The Gums is a small settlement west of Tara in Southern Queensland Country’s Western Downs region. The first postmistress named the Gums, after what the drovers called their meeting place nearby. You’ll find the tiny settlement at the junction of the Leichhardt Highway and the Tara-Surat Road, 30 kilometres west of Tara. The town’s quaint historic church and tiny bush school date back to early twentieth century. Named after a nearby spot drovers used to meet in bygone days, The Gums is a tranquil location, perfect for a ‘smoko’ stop in your travels or a great short-term campsite to pitch your tent or park the van. The Gums Nature Reserve offers opportunities to see native birds, flora and fauna in natural surrounds.