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Matilda Way

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The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure, and a different one each day. The fully sealed 1812 kilometre highway that stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria can be completed in as little as 24 hours. But, that's one heck of a drive and you'll be missing out on the 'real outback' and its friendly characters, unique attractions and unspoiled natural sites.

Four days is a comfortable drive, depending on how long you stay in each town. The road itself is fully sealed although, as you'll be sharing it with huge road trains and a selection of stock and native animals, it pays to be wary and understand outback road courtesy. When a truck is approaching, the best and most polite approach is to pull off onto the side of the road and wait for the truck to pass. You'll protect your vehicle from rock damage and the truckies will thank you for it. As you're travelling, check the byways along the route; there are plenty of side-trips that add to the overall outback experience.

Journey Details

Duration
96 Hours
Distance
1812 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping

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Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

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Gee-Dees Family Cabins

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$115 - 150
Gee-Dee's Family Cabins at Karumba Point offer affordable family-style, couple or fisherperson accommodation on the Gulf of Carpentaria at the mouth of the Norman River. Your stay will be in family owned and operated, motel-like cabins, or a three bedroom holiday house, that offers you the latest in modern, clean, air conditioned rooms. Your hosts Sharon and Jeff are able to offer local advice and assistance to make your stay at Karumba an enjoyable one. The waters of Karumba contain a variety of marine life. You can fish from the beach or from a boat at any time. Gee-Dee's have four 4.4 metre aluminium boats with 25 horsepower motors for hire. In addition there is a 4.55 metre Poly Craft with a 40 horsepower motor and large self-drive barbecue boat, all of which require a boat licence. All boats are supplied with ice, esky, fuel, cushions and canopy. Boats are launched and retrieved at the nearby boat ramp at the entrance to the Norman River. The whole mood is relaxed as travellers, fishermen, birdwatchers and locals gather in the late afternoon to enjoy the "million dollar sunset" across the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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.

Cobb & Co Caravan Park

Charleville, Murweh Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$30 - 90
Cobb & Co Caravan Park is a friendly, clean, peaceful and quiet caravan park in a bushland setting. The park has acres of camping space and drive through sites, and is in walking distance to the town centre of Charleville. The caravan park is conveniently located in town and only a short walk to the shops. John, your host will ensure a friendly stay.

Discovery Parks - Argylla, Mount Isa

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$25 - 149
Mining is at the heart of Mount Isa – this is one of the top 10 producers of copper, silver, lead and zinc. Their caravan park accommodation at Discovery Parks – Argylla, just over one hour’s drive from Cloncurry, is a great place to relax after your day of adventures. Take the Underground Mining Experience for a guided tour 15 metres underground. Spend a day (or two) at Outback at Isa, including the fascinating Riversleigh Fossil Centre. Spectacular Lake Moondarra offers swimming, boating, sailing, canoeing and excellent barramundi fishing. Held every August, the Mount Isa Rodeo is the biggest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and an absolute must-see.

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.

Adels Grove Camping Ground

Lawn Hill, Burke Area
From AU$18.00 - 220
Adels Grove Camping Ground is an eco-sensitive park on Lawn Hill Creek, located 10 kilometres downstream from Lawn Hill National Park. Adels Grove is set among a plantation of exotic trees initially grown by the French Botanist Albert de Lestang over 80 years ago. The resort is an oasis retreat for the dusty, tired traveller: a perfect place to refresh, relax and recover. You can catch Barramundi just metres from your tent site or lie back and watch the cool aqua water meander through the park. Staff at Adels Grove operate tours of the surrounding Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and the World Heritage Listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields. Bookings are essential. The excellent short walks in the vicinity of Adels Grove, is a further 20 kilometres of walking tracks within the National Park. Bird watching in this area is fascinating with several different environments in close proximity. The numerous savannah woodlands, open savannah plains, lush riverine remnant rainforest and rocky Spinifex escarpments all support a wide variety of bird species. Adels Grove offer a range of accommodation facilities from ensuited rooms, river view tents and room accommodation for a glamping experience, to camping ground area's plus tents to hire.

Bonus Downs Farmstay

Mitchell, Maranoa Area
From AU$35 - 120
Bonus Downs, a privately owned property run by Lyle and Madonna Connolly, is the ultimate outback historical experience. Experience the magnificent Bonus Downs homestead, find yourself on a tranquil bushwalk or take in the day's activities or absorb the atmosphere of the outback. Whatever your interest, there is something for everyone at Bonus Downs. Bonus Downs offers good old fashioned country hospitality in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Bonus Downs is 46 kilometres south west of Mitchell on the Bollon Road, has bitumen to the door and is only half an hour from the Mitchell spa. It has accommodation in the rustic Jackeroos Quarters. Camping is also available in the shearing shed or bring your own tent. Caravans, motorhomes and campervans are all welcome, powered sites and water is available. Fly ins welcome and school groups.
From AU$25 - 150
Just Imagine - a caravan park with large drive through powered sites, with water and sullage catering for non-smokers only, no pets and unsuitable for children, just two kilometres from town. Charleville Bush Caravan Park also offers you great laundry facilities, beautiful bathroom amenities, undercover free barbecue area, large campfire area and use of camp oven equipment. Television reception, internet and phone coverage (major telcos). Charleville Bush Cottage is also on this property. Beautifully appointed, fully self-contained catering for two people in comfortable queen size bed with your own backyard and campfire. With the prices as they are they are the best self-contained accommodation in Charleville! Just a two hour flight from Brisbane, rent a car or discuss a personalised package with Graham and Deb and enjoy a short break in Queensland's Outback at Charleville Bush Cottage. Wander around the 62 acre property or go to town for a coffee and the daily newspaper. Enjoy some pampering at Artesian Waters Day Spa and see stars like never before at the Cosmos Centre. Just imagine sitting around the campfire under a chandelier of stars and waking to the sound of birds and a big blue outback sky.

Country Way Motor Inn

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$100 - 150
Country Way Motor Inn, Cunnamulla's Award Winning Accommodation, as voted by guests reviews. Trip Advisor: 2014 Certificate of Excellence, 2015 Bravo Badge, 2016 Certificate of Excellence. It provides a relaxing escape from the world, with a range of comfortable room choices, to accommodate from one to three guests, including a unit with full disabled facilities and wheelchair access. Cooked or continental breakfasts are available to your room. Or if you would like a toaster, or a meal heated in the microwave, just ask. Communication is the key. If you don't ask, you will never know. You'll find the facilities and rooms comfortable, exceptionally clean and attractive with everything you need to make your stay a pleasant one. Keep in touch with complimentary wi-fi access in your room. Just ask for your password access. Country Way get the basics right, and all the rest follow suit. Read the reviews on Trip Advisor, past guests will recommend staying with them. Make contact now, discuss your requirements and book your escape, or book directly on their website. They will do their utmost to make your stay enjoyable.

Julia Creek Caravan Park

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$20 - 125
The Julia Creek Caravan Park is one of those friendly parks you'll find yourself recommending to others. As soon as you drive in, you'll feel right at home. "No strangers here, just friends you haven't met." They have powered drive through sites for motor homes and caravans, powered van sites, unpowered grass sites and a large grass area for camping. They have new self-contained units that are air-conditioned and equipped with a kitchen and dining area, bathroom, Vast television, lounge seating and a little deck to enjoy the afternoon sunset. These units sleep four and six persons. There are also Dongas for single or duo travellers, each with air-conditioners. Free wi-fi is also available and the park is pet friendly. Come and join them for their award winning bush dinners each Monday from 6pm (April to September)!
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