Cloncurry

'The Curry', as Cloncurry is affectionately known by locals, is most famous for being the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Conceived and launched by the Reverend John Flynn in the 1920s, this flying medical service is just as integral to the people of the outback today as it ever was. At the John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery, learn about the founding of the RFDS and how Flynn harnessed the emerging technology of the pedal radio to pioneer outback communication.

On the theme of aviation, visit the original Qantas hangar where the first passenger flew from Longreach to Cloncurry in 1922. Some say that Qantas was conceived in Winton, born in Cloncurry and grew up in Longreach, so all three towns played a massive part in the Australian icon's development.

Cloncurry was named by explorer Robert O'Hara Burke and you can see his drink bottle at the Burke and Wills display in the Cloncurry Unearthed Museum at the Cloncurry/Mary Kathleen Memorial Park, where you can learn about the former Mary Kathleen uranium mine. Mining still plays a huge role in the town's economy with some of Australia's largest copper deposits in the region.

If your visit coincides with the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft, you'll be able to witness skillful displays of bush horsemanship in a tribute to the Australian horseman. Horses and their riders work together to overcome obstacles, move cattle and demonstrate their ability, training and presentation in a series of timed events.

Other attractions include the Cloncurry Cemetery with graves dating back to the 1880s, the Court House, which was built in 1898, and Chinaman Creek Dam where you can swim, picnic and take in an outback sunset.

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Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
Queensland
Australia

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Mount Archer National Park

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
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With a height of 604 metres, Mt Archer dominates Mt Archer National Park and provides a dramatic backdrop to Rockhampton. The park protects a range of plants and animals, including plant species with restricted distributions, also the glossy black-cockatoo.

Blackdown Tableland National Park

Dingo, Central Highlands Area
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As the traditional home of the Ghungalu people, the Blackdown Tableland National Park is a place of ancient aboriginal art, deep gorges and scenic waterfalls. There are several walking tracks in the park which will allow you to discover unusual plant communities that thrive in the cooler, elevated climate - as well as lookouts and relics from the past.

Blackwater

Blackwater, Central Highlands Area
Best known as the Coal Capital of Queensland, Blackwater is home to the Blackwater International Coal Centre where you can learn everything there is to know about coal. With over 20 exhibits and displays, the centre tells the story of the region's coal mining industry - past, present and future.

Marlborough

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Marlborough is situated 102 kilometres north of Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway (Highway 1) and is the site of the chrysoprase mine. There is motel and caravan park style accommodation and the Marlborough Historical Museum to visit.

Dingo

Dingo, Central Highlands Area
Nestled in hundreds of hectares of grazing country, Dingo is a convenient access point for exploring the Blackdown Tableland National Park as well as home to the annual World Dingo Trap Throwing Competition and Picnic Races in July.

Gracemere

Gracemere, Rockhampton Area
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Bluff

Bluff, Central Highlands Area
Bluff is located in the Central Highlands, 94 kilometres east of Emerald on the Capricorn Highway. A must see for rail enthusiasts, Bluff is the major interchange station for coal trains. Many trains are over two kilometres long.

Rockhampton

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Rockhampton's charming historical architecture has captured the hearts of visitors for many decades. Founded in 1853, the city is home to heritage post offices, historic streetscapes, majestic cathedrals and quaint homes.
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