Meet colourful outback characters and look to the stars in Outback Queensland’s South West, starting from a six-hour drive from Brisbane. It's where wedge-tail eagles soar, bilbies are born and the sky is painted with stunning sunsets.
Heaven and earth
Spot the Milky Way through a powerful telescope at the Cosmos Centre and Observatory in Charleville
. Slip into a mineral-rich outdoor artesian mud bath in Eulo
or see dinosaur fossils in Eromanga
. Just outside of Quilpie
, you can try your luck and dig for boulder opal gems at the designated fossicking area. Camp beside a waterhole in the Currawinya National Park
, or hike through Carnarvon National Park
, an Outback oasis known for its sandstone cliffs diverse flora and fauna, stunning lookouts and Aboriginal rock art.
Meet the locals
Have a yarn over a cold ale at the desolate ‘pub without a town’ in Toompine
. Visit Thargomindah
, the first town in Australia with electrical street lighting. Nurture an endangered marsupial at Charleville's Bilby Experience Centre or join the fun and cheer on the sidelines of a local Yabby Race. Check out Cunnamulla
, the home of Slim Dusty's iconic Australian bush character 'Cunnamulla fella'. Experience the early morning action of the biggest sale yards in the Southern Hemisphere with a local in Roma