Combo Waterhole Conservation Park is 132km north-west of Winton and 16km south-east of Kynuna. Turn south off the Landsborough Highway, 13km from Kynuna and follow the short drive to the park. The road is unsealed and you can access the park via conventional vehicle, however four-wheel drive is recommended. Vehicles are not permitted beyond the car park and camping is not permitted. Follow the self-guided walking track to Combo Waterhole on foot, discovering the story of Waltzing Matilda. There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities in Combo Waterhole Conservation Park.
Driving between towns can build up your appetite so make sure you stop at the Corella Creek Café at Nelia. They have a range of snacks, meals, cold drinks as well as awesome cappuccinos, a range of teas from standard to green tea. You can pull up a seat under one of the shady trees or go across to the covered shelter, relax and enjoy the scenery. The full range of meals runs between April to October, and light snacks all year round. If you’re a guest at the Corella Creek Farmstay, you have the option to include home cooked meals.
Come out and see the biggest Brolgas in the world! This sculpture of parents and baby Brolgas was completed in 2012 by Sue Tilly, the same artist who constructed Samson the steel light horse in Julia Creek. These Brolgas are truly remarkable and an awesome photo opportunity, especially at the rising of the sun, or the going down of the same. You will see the sheer size of this sculpture in relation to people. Come on out and see for yourself, gets some photos taken of yourself with the Brolgas so you can brag to your friends that you saw the biggest Brolgas in the world!!
Nelia is home to the popular Corella Creek Country Farm Stay and Café. Stay a couple of nights in one of the comfy rooms, queen or bunks for families or budget conscious traveller. Georgie your host, cooks some wickedly delicious meals, from snacks such as the traditional scones and jam, to Eggs Benedict, home made breads, full meals and more. They also stock a range of cold drinks and great ‘real’ coffee. Enjoy a well earned soak in the huge baths filled with artesian water – which is renowned for the therapeutic benefits like soothing aches and pains. Sit around the campfire and hear some funny yarns and enjoy good company.
The Kynuna Roadhouse is a main stopping point for refuelling and having a refreshment stop. They have a range of meals and drinks available, and a caravan park with powered and unpowered sites for a stopover. It has coin operated washing machine and dryer, toilets and showers available. Here you’ll also get the chance to even meet some of the truckers driving those huge road trains.
The Blue Heeler Hotel Motel is an extremely popular stopover destination for many people travelling along the Matilda Way. You can book in stay a night or two, which allows you to enjoy the features of the hotel such as the pool room, checking the thousands of photos, collection of hats and much more. Grab a bite to eat and a coldie and relax on the deck letting all your cares float away. They have a number of clean and comfy rooms available.
McKinlay houses a museum that was established on the 28th April 2012, to commemorate the 150 years since John McIntyre passed this way. The museum has some private collections so if you would like to have a look through, pop into the McKinlay Library & Visitor Centre and grab the key.
Created during a welding workshop at the ‘Crafty Old School House’ in 2013, The McKinlay Coolibah Tree, celebrates the history of the area, and recognises that even though the population of a small outback town seems small, there is a much wider community who belong to it. The project was a welcome distraction from the pressure and stress that the locals face due to drought.
The Crafty Old School House group meet at the old McKinlay School House on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Activities include tennis, health information and UFO afternoons (Un Finished Objects). This is a day for social gathering and to finish off/get help with any craft items that you may be working on. Crafts include patch working, horn and silver smithing, scrapbooking and card making. The group organises a craft workshop weekend once a year. The group is always looking for new craft ideas to try! Everyone is welcome to come along.
This display can be found just on the edge of McKinlay. It was put together by the current owners of the Walkabout Creek Hotel to commemorate John McKinlay & Burke and Wills the explorers. It is unusual to find a display of this nature in ‘the middle of nowhere’ as some say, but make sure you get out and have a look and picture yourself travelling in the Outback on horseback, using only what is displayed. Things were extremely tough in days gone by. Enjoy the display, take photos but please leave it untouched so others can enjoy.