Drives

Queensland contains some of the most accessible Outback experiences Australia has to offer. We’re talking about the real deal – the true blue, fair dinkum, Aussie way to go bush. 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. 

Hit the road and witness endless blue skies, burnt orange sunsets and rich red deserts as you cruise the Matilda Highway from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria, passing through CharlevilleLongreach and Winton

If you have little ones in tow, you might prefer a shorter jaunt starting in Brisbane and venturing to the gateway to the west, aka Charleville, before trying your hand at station life in Cunnamulla and your luck at black opal mining in Lightening Ridge. Make one last stop in Goondiwindi before lopping back to the big city.

Dreaming of the ultimate 4WD adventure? Make your way from Brisbane to Birdsville. This route is packed full of opportunities to go off road, visit historic sites, stopover in outback National Parks, and soak in the eye-wateringly vast region.

Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs on the Channel Country Explorer drive or Ancient Outback tours through Mt Isa.

Combine country and coast on a self-guided drive from white sandy beaches to the red dust of the desert. Try the Overlanders WayCentral Queensland Outback Driveor Warrego Way.

Queensland’s Outback is connected by both sealed roads and dirt tracks. Before you head off, don’t forget to brush up on the basics for a safe and successful Australian road trip.



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Longreach Motor Inn

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$125 - 250
Welcome to the Longreach Motor Inn and Harry's Restaurant, they are located across the road from the Longreach Railway Station and 200 metres from downtown Longreach. There you will have a convenient base for exploring Longreach and its hero attractions including Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum.

The Birdsville Hotel

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$165 - 190
Australia's most iconic outback pub. Everyone wants to say they've had a beer at The Birdsville Hotel. Since 1884, it’s weathered sandstone walls have been a welcome refuge to travellers from across the globe.

The Rocks Motel

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$148 - 200
A new era in accommodation has opened in Charleville: Where city sophistication meets country hospitality. All 20 rooms are boasting superior quality bedding and furnishings, modern and stylish fixtures and fittings, sweeping wide verandas, landscaped gardens and a resort style pool.

Barcaldine Country Motor Inn

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
From AU$85.00 - 150.00
The Barcaldine Country Motor Inn is a quality air-conditioned motel situated on the corner of the Capricorn and Landsborough Highways. The motel has 32 rooms and seven self contained clean and comfortable units.

Abajaz Motor Inn

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$122 - 160
You will feel right at home when you arrive at Abajaz Motor Inn in Longreach. Hosts Rodd and Liane love taking care of guests with their special brand of country hospitality. On arrival, you’ll be shown to your spotlessly clean room.

Goldfields Hotel and Finnigan's Rest

Forsayth, Etheridge Area
From AU$129 - 159
Located in the Gulf Savannah region, The Goldfield’s Hotel is a landmark building in Forsayth, North Queensland. The Goldfield’s Hotel has a large variety of beverages, both hot and cold, and ice cold beer on tap.

Rest Easi Motel

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$120 - 130
The Rest Easi Motel is located on Richmond Hill on the Western side of Hughenden. This quiet and spacious motel offers clean, well appointed double and family rooms. All rooms have Foxtel Movies and more.

Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$65 - 85
Hotel Cunnamulla is an iconic 1930s double story outback pub, in the heart of Cunnamulla, overlooking 'The Cunnamulla Fella' statue, made famous by Slim Dusty. Hotel Cunnamulla offers real country comfort with classic hotel style double and triple rooms, some with private ensuites, others with shared facilities.

Lake Callide Retreat

Dumgree, Banana Area
From AU$7.00 - 165.00
Great news for campers, fishing fans, and visitors to Biloela – the wait is over – Lake Callide Retreat is open! Now you can swim, play, fish, eat, relax, and sleep, at the popular Callide Dam location.

Julia Creek Caravan Park

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
From AU$20 - 125
The Julia Creek Caravan Park is one of those friendly parks you'll find yourself recommending to others. As soon as you drive in, you'll feel right at home. "No strangers here, just friends you haven't met.
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