Meandarra is a town in the Western Downs Region, Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, Meandarra and the surrounding area had a population of 341. Its on the Surat Development Road, a route we have not travelled before. Leaving Surat on the Surat Developement road travellers will pass through another small town, Glenmorgan, there is a free camp there too but we decided we might revist Glenmorgan on a future trip, leaving Glenmorgan we spotted an old vehicle musuem, another reason to visit.
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Meandarra is a typical small rural town in western Queensland, it has most things that travellers require and was quite a pleasant place. The old railway station, long disused serves as a shelter shed and museum. The campground sits on the banks of Brigalow Creek, power and water are available, as is a toilet and shower, good for $15 per night. Brigalow Creek and lots of birdlife. A walkway runs alongside the creek and interruptive signs enlighten visitors. A spoonbill enjoys Brigalow Ck. Meandarra has an impressive ANZAC musuem. A Canberra Bomber hangs from the ceiling, the bomber was installed and the shed built around it. There is a fine example of a Grant M3 tank… And this is the engine from a Grant M3 tank!!..I did not know this, a radial engine in a tank..amazing. And the story of how Meandarra got its name:…a swaggie and his dog were camped there when a Cobb & Co coach happened along, on seeing the swaggie the Coachman asked who lives here?…’Just me and Darra’ said the swaggie. Big road trains are something to be aware of out here. Some old army vehicles under a cover in a park, I didn’t know Holden’s made these things during the war years. Another delightful place to spend a night. Interesting photo, note the red light…it warns train drivers that the boom gates are open, the grass growing on the track suggests its been some time since a train passed by here. Meandarra is a good place to camp and I can see us returning some day.. Click the link below to move onto Tara.