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While you are in town, see the grave-site of Alf Jensen, Cobb & Co Coach driver who was only 39 years old when he succumbed to pneumonia which he acquired while working in the harsh conditions of coach driving.
Yuleba (Yule/bah) (Aboriginal for Water Lilly) is a small town situated in south-west of Queensland, 60 Km east of Roma and 420 Km north-west of Brisbane. With approximately 200 people within the township itself and roughly another 100 people on outlying properties surrounding the town.
Yuleba is famously known as the place where the last Australian Cobb & Co Coach stopped and ran no more in 1924. In 2009 & 2014 there was the 85th & 90th Anniversary of the event and a replica coach, which is housed at the Cobb & Co Museum in Surat, had the dust brushed off, hitched to a mob of horses and embarked on a celebratory journey from Yuleba to Surat 2009 / Surat to Yuleba 2014, with 200 horse riders in tow. In 2019, she’ll be dragged out again, and this time her epic journey will trek from Surat to Yuleba again.
But the Cobb & Co history is not all that Yuleba has to offer. Located on the Surat Basin, it also boast of the most pure silica sand in the world, discovered when the seismic line went through in the 60’s. It has only been in the most recent years that they started to mine this sand.
There is also a natural Cyprus Pine Forestry, one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Dotted through this natural wonder are well established Xanthorrhoea bushes. The best known common name for the Xanthorrhoea is `blackboy’. This name refers to the purported similarity in appearance of the trunked species to an Aboriginal boy holding an upright spear. Some people now consider this name to be offensive, or at least belonging to the past, preferring instead `grasstree’. Also tucked inside this forestry are the ‘Claypans’ sporting September wildflowers which are worth a look.
Yuleba has its own colourful history with stories of well known cattle duffers such as George Stanley and links to the Kenniff Brothers, notorious bushrangers. The old Mitchell Council Chambers sports a painting memorialising the holdup of the Yuleba General Store by the Kenniff gang.
With the serenity of Judd’s Lagoon only a few kilometres out of town, which is also a favoured fishing spot and free camping area, there is fascinating history and modern living combined in the lifestyle here, making it a wonderful place to retire, raise a family or just to visit for a time or a day.
Winners of the 2014 Australia Day Award with Citizen of the Year going to Karan Hibbs and Event of the Year to Help Kids Like Nick Fun Run