Signs #19 – Where’s the Ocean? Eromanga, Queensland
There’s only one town in Australia furthest from the sea – in EVERY direction!
Surprisingly, to me at least, it’s NOT in Central Australia! Australia’s weird continental shape means the geographic centre is relatively close to the Great Australian Bight to the south, and the Gulf of Carpentaria to the north.
No, the title of furthest from the sea currently belongs Eromanga, a small Western Queensland Outback boulder opal mining town. Ironically Eromanga was once the site of a vast inland sea – a feature that’s replicated every now and again when the Cooper Basin is in flood …
But the title isn’t all there is to Eromanga!!
Eromanga is also the site of the largest dinosaur fossil remains yet found in OZ, and produces the most oil of any Australian region. Combine this with ‘Opalopolis Park’, a beautifully maintained picnic area right next door to the excellent local museum (get the key from the pub down the road!) showing a well produced video highlighting town and regional attractions and history, and you just might be tempted to stop over in the caravan park for the night.
I’m not sure who actually triangulated the map coordinates to bestow this title on Eromanga, but I’m not about to argue. Others have – but so far no alternative site has been identified.
Nor is it likely to be without a lot more work and research. So until the title is bestowed elsewhere, I’m not going to rock the boat.
Not when I get such a thrill out of telling people I’ve been to Australia’s furthest service station from the sea!!
Later edit (21/02/2012)
Here’s some additional information and clarification in response to some of the comments below!
1. Julie queried my claim that Eromanga was the largest oil producing region in Australia. Certainly, Barrow Island production appears to be greater, but I was convinced I’d seen a claim for Eromanga, so I returned to my source documents where I found the following:
‘Eromanga is the largest oil producing area in mainland Australia …’ (from the ‘Quilpie Shire “simply unique” pamphlet available from the Visitor Information Centre).
So Julie – we’re kind of both right! But my bad – I left out that vital word ‘mainland’!!
2. Grey Roamer gave the generally accepted position for Australia’s geographic Centre as Lambert Centre. While this isn’t in dispute in this post, the details may be of interest to those who, like me, want to know these things!
The Australian Government Geoscience Australia official website gives a number of interpretations for how to determine the geographic centre. Interestingly, it also gives an interpretation of how to find the furthest point from the coastline … and it’s NOT Eromanga!!! But it’s not a definitive science as you’ll see from the website …
Thanx to both for your information, and apologies for any confusion caused by my post!!