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Published November 18th 2017
Meet a Famous Tambo Teddy
Have you heard of the Tambo Teddies? There's an interesting town, some 860 km north west of Brisbane, where Teddy Bears are famous. Did you know that there are road signs for Teddy Bears? Tambo is the only place in Australia where such signs exist.
The Teddy story started in 1992 when the wool prices crashed, and the area was suffering after a long drought, three amazing women after a brainstorming session, came up with the idea of making teddies with wool, to assist the local wool growers.
Of course, initially it was not regarded as a good idea, but they went ahead anyway. Tambo Teddies was born. Many locals thought it was just a joke, but the ladies went ahead with their idea, creating teddy bears with wool pelts and stuffing them with wool. They opened for business in 1993, and the business continues to this day.
The teddies are each individually named after the many farming properties in the Tambo district, and all teddies details are kept in a register.
Tambo is the oldest town in Western Queensland and is a popular destination for tourists with cattle and tourism being the popular industries at the moment. A timber mill has just been opened so timber is gaining importance in the town.
In the middle of town is the Tambo Teddy Shop – where visitors call in to buy their very own Tambo Teddy – from the many on show in the shop. One can also talk with the ladies as they continue the amazing task of creating these teddies – different colours and personalities. There is a range of other products in the shop made from the local wool.
It is a long way to drive – so if you want to purchase your very own Tambo Teddy without going all the way to Tambo, you can buy them online. See the website here.
Tambo town celebrates its history, with a number of historical buildings, an Art Gallery which features work from the local talented artists, there's a hotel, café, library, service station, caravan park and more. There's even a free camp area on the banks of the famous Barcoo River.