Betoota: world's smallest town has one building and no people

The once thriving outpost of Betoota in Australia has long become a ghost town following the death of its oldest resident – an 88-year-old publican some 11 years ago.

Kangaroos are discovered to be left handed.

Kangaroos are the nearest sign of life around the ghost town of Betoota in Queensland, Australia. Image by nickliv / CC BY 2.0

The Queenland landmark - a place where temperatures soar to 50 degrees in the summer - is now officially considered the smallest  in the world with just one building and  an official population of zero, according to the Herald Sun newspaper.

For many years the only resident of the town was Polish-born Simon Remienko.  Now the kangaroos are the only sign of life there.

Mr Remienko ran the local hotel for over four decades before he passed away at the ripe old age of 88 years of age, having originally bought the business for £3500 in 1953.

The  Daily Mail reported that the hostelry was the only building on the 400km rough dirt road between Windorah and Birdsville.

Betoota's history was rich in the 1880s when it was used as a customs post and Cobb & Co change station but over the years it has seen its population dwindle to zero level.

These days, the ghost town only comes alive on the last weekend of August for The Betoota Races.

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