The small town of Bauhinia is just off the Capricorn Highway or on the Dawson Highway to Moura, but well worth the detour. Established in 1967 to service a growing centre for cattle and grain, Bauhinia has a range of attractions that capture the spirit of Central Queensland.
Ten kilometres south along Dawson Highway is the place to wet a line and try your luck – Zamia Creek. Most fish for golden perch or yellow belly but other common catches include saratoga and jew fish.
North of the town is Fairfield Lake, situated on Fairfield Station. It’s a popular meeting place for water skiing, swimming, and also caters for picnics and camping. There are no toilet/shower facilities at the lake.
For 4×4 enthusiasts, ‘Cattle Dip Gorge’ in the Expedition Ranges is a fantastic place to explore. With flowing water and scenic camping spots, the Ranges are approximately 100 kilometres from Bauhinia. Turn off the Dawson Highway 1km east of Bauhinia and follow the Mapala-Fairfield Road for 93km. Turn right at Oil Bore Road. Continue 7km before turning left and driving a further 16km along a four-wheel-drive sign-posted track. Roads are impassable in wet weather. The nearest supplies are at Taroom (128km) or Bauhinia Downs (116km).
From the Capricorn Highway, turnoff to Bauhinia you’ll pass by the Woorabinda Local Government Area which is renowned for its aboriginal artwork.