Bedourie is a modern town situated on a sand dune over looking the Eyre creek flood plain. It has a large cattle industry and the Shire is one of the best cattle fattening areas in Queensland. Bedourie is located 1600 km west of Brisbane and 200 north of Birdsville and has a population of approximately 150.
The Diamantina Shire Council offices and administrative centre for the Shire is located in Bedourie having moved from Birdsville back in 1953.
The local Royal Hotel was built in the 1800's of adobe bricks and is still operating today with little change in appearance except replacing the thatched roof with iron. There is motel accommodation and a licensed restaurant. The postal agency is situated inside the hotel.
Bedourie is also home of the famous camp oven, a lightweight metal dish with matching lid that can also be used for a pan. The Bedourie camp oven was invented by drover camps over the years.
The local racetrack comes alive three times a year, a gymkhana (last weekend in June) a camel race (second weekend in July and the famous Bedourie Race Meeting (second week in September).
The Simpson Desert Oasis provides a service for fuel, supermarket, motel, cabins, Caravan Park and a licensed restaurant. There is also an Aquatic centre featuring an artesian spa.
|Royal Bedourie Hotel||07 / 4746 1201|
|Simpson Desert Oasis Roadhouse||07 / 4746 1291|
|Australian Hotel||07 / 4746 3144|
|Simpson Desert Campsite||07 / 4746 1291|
Bedourie Visitor Information Centre — 1300 794 257
Facilities include wireless internet, public phone, photo printing, maps, souvenirs and library facilities.