Heritage and locals in Outback Queensland | Queensland.com

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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Cobbold Gorge Tours

Multiple Locations
Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region of Far North Queensland is a hidden outback oasis - Cobbold Gorge. Only a six hour drive from Cairns and Townsville, you can immerse yourself in the natural wonder of a truly unique North Queensland outback holiday destination.

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.

Outback Pioneers

Multiple Locations
Outback Pioneers award-winning outback experiences and holidays, in Longreach, invite you to unleash your own pioneering spirit. You'll be thrilled when take your seat on Australia's only Cobb and Co stagecoach gallop along part of an old mail route.

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.

Saddliers Waterhole and Hamburg Creek

Morven, Murweh Area
Free Entry
With a population of less than 250, Morven is thought to be named after a mountain and town of the same name in Scotland. Captain T.J. Saddlier and his wife arrived in the area in the 1860s and camped on a deep waterhole of nearby Hamburg Creek.

Jack Brown Lions Park

Richmond, Richmond Area
Free Entry
Located on the Flinders Highway, alongside Lakeview Caravan Park, Jack Brown Lions Park War Memorial depicts a stylisation of three rifles marking the graves of three soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme, France during the Great War.

Southern Cross Windmill

Roma, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
The largest commercially operational windmill manufactured by Southern Cross can be viewed at close range on the grounds of Pumps and Solar. Built in 1950 by the Toowoomba Foundry, the windmill has a 9 metre diameter wheel and is 15 metres high.

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.

Roma Court House

Roma, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
The Roma Court House is an impressive building which was opened in 1901. This heritage listed building replaced the original structure which was opened in 1873 for the trail of the infamous cattle duffer, Harry Redford alias Captain Starlights who had stolen 1,000 cattle and driven them to South Australia.

Old Injune Coal Mine

Injune, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
Opened in 1932, Maranoa Collieries was a major employer for the area and played a significant role in the development of the town. Visitors are able to call in to the old rail loading facility to gain an insight into its history and learn of some dramatic and fascinating events that took place during and after its operation.
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