Taroom is the second of the Leichardt Highway towns and what a contrast to Theodore. Taroom is an old town that is rich in history.

The name Taroom is said to be an aboriginal word for native fruit trees in the area.

Taroom is a major centre for the Queensland beef industry. Other industry includes prime hard wheat and forestry.

Taroom has a rare windmill of unusual design located on the banks of the Dawson River. The windmill was produced by the Steel Wings Company, in North Sydney between 1907 and 1911, one of only six models ever erected. The windmills comprise a steel frame and fan which turns to the wind between a bearing at the bottom and a swivel at the top, all supported by guy-wires.

Prussian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt passed through the Taroom district in 1844, carving his initials on a tree that now stands in the centre of town. Leichhardt's carving is no longer visible.

The treatment of the War Memorial is worth a careful look.

The Anglican Church is a stark contrast to the catholic offer. The view from the John Gilbert Lookout is worth the walk.

The Taroom Museum is quite close to the Info Centre.

This old and friendly hotel is a classic and a few refreshments went down really well.

We enjoyed a stay over at Taroom and you will too.

Heritage diary



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course