Yaraka is an attractive community with gardens, general store, post office, fuel, a pub (accommodation and meals), swimming pool, tennis court, playground area, public amenities and caravan park.
The small township of Yaraka is nestled between Mesa Hills with the backdrop being the Yang Yang Ranges that offer unique and spectacular picture postcard scenery – a photographer’s delight with their craggy escarpments that are a cacophony of hues and colours at sunrises and sunsets.
Mt Slowcombe is near the town of Yaraka, with a tar sealed road winding its way to the top making it easily accessible even for cars. The 360-degree views from the top of this Mesa hill leave every visitor shaking their heads in disbelief that so few people have discovered this spectacular Outback gem which has been compared to being Queensland’s equivalent of the Northern Territory’s Kakadu. Not only does Mt Slowcombe offer awesome views it also has an electric BBQ and covered seating to enhance the experience! Any tourists planning their trip should make Mt Slowcombe a priority on their itinerary.
The Yaraka township offers powered caravan sites for a small fee, a swimming pool and amenities next to a beautifully maintained and cared for park with BBQ and ample covered seating with a tennis court and children’s playground. Yaraka also has fuel available and a hotel that has accommodation and meals together with a coffee shop.
Within easy driving distance from Yaraka, the actual site of Michael Magee’s shanty where Banjo Paterson penned his famous poem ‘The Bush Christening’ is well worth visiting, not far from this is the ruins of the Cobb & Co pub and the lonely grave of gold miner Richard Magoffin’s Grave. This grave is on the clay pan where Magoffin collapsed and perished from thirst and only a few hundred metres from the tree lined course of the Barcoo River; so close yet so far for Magoffin.
Yaraka is also between the Idalia and Welford National Parks with their own characteristic spectacular features. And Idalia is the home of what was thought to be the extinct Bridled Nailtail Wallaby which thrive in this area.
For full information on the Yaraka region visit www.yaraka.com.au