Drives

Queensland contains some of the most accessible Outback experiences Australia has to offer. We’re talking about the real deal – the true blue, fair dinkum, Aussie way to go bush. 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. 

Hit the road and witness endless blue skies, burnt orange sunsets and rich red deserts as you cruise the Matilda Highway from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria, passing through CharlevilleLongreach and Winton

If you have little ones in tow, you might prefer a shorter jaunt starting in Brisbane and venturing to the gateway to the west, aka Charleville, before trying your hand at station life in Cunnamulla and your luck at black opal mining in Lightening Ridge. Make one last stop in Goondiwindi before lopping back to the big city.

Dreaming of the ultimate 4WD adventure? Make your way from Brisbane to Birdsville. This route is packed full of opportunities to go off road, visit historic sites, stopover in outback National Parks, and soak in the eye-wateringly vast region.

Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs on the Channel Country Explorer drive or Ancient Outback tours through Mt Isa.

Combine country and coast on a self-guided drive from white sandy beaches to the red dust of the desert. Try the Overlanders WayCentral Queensland Outback Driveor Warrego Way.

Queensland’s Outback is connected by both sealed roads and dirt tracks. Before you head off, don’t forget to brush up on the basics for a safe and successful Australian road trip.



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Lake Callide Retreat

Dumgree, Banana Area
From AU$10.00 - 160.00
Great news for campers, fishing fans, and visitors to Biloela – the wait is over – Lake Callide Retreat is open! Now you can swim, play, fish, eat, relax, and sleep, at the popular Callide Dam location.

Cobbold Village

Forsayth, Etheridge Area
From AU$30 - 185
Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region in Far North Queensland is a hidden outback oasis - Cobbold Gorge. This Savannah Guide Station is located on a working cattle property and features a unique, narrow gorge set amid rugged sandstone formations with spectacular 30-foot cliffs that narrow to just two metres wide.

End Of The Road Motel

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
From AU$148.50 - 210
Multi award winning End Of The Road Motel features the only absolute beach front holiday accommodation in the Gulf of Carpentaria. They are situated at Karumba Point next to the famous Sunset Tavern overlooking the Gulf of Carpentaria, on the mouth of the Norman River where the outback meets the sea in style.

The Rocks Motel

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$148 - 200
A new era in accommodation has opened in Charleville: Where city sophistication meets country hospitality. All 20 rooms are boasting superior quality bedding and furnishings, modern and stylish fixtures and fittings, sweeping wide verandas, landscaped gardens and a resort style pool.

Longreach Motor Inn

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$125 - 250
Welcome to the Longreach Motor Inn and Harry's Restaurant, they are located across the road from the Longreach Railway Station and 200 metres from downtown Longreach. There you will have a convenient base for exploring Longreach and its hero attractions including Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum.

Abajaz Motor Inn

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$122 - 160
You will feel right at home when you arrive at Abajaz Motor Inn in Longreach. Hosts Rodd and Liane love taking care of guests with their special brand of country hospitality. On arrival, you’ll be shown to your spotlessly clean room.

Ashs Holiday Units and Ashs at the Point Cafe

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
From AU$120 - 185
Ash's has a range of facilities and services - pool, barbecue area, laundry, fish cleaning facilities, free guest Wi-Fi and is a step across the road to the Sunset Tavern - walking distance to coastline sunsets, Norman River mouth, fishing spots, boat ramps, other stores, fuel station and Karumba airport pickups available along with pre-arranged transfers from Karumba to Normanton.

Barcaldine Country Motor Inn

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
From AU$85.00 - 150.00
The Barcaldine Country Motor Inn is a quality air-conditioned motel situated on the corner of the Capricorn and Landsborough Highways. The motel has 32 rooms and seven self contained clean and comfortable units.

Motel Carnarvon

Roma, Maranoa Area
From AU$125 - 220
Motel Carnarvon is where you will enjoy friendly personalised service. They offer quiet, comfortable, clean and spacious all ground floor accommodation with undercover parking. Motel Carnarvon has 18 four star apartments, self-contained and extremely quiet, and 20 three and a half star motel units especially suited for corporate travellers, visitors and families.

Charleville Bush Caravan Park and Cottage

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$25 - 150
Just Imagine - a caravan park with 32 large drive through powered sites, with water and sullage catering for non-smokers only, no pets and just two kilometres from town. Charleville Bush Caravan Park also offers you great laundry facilities, beautiful bathroom amenities, undercover free barbecue area, large campfire area and use of camp oven equipment.
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