Things to Do - Kynuna Things to Do - Kynuna

Combo Waterhole
Combo Waterhole Conservation Park is located 16km east of Kynuna. (Dry weather entry only) It is a very picturesque place and the overshot dams built by Chinese labourers in 1883 are technical masterpieces. The Combo Waterhole is linked to the national folk song Waltzing Matilda and a monument can be found at the entrance to the park. Walk the 2.5km return circuit to the waterhole along the Diamantina River and have a picnic "under the shade of a Coolibah tree". Camping is prohibited.

Swagman's Billabong
Come and visit the true swagman's billabong where the story of Waltzing Matilda is said to have taken place and where the swagman, Samuel Hoffmeister committed suicide. Just 150 by 15 metres, the oldest and shadiest coolabahs are in the middle of the water. At other waterholes, including Combo, the trees line the banks, but here when a man wanted to boil the billy, in shade, near the water, late in the season, he would have be IN the billabong as per the original words of Waltzing Matilda - "Oh! There once was a swagman camped in the billabong…" . Obtain a mudmap from the Kynuna Roadhouse. Entrance to the billabong is 1.8km east of Kynuna township.

Blue Heeler Hotel
Built in 1889 as the Kynuna Hotel, it used to be one of three hotels in town. Now the Blue Heeler Hotel is the only hotel in Kynuna and is the only remaining building to have any association with the great Australian folk song, Waltzing Matilda. It is said that both the swagman and squatter had their last drinks at the hotel. Banjo Paterson also drank at the hotel. Come in for a cold beer and meet the locals!