Heritage and locals

Outback Queensland is part of the fabric of Australia’s identity. You’ll meet people who have the time to stop and chat and smile! Talk to drovers, truck drivers, farmers, publicans, artists, prospectors, miners. And it’s not just the residents that have stories to tell. The connection to history from the time of the dinosaurs to Australia’s first steps of nationhood is palpable. You never know who you’ll meet sitting on the bar stool next to you. It could be the local mayor or a farmer whose family has been on the land for generations.

Australian history

Listen to the rich 40,000-year history of the country’s Aboriginal people and their legends prior to European settlement. Contemplate the stories of Australia’s formative years as a nation as you wander the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach. Head to the Qantas Founders Museum to learn about the origins of Australia’s national carrier. Venture back to the time of the country’s frontier years when it was still finding its feet as a fledgling nation and ride an authentic Cobb & Co stagecoach. Learn about Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda in Winton and see where the song was first performed.

Outback pubs

Visit a local watering hole at one of the ever-present Outback pubs that decorate Queensland’s interior. Whether a grand old federation building with a sweeping verandah or a tin shack, you know you will get a cold beer, a big steak and a good dose of local gossip.

Bush races and rodeos

Party with the locals at a bush race, like Birdsville, Boulia Camel Races or a slew of other events. Sit on the edge of your seat watching man versus beast at the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere at Mount Isa.

Plan your holiday

Things to see and do
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Outback Pioneers

Multiple Locations
Outback Pioneers award-winning outback experiences and holidays, in Longreach, invite you to unleash your own pioneering spirit. You'll be thrilled when take your seat on Australia's only Cobb and Co stagecoach gallop along part of an old mail route.

Cobbold Gorge Tours

Multiple Locations
Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region of Far North Queensland is a hidden outback oasis - Cobbold Gorge. Only a six hour drive from Cairns and Townsville, you can immerse yourself in the natural wonder of a truly unique North Queensland outback holiday destination.

Qantas Founders Museum

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$18 - 165
Qantas Founders Museum is an independent not-for-profit community organisation, operating since 1996, to commemorate the ethos and preserve the material heritage of the founders and early operations of Qantas Airways Ltd.

Charleville War Memorial

Charleville, Murweh Area
Free Entry
Charleville's war memorial echoes the taste of southern states - an ornately carved marble obelisk rather than the Queensland favourite, soldier statue. Queensland Governor Sir Matthew Nathan unveiled the £1000 square pillar monument, made from Italian marble, on 9 October 1924.

Towers Hill Lookout and Amphitheatre

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$10 - 10
Local legend has it that an Aboriginal boy named Jupiter first discovered gold at the foot of Towers Hill in December 1871. Today you can find a monument which depicts the location of the first gold sighting at the base of the hill.

Barcaldine War Memorial Clock

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
When the people of Barcaldine were asked what type of memorial would be appropriate to salute the 292 local men who served during WWI, their choice ran counter to the popular soldier statue trend: they opted for a clock.

Fossilised Forrest Sculptures

Alpha, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Created by Antone Bruinsma, the Fossilised Forest sculptures celebrates the Alpha areas rich collections of fossilised wood. Antone's sculptures reflect the treasures and mysteries of the ancient fossilised materials, which reveal a glimpse into prehistoric life.

Characters of Injune

Injune, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
Explore the township of Injune and learn about local characters who have made their mark on the town. Local characters' stories are attached to the series of rustic metal statues spotted around town depicting local identities.

Langlo - Adavale Road

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
Take a side trip off the Matilda Way along the Langlo-Adavale Road for a bit of off-road adventure, it's a great way to see more of Queensland's Outback as you travel between Tambo and Blackall. The drive presents great views of beautiful outback landscapes.

Diamantina National Park

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
Stretch your gaze across vast, treeless plains, over sand dunes and along river channels towards low ranges on the horizon. Camp in the shade of a coolabah tree, dreaming at night under endless starry skies of the Maiawali and Karuwali people and travellers along the mighty Diamantina River long ago.
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