Add the Heritage Listed Noccundra Hotel to your bucket list because over 13,000 visitors each year can’t be wrong. Drive, bus or fly in to experience great food, service and a stunning hotel with heaps of character. You can book a room, a powered campsite or bush camp across the road on the Wilson River. There are public amenities located right next to the hotel.
The original hotel, built around 1860 burned down and was rebuilt in 1882 of sandstone. The sandstone was quarried from Mt Pool in NSW and transported by camel train. It’s the second oldest hotel in Queensland to have been continuously licensed since being built.
The architecture of this building will transport you back in time to the 1800s when Noccundra was contained within the pastoral holding of Nockatunga Station. The pub was built to provide relief to the workers and stockmen working the stock route. Working the stock route and station life was hard. Isolation and extreme climatic conditions were part of every day life.
On the western side of the Hotel stands a plaque erected in memory of the Andrew Hume Expedition, which passed Noccundra Waterhole in November 1874. Andrew Hume, also known as the “Black Prince” was was released from prison in Sydney, to lead an expedition to search for a survivor of the lost Leichhardt Expedition.
Hume, along with Timothy O’Hea VC perished on Nockatunga Station. The only survivor of Hume’s party was Lewis Thompson, and ex-India Army Cavalryman, and piano tuner. Those who perished, rest in unknown graves.
The Wilson River
The Grey Range forms a water-shed between the Wilson and the Bulloo Rivers. This section of river, adjacent to the Noccundra Hotel, is called the Noccundra Waterhole. South-west of here, the course of the Wilson River spreads out, on its way across the plains.
Today the Wilson River is a well-known fishing spot where Golden Perch (Yellow Belly), freshwater Catfish, Spangled and Silver Perch can be caught. During the winter months of May to August Yabbies are abundant.
Stock Routes and water
The Wilson River is a tributary of Cooper Creek. The River passes through the land belonging to Nockatunga Station. There is a complex relationship between stock movement, the provision of water, the development of the transport routes and settlement patterns in Outback regions.
Historical and modern routes through the arid pastoral districts of Australia were dependent on the availability of water. The discovery of water in western Queensland made the system of travelling stock routes viable. The Wilson River played a very large part in the settlement of the area.