Outback Queensland | Things to Do


Get a real taste of the Aussie hospitality in Outback Queensland. Climb to the top of Big Red in Birdsville, camp under the stars, stop at the pub for a yarn and explore spectacular gorges. Check out towns like Mount Isa, Longreach and Charleville, and take the 4WD on an off-road adventure. Soak up the history of the Outback, then celebrate with the locals at events like the Big Red Bash and Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival.

Dinosaurs and fossicking

There are treasures to be found in the red dirt of Outback Queensland. Fossick for precious stones in the Sapphire Gemfields, see ancient mammals preserved in limestone at the World Heritage-listed Riversleigh Fossil Sites and follow the path of Jurassic giants along the Dinosaur Trail – including 'Hughie', the seven-metre Muttaburrasaurus” in Hughenden.

Road tripping

You don’t need to be an expert off-roader to explore the legendary Queensland Outback and get a taste for life on the land. It’s connected by both sealed roads and dirt tracks, with most towns only 2-4 hours apart. Start planning your Outback drives.


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National parks and outdoors

The Outback’s not all desert. Explore the stunning gorges of the Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and spend the night at the nearby Adels Grove campground. Hear currawongs call and look for turtles in the deep pools of the Porcupine Gorge National Park, or relax and stretch out in the Artesian Mud Baths at Eulo. You might also wish to scale the sandstone wilderness of Kroombit Tops National Park, wander through the maze of gorges in the Isla Gorge National Park or look for ancient rock art in Expedition National Park.

History

Founded more than 130 years ago, Longreach is the historic heart of Outback Queensland. Visit the Qantas Founders Museum to learn about the origins of Australia’s national carrier and walk through the heritage-listed hangars. At the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, hear the ancient stories of the Aboriginal people, explorers and farmers who built this fascinating region.

Station experiences

Meet some genuine Aussie characters in the Outback. Spend the night at a farm stay, see a working cattle station and have a yarn with one of the locals. At night, be captivated by an endless starry sky – with no city lights to distract you.

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Kooroorinya Ladies Day Weekend - Where the Rainbow meets the Water

Hughenden, Flinders Area
13 September 2019 – 22 August 2020
Join them for a weekend of laughter and fun. All ladies welcome! Markets, activities and classes! Come along and relax for a wonderful weekend. Check out the Facebook page for details of the annual Kooroorinya Ladies Day Weekend!

Markets hosted by Hughenden Country Music Association

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 14 September 2019 – 14 September 2020
These markets provide a variety of home made wares, skin care products, jewellery, food and some good old fashioned Rawleighs products. Local honey and home grown plants can also be found here. Food and drinks are available and the makings from this, as well as the stalls fees, are donated to help host the yearly event of the Country Music Festival.

Layered Landscapes of Oz – an exhibition by students of the Western Alliance

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
21 October 2019 – 2 February 2020
From October 14th – 18th students from the Western Alliance, who range from Years 7 through to 10, came together in Longreach to attend their biannual Multischool event. The students travelled from regions across Queensland;

Beer and Wine O'Clock at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$15 - 15
20 – 27 January 2020
Beer and Wine O’clock - Let your inner larrakin live at Club Boutique Hotel! Craft beer and wine tasting! Join them at the Club Boutique Hotel, one of Cunnamulla’s oldest hotels and an outback icon, to celebrate Beer and Wine O’clock.

Indigenous Stock Workers Display

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Free Entry
24 – 27 January 2020
An informative and interactive display in recognition of the resilience, spirit and sheer hard work of the indigenous men and women who played a vital role in the establishment of the cattle industry in the Gulf Region.

Thangool Races

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 25 January 2020
Thangool is the home of country horse racing within the Banana region. The large course and spacious green lawns give an ambience of calm, a contrast to the cut and thrust of colour, suspense and excitement among the spectators, and the jockeys and horses as they stride down the straight towards the winner’s post.

Goldfield Ashes

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
25 – 27 January 2020
The Charters Towers Goldfield Ashes is the largest amateur cricket carnival in the southern hemisphere. It is conducted in January by the Charters Towers Cricket Association Incorporated (CTCA). The event was recently given the status of being a Queensland Iconic Event.

“Harry Rogers – Inspiring us to travel with Qantas” Exhibition

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
3 February – 30 April 2020
From 1956 to 1985, artist Harry Rogers created images of travel with Qantas. In 1970, he invented a complete alpha-numeric font called ‘Cyclone’ for the airline and he, more than anybody else, was responsible for the Qantas ‘look’ for the next 15 years.

Biloela Markets in the Park

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 15 February 2020
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the park lands near the Biloela Information Centre on Callide Street. This is where you’ll find those unexpected gems, the funky hand tooled or crafted specialties, homemade treats, jams and sauces, candles and scents, organic fruit and veg.

Centenary Park Charity Markets

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 23 February 2020
On the fourth Sunday of each month, local producers gather at Centenary Park to sell fresh produce, home made crafts, jewellery, clothing and just about anything else you can think of. Stroll through the beautiful surrounds of Centenary Park and chat to a local, with over 50 stalls each month and the local Country Music Club providing live music.
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