Explore Country Queensland’s Rich History At The Hebel Historical Circle
Prepare to step back in time when you enter the historical town of Hebel, Queensland. Rich with tales of the Ned Kelly Gang, Cobb & Co and old-time dance halls, this tiny town on the Queensland/New South Wales border is guaranteed to give you a true taste of country Queensland days of old.
Hebel Historical Circle
Hebel’s colourful history is brought to life through a public art piece, the Hebel Historical Circle. Planted in the dusty red earth of this quintessential country town are 10 timber posts showcasing the highlights of Hebel. Learn about the infamous Kelly’s Point, Cobb & Co, border customs and local Aboriginal sporting stars. There is a playground adjacent to the historical circle to keep the kids content while you read up on this fascinating town.
Explore the true history of the Kelly Gang
Notorious bushrangers Dan Kelly and Steve Hart from the legendary Ned Kelly Gang are claimed to have used Hebel Queensland as a hideout. Legend says the men lived under the aliases and regularly frequented the Hebel Hotel, which still stands today. The influence of the Kelly Gang on Hebel was so strong that the tiny town was previously known as Kelly’s Point. It wasn’t until the early 1890s that the name was changed to Hebel, most likely after a local German family residing in the town. Nobel Van Hebel is said to have played a role in staging the Cobb & Co coaches.
Things to do in Hebel
If you’re keen to experience a traditional country Queensland watering hole, head over to the Hebel Hotel to enjoy a coldie with the locals. Originally opened in 1894 as a Cobb & Co changing station, the iconic hotel still features the original hitching rail. The colourful artwork of Lightning Ridge artist John Murray is showcased on the front of the hotel, while the inside is quirkily decorated in true Aussie outback style.
Hebel General Store
Built as a dance hall in 1897, the Hebel General Store retains its original dance floor. Full of character, the store now offers home-cooked cakes and pies by day and a restaurant under the stars by night.
Not far from the main street is the Bokhara River, the perfect place to while away the afternoon with a spot of fishing or yabbying. Take a picnic – maybe a pie from the General Store?
The Township of Hebel
Built as a dance hall in 1897, Hebel General Store and Caravan Park have retained much of their former dance hall features, including the store’s original dance floor.
Hebel is also a great place to base your visit to the Culgoa Floodplain National Park, a place where you can switch off completely and enjoy the pristine beauty, serenity and true remoteness of the bush. Located 800 kilometres west of Brisbane, the national park offers an abundance of wildlife and birdwatching opportunities and represents remote camping at its finest.
Check out our things to do in Hebel as well as get the latest routes & timetable for the latest bus lines to and from the township of Hebel.
Hebel Historical Circle Quick Reference Guide
Travel to Hebel with Bus QLD Outback