G'Day from the Outback Mail Run
Our Outback Mail Run adventure began on the 1st July 1999 when we won the Australia Post tender for the Trinidad Mail Contract No.76. Mail Contracts have been in our family for many years with my Great Great Grandfather, Thomas Costello winning the tender for the Oontoo to Innamincka Mail Contract in 1898. Some years later, in the mid 1950s my Grandfather K.J. Costello purchased the Tobermory Mail Contract from CrackerJack Larkins.
I started working for my Grandfather at a young age and during this period he also had the Eromanga Mail Contract, the Mount Howitt Mail Contract and the Adavale Mail Contract. They were very busy times but a great time to learn about the Outback Mail Run industry, a vital service for our outback neighbours.
The Outback Mail Run was originally based in our caravan park, the Channel Country Tourist Park
, which we purchased in 1998. From there our connection with the tourism industry began. We have learnt a lot since then and have since acquired the Birdsville Caravan Park
and the Quilpie Heritage Inn
. We are passionate about the bush and more than anything we love to show people why it's so special.
The Outback Mail Run Tour is a unique way to experience a day in the life of a Outback mail man as he delivers mail, parcels and supplies to remote cattle and sheep stations. It is more than that though, it also gives you the rare opportunity to gain an insight into an area of Australia that you would not normally get the chance to see. This is a region made famous by the story "Kings in Grass Castles", a book and later miniseries which charts the pioneering history of Irish immigrant Patsy Durack. The Outback Mail Run travels through the original holdings of Patsy Durack's Thylungra station. This property was once noted as the largest sheep station in the Southern Hemisphere.
So if you want to help us deliver the mail and open the gate for our driver, why not spend the day with us. We would love to meet you.
Troy and Margie Minnett
Outback Mail Run