Dululu – little village gateway to big adventure
The northern most town in the Banana region, Dululu is a junction point that divides the two southern arterials, Australia’s Country Way (Burnett Highway A3) to the east and the Leichhardt Way (A5) to the west.
Both highways reveal untold adventures and this rural village is the start of them all – a launching pad to the region and perfect place to stop, rest and make your touring plans.
While you’re at it, you can take your pick of camping, fishing and swimming spots.
The Dee River is at the doorstep – try the Dee at the Burnett Highway crossing for a close spot to throw a line – and the Don and Lake Victoria not far down the road.
At the rest area in Dululu a plaque bearing the names of early settlers is mounted on a hexagonal shaped rock similar to those found at Mount Scoria near Thangool.
Owners of vast areas of grazing land, these were folks who helped found the region’s cattle industry, including the Scot born Leith-Hays brothers who named the Dee and Don rivers.
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- Dululu lost its pub to fire in 2015 but the Commercial Hotel at Wowan is only 10 km down the Leichhardt Way.
- Lake Pleasant is 33.9 km (29 min) via Burnett Highway
- A prominent feature on the landscape is Red Hill. Dwindling evidence of an ancient volcano.
- The nearby township of Wowan is the local service centre, with roadhouse, hotel, caravan park, craft shop, post office, health centre, churches, police and ambulance station. Tourism attractions include the Wowan Museum and Old Butter Factory.
- Dululu is a local Indigenous word meaning soft.
Are there camping grounds in Dululu?
The Dululu Rest Area is next door to the tennis courts and serviced with toilets and new sheltered picnic facilities. For a small charge, campers can use the short stay (7 nights max stay) powered sites at the rear of the courts, complete with hot showers for a donation.
Lake Victoria is a free bush camp area and no booking is required. There are no facilities and it is a peaceful setting among the Eucalypt trees and perfect for fishing, swimming and skiing. From Dululu take the Burnett Highway south for 20 km. Turn right into Dooney’s Road (unsealed) and follow for about 4 km. Take the turn off to the right and go through a gate to Lake Victoria. The campsite is a further 1 km along the road.