Central West Outback Adventure Drive

Multiple Locations

Nothing beats an outback road trip through the wide-open spaces, sweeping sand dunes and quirky towns of central west Queensland's 'big sky country'. Beginning in Longreach, the home of Qantas and the Stockman's Hall of Fame, this five day adventure drive will give you a taste of what life in one of Australia's most remote regions is like.

Journey Details

Duration
120 Hours
Distance
1463 Kilometres

Facilities

  • Pets allowed, enquire on booking

Other Information

Family Friendly:

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

Full Itinerary

Winton to Boulia

After exploring Winton's unique attractions, like the eccentric 'music fence', boulder opal displays and dinosaur fossil displays, head westward towards Boulia. Call in to Middleton, the pub on the side of the road with the world's most remote 'Hilton Hotel', and keep an eye out for the mesas, what the locals call 'jump ups', that are a reminder of the ancient inland sea that once covered this whole area. The Cawnpore lookout offers a spectacular view and information boards about these prehistoric landmarks.

Boulia is the heart of 'Min Min' country, and a visit to the sensational Min Min Encounter will give you the heebie jeebies as you find out just how eerie these mysterious lights are, and you may hope you never see one for yourself! The historic Stone House, the oldest house in town, now houses a collection of aboriginal artifacts, local memorabilia and a dinosaur fossil display.

Historic ruins in the area include the Min Min Hotel, on the way into town, and the police barracks, 19 kilometres north of town. The adventurous four-wheel-drive traveller can head to the Diamantina National Park, 150 kilometres south-east of Boulia, where the mighty Diamantina River flows through the Diamantina Gates.

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Route Details

Route Type
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Mode of Travel
Car
Boulia to Birdsville

Heading south, don't miss the turn-off to the Vaughan Johnson Lookout on the border of the Boulia and Diamantina Shires. Its 'loo with a view' offers sensational views over the channel country, some of Australia's best cattle fattening land.

Explore Bedourie and soak in the tranquility of this desert oasis at the natural artesian spa and aquatic centre. Visit the historic Royal Hotel before heading south to Birdsville via the Bilby Way and keep an eye out for these little endangered marsupials, particularly in the early hours of the morning. Walk through the Carcoory Homestead Ruins and just before reaching Birdsville, look out for the patch of Waddi trees, an extremely rare species growing in only three places world-wide.

In Birdsville, sip a coldie at the iconic Birdsville Hotel, and enjoy one of the quintessentially outback pies, such as 'curried camel' or 'kangaroo claret', at the Birdsville Bakery. The 35 kilometre drive westward to the 40 metre high 'Big Red' sand-dune is worth it. Watch the sun set over the Simpson Desert or venture to Poeppel corner; the junction of Queensland, the Northern Territory and South Australia, 175 kilometres west of Birdsville but only for very well equipped four-wheel-drive travellers.

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Route Details

Route Type
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience
Mode of Travel
Car
Birdsville to Windorah

The 350 kilometre drive to Windorah passes Betoota, Australia's smallest town. With a population of zero, this once-thriving Cobb & Co. exchange and inter-colony toll point declined after federation to leave a sole pub, which was abandoned in 1997. These days, Betoota comes alive twice a year for its annual horse and motorbike gymkhana and race meet, and the ghostly old pub still stands proud on the lonely gibber flat. Just down the road, a magnificent rainbow serpent is blazed upon a ridge and looks spectacular from both the road and the air. A little further and Deon's Lookout rises above the channel country flats and is a superb lunch stop for those heading on to Windorah.

In Windorah, the celebrated Western Star Hotel is a great place to meet some of the locals, while the Cooper Creek, a legendary channel country waterway, is a refreshing swim or fishing stop after a 16 kilometres nature drive to the east of town. Discover the picturesque red sand hills to the west of town and watch the magical sunset reflected in the thousands of mirrors mounted on the giant solar panels nearby.

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Route Details

Route Type
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience
Mode of Travel
Car
Windorah to Longreach

Following north along the route of the Thomson River, continue on to Longreach. Stop off in the country towns of Jundah and tiny Stonehenge, home to just 30 people. Less than four kilometres from Stonehenge you will find a series of magnificent Rock Holes shaded by ghostly white gum trees, the perfect place to cool off. You will discover some glorious landscapes and scenic lookouts on this trip.

Onto Longreach, home of the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, Powerhouse Museum and Qantas Founders Outback Museum and a wealth of entertainment and warm, country hospitality. Another highlight of a visit to Longreach is a cruise on the Thomson River. Qantas Airlines began in nearby Winton, however its first main operations were from Longreach. So look out for a replica of the first Qantas booking office as you wander through town.

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Route Details

Route Type
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience
Mode of Travel
Car

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Bundaberg Park Lodge

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
From AU$12 - 420
The Bundaberg Park Lodge is budget accommodation featuring a swimming pool, covered barbecue area, shaded sites and play equipment. They have very friendly staff and the building is pet friendly, close to the airport and major shopping centres, has a convenience store out front and is only 15 minutes to the nearest beach and fishing area.
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Marilyn and Tony welcome you to the Golden Chain Coral Villa - a very friendly, affordable, comfortable Motel. Guests can choose from a variety of self-contained suites - all of which are ground floor and back onto the beautiful tropical gardens and al-fresco meeting, greeting and dining area - next to the crystal clear salt water swimming pool with a free undercover barbecue.

Midtown Caravan Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
From AU$32 - 70
If you want a family orientated caravan park then the Gordon Family will look after you. Midtown Caravan Park is favoured for their central and flat position and they cater for families, singles and group bookings.

Glenlodge Caravan Village

Thabeban, Bundaberg Area
From AU$37 - 100
Glenlodge Caravan Village is Bundaberg's friendliest caravan park. Owner/operated for the past 20 years by the Haks family. Situated only five kilometres from the city centre. Located in a rural setting on 10 acres, with ample room for large motorhomes, fifth wheelers and large caravans.

BIG4 Cane Village

Avoca, Bundaberg Area
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From AU$31 - 199
BIG4 Cane Village is set amidst beautiful gardens, sand-fly free, quiet and secure and within walking distance to Sugarlands shopping centre, a sports club, tavern and night club, bowling club, cinema and there is a bus stop opposite to venture into the Central Business District just five kilometres away.

Oakwood Caravan Park, Bundaberg

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
From AU$27 - 100
The Oakwood Caravan Park is an owner/operated country Caravan Park within short driving distances to the Bundaberg Town Centre, Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, The Bundaberg Rum Distillery, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation within the grounds of the Botanical Gardens.

Bargara Beach Caravan Park

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
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From AU$29 - 140
Situated on the shores of Bargara Beach along the Coral Coast this tropical holiday park is the perfect place offering everything you need and every accommodation option, for the perfect getaway. Bargara Beach Caravan Park has the best affordable beachside accommodation on offer in South East Queensland at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Bargara Gardens Motel and Holiday Villas have unique and private one and two bedroom self contained villas set in beautiful tropical gardens, two minutes walk to shops, restaurants and the beach. The complex also backs on the golf course.

Kacys Bargara Beach Motel

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
From AU$99 - 250
When visiting Bundaberg, you'll find that Bargara is only a stones throw away and is one of Queensland's best kept secrets. Famous for it's Turtles and at the start of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Bargara is the ideal place to wake up to beautiful ocean views and in the heart of Bargara is Kacy's Bargara Beach Motel.

Moore Park Beach Holiday Park

Moore Park Beach, Bundaberg Area
From AU$26 - 130
Overlooking a white sandy beach which stretches 17 kilometres, Moore Park Beach Holiday Park is in a stunning location that is hard to beat. With the ocean as one boundary and surrounded by a lagoon and parkland, this Holiday Park is an undiscovered gem.
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