On behalf of the residents of Diamantina Shire I extend greetings to you and a warm invitation to visit our beautiful Shire.
Diamantina consists of two main towns Birdsville and Bedourie, with a third town of Betoota.
Bedourie is located 1600 km west of Brisbane, while Birdsville is 200 km south of Bedourie and 1200 km from Adelaide.
Our towns have four aircraft services per week on the Brisbane- Mount Isa Circuit. Skytrans provide this service. Westwing Aviations also provides regular flights between Pt Augusta and Birdsville every Wednesday.
Despite it's size, Birdsville is a well-known destination for many Australian and International visitors. The town hosts one horse race meeting a year, when over 8,000 people swell the town population. It is the start of the famous Birdsville Track, which originally was used as a stock route for moving cattle from Queensland to Southern markets.
Bedourie is the Shire's administration centre. The last ten years has seen its population more than double to 140 people. The town boasts many new amenities including an aquatic centre, hot artesian spa and a community hall. Visitor numbers have increased to over 100 000 per year.
The Shire's wealth lies within its cattle industry, tourism and natural environment. Located within Queensland's Channel Country, bordering South Australia and the Northern Territory, this area is renown for producing prime quality beef. The natural irrigation from the Diamantina and Georgina River Systems is also assisting with developing an organic cattle industry.
We are fortunate that National Parks comprises 25% of our shire's area. The Simpson Desert, Diamantina National Park, (just been named in the top ten National Parks in Australia) and Astrebla National Park all offer unique scenery and wildlife for visitors to experience.
Visit the Diamantina Shire for a unique outback experience.
Cr Geoff Morton
Mayor - Diamantina Shire