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Betoota

Betoota stands lonely on a vast gibber plain, 170 kilometres east of Birdsville. While Betoota is mainly a ghost town, it comes alive twice a year. The annual Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana is held on the first weekend of Queensland Easter School holidays and then during the last weekend in August when this tiny ghost town explodes with all the colour and excitement of the Betoota Races, kicking off the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival.

Betoota is 70 metres above sea level and has an annual rainfall of just 300 millimetres. In 1885, the Queensland Government set up a customs post here to collect tolls for stock as they travelled to South Australia. The toll station operated up until Federation in 1901.

Betoota was also once a Cobb & Co change station. In the 1880s, three hotels were established here, along with a police station, store and post office. The last-standing hotel was a favourite spot for tourists until it closed in October 1997. In fact, the publican, Simon Remienko, was the sole resident of Betoota for many years and was once stranded on the Birdsville Track for 18 weeks with his truckload of eight tonnes of beer.

Twice a year this ghost town comes alive with activity as locals and visitors alike arrive by plane, coach and motor vehicle to enjoy local events. On the first weekend after Easter it's a fun-packed weekend at the Gymkhana. The weekend before the Birdsville races, Betoota hosts a weekend of racing as part of the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival. This is where you'll meet 'down to earth' Australians with a wry sense of humour!

Points of interest include Browns Creek – a popular camping area near the Betoota Hotel – and Deon's Lookout, the perfect place for travellers to take a break and drink in the spectacular view. You can also visit The Dreamtime Serpent – a work of art representing a series of pathways travelled through Country to connect the river systems in the Channel Country of the Diamantina Shire.

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Simpson Desert National Park

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
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Spanning 1,012,000 hectares in the arid outback, this is Queensland’s largest protected area. Parallel wind-blown sand dunes dominate the striking landscape. Some extend 200 kilometres and reach 90 metres high.
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The landscape and scenery on the Winton - Boulia via Diamantina National Park journey will leave you awestruck. A challenging journey, this relatively isolated route will require the driver to be well prepared as there are no fuel or food facilities.

Diamantina National Park

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
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In Diamantina National Park, the mighty Diamantina River, one of Queensland’s longest, cuts braided channels through gibber flats, sand dunes and red-capped ranges. The park supports a large number of rare and threatened plants and animals, including the greater bilby.

Birdsville Track

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
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An Australian Outback Adventure, the well maintained, unsealed track links Birdsville in Queensland's south-west to Maree in the mid-north of South Australia. The Birdsville Track covers some of Australia's most beautiful and challenging country, passing through the Simpson Desert and Sturt's Stoney Desert.

Big Red

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
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Standing at 30 metres in height, this awesome sand dune, Big Red, provides a challenge for any four wheel drive enthusiast. The first of 1113 dunes in the Simpson Desert, the spectacular sunsets from the top of Big Red are an experience not to be missed.

Deon's Lookout

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
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Have your camera ready when you arrive at Deon's Lookout. You will love the spectacular and long-ranging views. With a rest area, public toilets and picnic table, this is a great place to break your journey.

Pelican Point

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
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Located just out of town in a branch of the Diamantina River near Birdsville, is Pelican Point Billabong. It is abundant with birdlife, fish, yabbies and many small marsupials. Pelican Point is especially beautiful at sunset, against the arid backdrop of the desert.

Barcoo

Jundah, Barcoo Area
Taking in 60,901 square kilometres in South Western Queensland, "Barcoo" is the seventh largest shire in Queensland that offers an outback experience not to be forgotten. Travellers will encounter magnificent red sand hills, brilliant white ghost gums, rock formations, natural open grass lands and river flats.

Bedourie

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Bedourie meaning 'Dust Storm' is another historic Outback town, Bedourie started life in the 1880s as a major watering and rest stop for drovers and cattle. Cobb and Co coaches serviced the town. Bedourie is an Oasis in the Desert.

Windorah

Windorah, Barcoo Area
With a panorama of giant red sandhills, Windorah is located in the heart of the Channel Country, beside Cooper's Creek. It doesn't get much more 'outback' than here, with its stunning vistas, picturesque ruins and historical sites.
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