The Coolibah Walk is located along both banks of the Barcoo River which borders Tambo on the northern side. The river flows well after the wet season and then dries to waterholes along its bed as the dry season takes hold of the land. The river with its many swimming holes and fishing spots has been and continues to be part of the Tambo way of life.
If you take the walk in the early morning or evening you will marvel at the birdlife that can be found in these shaded areas. Just stop and listen and you will hear a plethora of different bird life. Take along a drink and a snack as there are picnic tables dotted along the walk so you can enjoy more time relaxing under the variety of shady trees.
The walk is well sign posted and you will find waterholes which have played a major part in Tambo’s history. The Garden Hole once provided water for the Chinese gardeners who kept the Tambo community supplied in fresh fruit and vegetables. Sand Bank was and still is a favourite fishing spot.
On a small deviation from the walk you will come across the memorial to the Qantas Crash Site. The plane was a DH9C bi-plane which was on a regular run from Charleville to Cloncurry was supposed to of landed on the claypan which served as the airstrip however it was seen to dive suddenly into the ground. The pilot Alan Davidson and passengers William Donaldson and Archibald Bell were killed in the crash and their graves can be found at the Tambo cemetery.
The final waterhole on the walk Rocky Crossing was used for official school swimming carnivals before the Tambo pool was built. Today, it is a popular swimming hole amongst the young people of Tambo, and although the town pool is well used the river’s swimming holes continue to be a highlight of the long hot summers.