Dirranbandi is a small country town that comes alive through the cotton harvest months. Home to the famed Cubbie Station, the largest irrigated cotton farm in the southern hemisphere; it is only a stone’s throw away from this small town. As you drive into Dirranbandi, you’ll pass by the town’s levee bank which is famous for having saved the town from flooding on more than one occasion. Sit and have a cuppa amongst the shade of Railway Park which marks the end of the South West rail line and was the destination of the very last mail train to operate in Australia.
On a visit to Railway Park, you’ll find the old railway waiting room, the original parcels office and the 1913 Station Master’s residence, which is now the Rural Transaction Centre. While meandering the park you’ll uncover a stone cotton bale in memory of the late Des Stevenson, the pioneer of the cotton industry in Dirranbandi and the famed Cubbie Station. A neighbouring bronze statue in the centre of town celebrates the remarkable story of Aboriginal man Tom Dancey – the 1910 winner of Australia’s most famous foot race the Stawell Gift.
On the opposite side of the street – adjacent to the homeware and gift shops – enjoy the colourful mosaic walkway that shows an artistic take of the town’s history. If you’re looking for a quiet spot to picnic, throw in a line, or stretch your legs, then head to the Jack Dwyer Memorial Park on the edge of town.