A small cattle and timber town 89km north of Roma, Injune stands at the southern entrance to Carnarvon National Park in an area explorer Ludwig Leichhardt was moved to call Ruined Castle Valley.
The park, of course, is one of Australia’s national treasures. Its rich lode of Aboriginal art testifies to the spiritual significance the first Australians attach to this unique outcrop of tropical rainforest and stunted eucalyptus, sheer sandstone cliffs and gorges, caves and moss gardens.
Carnarvon Gorge is an essential thread in the Darumbal people’s Dreaming and this connection is preserved 300km to the east in the Dreamtime Cultural Centre at Rockhampton.
Injune is a small, almost unassuming, town of 600 who tend to point you in the direction of Hidden Valley when you raise the claim that Injune was once recognised as the cattle duffing capital of the state. The valley was reputed to be a hideout for the most successful rustlers and their stolen stock.
Injune was home from 1919 to 1923 for author Frank Dalby Davison, whose most successful book, Man-Shy, which won him the Australian Literature Society's 1931 gold medal, was set in the district.