Midway between Goondiwindi and Inglewood on the Cunningham Highway, you will find the tiny town of Yelarbon. The geologically distinct landscape of desert and spinifex country is characterised by a natural salinity scald. This naturally hostile environment results in some unique vegetation and wildlife. Stretch your legs and enjoy the Desert Jewels Biodiversity Walk that has educational signage to identify the variety of vegetation and wildlife including reptiles, marsupials and birdlife. The 500-metre walk is easily accessible from town and suitable for all fitness levels.
If you are looking for somewhere to take a break, the Yelarbon Lagoon on the edge of town is a restful spot with a well-maintained picnic area and plenty of shade. Better still stay overnight at the Recreation Reserve with low cost camping and caravan accommodation. Facilities including powered sites and toilets & showers in the restored Railway Station building are available at the reserve that is a short walk to the hotel and shops.
Get off the highway and take advantage of Border Rivers Tourist Drive, an alternate route following the river from Yelarbon to Goondiwindi to the west or Yelarbon to Texas to the east. This is a sealed road with access to some good fishing spots to wet a line. In season, you will see cotton and wheat crops in paddocks beside the road.
Population: (approximately) 232
- Desert Jewel Biodiversity Walk
- Take the scenic route via Border Rivers Tourist Drive
- Oasis Hotel Motel
- Memorial Park and Granny Murphy’s Craft Shop
- Check out the unique wildlife