From the rugged cliffs of the Great Dividing Range explorer Major Thomas Mitchell once crossed, to the open downs country that caught his eye, it is no wonder that Tambo is being discovered by travellers. Tambo is a living museum of cultural history and a place for the visitor to gain an insight into the lifestyle of Australia’s forebears. The area boasts rich landscapes that attracted pastoralists in the 1860s to flock to Tambo region to take up land for grazing. The pastoral industry still remains the basis of Tambo’s economy today.

Gazetted in 1863, Tambo is the oldest town in the west, wander back in time along the Heritage Walk visiting old buildings and historically significant places. The Coolibah Walk follows the banks of the Barcoo where the native trees reach out across the river and provide a cool haven for the birdlife. While in town, make sure you pop into a local business for a roll of Totally Tambo toilet paper, freely given away as a gift from the community.

Pull-up at the Tambo Dam, a recreational area offering barbecue and picnic facilities, nature walks, bird-watching, native tree forest and water sports (in the warmer weather!). Visit the Tambo Teddies Workshop and see the sheep skin teddy bears being created, each bear is named after a property in the Tambo district, giving them claim to some of the oldest settled country in Queensland.

From Tambo you can head east and experience the Wilderness Way Self Drive Tour traversing three major river systems, taking you to the top of Queensland’s Great Dividing Range and looping back into town. Along the way you can visit many places of interest including sites of early European settlement and Aboriginal rock engravings, passing an array of sandstone formations and vast cliff lines. Nature lovers will enjoy the sights of native flora, fauna and brilliant wildflowers from August to September. Camp overnight in the beautiful Salvator Rosa National Park. Enjoy the 260 kilometre round-trip at your own pace and discover why this area is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets.

Tambo, Blackall-Tambo Area
Queensland
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Emerald

Emerald, Central Highlands Area
How did Emerald get its name? It's thanks to a lush green hill - emerald in colour - located just north of the town called 'Emerald Downs Hill'. Established in 1879, this large country town has become the hub of the Central Highlands and gateway to one of the largest sapphire fields in the southern hemisphere.

Spyglass Peak

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
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Spring-fed Nogoa River and Louisa Creek wind through a picturesque broad valley beneath craggy sandstone outcrops in the Salvator Rosa section of Carnarvon National Park. At the western edge of Central Queensland'

Sapphire

Sapphire, Central Highlands Area
Can you guess what kind of precious stone is found in the town of Sapphire? Since the late 1800s fossickers have been finding these beautiful blue gemstones in the fields surrounding the town and now visitors can also try their luck.

Anakie

Anakie, Central Highlands Area
Anakie is positioned at the Sapphire Gemfields 'crossroads' along the Capricorn Highway, and hosts Australia's largest sapphire exhibition, the 'Gemfest - Festival of Gems' over four days each August.

Rubyvale

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
If you love gemstones and jewellery then chances are you're going to love this town. Set in the heart of the Sapphire Gemfields, Rubyvale is home to several gift shops where you'll find everything from sapphire necklaces to sparkling diamond rings.

Stubby Bend

Tambo, Blackall-Tambo Area
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Stubby Bend is located on the banks of the Barcoo River away from the highway noise and provides fully self-contained travellers a free site for camping. A variety of birds visit the area throughout the day, you can watch the kangaroos grazing in the afternoons, and quite often at night friendly possums will visit your camp site.

Willows Gemfields

Willows Gemfields, Central Highlands Area
Willows Gemfields is 11 kilometres off the Capricorn Highway, 24 kilometres past the Anakie/Sapphire crossroads and about 45 minutes' drive west of Emerald. The Willows Gemfields is a popular fossicking spot, as very little machinery and no corporate mining has been permitted in the past.

Injune

Injune, Maranoa Area
Set your bearings for adventure! Tucked at the foot of the majestic Carnavon Range, 90 kilometres north of Roma on the Great Inland Way, the thriving township of Injune is the perfect base for adventurous travellers.

Springsure

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
Situated in a delightful valley with spectacular Mount Zamia and Virgin Rock overlooking the town, Springsure is located 66 kilometres south of Emerald on the Gregory Highway section of the Great Inland Way.

Ka Ka Mundi, Carnarvon National Park

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
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Ka Ka Mundi, Carnarvon National Park, has more than 30 kilometres of sandstone escarpments and plateaus, dry rainforest surrounding clear springs and brigalow scrubs on clay soil. Aboriginal people have close ties to the area.
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