Timeless Landscapes and Endless Sky Adventure

Multiple Locations

Enjoy the road trip to the south-west in the comfort of your own vehicle, or if you're shorter on time regular QANTAS Link flights operate to Charleville with a range of hire-car options available. All roads are fully sealed, and there are plenty of towns along the way to make your outback trip easy and comfortable.

Journey Details

Duration
144 Hours
Distance
1016 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Horseriding
  • Off Road Driving
  • Swimming

Other Information

Family Friendly:

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

Full Itinerary

Charleville

Charleville is the perfect outback getaway, you can do as much or as little as you like. Enjoy the diverse attractions, or find a shady spot to enjoy the country serenity.
For an appreciation of life in the outback, visit the Charleville School of Distance Education and go for a flight, so to speak, with a visit to the Royal Flying Doctors Service Visitor Centre. The Charleville base which has been around since 1943 and today services approximately 622,000 square kilometres of southwest Queensland - an area almost the size of the United Kingdom.

Get up close and personal with the locals at the Bilby experience and at night take in the star studded outback sky at the Cosmos Centre. There are plenty of accommodation choices and fabulous bakeries and butchers in Charleville. Alternatively, catch your own feed of fish in the Ward River. Fishing is popular in Charleville and with the local fishing club restocking the waters you can almost be assured of a catch.

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Mode of Travel 4x4, Car
Route Type One Way

Cunnamulla, meaning 'long stretch of water', sits neatly on the banks of the Warrego River. Feeling the need to stretch your legs, take the Warrego Self-Guided River Walk, go kayaking or drop a line.

This is a general service town with all the facilities that a traveller requires. Make the Cunnamulla Fella Information Centre your first stop, take a tour of the jam-packed museum and ask for directions to the Sandhill to take in the sunset. Historical sites range from the Bicentennial Museum and Old Masonic Lodge to the Robber's Tree. The latter was a short-term sanctuary for Joseph Wells, who bungled an attempt to rob the town branch of the Queensland National Bank.

Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car
Distance 200 kms
Route Type One Way

On the road to Thargo take a well-earned break in Eulo with a relaxing soak in the Artesian Mud Baths. Eulo is famous for the abundant local produce and product, like opal and craft, which can all be purchased in the town. Stop in at the Eulo Queen Hotel and discover the story of its namesake, and enjoy a coffee at the new Eulo Store while you ask the locals about the recent megafauna discoveries - giant wombats, no less!

A short detour will deposit you at the opal town of Yowah where the locals are only too willing to share their fossicking tips, or head to the Lake Bindegolly National Park with its walking circuit and observation point.

Travel on to Thargomindah, which takes its name from an Aboriginal word meaning "Cloud of Dust". Discover the historic electrical street lighting story at the Thargomindah Artesian Hydro Power Plant, which is believed to be the oldest working unit in Australia, and possibly the world. The Old Thargomindah Hospital and the Historical Leahy House are other attractions worth visiting.

Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car
Distance 197 kms
Route Type One Way
Thargomindah to Quilpie

Turn north today and head for Quilpie, the cultural hub of the south-west. Sit back and enjoy the unique flora and fauna as you travel through the surrounding countryside and be careful not to blink or you'll miss Toompine - the pub without a town.

Those ready for action can spend the day fossicking for opals, climb and explore Baldy Top and Table Top Lookouts, or go four-wheel-driving through the endless landscape that is Australia's outback. If you don't strike lucky in your fossicking check out the local offerings for your very own souvenir.

Outback Art in Quilpie has taken off faster than the talented artists can keep up with. The Quilpie Gallery at the Visitor Information Centre has a new exhibition every month and showcases local talent as well as artists from all over the country. The "Eagle Gallery" is a visual delight exhibiting the paintings of gifted local artist Lyn Barnes. Be sure to stop and admire the mural and cattle silhouettes along Brolga Street.

Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Distance 195 kms
Quilpie - Day trip to Eromanga

Take the time on your outback adventure to visit Eromanga, the furthest Australian town from the sea! A 106km drive along sealed roads from Quilpie, Eromanga has plenty to offer - the latest and most exciting of which is the significant paleontological discoveries of Australia's largest dinosaurs. Several dinosaurs have been unearthed and the area is being heralded by scientists as the most exciting and prolific dinosaur site in Australia.

The bones and other discoveries will be displayed in the Eromanga Natural History Museum along with megafauna fossils and local indigenous heritage. You can also visit the Eromanga Living History Centre and browse through hundreds of historic photos and stories of the surrounding area. The Centre is unmanned, so collect the key from the Eromanga Royal Hotel which is an original building dating from 1885 and was once a Cobb & Co Staging Post.

Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Distance 212 kms
Quilpie to Charleville

Drive back to Charleville at your leisure, there is plenty more to see and do before you head home or continue your journey through Queensland's beautiful Outback.

Cooladdi on the way is a great spot to stop and drop a line or lay out a picnic lunch to enjoy with all the family.

Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Distance 212 kms

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