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Kilcowera Station

Outback Queensland Accommodation

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Welcome to Kilcowera Station!

Kilcowera Station

Imagine sitting by your campfire as a vivid, red sun sets over a timeless Outback landscape. Parrots chatter in nearby Coolabah trees as the purple dusk creeps across a cloudless sky.

This is Kilcowera Station - a stunning contrast of mulga rangelands and ephemeral wetlands brimming with birdlife in South West Queensland. Halfway along the Dowling Track, Kilcowera is adjacent to the RAMSAR listed Currawinya NP and offers exceptional views and access to Lake Wyara.


While this is truly a bird-watchers' paradise, other animals to be seen include Red Kangaroos and Eastern Greys, the Western Grey Kangaroo, Wallaroos, Emus, Lizards, Echidnas, Yabbies and small carnivorous marsupials.

Greg and Toni Sherwin have lived on, owned and cared for Kilcowera for 31 years. In recent years they have opened the gates to visitors and enjoy showing them around their working cattle station. If you are after a safe, friendly, clean and hospitable destination you'll find it at Kilcowera.

Our Town

  • For the traveller, Thargomindah and the surrounding area offers wonderful National Parks (Lake Bindegolly NP and Currawinya NP), friendly farm stays, unique birdlife, amazing geomorphology of ancient land forms including massive sand dunes, historic pubs, and carpets of outback wildflowers after replenishing rains.



Accommodation at Kilcowera Station

kilcowera stationkilcowera StationAccommodation is provided in clean, comfortable and modern shearer's quarters which can sleep 17 in 6 twin rooms (one with a bunk bed), and two bedrooms with a queen size bed. All linen is supplied and beds are made up. Bathroom facilities are outside and separate from the main building. The hosts can supply all meals for groups who book this option in advance. Self-catering is also available, visitors can bring their own supplies and use the fully equipped kitchen, (microwaves, stove with oven, fridges, fans, TV etc).

Pelicans kilcowerakilcowera camping-areaCampers and caravanners are in for a treat as the main campground is set among green lawns, trees and shrubs surrounding the quarters. There is a true bush camp kitchen, BBQ's, fireplaces and wood supplied. Bathrooms, toilets and laundry facilities are nearby and power is available, you can even bring your pet!

visitorskilcoweraVisitors can also bush camp at Cardenyabba Lagoon which has a series of secluded campsites each with a fireplace and wood supplied. There is a long drop toilet at the Lagoon and it's only 3 km from the quarters and the bathrooms there. Conventional vehicles and caravans are able to access these sites as well as four wheel drives

All guests are supplied with a comprehensive information pack which includes maps, bird lists and detailed information about the station to help them on their self-guided tours of Kilcowera.

Things to Do

Things to do at and around Kilcowera

Guests can be as laid back or as busy as they choose to be, with the guided or self-guided tours around the property a good place to start – a way to get the feel of the place. Get your 4WD off the beaten track and check out Lake Wyara,Murderers Bore and Rustlers Roost in our Lake paddock or maybe the Dingo Barrier fence and Cardenyabba Lagoon.

There are bushwalking trails, superb bird watching and photographic opportunities, yabbies to be caught in the lagoon, dam or waterholes. Visitors can look in on the stock work, usually done in April or May.

Then there's the wildlife spotting, learning about the different flora in the mulga rangelands and to wind down, the stars are breathtaking in the outback especially if you're sitting around your own campfire having a beverage with friends.

Kilcowera is ideally situated for day trips to the nearby towns of Thargomindah, Hungerford, Eulo, Toompine, Yowah opal fields and Leopardwood mine. Currawinya and Bindegolly National parks are also just a short drive away.

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Getting Here

Getting to Kilcowera Station

Kilcowera is one hour's drive (90 kilometers) south of Thargomindah on the well maintained, mainly gravel, Dowling Track and is usually accessible by conventional vehicle as well as 4 WD. However some of the station tracks require a high clearance vehicle. If you are driving up from the south, Kilcowera is 80 kilometers from Hungerford, about one hour's drive.

By Air : Airstrip Co-ordinates 28 41' South and 143 55' East. Kilcowera is 40 nautical miles south of Thargomindah and has 3 airstrips available for light planes.

Driving to Kilkowera Station

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There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to the Thargomindah.

The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your Outback Beds experience.

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Adventure Way: Distance = 1,100km approx

From Sydney:

Western Freeway > Mitchell Highway: Distance = 1,215km approx

From Melbourne:

Hume Highway <> Newell Highway <> Mitchell Highway: Distance = 1,441km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Barrier Highway <> Silver City Highway <> Explorers Way: Distance = 1,232km approx


Touring Routes

Touring Routes

  • How outback do you want to go? The Corner Explorer touring route is one for the adventurer. While this involves outback driving on unsealed roads, it is possible to do it in a conventional vehicle (although a higher clearance SUV is probably better). On trips like this, always phone ahead to get an update on road conditions.

  • Travel in the footsteps of Vincent James Dowling and other early pioneers who over 100 years ago discovered this area, known as the “Plains of Promise”- people travelled the track looking for a new life and new opportunities. The Australian author, Henry Lawson walked from Bourke to Hungerford and back in the hellish summer heat looking for work. The Dowling Track isa 4WD experience linking Back ‘O’ Bourke and beyond to Quilpie in SW QLD. Immerse yourself in the rich and divers heritage as you travel this unspoilt land. See the stars stretch forever. It is where your journey becomes more important than your final destination.


Guest Book

What others have said

"Nice people, great hospitality, good facilities, wonderful country!" Peter Brand & Barry Sullivan.

"Nice to be back, great showers, great beds, hope you get some good rain you deserve it! See you again next year, look after your 'mintie'!" Theo von Osterbant.

"A great experience with people that care about the land and everything on it. We'll be back!" Glenn and Pat Prior

"Awesome hospitality, great tour, great country, so much to see, fantastic meals – thank you both. See you next time!" Robin & Neil Shorrock


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