Ancient Outback - Mount Isa to Mount Isa

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Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs across and ancient inland seabed and experience the rugged beauty of some of the most dramatically changing landscape in Australia when you embark on this fascinating drive through Queensland's north west outback.

Fully sealed roads lead you from the largest inland city and mining heart of Australia, Mount Isa, on a round circuit through tiny unique towns where you'll hear the bush legends of yesteryear and meet the colourful characters that live and work here today. They'll greet you with a warm g'day and send you on the trail of dinosaurs where you can fossick for your very own valuable fossils.

While this drive can be conquered in a two-wheel-drive vehicle, some of the detours and side trips may be better suited to a four-wheel-drive. Whatever vehicle you're travelling in, be sure to check the road conditions before you head off on this adventure of a lifetime.

Journey Details

Duration
168 Hours
Distance
1210 Kilometres

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking/Trekking

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Blackall Caravan Park

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$27 - 160
The Blackall Caravan Park offers powered and unpowered sites, fully self-contained cabins and units. There are two amenity blocks, a laundry, dump point, pets are welcome, free wi-fi and drive through shady grass/slab sites. Situated off the highway, this park offers a peaceful and relaxing stay. The rich diversity of the Caravan Park offers many attractive options for the holiday maker or traveller. There is a coffee shop open 9am to 7pm and damper making demonstrations. They have a camp oven dinner followed by damper and billy tea every night (May to August). It's a great opportunity to meet, mingle and talk with fellow travellers. The next morning you can stroll downtown - it's just a short walk to shops, pubs, clubs, and aquatic centre. Debbie, Chelsea, Cliff and Denise at the Blackall Caravan Park would like to welcome you to Blackall.

Kinnon and Co Outback Accommodation

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$125 - 195
The outback has always been renowned for its warm hospitality and the Kinnon and Co self-contained accommodation continues that tradition. On adjoining landscaped sites set back from the main Longreach-Ilfracombe road, and a few minutes walk from the Stockman's Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum, you can choose from the unique Homestead Stables and Pioneer Slab Huts with deluxe heritage-inspired interiors or the comfortable Outback Lodges that offer great value for families or groups of friends. All accommodation is self-contained with bathrooms, kitchenettes, air conditioning and television/DVD. The Pioneer Slab Huts and Homestead Stables share a quirky outdoor bath terrace and there is a swimming pool in the Outback Lodges area. The town of Longreach is an easy cycle or a few minutes' drive away. They can pick you up from the railway station, bus depot or airport. Shared facilities include pool, covered communal area, barbecues, laundry, luggage storage area and bike hire. All bedding and towels are supplied and the accommodation is serviced on a weekly basis free of charge. If you need service within a shorter time-frame, they can arrange it for a small additional fee.

Coopers on Cassowary

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$200 - 200
Coopers on Cassowary offers modern cottage accommodation in the heart of Longreach, Queensland. Fully self-contained three bedroom cottage, accommodating up to five people, with one master queen room, one twin room and one single room. For your exclusive use whether one or five people stay. The spacious cottage has an open plan kitchen/living area, laundry, split system air conditioning, bbq, outdoor dining areas and fully fenced shady back garden. Coopers on Cassowary caters for the discerning family, visitor or business traveller. Centrally located close to the Longreach central business district. For your exclusive use.

Jundah Caravan Park

Jundah, Barcoo Area
From AU$5.00 - 15.00
The Jundah Caravan Park is located at northern end of Dickson Street, as you head towards Longreach, with access to the park from Dickson Street. The Caravan Park has recently been completed and hosts new facilities, ablution block with laundry and separate BBQ area with a view towards the Thomson River. Gardens and lawns are yet to be established. It's just a minute walk to the local general store, hotel and a five minute walk to the river where you can drop a line in and try your luck at catching a Yellow belly or catfish. Maybe the preferred menu is yabbies for an entree.

Stonehenge Caravan Park

Stonehenge, Barcoo Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$5.00 - 15.00
The Stonehenge Caravan Park is centrally located in Stonehenge diagonally across from the hotel, the hub of the town. The park has fourteen powered sites but ample room for extra vans or tents. An ablution block complete with unisex facilities for guests with a disability are provided. A barbecue has also been erected in the grounds for the visitors' convenience. Surrounding the park is landscaped gardens providing an inviting appearance to the visitor. There is limited Telstra Mobile service in Stonehenge which can be accessed between the Stonehenge Town Hall and the Stonehenge Hotel. The Stonehenge Community Centre is located adjacent to the Caravan Park, with freshly ground coffee available Monday-Friday.

Gilberton Outback Retreat

Einasleigh, Etheridge Area
From AU$800 - 10000
Welcome to Australia's best kept secret, Gilberton Outback Retreat. This exclusive private luxury retreat is located in the gorgeous gold fields country of northern Queensland, Australia. The retreat overlooks the Gilbert River and offers magnificent panoramic views. Unplug, unwind and relax in this extraordinary ancient land. Experience the true comfort of luxurious accommodation while staying on this 88,000 acre working cattle station. Explore Gilberton’s ecological assets, mountain ranges, granite boulders and natural springs. Discover local wildlife and be transported back in time viewing Aboriginal rock art… or just soak up the tranquillity. Where time stops and your world awaits the ultimate luxury escape!

Ammonite Inn Motel

Richmond, Richmond Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$120 - 160
The Ammonite Inn (Richmond, Queensland) is your place to stay on the Overlander's Way. The Motel has a licensed restaurant 'Rivers', conference facilities and a swimming pool. There is spacious undercover parking and all rooms are air-conditioned. Your hosts Jamie and Gayle looks forward to providing you with first class service and an enjoyable stay.

Albert Park Motor Inn

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$124 - 184
The Albert Park Motor Inn is one of the finest quality establishments in western Queensland with 56 spacious rooms, the Oasis Restaurant and Bar, resort style pool complex and a modern Conference and Function Centre. The Albert Park is located close to the main attractions of Longreach, and is near the airport on the main western highway from the east. The Albert Park Motor Inn has extensive landscaped grounds with abundant local fauna and flora. The property is proud to be home to native green frogs, geckos, goannas, emus, kangaroos, birds and lizards. They are all very friendly! As the headquarters of the western region, visitors can move out from their Longreach base to enjoy the attractions of Barcaldine, Winton, Ilfracombe as well as the Herbert Ranges and a proliferation of native wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, brolgas, bustards, goats, emus, goannas and a wide range of birdlife.

Barcaldine Country Motor Inn

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$80 - 130
The Barcaldine Country Motor Inn is a quality air-conditioned motel situated on the corner of the Capricorn and Landsborough Highways. The motel has 20 clean and comfortable rooms, for the comfort of the guests there are tables and chairs outside the rooms where you can take in the beautiful manicured lawns. It has a licensed dining room and shady verandah where you can enjoy home cooked meals and relax amongst the country gardens, seven days a week. The Motor Inn has the best position in town being in the centre of the local tourist attractions and the main shopping centre. It offers you Austar and wireless internet which is available for all rooms. You are always welcome there with the owners and their friendly staff to take care of you. This is the only place to stay in Barcaldine.

Abajaz Motor Inn

Longreach, Longreach Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$120 - 160
The Abajaz Motor Inn invite you to enjoy friendly, country hospitality in their quiet, comfortable and clean rooms. The Abajaz is perfectly located midway along the walking track that links the renown Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Museum and School of the Air with the town centre. Rodd and Liane are happy to help you with information and bookings to ensure you enjoy all there is to see and do in Longreach and the surrounding area. Amenities include undercover parking, free wireless internet, swimming pool, barbecue, guest laundry, fax and photocopying service, cooked or continental breakfast, chargeback, 56 panel 10 kilowatt Solar System, courtesy transfers. Room facilities include Austar television, reverse cycle air-conditioning, tea and coffee, a fridge, microwave, phone and iron. A cot, hairdryer or toaster are available on request.
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