About 120 km south of Winton, on the Diamantina River, are the ruins of Old Cork Station. It was first established in the 1870’s and served as the mail distribution point for the region before the town of Winton existed. It’s a sad sight to see what must have been an impressive sandstone building in such a remote area, slowly crumble into the dust. Unfortunately talk of saving and stablising the building have amounted to nothing. White ants, souvenir gatherers, government inertia and the weather have put an end to saving an impressive piece of our history
Old Cork Waterhole is part of the Diamantina River. Supposedly full of Yellow Belly.
Scattered around the area are remnants of old station life – broken plates and bottles, buttons, nails, wire, even unused bullets.
If you remember the Redgum song, Diamantina Drover listen to this version by Christy Moore