From the Cunnamulla Fella to Burke and Wills, Queensland’s south-west is full of legends, dead and alive.

Story By Nathan Dyer

Cunnamulla is the starting point for a 600-kilometre journey west to Innamincka along the Adventure Way.
Heading west, the country spreads like a green carpet beyond the black asphalt. Mobs of emus prance through paddocks of tall Mitchell grass and misty columns of rain dance across the northern horizon. Further west, the landscape morphs into gibber and mulga before the road rolls into Eulo, about 60km from Cunnamulla, where a rainbow streaks across a stormy sky and the Paroo River is running strong. Inside the Eulo Queen Hotel, local grazier Graham Pfizer is chatting with the barman about a German backpacker stranded for 10 days without food between the flooded Thomson and Bulloo Rivers. “He must have been bloody hungry, apparently he’s been eating flies,” says Graham. “Don’t we all?” replies the barman wryly as he swats one on the bar.

This Story is from Issue #96

Outback Magazine: Aug/Sep 2014