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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Great Tropical Drive

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Explore palm-fringed beaches, ancient rainforests and the golden outback on a self-drive tour taking in the highlights of North Queensland. With 26 different routes to follow, the Great Tropical Drive takes you to some of Australia's best-known tropical attractions including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree rainforest, Hinchinbrook Island and the Undara Lava Tubes.

Birdsville and Strezlecki Outback Loop

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Start at Birdsville, travel the Birdsville Track to Marree. From here you can detour down to Parachilna and divert to Arkaroola. From Arkaroola you can connect with the Strezlecki Track to Innamincka.

15 Day Outback Legends

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Pack up the car and head out west to take on the 15 day Outback Legends self drive. This journey will take you through iconic Outback Queensland towns that offer experiences and adventure for every member of the family.

Maranoa Region Drive Trails

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They invite you to explore even more of their region with this series of eight exciting drive trails. Each suggested itinerary has been created by theme, though they encourage you to mix and match according to your interest, location and length of stay.

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.

14 Day Dinos, Crocs and Gold

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Start your 14 day Dinos, Cros and Gold journey from Townsville. Highlights include fossicking for gold, digging for fossils on The Dinosaur Trail, heading underground at the Hard Times Mine Tour in Mount Isa, meeting the world’s largest ever captured crocodile, spotting freshwater crocodiles on a Cobbold Gorge cruise and walking the path of a volcano at Undara Experience.

Queensland Public Gallery Trail

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The Queensland gallery network is abuzz with exciting activities and beautiful art. Experience local and national art while you travel from A to B through Queensland’s culturally vibrant cities and towns.

Australian Dinosaur Trail

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Follow in the footsteps of the prehistoric creatures that once roamed this ancient land. Australia's Dinosaur Trail encompasses the towns of Winton, Hughenden and Richmond which all have their own unique dinosaur stories to tell.

Capricorn Way

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The Capricorn Way is home to the "Dig The Tropic" geological drive trail, and it links the Southern Great Barrier Reef to Queensland's Outback. Follow this self-drive trail along the Tropic of Capricorn to uncover history from the Jurassic era to the present day.

Corner Country Stories Drive

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The Corner Country Stories self drive tour will allow you to meet a variety of storytellers and characters of Outback Queensland on a journey from Charleville to Birdsville. Be mesmerised by the Cosmos Centre Twilight Show and visit the Charleville Bilby Experience.
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