I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published March 5th 2016
The Bluff is one of the main attractions near the small town of Yowah, which is mostly known for its opals (it's the southernmost opal centre in Queensland). The rise is only a few kilometres from town, around 150 metres high and offers 180 degree views of the vast surrounds of the town.
Australia is the flattest continent. We all know that. But you have to go to places like Yowah to really see just what that means. Standing on the bluff, while there are some other rises in the landscape, the flatness and openness of the plains is amazing.
As eye-catching as the views are, there is another reason to come up here too; the piles of stones everywhere. These look historically and culturally significant, but are actually just a fun activity to do that has caught on with visitors, so make sure you add your own after you've made the drive.
I actually forgot to make my own pile of stones because I was too busy trying to find signs of any kind of animal from my vantage point on the bluff. There certainly hadn't been a shortage in Yowah or driving around it (the town itself has lots of kangaroos and cattle, with emus a common sight on any drive out of there).
With the help of binoculars I did mange to find one species: goats. They're everywhere out here. In fact, over 500,000 wild goats call Queensland home, with more than three million found Australia-wide.
Another feature to be found at the bluff is the campfire area, while it is also the site of the Telstra radio telephone tower that gives Yowah its telephone and internet access (if you're with anyone else you won't get reception, but there is a public pay phone in town).