Cherbourg is an Aboriginal community located off the Bunya Highway approximately 250 kilometres north west of Brisbane…a few kilometres from Murgon on the Goomeri Road.
Cherbourg is within Wakka Wakka tribal boundaries and bordering onto Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) territory to the east. The population is approximately 2000, however, as a result of the relocation of indigenous people under past government policies, residents of Cherbourg have connections to many other tribal groups throughout Queensland.
The Cherbourg Aboriginal Community is located 4.8 km from Murgon and was established in 1904. This community played an important role in the development of the Barambah region. Cherbourg came into existence when the Queensland State Government of the times forced Aborigines from 21 different groups to live together in the settlement, including the remnants of the decimated Fraser Island tribe.
Cherbourg is run by the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council which is made up of respected elders elected from the Community.
Cherbourg has a Cafe, a Convenience store, Hospital and an Aged Care Facility, Community Radio Station, Sports Centre and Football ground as well as Educational facilities including a TAFE Campus, Primary School & Childcare Facility.
The Ration Shed Museum is adding more projects and improvements to the complex. They are running the HIPPY project there (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) and the Many Threads group (a craft initiative).
Things to Do
- Visit the Ration Shed Museum…exhibiting the history of Cherbourg
- Art & Crafts… by the artists of the Community
- Take in the views of Bjelke-Petersen Dam from the Bert Button Lookout
- Join the annual Reconciliation Fun Run from Murgon to Cherbourg
- NAIDOC Week Celebrations
- Learn more about the Cherbourg Rodeo Academy