Heritage and locals

Outback Queensland is part of the fabric of Australia’s identity. You’ll meet people who have the time to stop and chat and smile! Talk to drovers, truck drivers, farmers, publicans, artists, prospectors, miners. And it’s not just the residents that have stories to tell. The connection to history from the time of the dinosaurs to Australia’s first steps of nationhood is palpable. You never know who you’ll meet sitting on the bar stool next to you. It could be the local mayor or a farmer whose family has been on the land for generations.

Australian history

Listen to the rich 40,000-year history of the country’s Aboriginal people and their legends prior to European settlement. Contemplate the stories of Australia’s formative years as a nation as you wander the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach. Head to the Qantas Founders Museum to learn about the origins of Australia’s national carrier. Venture back to the time of the country’s frontier years when it was still finding its feet as a fledgling nation and ride an authentic Cobb & Co stagecoach. Learn about Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda in Winton and see where the song was first performed.

Outback pubs

Visit a local watering hole at one of the ever-present Outback pubs that decorate Queensland’s interior. Whether a grand old federation building with a sweeping verandah or a tin shack, you know you will get a cold beer, a big steak and a good dose of local gossip.

Bush races and rodeos

Party with the locals at a bush race, like Birdsville, Boulia Camel Races or a slew of other events. Sit on the edge of your seat watching man versus beast at the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere at Mount Isa.

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Things to see and do
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Qantas Founders Museum

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$18 - 165
Qantas Founders Museum is an independent not-for-profit community organisation, operating since 1996, to commemorate the ethos and preserve the material heritage of the founders and early operations of Qantas Airways Ltd.

Eromanga Knot-A-Saurus Park

Eromanga, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
The "Knot-A-Saurus Park' is an amazing sculpture of a Sauropod and her two babies made out of 100 metre lengths of twisted aluminium is situated on the southern side of Eromanga as you leave town west for Noccundra Hotel or Innamincka.

The Old Injune Courthouse and Museum

Injune, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
The old Injune Courthouse is located at the Injune multipurpose complex. The original Courthouse is home to a wonderful display of relics, photographs and information about Injune's ex-servicemen and women.

Mitchell War Memorial

Mitchell, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
Mitchell's war memorial stands out from the crowd for its unusual design and colour, urging recall and fostering remembrance of names which, as its engraving says, 'liveth forever more'. Major General Sir Thomas Glasgow unveiled the memorial, erected in 1927.

Pioneer Cemetery

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Entrenched in a deep history from the days of the gold rush, Pioneer Cemetery located in Charters Towers, gives an interesting insight in the hardships faced by the pioneers of the time. Containing graves from those who were buried between 1872 and 1895, mining accidents, fires, murders, child birth and general hardship are some of the reasons that there are more than 5000 people buried in the early cemetery.

Avenue of Heroes

Roma, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
This heritage listed Heroes' Avenue features 140 bottle trees as a tribute to the fallen soldiers from the Roma District who lost their lives in the First World War. The planting began in 1918 with each tree now displaying its own remembrance plaque.

Cameron Corner

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
The journey to Cameron Corner is an ideal way to experience the real Outback. This journey will leave you breathless, passing through open gibber plains where you can see for miles to sandy undulating land.

Venus Gold Battery

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$15 - 15
Located on the outskirts of Charters Towers, the Venus Gold Battery offers an insight into an amazing real life gold rush of the late nineteenth century. The Battery is of national cultural significance as the largest surviving Battery relic in Australia and the oldest surviving Battery in Queensland.

St Finbarrs Church

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
Home to one of Quilpie Shire's most iconic attractions, St Finbarr's Church rests on the foundations of an intriguing history. In 1976, the Priest at the time, Father John Ryan, decided to compliment the opal mining background of the area by commissioning local miner, Des Burton, to install a border of opal around the carving of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.

Major Mitchell Memorial

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
The Major Mitchell Memorial, located in Shamrock Street, was unveiled on September 19, 1946. Thomas Mitchell was the first European to explore the area in 1846, which then led to the area being opened up for settlement.
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