Top teddy tourism
TRUNO Trina, Toolong Tessa and Tom Thumb are not your average bears.
These are some of the cutest bears from the small outback town of Tambo. In fact, they are from the famous Tambo Teddies.
Tambo is located about 800km north-west of Ipswich, with a population of about 345 people.
It is the oldest town in western Queensland as it was settled as early as 1863.
One of the main industries in Tambo is grazing, with sheep being the mainstream of the economy.
During the 1990s, Tambo went through a drastic drought, which saw the price of wool plummet.
As a result, the community rallied together to come up with ideas to sustain the economy and assist the wool industry, create employment and encourage tourists.
Three women decided to take the plunge and in 1993 Tambo Teddies was opened.
Tambo Teddies made a huge impact on the community as well as the tourism industry. Some of the teddies were mailed overseas as well as throughout Australia.
In 2013 and after a number of years, a new chapter started for Tambo Teddies.
The new owners, Kiralee, Tammy and Alison, have continued the tradition that made this small shop so famous.
The teddy bears are handmade with love and each bear is individually named and numbered.
When you buy a teddy, your name is linked to that name, making them unique. No two teddies are the same.
Why not take a drive to Tambo and visit the Tambo Teddies. You can see the bears come to life as they are created in front of you.
After buying a teddy, spend some time in Tambo and experience the friendly hospitality of the community.