Bore Camp, Charlotte Plains

The Outback Trail
Tuesday 16 April, 2024

Ballads and Bush Yarns

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Tuesday 16 April, 2024

The event runs between 4pm and 8pm. The bore site will be open from 7am - 2:30pm on event day.

1993 Charlotte Plains Road, Cunnamulla





Child 6-17 Years


Children under 5


Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Children)


Local Legends Adult


Local Legends Child 6-17 Years


Accessible Parking

Accessible Viewing Deck

Assistance Animals

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Our fourth stop invites you and your fellow trail-goers to Charlotte Plains in Cunnamulla, a cherished family-owned and operated sheep station with a century-long legacy. Feel the warmth of a heartfelt welcome from owner Robyn Russell and her family as we gather for an intimate storytelling experience. Here, we'll tip our Akubra's to the spirited outback tales that define the heart and soul of Charlotte Plains.

Honouring the cherished traditions of famed bush poets and local yarn spinners, a talented selection of local storytellers will captivate us with timeless tales, giving voice to the rich history of this remarkable station.

To complement the narratives, we've rounded up a musical lineup featuring some of our country's greatest musical storytellers. Taking centre stage is country music legend Troy Cassar-Daley, a proud Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung man. Holding a record number of Golden Guitar Awards, Troy has been serenading audiences and sharing stories for over three decades, firmly establishing himself as one of Australia's most esteemed artists. Joining him to set the stage ablaze is the rising country star, Loren Ryan.

For those seeking culinary delights, you can step away from the camp barbie tonight, as an array of food trucks will be on-site, serving up delicious eats.

While the main event commences at 4pm at the Bore Campsite, the Russell Family invites trail-goers to the station all year round. To enhance your experience, consider arriving in Charlotte Plains from Monday onwards and savour an extra night of activities organised by Charlotte Plains. You can view their activity itinerary here and book your unpowered campsite here.

Wellness enthusiasts can take some time to relax and unwind by enjoying a Hot Artesian Bath at the Bore Campsite, or book a Private Bathing Experience, a short 10km drive away.

For those seeking something a little more unique, book a tag-a-long property tour and learn about the history of the station.

This event is family friendly, all ages. Alcohol can be purchased from the bars and must be consumed within the licensed area.  

QMF respectfully acknowledges the Bigambul and Kamilaroi Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, waters and skies of Goondiwindi, where the Saddle Up for the Trail Ahead Trail event unfolds. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of all communities who also work and live on this land. 



Our team work hard to ensure access needs are taken into account from the moment we dream up an event to the moment you leave the site. From elevated platforms, accessible amenities and companion ticketing, we want to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable time out at Ballads & Bush Yarns.

If you have any questions about Ballads & Bush Yarns, feel free to reach out and ask our team via the link below.


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The Trail Traveller Pass, grants entry to three of our premier Trail events at a remarkable 20% discount.

Tickets are $128 for adults and $102 for children aged 6-17, children under 5 are free!

Your Trail Traveller Pass includes 1x ticket to each of these events:

Sunday 14 April: The Gully Sessions in Nindigully
Tuesday 16 April: Ballads & Bush Yarns in Charlotte Plains
Saturday 20 April: Outback Sounds in Charleville

These tickets are limited, so you’ll need to get in quick!

Near Charleville


If you are staying at the Bore Campsite, there is 4km of unsealed, good dirt road coming off the bitumen highway at the Creek Road at the Widgeegoarra entrance.

All roads are perfectly suitable for 2 wheel drive vehicles, as long as there hasn’t been any recent rain. Roads are flat and generally in good condition. If you are concerned about the roads at our around Charlotte Plains, shoot them an email at [email protected]



As far as relaxed settings go, it doesn’t get much better than Charlotte Plains.

Set up camp at the Bore Campsite (unpowered) by the Hot Artesian Baths and soak in the outback under the stars.

Pets are welcome at the campgrounds and overnight stays, but are strictly prohibited from the event itself.

Please Note: If you wish to camp here, you must have a booking before you arrive if you wish to stay at Charlotte Plains. Bookings can be made for the days before and after the event.


Ticket info, venue details and what the day will look like — our FAQs cover it all. We've gathered the most asked stuff to make sure your time at Ballads & Bush Yarns is as smooth as your favourite track.

So, pump up the volume and check out the FAQs below. We're here to make sure your experience is off the charts fun and as stress-free as possible!


Escape the run-of-the-mill tourist haunts and enjoy a genuine connection to local people and culture. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot the Cunnamulla Fella - a larger-than-life tribute to the Aussie larrikin stockman.

With Charlotte Plains just a short drive from Cunnamulla, if a traditional station stay isn't your thing you'll find a range of accommodation options in town.


To make good times even better, Charlotte Plains have created an itinerary brimming with activities for trial-goers to enjoy. Explore what's on offer and get ready for an unforgettable stay!

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