Cobb & Co routes, Queensland 1885

Coach routes indicated by a double line. The transport routes in Queensland were already established in 1885. North-south transport along the coast was by steamship. Railway lines headed west from Brisbane, Rockhampton and Townsville. Cobb & Co took over where the rails stopped, linking western towns like Cunnamulla, Charleville, Tambo and Winton.  A “trip out” to a town like Winton became more uncomfortable the closer the traveller came to the destination; from the relative comfort of a bunk on a steamer, to the relative comfort of a railway carriage, to the cramped, rolling discomfort of dusty coach travel. Railway construction was already heading to Charleville (1888) and Longreach (1892) which would become major centres for Cobb & Co. The company moved its coach factory from Brisbane to Charleville in 1888.  Map of Queensland, Compiled & Lithographed from Official Maps, Brisbane, 1885. Collection of the National Library of Australia.

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1 January 1885