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Wintons Diamantina Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$2 - 2
Bring the whole family along and take a nostalgic trip into transport history by visiting Winton's Diamantina Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum. The museum features historic trucks, vehicles and machinery as well as photographic and transport memorabilia.

Winton Visitor Information Centre

Winton, Winton Area
The Winton Visitor Information Centre is located at 50 Elderslie Street in Winton. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Back Roads to Winton Drive

Multiple Locations
Begin your journey in Longreach in Queensland's heartland then follow the scenic back roads to Winton via Lochern National Park, Stonehenge and Jundah. Follow the Lochern Habitat Drive and explore the 20 kilometres of Thomson River frontage.

Winton

Winton, Winton Area
"Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong..." You'll be forgiven for relentlessly whistling this famous tune while you're in Winton, as it's the very home of Banjo Patterson's 'Waltzing Matilda'. Reputedly inspired by an 1894 shearer's suicide at the nearby Combo Waterhole and first performed in Winton's North Gregory Hotel on 6th April 1895, you can learn all about Banjo and the adopted national anthem at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton.

Winton War Memorial

Winton, Winton Area
Free Entry
Residents of Winton met at the Shire Hall on Sunday 16 August 1914 to initiate a patriotic committee and to call on volunteers for the war that had been declared two weeks prior. 10 years later, the office of architects H W Atkinson and A H Conrad was calling for tenders for the erection of a granite war memorial in Winton.

Music and Festivals

Whether you're into music, yoga, surfing, flowers, eating, movies or even pumpkin rolling, you'll find a concert, performance or festival in Queensland that celebrates it.

Music Festivals

With international musicians and artists frequently touring Queensland, you'll be able to see one of your favourites at a music festival, and in Queensland we do music festivals a little differently. One of the most iconic is the Birdsville Big Red Bash which is set in Outback Queensland and uses a large red sand dune as its backdrop. Other music festivals you'll love are:

  • CMC Rocks QLD; the home of country music in Ipswich.
  • BIGSOUND, where you can discover the next Australian music superstar in Brisbane.
  • Caloundra Music Festival, hosted on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Blues on Broadbeach, a chance to be nostalgic and twist your hips.
  • Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival, where you celebrate music in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.
  • Gympie Music Muster; camp under the stars and watch performances from a line-up of Aussie talent.
  • Broadbeach Country Music Festival, hosted on the Gold Coast.

Lifestyle Festivals

Our lifestyle festivals range from family-friendly events to retreat-like festivals to treat your soul. Take your pick from:

  • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, where they celebrate Spring in true Queensland fashion.
  • Woodford Folk Festival; see in the New Year with a huge bon fire, arts, crafts and music.
  • Ekka: Royal Queensland Show; when the country comes to the city to showcase farm life, food and produce.
  • Wanderlust; an opportunity to cultivate your best self and revive your mind, health and spirit.
  • Noosa Festival of Surfing, see dogs hang ten and celebrate surf lifestyle.

Outback Festivals

Head to Outback Queensland for quirky events that celebrate the beauty of the region, the people, lifestyle and classic outback hospitality:

  • Birdsville Big Red Bash; the world's most remote music festival.
  • Winton Splendid Film Festival; celebrate the film industry with open air cinemas, tours and meet the stars behind the scenes.
  • Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo; adrenalin pumping non-stop rodeo action, street celebrations and music.
  • Birdsville Races; the Melbourne Cup of the Outback.
  • Winton Way Out West Festival; a four-day music and cultural experience.
  • Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival, where you can participate in an intense triathlon or have a go at bog snorkelling.

Indigenous Festivals

Queensland is home to both Indigenous cultures of Australia; Aboriginal and Torres Strait. Get beneath the surface of both cultures at a festival. Experience traditional dancing, singing, art and crafts at one of these cultural festivals:

  • Cairns Indigenous Art Fair; see Indigenous artwork, fashion and dancing on show.
  • Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, where Indigenous family groups meet to pass down cultural knowledge and dancing to the next generation.
  • Winds of Zenadth Festival; a celebration of Torres Strait Islander culture, heritage and history.
  • Quandamooka Festival; where you can participate in weaving workshops and cultural tours.

Quirky Festivals

Looking for something a little quirky? Try your hand at:

  • Pumpkin rolling at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival where they celebrate all things pumpkin.
  • Have a spoon full of sugar and watch the Great Nanny Challenge at the Mary Poppins Festival in Maryborough.
  • Bring your merry men to the Abbey Medieval Festival in the Moreton Bay region.
  • Get rugged up in Warwick at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

Dinosaurs and Fossicking

Sink your teeth into the prehistoric dinosaur history of Queensland’s Outback. Or try your luck at the old fashioned way of getting rich quick in the gold or gem fields of Queensland.
  • Take a road trip along the Tropic of Capricorn, starting at Yeppoon and roaming inland through Winton to Boulia, and you’ll uncover a living museum of prehistoric fossils and geological landscapes from a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
  • Put on your Palaeontologist hat and join a dig to dust off dinosaur bones or trawl through the impressive displays in the museums throughout the outback.
  • Visit the limestone Capricorn Caves to see fossils ingrained in the cave walls.
  • Fossick for dinosaur fossils at Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.
  • See the world’s best-preserved dinosaur stampede at Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways.
  • Grab a fossicking pan and strike it rich with a gold or gemstone find in Capricorn.
  • Mount Morgan - one of the oldest mines in Australia.
  • Head to the Sapphire Gemfields for a guided mine tour and gem galleries that will leave twinkles in your eyes.
  • Hunt for a Queensland Boulder Opal in Opalton in Queensland's Outback.

Outback Queensland Visitor's Guide

Enjoy wide open spaces and big skies in Outback Queensland, where you can follow in the tracks of dinosaurs, meet larger-than-life outback characters, cheer on a field of racing camels and sleep under a blanket of stars.

Things to Do in Outback Queensland

From World Heritage-listed fossil fields and one-of-a-kind museums to action-packed events, you’ll find something fascinating to do in Outback Queensland.  

Year of the Outback 

2019 marks The Year of Outback Tourism making it the perfect time to visit and attend one of the world-class events on offer. Experience Australia’s best live events in Queensland.

Dig up a dinosaur

Follow the dinosaur trail around Winton to see the world’s only site of a dinosaur stampede, and work on newly found dinosaur bones in a fossil lab. 

Walk on the wing of a plane

Go behind the scenes and take a wing walk on a 747 in Longreach, birthplace of Qantas, and learn about Australia's heritage at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. 

See the sky on fire 

The sunsets are bigger and better in the Outback – watch the sky light up from the top of Big Red, the highest dune in the Simpson Desert. 

Take an outback road trip

Kick up some dust on a road trip along one of outback Queensland’s themed adventure drives or famous bush tracks and who knows the locals you'll meet.  

Explore epic landscapes

It’s not all dust and dunes, Outback Queensland is home to national parks and gorges, too. Highlights include the sandstone-surrounded Lawn Hill Gorge in Boodjamulla National Park and its neighbouring Adels Grove campground.

Voluntourism

Volunteering is a great way to get involved and give back to the local community. Whether you’re an experienced volunteer or someone who’s just starting out, put both your hands up, get on the voluntourism bandwagon and help out on your next break in Queensland: 

  • Be a part of the world heritage-listed wilderness and national parks ongoing clean-up and maintenance as a conservation volunteer on Fraser Island, the Daintree or Cape York. 
  • Protect endangered sea turtles, monitor the underwater environments of dugongs and minke whales and catalogue koala and dingo populations. 
  • Clean up the reef in the Whitsundays and Mackay with Eco Barge Clean Seas 
  • Head west to Winton to dig dinosaurs and uncover the next brontosaurus at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs
  • Get a feel for the country life, volunteer on a farm or be a part of the bush heritage project
  • Like working with animals? Volunteer at one of Queensland’s zoos with programs including Australia Zoo, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Cairns Tropical Zoo to name a few
  • Volunteer your way on to a guest list at an event or festival 

Here's a few options to get volunteering on your next Queensland break.

Outback Queensland | Places to Visit

You don’t get more Aussie than the Outback, and Queensland has a huge swathe of red sand in its interior. Check out 20-million-year-old bones in the country’s dinosaur capital, discover a green oasis in the middle of the desert, join in a one-of-a-kind outback festival and sleep under a star-filled sky.

Longreach and Central West

The Central West is the heart of Outback Queensland, a place built by pioneers and stockmen. Visit Longreach, the birthplace of an Australian icon at the Qantas Founders Museum and learn about the region’s fascinating history at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Learn about Waltzing Matilda in Winton where the song was original performed.

Longreach Airport is on the edge of town, with flights arriving from Brisbane and Townsville. You can also catch the Spirit of the Outback train from Rockhampton.

Mount Isa and North West

Things can get wild in Queensland’s rugged North West. Visit the thriving mining town of Mount Isa, saddle up for the Mount Isa Rodeo, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, and drop in at the historic Underground Hospital built during WWII. Canoe through vivid red gorges in the Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and search for ancient fossils in the limestone outcrops of Riversleigh World Heritage Area. Head to Hughenden to see 'Hughie', the seven-metre Muttaburrasaurus and an impressive fossil collection. And, don’t leave without visiting the Porcupine Gorge National Park.

Mount Isa Airport is about 10 minutes outside of the town and welcomes flights from Cairns, Townsville and Brisbane.

Charleville and South West

The closest section of Outback Queensland to Brisbane, the South West is home to colourful characters, wedge-tailed eagles and boulder opals. Bathe in mineral-rich mud at the Eulo Mud Baths, meet a tiny endangered marsupial at the Charleville Bilby Experience Centre and peer into the heavens at the Charleville Cosmos Centre.

Charleville Airport has flights to Brisbane and regional Queensland centres. You can also drive from Brisbane – the journey takes about 8.5 hours.

Birdsville and the Far West

Queensland’s Far West is the place for adventurers. Explore the rugged Simpson Desert by 4WD, see the Big Red sand dune glow at sunset and watch thousands of migratory birds flock to the wetlands of the Diamantina National Park. If you’re looking for outback entertainment, catch a famous Australian band at the Big Red Bash or back a winner at the Birdsville Races.

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