North Star

North Star is a landscape of broad horizons and spectacular sunsets, with a mosaic of crops and textures providing the traveller with stunning views. Agriculture has moved on from men on horses to precision agriculture and huge machines.

‘The Star’ as it is affectionately called by locals, started life as a sheep station, and got its present name when a post office was established in 1916. The railway came through in 1932, and the massive grain silos that dominate the town were built in the 1950s. The early history of the area was immortalised in Big Mobs by Glen McLaren, who described the Mungle Scrub as 50,000 acres of almost impenetrable prickly pear. Stan Bischoff spent his early life catching wild cattle in the scrub and is a hero of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Once the pear was defeated, the district became home to many returned servicemen and retains a strong tradition of ANZAC and Light Horse celebrations.

The community owned North Star Sporting Club has facilities that larger towns would envy, with polo grounds, stabling and a unique opportunity to play golf on a very rustic nine hole course among the gum trees, where the crows might steal your ball! A great place to experience the peace and tranquillity of the bush. Set up camp and sleep under the endless stars – a truly magical experience.

Much of the high quality barley grown in the district is destined for brewing, including Hahn and Wildfire, so next time you sample a cold one make sure you raise a glass to North Star.

Accommodation and Services

North Star Sporting Club
Yetman Road, North Star | (07) 4676 3183
Open five days a week, campsites for a small donation, counter meals and bar.

The Vicarage Café
11 Edward Street, North Star | 0477 661 076
A popular and vibrant café, with lovely indoor and outdoor areas. Guests can relax and enjoy their friends company, celebrate special occasions or just have a nice day driving out to North Star for breakfast or lunch.

North Star Caravan Park
Corner Wilby Street and North Star Road, North Star
The Vicarage Café take the bookings for the North Star Caravan Park. There are powered and unpowered sites, toilets, hot showers and washing facilities.

Cindy’s Crafts and Cooking
(07) 4676 3165
Cakes, biscuits, sandwiches and cool drinks.


The North Star Trail Ride – (July)

Speed demons and lovers of the open road travel from across Australia to take part in this non-competitive dirt bike event that raises funds for local community groups. Totally volunteer run, over 1500 riders test their skills at short, medium and long course events, with a pee-wee and junior track for young riders. Courses run across farmland, with free camping, canteen and bar.

Cutting – (April)
Top class cutting in a four day event, with $40,000 in prize money. This is now the second largest cutting event in Australia. Come and see riders testing their cattle handling skills in the growing sport of cutting.

Polo Carnival – (August)
A two-day carnival, featuring the top teams from as far away as the Gold Coast and Scone. Watch participants compete in A to C grade tournaments. Enjoy the great food, friendly atmosphere and the best of ‘bush’ polo. Come along for a picnic or pull up a hay bale to take in the fast-paced action.

North Star Show Jumping Classic – (August)
With over $15,000 in prize money, this event has three rings with graded and ungraded classes, and is a qualifier for the Queensland interschool championship.