Midway between Goondiwindi and Inglewood on the Cunningham Highway, you will find the tiny town of Yelarbon, and the distinctive spinifex desert. While the landscape might be hostile, the town itself is warm, friendly, and welcoming.
Take the 500m Desert Jewels Biodiversity Walk to catch a glimpse of some local wildlife including reptiles, marsupials and birdlife.
Over at the Yelarbon Lagoon, you'll find a shady and well maintained picnic area overlooked by the town's famous painted silo's, plus a great skate park for the kids.
The silo's are stunning by day, but they're even better by night. See them lit up by starlight with an overnight stay at the Yelarbon Recreation Grounds. Pop in to Granny Murphy's Craft Shop on the main street to stock up on souvenirs of your silo tour.
Want to explore off the beaten track? Follow the Border Rivers Tourist Drive, an alternative route that follows the river from Yelarbon to Goondiwindi to the west or Texas to the east.
If you turned the clock back 100 years, Yelarbon would have been a commercial centre for the surrounding sheep grazing and grain properties. It later became an important collection depot for wheat when the railway was connected in 1908, linking Yelarbon with Brisbane for freight and passenger services.
True to the traditional meaning of the town's name, the permanent water source of the lagoon was the reason for Yelarbon's location.
Did you Know?
Yelarbon was officially named in 1908 with Yelabon being a local Bigambul name associated with the lagoon.
Population: (approximately) 232
- Desert Jewel Biodiversity Walk
- Take the scenic route via Border Rivers Tourist Drive
- Check out the Yelarbon Desert and spinifex country
- Yelarbon Lagoon
- Yelarbon GrainCorp Silo Art
- Old gaol and railway museum
Download the Top Things to do in Yelarbon brochure for further information.