As you idle down the middle of the river, sit back and enjoy the views and abundant birdlife including pelicans, cockatoos and eagles. Try a leisurely afternoon cruise, fishing tour or a full moon evening cruise.
1917 T-Model Ford Baker's Truck Drive
Step back in time on board a classic 1917 T-Model Ford Bakery truck. For only $5, Trent from the St George Bakery will take you on a guided tour around town. Trent is available until lunch time, and all fund raised go towards the invaluable Royal Flying Doctors Service.
Queensland’s oldest hotel located in its original condition and position on the banks of the Moonie River. The license was issued in 1864 after operating as shearer’s accommodation for the Nindigully Station. The Gully, as it’s affectionately known, brewed its own beer and spirits before XXXX and Bundaberg Rum even existed. An ideal day trip.
St George Pilot's Memorial
A fighter pilot memorial pays tribute to two brave men hailing from St George. One of these men, Squadron Leader John Jackson bravely served in World War II in some of its most dangerous battles and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) medal for his work in the Middle East after destroying seven aircraft. less than six months later, Jackson led his squadron of Kittyhawks in the Battle of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea which prevented the Japanese advancement into the country. In recognition of his efforts, Jacksons International Airport at Port Moresby is named in his honour. The other serviceman, Warrant Officer Leonard Waters, was the first Aboriginal fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Cotton Self Drive Trail
Fill in the morning or afternoon by experiencing the St George Cotton Self Drive Trail. Pack your thermos and smoko as you head off and get to know more about the local cotton industry. Pick up our tourism brochure St George & Surrounds from the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre to embark on the Cotton Self Drive Trail.
114 St George's Terrace
Take a trip to the outskirts of town to rest at the Beardmore Dam recreation area where you'll have the chance to spot a mob of kangaroos lazing around. Upstream from the Beardmore Dam is the point where the Maranoa and Balonne Rivers meet forming the northern catchment of the Murray Darling Basin. Find out more on the importance of Beardmore Dam through the Cotton Self Drive Trail.
St George Heritage Centre
The keenest of history buffs and those wanting to retrace their family history will want to call into the St George Heritage Centre and browse their collection of artefacts, historical information, blacksmith, printing press, old gaol and courthouse. Please contact the friendly staff at the Balone Shire Visitor Information Centre on 07 4620 8877 for their opening hours as the Heritage Centre is manned by volunteers.
The Unique Egg
In an unassuming small low set brick building in the main street of town, you will find the humble emu egg carved into a stunning, illuminated piece of art at the Unique Egg. Local character and artisan Steve Margaritus - or 'Stavros' as we know him - has carved an amazing variety of patterns and scenes on each egg and illuminated them. This is the world's only display of hand carved, illuminated emu eggs, which have been gifted as far as the White House!
Cotton Farm & Winery Tour
Don’t miss out on experiencing the Cotton Farm and Winery Tour held every Thursday from May to September. Enjoy the on board commentary provided by a local cotton farmer as they showcase their fully operational cotton farm and learn how cotton is grown, irrigated and harvested. Once finished you will head onto Riversands Wines for a vineyard tour before being treated to a personalised wine tasting and a delicious lunch with entertainment in their relaxed country garden. To make things easy for you, your bus driver will collect you from the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre or your accommodation provider in town and drop you back. To make a booking contact the Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre.
For the wine lover, Riversands Wines satisfies your thirst for a good drop. While away the afternoon in their shady country garden with a free, personalised wine tasting at the cellar door followed by scones and home made jam or a cheese platter and a glass of wine.
St George is a busy business centre for the Balonne Shire and its surrounds. Many people who visit St George for the first time comment on the beauty of the town with its magnificent water views over the Balonne River.
Almost every street has an avenue of flowering trees including the Bauhinias (springtime) in Victoria Street and the Jacaranda soon after. Roses thrive and take pride of place in most gardens.
Local climate conditions are ideal for a variety of horticultural and agricultural farming. Cotton, sheep/wool, grain crops, wild game harvesting, fruit and vegetable production, and beef /cattle lead these industries.
Horticultural industry has expanded into table grapes, rockmelons, pumpkins, onions and garlic plus watermelons.
The local vineyards produce significate table grapes for wine and the well-known Riversands ‘Port’. Moon Rocks is a significant producer of onions and garlic and other produce and supply major supermarkets nationally and overseas. Taste and Uncork the Magic before leaving town.
Meander along the pathway of the river gum lined banks of the river, ideal for stretching the legs or some serious exercise. The newly installed children’s playground is opposite the local Police Station, keep an eye out for rowers, water skiing, boating and those fishing from the river banks.
The local birdlife attracts many visitors or the area and many find species not seen elsewhere. Our destination is the “in place “for bird watching. You won’t be disappointed. And of course, St George is the Inland Capital for Fishing, rowing, skiing, boating.
Being the gateway to areas further north and west, it’s a busy stopover point for holiday travellers, commercial transport and of course the local airport. The local hospital offers a diverse range of health and midwifery services.
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