Heritage and locals

Outback Queensland is part of the fabric of Australia’s identity. You’ll meet people who have the time to stop and chat and smile! Talk to drovers, truck drivers, farmers, publicans, artists, prospectors, miners. And it’s not just the residents that have stories to tell. The connection to history from the time of the dinosaurs to Australia’s first steps of nationhood is palpable. You never know who you’ll meet sitting on the bar stool next to you. It could be the local mayor or a farmer whose family has been on the land for generations.

Australian history

Listen to the rich 40,000-year history of the country’s Aboriginal people and their legends prior to European settlement. Contemplate the stories of Australia’s formative years as a nation as you wander the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach. Head to the Qantas Founders Museum to learn about the origins of Australia’s national carrier. Venture back to the time of the country’s frontier years when it was still finding its feet as a fledgling nation and ride an authentic Cobb & Co stagecoach. Learn about Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda in Winton and see where the song was first performed.

Outback pubs

Visit a local watering hole at one of the ever-present Outback pubs that decorate Queensland’s interior. Whether a grand old federation building with a sweeping verandah or a tin shack, you know you will get a cold beer, a big steak and a good dose of local gossip.

Bush races and rodeos

Party with the locals at a bush race, like Birdsville, Boulia Camel Races or a slew of other events. Sit on the edge of your seat watching man versus beast at the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere at Mount Isa.

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Things to see and do
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Outback Pioneers

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Outback Pioneers award-winning outback experiences and holidays, in Longreach, invite you to unleash your own pioneering spirit. You'll be thrilled when take your seat on Australia's only Cobb and Co stagecoach gallop along part of an old mail route.

Cobbold Gorge Tours

Multiple Locations
Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region of Far North Queensland is a hidden outback oasis - Cobbold Gorge. Only a six hour drive from Cairns and Townsville, you can immerse yourself in the natural wonder of a truly unique North Queensland outback holiday destination.

Outback Aussie Tours

Multiple Locations
Explore Outback Queensland and beyond with Outback Aussie Tours, a multi-award winning touring company and Savannah Guides accredited operator. They will take you on a journey to discover the natural and cultural heritage to favoured Outback places like Longreach, Winton, Birdsville, Corner Country, Gulf Savannah, Cape York and Torres Strait.

Qantas Founders Museum

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$18 - 165
Qantas Founders Museum is an independent not-for-profit community organisation, operating since 1996, to commemorate the ethos and preserve the material heritage of the founders and early operations of Qantas Airways Ltd.

Carcory Homestead Ruins

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
The Carcory Homestead was built in 1877 of local limestone by Hector and Norman Wilson. Listed by the National Trust, this attraction is an example of the rich history of the Diamantina Shire. It was abandoned by Sir Sydney Kidman after battling extreme drought in the early 1900s.

Boobook Ecotours

Multiple Locations
With over 30 year’s ecology and farming experience Boobook guides are hailed as authorities in the natural history of the Carnarvon Ranges and surrounding region. Join them on an adventure of a life time to get a real taste of Outback Queensland.

Old Injune Cemetery

Injune, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
Take a walk back in time at the Old Injune Cemetery, which contains graves from 1930 to 1976. The community have rebuilt the fence as it would have been in the 1930's and placed headstones on the previously unmarked graves.

Morven Historical Museum

Morven, Murweh Area
From AU$2 - 2
Step back in time where everyday early outback life is on display. The small but delightful Morven Historical Museum contains some fascinating memorabilia. A must see is the miniature replica pioneer township.

Lenroy Slab Hut

Roma, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
Lenroy Slab Hut was built from rough hewn cypress pine in 1893. It was later moved to this site where it served as the Visitor Information Centre until the present one was built. It gives a reminder of the reality of bush life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Charleville Historic House Museum

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$7 - 7
There aren't too many buildings in Charleville that can boast a history as long and colour as the Charleville Historic House Museum. Dating back to 1887 the building was purpose built as Charleville's first national bank, before it went onto become a private boarding house until the 1970's when it was purchased by the Charleville and District Historical Society.
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