Bedourie is a modern town situated on a sand dune overlooking the Eyre creek flood plain. The town has doubled in size since 1990 and now boasts many new houses and modern facilities.
Bedourie – Home of the Camp Oven
Bedourie is a modern town situated on a sand dune overlooking the Eyre creek flood plain. The town has doubled in size since 1990 and now boasts many new houses and modern facilities. A feature of the town is its lush green grass and abundance of trees and shrubs.
The Diamantina Shire Council Chamber was moved from Birdsville to Bedourie in 1953. It remains the administration centre for the Shire.
The local Royal Hotel was built in the 1880's of adobe bricks and is still operating today with little change in appearance except replacing the thatched roof with iron. There is motel accommodation and a licensed restaurant. The postal agency is situated inside the hotel.
Bedourie is also home of the famous camp oven, a lightweight metal pan with a matching lid that can also be used for a pan. Following this trend a swag has now been named after the town.
The local racetrack comes alive three times a year: a gymkhana (last weekend in June) the Bedourie camel races (2nd weekend in July) and the Bedourie race meeting (2nd weekend in September).
The Simpson Desert Oasis provides a service for fuel, a supermarket, motel, cabins, caravan park and a licensed restaurant.
Aquatic Centre and Artesian Spa
There is also an Aquatic centre featuring an artesian spa (open all year). Other sport facilities available are: Tennis Courts, Netball, Cricket Pitch, Football Field, Recreational Indoor Sports Centre.