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.

Plan your holiday

Things to see and do
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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.

Outback Pioneers

Multiple Locations
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.

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.

Tree of Knowledge Memorial

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
The historic Tree of Knowledge is famous for being the birthplace of the Australian Labour movement. The tree was poisoned in 2006, preserved and placed under an award winning timber structure. It is now a place of inspiration, reflection and celebration.

AAT Kings Guided Holidays (Queensland)

Multiple Locations
AAT Kings offers a huge choice of holidays in Australia and New Zealand; including their signature Guided Holidays, flexible Short Breaks and sightseeing Day Tours. They also offer small group experiences which take you off the beaten track.

World Theatre, The

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Explore the World Theatre, a cultural complex where the unique blend of heritage architecture and state of the art technology meet. Browse at your own leisure and check with the friendly staff for details of the live shows, movie times, morning melodies and the free local and touring exhibitions of art, sculpture, photography and more.

Richmond War Memorial

Richmond, Richmond Area
Free Entry
ANZAC ceremonies invariably close with the words 'Lest we forget'. In the outback town of Richmond, a memorial to those who fought in WWI was dedicated on 25 April 2001. The Richmond war memorial is a unique monument:

Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni Replica

Muttaburra, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
The Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni Replica is a life sized statue of a prehistoric Dinosaur located in the RSL Park in Muttaburra. The fossilised skeleton of the first Muttaburrasaurus was found by local grazier Doug Langdon while mustering on a property in Muttaburra.

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.
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