Injune
Collage of Injune.

Injune is the gateway to Carnarvon Gorge and Carnarvon National Park, places of lofty sandstone cliffs, panoramic views across the central highlands of Queensland and ancient aboriginal rock art. Park sights include Mount Moffat, The Chimneys, Kookaburra Cave, The Tombs and Marlong Arch, to name but a few. The park has some quiet camping sites and 100km of 4WD tracks.

The area around Injune and the Carnarvon ranges was also the stomping ground for the notorious Kenniff Brothers, horse and cattle thieves and Australia's last real bushrangers. The Charleville Times reported that "Men, in many ways similar to the famous Kellys were James and Patrick Kenniff, brought to trial in Queensland 1900 on a charge of having murdered a police constable and a station maanger. The murder, had taken place in the Carnarvon Ranges, a country as wild and desolate as that in which the Kelly gang had done its bloodthirsty bushranging. The wanted men, with the help of friends and sympathisers all over the country, had escaped capture for three months, hiding in the bush, although their descriptions were posted up everywhere and a reward of £1000 was offered for their capture, dead or alive."

The Kenniff's were known to be generous with their food and money which earned them a considerable public sympathy when they were eventually captured. James was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol and Patrick served 12 years. They camped near a cave in Carnarvon National Park which is known as Kenniff Cave. Interestingly, carbon dating has shown that aboriginals were present in Kenniff Cave 19,500 years ago.

Both Ludwig Leichhardt and Thomas Mitchell visited the Injune District in 1844 and 1846 respectively, with Mitchell noting that the area around Mount Abundance was the "finest country he had ever seen".

In 1852 the first of the pastoralists arrived, taking up land around Injune. It is though the name 'Injune' is a corruption of the aboriginal word 'Ingon' - for the sugar gliders (small flying possums) that inhabit the region.

Injune was slow to develop. Returning soldiers from World War 1 took up small parcels of land under the 'Soldier Settler' scheme but it wasn't until the 1920's that Injune received a Telegraph Office and the railway line.

Electric street lighting and a reticulated water supply were connected in the mid 1950's while the 1960's heralded a new hospital.

This small settlement prides itself on fostering a tight community, with an emphasis on some of the local Injune identities who entertain and play MC at the many events the town organises throughout the year. The big event for the year occurs, as you might guess, in June - 'The Injune Festival Injune'.


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