Taking its name from an Aboriginal word meaning 'frogs around the waterhole', the Balonne River town of Dirranbandi is about 70 km from St George in Queensland's south-west and is the gateway to the Culgoa Plains National Park.
Straddling the Queensland-NSW border, the park is renowned for its variety of birds. At the centre of a cotton-growing area, Dirranbandi’s population almost doubles at harvest time when backpackers flock into town to pick the crop. Nearby Cubbie Station is believed to be the largest, privately-owned cotton farm in the Southern Hemisphere.
The 'capital' of the Balonne Shire, St George is just a short drive to the north-east. Both the stretch of the Balonne River that links the two towns and the Beardmore Dam, which irrigates much of the south-west of the state, offer excellent freshwater fishing for yellow-belly, freshwater jew and the incomparable Murray cod.