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
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Stubby Bend

Tambo, Blackall-Tambo Area
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On the banks of the Barcoo River away from the highway noise, Stubby Bend offers 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.

Mount Moffatt, Carnarvon National Park

Mitchell, Maranoa Area
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Revel in the wild and diverse landscapes of Mount Moffatt. Broad, sandy valleys of the Maranoa River are covered with open, grassy woodlands. Striking outcrops of sculpted sandstone rise above the trees.

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.

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.

Tambo' s Wilderness Way Self Drive Route

Tambo, Blackall-Tambo Area
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Travel Tambo's Wilderness Way, a self-drive tour through an area of rugged beauty, known as the ‘Rooftop of Queensland’. The tour traverses a landscape of deep gorges and vast cliff lines. Enjoy vistas of tangled ranges where the wind and rain have created massive sandstone formations which contrast starkly with the grey-green bush.

Alpha

Alpha, Barcaldine Area
Alpha, the “Gateway to the West” was named after an early property in the area which was taken up in 1863 and then became established as a service town for railway construction workers. The town belongs to the Barcaldine Shire, one of Queensland’s largest cattle producing areas.

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.

Ka Ka Mundi, Carnarvon National Park

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
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The sandstone cliffs of the Great Dividing Range dominate the clear blue skyline to the south as you drive across the open, undulating country towards Ka Ka Mundi. This remote section of Carnarvon National Park features more than 30km of sandstone escarpments and plateaus.

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.

Fairbairn Dam, Lake Maraboon

Emerald, Central Highlands Area
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If you love fishing, you're going to love this holiday destination. Lake Maraboon is stocked with eight different kinds of fish including barramundi, making it a popular spot for anglers. You'll also find a healthy population of red claw crayfish in the area.
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