Our History

Australia's oldest newspaper.

Our History

The history of the longest-running family owned publication in the country, The Betoota Advocate, can date back to its earliest operations in the mid 1800’s.

After a few trial and error publications in the area, our paper was initially set up as the perfect centre-point to provide print news to some of the bigger towns in Queensland’s Channel Country (Windorah, Bedourie, Birdsville).

The Betoota Hotel, one of the oldest buildings in town and only two streets behind our office.
The Betoota Hotel, one of the oldest buildings in town and only two streets behind our office.

In 1885, the Queensland Government opened a customs post to collect a toll for stock travelling the stock routes and Betoota became something like an inland port. Servicing locals and the transport operations between South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and the Territory. Those were big years for both Betoota and our paper.

In more recent times, our town has suffered through devastating drought and flood, it is a harsh landscape we live in and a lot of our local farming dynasties have sold up and moved east. Although the paper has kept operational, we have been barely able to survive off the remaining farming families in the district.

The breathtaking Channel Country, our backyard.
The breathtaking Channel Country, our backyard.

Things began to change for the better shortly after the annual Betoota races in early August 2014.

One of our younger cadets suggested the idea of a slight reformat and for us to make the bold move online, something that has proven to be quite a success. Within weeks our follower-ship doubled and our locals readers urged us to pull back from our print and focus on the ‘iPad news’.

We hope to do you, our readers, proud.

While our reporting tends to occasionally steer outside of the Queensland Channel Country, we will always put our town first. Regional first, metropolitan following.

The age old Betoota Advocate logo. Lyrebird's are native to our beautiful town.
The age old Betoota Advocate logo. Lyrebird’s are native to our beautiful town.


6 Responses to "Our History"

  1. John   September 12, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Was a ringer at Mount Leonard just across the waterhole from Betoota pub. Loved it out there.

  2. Nicole   September 30, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    As a young man my grandfather Geoffrey Snow enlisted for WW 1 from Betoota. I understand he was a stockman at the time. He returned safely to Maree after the war, and was at Dulkaninna Station for some years afterwards.

  3. barry hayden   February 4, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    hi glad to be on board, i,m actually after some answers to some interesting questions, regarding old cork station, hope you can help,


  4. Greg   April 19, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Was Betoota the town with the two seater long drop shitter next to the pub. I remember it was one room with the two seats. Good for animated conversations when all the news paper had been used.

    • Gilbert   July 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

      The Pub with the two seater shitter is the Middleton Hotel on the road from Boulia to Winton. I was there last Friday on the way home from the Birdsville Big Red Bash. I think the population of Middleton is two so the whole town can have a crap at the same time. We dropped in at Betoota on the way to Birdsville from Windorah. It sure is a happening place. Hard to find a cold beer though. Betoota only had a single long drop and the door didn’t close so you could sit and contemplate life while gazing out at the lansscape. What a place!

  5. Chilla   June 15, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I was wondering, . well, you know, I was just wondering ……..


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