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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.

Tom Curtain's "We're Still Here" Tour - Winton

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$0 - 40
30 November 2019
Tom Curtain and the Katherine Outback Experience (KOE) team of horses and dogs will be putting on an authentic outback experience at the Winton Showgrounds. This family friendly show kicks off at 6pm (gates open 5.

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

Here in Queensland we do festivals a little differently.  

Whether you're into music, yoga, surfing, dining, pumpkin rolling or even bog snorkelling (yep, it’s a thing), there’s a festival in the Sunshine State for you.  

Music Festivals

Local and international talent is on show year-round in Queensland. And you can see them against some star-studded backdrops: on the beach, in the forest, deep into the outback against a 40m high red sand dune.  

A few of our headliners include: 

  • CMC Rocks QLD; the country’s biggest international country music festival. 
  • Big Red Bash; journey to outback Queensland for the ultimate backyard party. 
  • BIGSOUND; to discover the next Australian music superstar in Brisbane. 
  • Jungle Love; music and art collide at this forest folk jam. 
  • Caloundra Music Festival; an Aussie line-up right by the beach. 
  • 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. 

Lifestyle Festivals

Treat the family, or treat your soul, at one of our many lifestyle festivals.

  • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers; to celebrate spring in true Queensland fashion.
  • Woodford Folk Festival; ring 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. 
  • Noosa Festival of Surfing; see dogs hang ten and celebrate surf lifestyle. 

Outback Festivals

They say the journey is more important than the destination. And the best way to experience the spirit, community and adventure of Outback Queensland is to head here for a festival.  

  • 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.
  • Roma’s Easter in the Country; celebrate all things country.  

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 Quinkan 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.
        • Keep the Flames of Culture Burning; five communities of Cape York come together. 
        • 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 on North Stradbroke Island.  

Quirky Festivals

Looking for something a left of centre? 

  • 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. 
  • See camels charge down the straight at Boulia Camel Races.
  • 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. 

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.

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 Accommodation

Outback Queensland boasts timeless landscapes, road trips and local characters. Each town out here tells a piece of this great continent’s rich history. You are invited to stay a while and experience the legacy of Australia.

Where to stay in Outback Queensland 

Sleep under the most incredible night-sky at a caravan park in Longreach or Mount Isa, or stay at an iconic hotel in Birdsville or Winton. If you’re a history buff, you can even walk in the footsteps of local legends like Banjo Patterson.

Discover what it is like to live and work like a local by adventuring to a local property such as Bonus Downs Station, Kilcowera Station or Myella Farm Stay.



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