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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Cosmos Centre and Observatory

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$10.00 - 65.00
Wow, Ooh ahh and Brilliant, are the words you hear as visitors view the incredible beauty of the Milky Way Galaxy, through the powerful Meade telescopes. Charleville's Cosmos Centre and Observatory is dedicated to ensuring visitors enjoy the wonder of the outback night sky.

Aramac

Aramac, Barcaldine Area
Home of the White Bull Aramac is one of the oldest towns in the central west. Originally known as Marathon, the town was later renamed after Robert Ramsay Mackenzie, the first explorer to the area who carved his name (R R Mac) on a tree.

Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe, Longreach Area
Ilfracombe, named after a small town in Devonshire England, originated in 1891 as a transport nucleus for Wellshot Station, the largest sheep station in the world at the time (in terms of stock numbers).

Hungerford

Hungerford, Bulloo Area
Hungerford, a tiny border town located near the Paroo River on the Queensland/New South Wales border, features a large boarder gate that doubles as a Wild Dog and Dingo Fence. The town was named after Irish pioneer pastoralist Thomas Hungerford.

Torrens Creek

Torrens Creek, Flinders Area
The Torrens Creek, after which this Outback town is named, rises in the Great Dividing range and runs southward to the Thomson River system to eventually run into Lake Eyre. William Landsborough discovered it in 1862 while searching for Burke and Wills.

Surat

Surat, Maranoa Area
Fresh air and great fishing are two good reasons to spend some time in the picturesque little town of Surat, midway between St George and Roma on the Great Inland Way. But they're not the only things you'll find in this relaxed river town.

Thomson River

Jundah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
The Thomson River meanders through the Barcoo Shire before reaching the junction of the Barcoo River, feeding into Cooper's Creek in outback Queensland, and is a major part in contributing to the channel country.

Gregory Downs

Gregory Downs, Burke Area
The old Gregory Downs Hotel holds court as the centre of town society. Originally built to serve passengers on the coach run from Burketown, the hotel is in the historic village of Gregory Downs which accesses the perennially-flowing Gregory River.

Lily Lagoon

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
Lily Lagoon is a temporary waterhole fed by the Thomson system usually after good floods. The lilies are from the Hymphea genus of water lilies and are unique to the Thomson River system, being found only around Longreach.

Lake Moondarra

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
Free Entry
Lake Moondarra is situated just 17 kilometres north of the city centre of Mount Isa. It provides water to the city and the adjacent Mount Isa Mines (MIM) mining lease. Access to the lake is by a sealed road and offers a picturesque shoreline drive.
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