Central West

Adventure through rolling red grasslands aboard a multi-day coach, 4WD tour, train or plane to the birthplace of Qantas and Waltzing Matilda in Outback Queensland’s Central West.

Wander the wilderness

  • Swim, kayak, water-ski or cruise the Thomson River or fish for golden perch and red claw crayfish under the coolibah and red river gums. 
  • Witness footprints of a dinosaur stampede at Lark Quarry and discover prehistoric dinosaur bones near Winton.
  • Climb to Starlight’s Lookout or take a ride in a galloping horse-drawn stagecoach through Longreach.
  • Hike to the Biloela lookout for views over Lake Callide in Banana Shire, dotted with water-skiers and campers.

Meet the locals

  • Learn to muster a herd of 600 head of cattle from Aramac on an organised cattle drive. 
  • Admire the old machinery lining the main street of Ilfracombe and learn about the birth of the Australian Labour Party in Barcaldine.
  • Learn to crack a whip, lasso or ride a horse amongst the red dirt at a working farm stay in Baralaba or slow the pace while exploring historical villages and peer into the old Wowan butter factory in Banana Shire.

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Winton, Outback Queensland