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Central Queensland Outback Drive

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Experience the best of the diverse Queensland outback in this fully sealed drive that is suitable for most vehicles. Keep you eyes peeled for native animals, vibrant wildflowers, colourful characters and historic architecture.

This nine day Central Queensland Outback Drive follows the Tropic of Capricorn west from Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. It takes you through Emerald and Barcaldine and the Sapphire Gemfields, to the central Queensland hub of Longreach and Springsure in Queensland's outback. Return to the coast and Rockhampton via the magnificent Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Journey Details

Duration
216 Hours
Distance
1985 Kilometres

Activities

  • Swimming

Other Information

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

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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.

Rubyvale Gem Gallery Apartments

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$107 - 200
Your comfort is guaranteed staying in one of Rubyvale Gem Gallery's spacious self-contained holiday apartments. Private patios and verandas surrounded by attractive gardens, ensure you will relax and unwind after an exciting day of sapphire fossicking. Located in the centre of Rubyvale means you can walk across the street to the pub, a grocery store, the Post Office, laundromat, fossicking park, and you are right next door to the Rubyvale Cafe serving delicious meals and coffees. Also next door is the Australian Tourism award winning Rubyvale Gem Gallery where you will discover sapphires as you have never seen before, in an unbelievable array of colours and shapes, and set in the most exquisitely designed jewellery that will make you feel like royalty. Whisper quiet air-conditioning in all the apartments will keep you cool in their warmer months and toasty warm in the winter. The friendly staff have all lived on the Sapphire Gemfields for over40 years so they can share their wealth of information with you, entertain you with stories of the colourful characters past and present, and maybe even steer you in the right direction so that you can dig up your own sapphire fortune!

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.

Blue Gem Tourist Park

Sapphire, Central Highlands Area
From AU$26 - 120
Blue Gem Tourist Park, the Friendly Fossickers Park is situated in Sapphire on the banks of Retreat Creek where Sapphires were originally discovered. The Fossicking Park located on site allows you to search for Sapphire and Zircon under the guidance of staff and all equipment is supplied.. For the more serious Fossicker you can hire some equipment and wander down to the creek or public Fossicking areas and do some digging for yourself and maybe find the Big One! They can also provide information on local Fossicking Tours out to the fields. The Caravan Park has large green grass sites and sites with slabs. Set along the banks of Retreat Creek with beautiful gums the well maintained gardens provide a restful and pleasant atmosphere to relax in. The camp kitchen is a popular gathering place with free gas barbecue, fridge and other kitchen items to make it easy for campers. Happy Social Hour every day during winter, and host provides nibbles on Saturdays afternoons. Come along and enjoy this family and pet friendly park. The Blue Gem shop provides groceries, fuel, gas, ice, takeaway food, souvenirs, jewellery sales, fossicking/camping permits, hire equipment and much more.

Takarakka Bush Resort Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge, Central Highlands Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$215 - 238
Escape to Takarakka Bush Resort Carnarvon Gorge. Open all year round and fabulous in every season. Immerse yourself among ancient rain forest and prehistoric scenery. Choose from a range of accommodation options to suit your taste and budget, from spacious caravan and camping sites to en-suited cabins, safari Taka tents, or luxury studios. Discover Queensland's premier National Park and top tourist attraction with loads of things to see and do. A haven for both guests and wildlife nestled in a natural wonderland. Explore the depths of the Carnarvon Gorge Queensland, with its ancient sandstone cliffs and rich indigenous history and rock art. Walk the well kept tracks to discover abundant plant and wildlife, and the songs of colourful birds a plenty. Cook up a heart warming meal in the camp kitchens and relax and enjoy the camp fires or book in for a delicious two course roast dinner as a treat after a big day out. There's plenty of things to do while exploring the Carnarvon Gorge. Take a guided walk, scenic flight, sunset and astronomy tour to unlock the secrets of this special place. Book your Carnarvon Gorge holiday adventure today.

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.

Carnarvon National Park Camping Ground

Rolleston, Central Highlands Area
From AU$11.90 - 11.90
Camping in the Carnarvon Gorge day-use area is only permitted during the Easter, winter and spring Queensland school holidays. Big Bend camping area, reached by a 9.7 kilometre walk, is open all year. Remote camping in other areas of the park is also available. Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

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.

Discovery Parks - Biloela

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$80 - 110
Discovery Parks - Biloela is rural Australia at its best. Just under two hours from Gladstone and Rockhampton in Central Queensland’s Callide Valley, stay a while at this caravan park: Discovery Parks – Biloela. If the kids love cow counting, Biloela has the largest number of cattle in any Queensland shire! Take them to Kroombit Tops National Park for some frog counting, too; this park is home to the endangered Kroombit Tinker Frog, so you may spot some of these little guys on your visit. Venture to Mount Scoria, a rare 150 metre rock formation that produces a delightfully musical sound when struck with another rock, or relax at Lake Callide, complete with birdlife and fishing.
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