Approaching from the south, Springsure is seen as an attractive township nestled into the foothills of the prominent Mt Zamia escarpment, with the illuminated ‘Virgin Rock’ on the eastern side of the range.
The information centre at the Federation Woolshed in Rich Memorial Park is a good place to begin your stay. Staff will provide local insights into the several self-drive touring itineraries available (1/2 – full day) which visit points of interest from the region’s rich Aboriginal and European heritage, and stunning scenery.
In town, the heritage listed Hospital and museum contains many interesting relics, and the Yumba Burin keeping place at the local cemetery can be visited accompanied by the caretaker.
10km south-west of Springsure is the historic complex of Old Rainworth Fort, made up of the unique stone building of the ‘fort’, and the Cairdbeign Homestead and School.
Darryl, son of departed local elder and traditional owner, Lindsay Black, runs regular tag-along 4WD drives through the district. These tours provide a fascinating glimpse into the history and cultures of the Aboriginals and pioneering families.
The region has several unique National Parks: Minerva Hills National Park; Ka Ka Mundi, and Salvator Rosa sections of the Carnarvon National Park. For more information on the National Parks visit www.nprsr.qld.gov.au.
Minerva Hills National Park
This small park is located just minutes outside the township. Spectacular jagged peaks provide a scenic backdrop, with Mt Boorambool and cliff-fringed Mt Zamia dominating the landscape. Enjoy a picnic at Fred’s Lookout, or take a short walk to one of the other viewing points.
Ka Ka Mundi
This remote section of Carnarvon National Park contains more than 30km of sandstone escarpments and plateaus. Aboriginal people have close ties with this place; they believed harmful spirits lived in the caves around the Bunbuncundoo Springs but the springs had healing powers. Old cattle yards near the springs are a reminder of the early pastoral history.
Spring-fed Nogoa River and Louisa Creek wind through a broad valley beneath craggy sandstone outcrops in the Salvator Rosa Section of Carnarvon National Park. At the western edge of central Queensland’s sandstone belt, Salvator Rosa contains deeply eroded and spectacular rock formations, such as Spyglass Peak and the Sentinel, which dominate the skyline. There is a camping ground with toilet facilities in the park.