Mungindi Sculpture Trail
Mungindi QLD & NSW
2022 Best Grey Nomad
Featuring ten raw and rustic sculptures by award-winning local artist Tony ‘Nicko’ McMillan, who tragically died in 2016 at just 54 years of age, this two and a half kilometre long open-air art installation uniquely crosses the Queensland - New South Wales border in two places. Starting at Barwon River Park in Queensland, the Mungindi Sculpture Trail delivers a new perspective on art and nature. Working in collaboration with the McMillan family, the Mungindi Progress Association and the Moree Plains Shire Council, the Balonne Shire Council used funding from the Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program to pay tribute to Nicko, showcase his artistic legacies and create a trail of truly monumental proportions.
Location: Along the Barwon River, starting at Barwon River Park in the border town of Mingundi
Open: All year round
Facilities and Experiences: In addition to this 2.5 kilometre trail, Mungindi boasts:
The One Ton Post stands out as a remarkable physical monument erected by JB Cameron (the same bloke who Cameron's Corner is named after) to mark the end of the arduous two-year task of surveying the straight section of the Queensland/New South Wales border, from Cameron Corner to the Barwon River.
Looking to soak those weary bones? Mungindi’s hot artesian pool is a great spot to rest up, relax and rejuvenate for the afternoon in the mineral-rich water.
Mungindi Caravan Park is in a quiet part of the town, nestled amongst shady trees and not too far from the Barwon River. The Mungindi Caravan Park offers powered and unpowered sites for caravans, campers and motorhomes.
Pull in for the night at the Barwon River Campsite, a natural setting with free stays with toilets, showers, bins and picnic tables and is dog friendly. Once there, you can step you over the border into New South Wales.
Judges said: This trail has all the elements of both a star attraction and a touching memorial. Through the remarkable sculptures, ‘Nicko’ brought to life the animals and flora that make outback Queensland and NSW so extraordinary. So, it is fitting then that a trail of his works now acts as a memorial of sorts, and everyone involved should be commended for taking the initiative to turn these wondrous works into an extraordinary visitor experience.