Dirranbandi - Land of the croaking frogs

Dirranbandi lies to the south of St.George on the Castlereagh Highway.  

In 1885, the town site was surveyed and named Dirranbandi, after an Aboriginal word.  Several slightly different meanings have been identified to this aboriginal word, the most popular and readily recognised is “Frogs croaking in a swamp at night”. 

The district around the town of Dirranbandi has been described as some of the finest wool growing country in Australia. In more recent times it has become a thriving cotton district, with plenty of beef and grain produced as well.

Cubbie Station in the Dirranbandi district is the largest privately owned cotton property in Queensland. Once grazing land, Cubbie has developed a unique water harvesting system that stores and uses water efficiently. Cubbie has the ability to grow 330,000 bales of cotton from 33,000hectares of irrigated land, and stores as much water as the Sydney Harbour.


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Railway Park in Dirranbandi is a cool and shady spot for the traveller to rest.

Located in the park is the old Railway Station Master’s office built in 1913. The office floor is of magnificent Western Australian jarrah timber. The historic building has been carefully restored and is used as a meeting room for the local Arts Council. Railway Park has become the ‘hub’ of the town with the addition in 2001 of a second historical railway building, the old station masters residence. It is currently operated as the Dirranbandi Rural Transaction Centre and houses a variety of services.

In 2001, the federation style gazebo, water fountain and water cotton bale memorial were also created in the park by the Dirranbandi cotton growers in memory of well-known and widely respected cotton grower, the late Des Stevenson of Cubbie Station. 

The Tom Dancey Memorial was erected in 2011, and honours his achievements and contribution to sport and community. He won the prestigious Stawell Gift Race in 1910.



On a stroll through Dirranbandi take the time to explore the unique Centennial Walk which is a display of mosaic tiles made by the locals, each with a story of their own. Starting at the Post Office and continuing down Main Street, these tiles depict the history and personal input of the community.

When you visit the Dirranbandi Hostel and Caravan Park it is possible to take a trip back in history. The hostel was established in 1954 for the Catholic Church as a school for town and district students. The Sisters of St Joseph order taught here for 21 years before the hostel closed in 1977

If you are looking for somewhere to rest beside the river, head down to the Jack Dwyer Memorial Park. This is a lovely place to stop and stretch your legs while taking in some of the scenery.




Events include the Dirranbandi Show held on the weekend after Easter.  Over the Easter long weekend, Dirranbandi hosts a Fishing Competition. The Polocrosse carnival is held in July each year with teams traveling from Northern NSW and southern Queensland to compete. 

Pony Club is strong in Dirranbandi as is golf and tennis. Campdrafts are held twice a year in April and August. The Rugby Union Cotton Cup is hotly contested in July between the Goondiwindi and St.George teams.

Overnight camping and fishing are popular on the banks of the Balonne Minor River. For Tourism information - drop into the Rural Transaction Centre or the Dirran Pub. 

Situated on the Qld NSW border, the Culgoa Floodplain National Park is an ideal spot for birdwatching.  Visitors to this park are expected to be totally self sufficient, for further information the Ranger on 07 4625 0942.

Independent Living Units - Community  Housing

Situated in Cowildi St, Dirranbandi. All Units are well maintained and the Grounds serviced regularly. A communal gazebo offers a pleasant spot in the garden to relax and meet friends or other tenants. Rent is assessed on the individual circumstances of the tenant in accordance with QLD housing policy. For further information please contact: Barb McMillan, Tenancy Management Officer 07 4620 7309


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