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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Savannah Way

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Explore five World Heritage areas on a journey through Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia on Australia's adventure drive, the Savannah Way. This trek across the top of Australia starts in the tropical city of Cairns where you can visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest, and takes you to Broome's spectacular Cable Beach.

Gladstone into the Hinterland

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A bustling harbour, an historic village, a bountiful lake, a grand homestead and an old silo form the basis of this Queensland drive around the Gladstone region. Stretching from Gladstone, it will take you through Calliope and on to Lake Callide, before ending in the beautiful agricultural town of Biloela.

Outback Queensland River Junction Drive

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Begin your journey in Jundah, on the banks of the Thomson River with its panoramic river views and drives. Take the top road through to Windorah and relax under the majestic river red gums lining the waterhole at Cooper's Creek.

Glimpse of the Outback 5 Day Tour - Roma and Surrounds

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Roma and the Maranoa offers a big outback adventure just half-a-days drive, or one hour flight from Brisbane. Join an authentic tour of the biggest saleyards in the southern hemisphere, wrap your arms around the biggest bottle tree, and learn all about the discovery of oil and gas in Australia at The Big Rig.

7 Day Outback Giants

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Leaving from Emerald, pack your bags and hit the road for an Outback Queensland adventure. Highlights of this trip include fossicking for your fortune at the Sapphire Gemfields, watching the Outback Stockman’s Show, a Jet Tour at the Qantas Founders Museum, and meeting giants at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs!

Capricorn Way

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Have you ever seen a real dinosaur fossil, experienced an ancient rainforest, mined for your own sapphires or explored one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World? Do all these things and more with Capricorn Way's Dig the Tropic Drive.

Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail

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The Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail is situated north east of Aramac . It has over 35 different unique sculptures which have been created by local artist Milynda Rogers. These Sculptures are dotted through the countryside on the road to Lake Dunn and Rangers Valley.

Simpson Desert Racing Carnival Trail

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Set against the backdrop of the famed Simpson Desert, the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival gives the local community, punters, tourists, jockeys, owners and trainers alike the opportunity to come from near and far and celebrate country racing at its best.

Rockhampton to Carnarvon Gorge Four Night Drive

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Wind your way south west on this delicious drive which begins at the Beef Capital of Australia, Rockhampton and takes in some magnificent mountains, before finishing at Queensland's gorgeous gorge at Carnarvon in the Sandstone Wilderness.

Birdsville Track

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
An Australian Outback Adventure, the well maintained, unsealed track links Birdsville in Queensland's south-west to Marree in the mid-north of South Australia. The Birdsville Track covers some of Australia's most beautiful and challenging country, passing through the Simpson Desert and Sturt's Stoney Desert.
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