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.

Indigenous Stock Workers Display

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Free Entry
3 – 6 April 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.

Roma's Easter in the Country Festival

Roma, Maranoa Area
9 – 10 April 2020
Roma's Easter in the Country festival is a five-day celebration of all things country. Now entering its fortieth year, it is widely recognised as one of southwest Queensland's premier Easter events, and brilliantly showcases the history and lifestyle of regional Queensland.

Moura Muddy Water Classic - Fishing Competition

Moura, Banana Area
11 – 12 April 2020
Upwards of 440 contenders turn up for the Moura Muddy Water Classic each year. Held at Apex Park on the beautiful Dawson River, hopeful contenders begin to pour in on Friday to get their nominations in.

Barcaldine Race Day

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 11 April 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.

Jericho Tourism Market Day

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 11 April 2020
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Jericho Tourism Market Day! Monthly markets are held on the second Saturday from March to September. There are pancakes, sausages, coffee, cold drinks and craft stalls.

Toompine Easter Gunshoot 2020

Toompine, Quilpie Area
11 – 12 April 2020
Why not spend your Easter Saturday and Sunday in good company and a great atmosphere at the Toompine Day/Night Clay Target Shoot, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April 2020. Participate in the competition or sit back and watch the self proclaimed outback professionals of the Clay Target Shooting world.

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
From AU$0 - 200
17 – 19 April 2020
From modest beginnings, today’s event brings together people from all walks of life – people from Queensland, Australia and overseas. Julia Creek, based in McKinlay Shire, is proud to host what is fast becoming Queensland’s “Must go-to” event.

Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$5 - 10
17 – 19 April 2020
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 and much more at the Horse Gymkhana followed by Motorbike Enduro later in the afternoon.
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