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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Trail Blaze West

Townview, Mount Isa Area
Free Entry
14 February 2020 – 31 July 2021
A larger scale epic water mural trail that extends through the heart of Western Queensland linking the Outback communities showcasing their culture, history and heritage. Red Ridge Interior Queensland has engaged multiple artists to work along side communities to share their trail blazing stories and transform into captivating artwork.

Beer and Wine O'Clock at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$15 - 15
31 March – 31 December 2020
Beer and Wine O’clock - Let your inner larrakin live at Club Boutique Hotel! Craft beer and wine tasting! Join them at the Club Boutique Hotel, one of Cunnamulla’s oldest hotels and an outback icon, to celebrate Beer and Wine O’clock.

Channel Country Challenge 2020

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
24 April – 1 August 2020
Action packed weekend filled with a Campdraft, Rodeo and Horse Gymkhana. Followed by Live entertainment on the Saturday Night. Bar and Canteen available all weekend.

The Shearers Shindig Thargomindah

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
24 May 2020 – 30 November 2021
From Tuesday 19 May to Saturday 23 May, returning for its second consecutive year it’s their Shearers Shindig. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will consist of a variety of activities to choose from. Exercise classes, morning tea and talk, self-drive day trip to Hungerford, Noccundra or Kilcowera, lunch special, craft classes, river walk and talk, happy hour bingo, movie night and more.

Indigenous Stock Workers Display

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Free Entry
29 May – 1 June 2020
An informative and interactive display in recognition of the resilience, spirit and sheer hard work of the indigenous men and women who played a vital role in the establishment of the cattle industry in the Gulf Region.

Relics on the Range

Hervey Range, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
31 May 2020
Static Display of Motorcycles - Last Century (Pre 2000). Off road, racers, road bikes. Get your old bikes out of the shed and display them - fully or partially restored, original.... Spend the day with like-minded enthusiasts.

Simpson Desert Ultra

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$80 - 780
6 – 7 June 2020
The Simpson Desert Ultra is one of Australia’s newest ultra marathons taking place in the heart of the Australian Outback. With distances of 160, 80, 42 and 20 kilometres, there is something for those new to the ultra-scene, as well as those more accustomed to the gruelling nature of such events.

Barcaldine Race Day

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 6 June 2020
Experience Outback Racing at its best and check out the Barcaldine Races. These races offer something for everyone - Winter Fashions on the Fields, bookmakers and TAB on course, jumping castle and playground for the kids.

Markets and Grazy Saturdays

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 6 June 2020
Join them at Club Boutique Hotel for Markets and Grazy Saturdays from 6 June to 29 August 2020. Weekend markets are the best way to spend a grazy Saturday in Cunnamulla. Stroll around and meet the local vendors and try their amazing produce including home made cakes, slices, Jams and chutneys.

Sunday Session Blues on the Grass

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$10.00 - 10.00
Weekly from 7 June 2020
Sunday Sessions Blues on the Grass features artists Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters to Stevie Ray Vaughn combined with earthy folk/blues originals. Live music on the grass in the beer garden from 12pm to 5pm every Sunday in June and July 2020!
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