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Thallon attracts grey nomads
Campers can enjoy a free stay with a view of stunning silo art in Thallon.

The tiny and remote Queensland town of Thallon has been pulling out all of the stops in an effort to attract more long-term caravanners and motorhomers … and its efforts are being richly rewarded.

With its magnificent silo art, attractive park, overwhelming country hospitality, and free campsite, the town ticks a lot of grey nomad boxes.

Located south of St George near the border with New South Wales, Thallon – which has a population of around 260 – is easily accessible via the Barwon Highway and the Carnarvon Highway.

“Our push to attract tourists was born out of the town’s decline through the closure of our rail station and years of drought,” said Leanne Brosnan from the Thallon Progress Association. “And the community has embraced the opportunity to share their special part of the world with our visitors.”

In 2018, a number of locals trained as tourism ambassadors and they, along with other residents, will happily share their knowledge of the town with grey nomads and other visitors.

The stunning ‘Watering Hole’ silos which were painted by artists Joel Fergie and Travis Vinson in July 2017 are a massive drawcard. The giant mural spanning four silos features images taken by local photographers set against the backdrop of a vibrant sunset. The work appears to change colour throughout the day and watching the sun rise on the mural is a memorable experience. A dedicated viewing platform and interpretative signage are accessible from the campground.

The free campground with toilets, hot showers and a dump point have proved a big hit with travellers. Power is available at $5.50 per night.

Thallon also has an attractive park where visitors can see the statue of William the giant northern hairy nosed wombat, and learn about the town’s historical connection to this critically endangered species. The park also features the town’s war memorial which was built in 2015. Just across the road from the park is the Francis Hotel.

As well as offering the usual amenities, the hotel contains a convenience store and postal agency where Thallon Silos Stamps can be bought. Travellers are also encouraged to take a stroll along the Moonie River to see a variety of local bird life, or perhaps ‘wet a line’.

Any country community looking for ways to react positively and energetically to economic adversity could do a lot worse than look at the example set by the likes of Thallon, a special town that deserves all the success in the world.


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