Heard Of The Cunnamulla Fella? Discover True Outback Aussie Spirit in Cunnamulla Queensland
It was the fifties and sixties in Cunnamulla, Queensland. The value of wool was pound for pound and cattle were worth more than ever.
On cattle properties in regional Queensland, keen stockmen worked hard mustering, chasing scrubbers (cattle lost in the scrub) and breaking in horses.
If you were to head into town after a long workday, you’d see pubs overflowing with weary stockmen downing a beer or two after working sunrise to sunset.
These stockmen were immortalized in ‘The Cunnamulla Fella’, a poem penned by Stan Coster. The poem was later turned into a popular song by Slim Dusty, putting the town of Cunnamulla well and truly on the map.
The song is a tribute to this bustling country town and the stockmen who helped shape it, as well as celebrating Australia’s pride in its primary industries and connection to the land.
“Now I’m a scrubber, runner and a breaker too I live on damper and wallaby stew I’ve got a big cattle dog with a staghound cross I never saw the scrubber we couldn’t toss ‘Cause I’m the Fella from Cunnamulla Yes I’m the Cunnamulla Fella”
Have fun celebrating the legacy of The Cunnamulla Fella
Such is the affection for this legendary song, that the Cunnamulla Fella Festival was born, drawing thousands from across the country every year. There’s nothing like the true Aussie entertainment of outback festivals in Queensland!
Enjoy the spectacle of bull riding, shearing, cowboys, stockmen, country music and live entertainment in a carnival atmosphere that pays tribute to this iconic Aussie story.
Things to do at the Cunnamulla Fella Centre Art Gallery and Museum
Cunnamulla – outback Australia at its finest – has a rich history. It was in fact William Landsborough who travelled down the Warrego River past what is now Cunnamulla in search of the ill-fated explorers Bourke and Wills.
He reported back on the high quality cattle and sheep country, encouraging stockmen to move to the area. The township soon started to grow and by the late 1800s added Cobb and Co coaches, a courthouse, post office, railway, school and homes to its streets.
But this is just a tiny snippet of how Cunnamulla came to be. The best place to get a detailed insight into Cunnamulla’s beginnings is at The Cunnamulla Fella Centre Art Gallery and Museum. If you want to go back millions of years, check out the Artesian Time Tunnel while you’re at the Centre.
It will take you back in time amongst the ancient sandstone rocks that form part of the Great Artesian Basin, where dinosaurs used to roam and where an old opal mine once operated.
Lastly, don’t forget to pay tribute to The Cunnamulla Fella monument while you’re at the Cunnamulla Centre in Jane Street. A trip to Cunnamulla Queensland guarantees fun in the sun and many opportunities to learn more about life on the land in Australia.
Cunnamulla Fella Art Gallery & Museum Quick Reference Guide
Travel to Cunnamulla with Bus QLD Outback