This busy small town sits on two major highways that service the beef, timber and coal industries. Up to a thousand vehicles can pass through in one day and it is not unusual to see ten triple road trains outside the roadhouse.
The roadhouse is a hive of activity 24 hours a day, and up to 1700 people a day call in for a cuppa, snack, meal or fuel. The meals have a reputation across Queensland, with a couple of unique house specialities. One of these is the Dingo Trap burger, a large burger with the works plus lashings of hot chilli sauce to give it ‘some bite’!
All this activity goes on under the watchful gaze of the only known life-size bronze dingo statue.
The origin of the town’s name is shrouded in mystery – some say a railway surveyor saw a dingo on the creek bank and gave the town its name. Others say that Moses Wafer, the early pioneer, heard dingoes howling at night and named the town around his camping site.
Make time to visit a local sawmill to see the raw timber being processed ready for the market. Just out of town is an exciting host cattle property. Visitors can take the tour and try their hand at horse riding, helicopter flights, quad riding, camp outs and didgeridoo making. If you are in the area in July, join visitors from across Australia and experience a real-life country race meeting including the World Dingo trap throwing (link to what’s on).
The township of Dingo is a convenient access point for exploring the Blackdown Tablelands, a sandstone plateau rising abruptly from the surrounding plains. Blackdown Tableland National Park is home to rare fauna, diverse vegetations, Aboriginal culture and spectacular scenery. Take one of the many walks to view caves, cliffs, cascading waterfalls and some of the many species of birds and animals abundant in the park. Except for a section of the Loop Road, most roads are suitable for careful driving in conventional vehicles.