Charlotte Plains Outback Magic

Cunnamulla QLD

2020 Best Grey Nomad

Farm or Station Stay 

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Stay on an authentic historic station in outback Queensland that is half the size of Singapore!


Charlotte Plains Outback magic, a 27,000 hectare sheep and cattle station slightly east of Cunnamulla township on the Explorers Way, provides powered and unpowered sites, shearing shed showers and shearers quarters camp kitchen. It is a campground where guests can marvel at the thousands of stars that light up the night, and with daily activities including feeding animals, fixing fences and shearing sheep, there is always movement at the station.


Owned and operated by Robyn Russell, a dynamic woman passionate about sharing her bush paradise with you, Charlotte Plains complements the standard offering with:

  • 14 artesian baths that become ‘hot property’ at sunrise and sunset

  • Self-drive station tours with maps provided

  • Tag along tours where the property becomes animated through tales of characters like Jack the Bullocky and charismatic Willie the Camelman are shared

  • Options to learn about the property’s 130-year-old woolshed and what it was like to live on an isolated station when she was a child

  • Tour access to heritage treasures found in the station’s old Queenslander, nicknamed the House of Memorabilia

  • Birdwatching with 130 species recorded.


And it is not without modern technology, with Charlotte Plains boasting a swathe of eco-innovations to make your stay happy, safe and comfortable, including solar lighting and a solar-powered UHF radio as mobile coverage is non-existent. That’s another bonus!




Cunnamulla, at the intersection of The Matilda Way and The Adventure Way, and there is ample to explore for a few days:

  • Check out the first-class Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Centre with an interactive Artesian Time Tunnel where visitors “journey” back 100 million years, a museum covering the sheep industry and the discovery of Artesian waters plus so much more, and the Artesian Waters Theatrette with an informative short film all about the Great Artesian Basin that fills the baths at Charlotte Plains.

  • Marvel at the mega mural painted by an internationally renowned artist on the town’s water tower which showcases local children playing football and forms part of the Australians Silo Art Trail.

  • Pay tribute to Aussie singing icon Slim Dusty at a giant statue of the Cunnamulla Fella, a character made famous in one of Slim’s songs.

  • Drop in a line, kayak, catch some yabbies or walk the banks of the picturesque Warrego River.

  • Head just another 45 minutes west to meet a modern megafauna, a giant wombat-like Diprotodon.

  • Picnic at Allen Tannock Weir and Pontoon on the outskirts of town.

  • Tuck into some deliciously healthy or deliciously naughty meals at one of the pubs or the most welcoming Gidgee Bean Café.

  • Surf the high dunes 850 kilometres from the nearest beach at Cunnamulla’s famously fun town sand hills, with boards for hire through Out the Back Australia.

Facilities:  Powered and unpowered sites, depending in what part of the station you choose to stay. Powered sites are near an amenities block with flushing toilets and hot showers, where you will also find a camp kitchen and laundry. Open fire pits and pet friendly.

Location: 1993 Charlotte Plains Rd, Cunnamulla

Open: All year round