Artesian Time Tunnel

The Artesian Time Tunnel experience is providing an unexpected surprise for visitors to Cunnamulla. The attraction focuses on the importance of water in sustaining life and supporting our pastoral and mining industries. The second stage of the project will interpret the Indigenous stories of our region and this will be developed in close consultation with representatives of the local Aboriginal tribes.

On Saturday 21st June 2008 the Time Tunnel rolled into Cunnamulla on 2 Semi Trailer Trucks. The Time Tunnel was packed in carefully placed sections and by late afternoon the trucks had been unloaded and the mens from Brandi projects set to work assembling the lift time transporter and the dinosauer bone walk, artesian basin and opal tunnels. Friday 27th June saw the Time Tunnel ready for the first time traveller. Tommy and Hannae Brandi handed over the project to Mayor Jo Shepherd and the staff at The Cunnamulla Fella Centre. The Cunnamulla Fella Centre tourism advisory staff were briefed on the art of time travel and were swamped by eager visitors and by 3:00pm in the afternoon 70 people had been back in time 200 million years . We have monitered the staff after each trip (at least 20 per day) to see if there has been any side effects but so far time travel seems to agree with all.

On Tuesday 4th March 2008, the Attorney General Minister for Justice and Minister for assisting the Premier in Western Queensland, The Hon Kerry Shine, attended a Q150 event (Queenslands 150th anniverary of separation from NSW) at the Cunnamulla Fella Centre. The Minister presented Paroo Shire Mayor Ian Tonkin with a cheque for $150,000 as part of a Heritage Grant to complete stage one of the Artesian Time Tunnel experience (a simulation of time travel back 100 million years into the Artesian Basin). The 1st Queensland flow was in Cunnamulla in 1897.

Information Paroo Shire Council Cunnamulla Visitor Information Centre