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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Jericho Tourism Market Day

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 March – 12 October 2019
Come on down to the Jericho Tourism Market Day! Monthly markets - pancakes, sausages, coffee, cold drinks. Stall holder tables are available for AUD5. Open 9.30am to 12pm. The second Saturday of every month during the cooler months.

Campdraft 4 A Cause

Hughenden, Flinders Area
30 August 2019 – 10 April 2020
Campdraft 4 A Cause aims to run a campdraft each year and donate proceeds to a different charity each time to help make a difference to some people's lives.

Flinders Challenge Netball Carnival

Hughenden, Flinders Area
31 August 2019 – 30 August 2021
The Flinders Challenge is a one day event that encourages everyone to play. With various games of Junior and Senior throughout the day, everyone is welcome to attend. All Players are to register with Netball Queensland in order to compete in the carnival.

Markets hosted by Hughenden Country Music Association

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 14 September 2019 – 14 September 2020
These markets provide a variety of home made wares, skin care products, jewellery, food and some good old fashioned Rawleighs products. Local honey and home grown plants can also be found here. Food and drinks are available and the makings from this, as well as the stalls fees, are donated to help host the yearly event of the Country Music Festival.

Beer and Wine O'Clock at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$15 - 15
16 – 23 September 2019
Beer and Wine O’clock - Let your inner larrakin live at Club Boutique Hotel! Join them at the Club Boutique Hotel, one of Cunnamulla’s oldest hotels and an outback icon, to celebrate Beer and Wine O’clock.

Digging At Dawn

Richmond, Richmond Area
From AU$15.00 - 80.00
Weekly from 17 September 2019
The tour will be guided by Kronosaurus Korner's resident Palaeontologist who will teach adventurers how to find, identify and excavate their very own 100 million year old fossils.

Outback Paddle Regatta

Longreach, Longreach Area
20 – 21 September 2019
The Outback Paddle Regatta (OPR) was born from this immense pride for the outback and aims to promote and celebrate water sporting at Longreach by engaging with and encouraging more people to visit the outback and revel in its famous hospitality.

Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$5 - 10
20 – 22 September 2019
The annual Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana brings Australia's smallest town alive. Watch bushmen and women compete in exercises of true horsemanship and skillful dirt bike riding. Saturday you can expect barrel racing, flagging plus much more at the Horse Gymkhana followed by Motorbike Enduro later in the afternoon.

Tambo Teddy Bears Picnic

Tambo, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
20 – 21 September 2019
Head to the home of the famous Tambo Teddies for their annual teddy bears picnic; a fun filled family day. Bears and their owners are invited to visit Tambo to join in the fun of country games, music and mayhem of the teddy bear parade and teddy bear challenges.

Outback Paddle Regatta Festival

Longreach, Longreach Area
21 September 2019
The Outback Paddle Regatta Festival is a jam-packed event which has been tailored for paddle sports enthusiasts, local families/individuals and visitors to our region – there is literally something of interest for everyone of all ages.
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