Outback Queensland | Travel Information

Trying to figure out how you’re going to get to the Outback and then get around? Here are our travel tips!
 

Queensland’s Outback is big, bold and burly. The rich red dirt and open landscapes can be explored behind the wheel or take it easy and enjoy a cold brew from the back seat on your next Outback adventure via air or rail.

On the road again
If you’re looking to hit the open road to see a different side of the sunshine state, pack the car, 4WD, caravan or coach to the rim and head west. Way way west. 

  • Get into the true blue spirit and explore the Outback on four wheels (with a serious playlist at the ready). Here’s a few outback drive serving suggestions
  • For the off-road enthusiast head to the bush and get your tyres nice and dusty. Check out the Birdsville Track or get amongst it on the Savannah Way
  • Leave the car at home and take a coach services to all major Outback centres along the Overlander's Way from Townsville to Mount Isa and on the Matilda Highway from Cunnamulla to Karumba.

If you’re keen to explore on the road, keep an eye out for road trains. These large trucks can be the length of 10 cars (which means that it can take up to 2.5 kilometres to overtake a road train at 100km/h). Allow plenty of room before you overtake a road train as they may sway from side to side as you overtake. Be prepared for the 'windrush' when passing as it can pull you towards the road train. If you are being overtaken by a road train, maintain your speed and don't move off the road. Only slow down once the road train moves out to pass. 

Up in the air
Watch emus and kangaroos make tracks and take in the epic red dirt landscapes, rivers and gorges to boot from the air.  Qantas and Rex are the main airlines that service the Outback. The Outback airports include:
  • Charleville Airport 
  • Mount Isa Airport
  • Birdsville Airport
  • Biloela Airport
  • Blackall Airport
  • Longreach Airport
  • Roma Airport
  • Mount Isa Airport
Rail Rolling 
Choo choo.  All aboard the Outback train!  There are loads of ways to see all ends of Outback Queensland. Here’s a few options to get you packing!
  • Spirit of the Outback - Brisbane to Longreach via Yeppoon
  • Inlander - Townsville to Cloncurry, finishing up in Mount Isa
  • Westlander - Brisbane to Charleville, Cunnamulla and Quilpie
  • Gulflander - Croydon to Normanton in the Gulf
  • Savannahlander  - Cairns to Forsayth
If you’re ready to explore the Outback way, check out the transport options below.

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Queensland Rail Travel

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From AU$49 - 520
Queensland is full of hidden surprises just waiting to be discovered, and what better way to experience them than through the magic of rail. A scenic rail trip allows you to make the most of your holiday, with every minute of the journey as much a part of the adventure as the destination itself.

Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Outback folk are renowned for getting their bearings at The Wirrarri Visitor Centre - a traveller's first point of call when entering famed Birdsville. The Centre prides itself on promoting Australia’s ‘must see’ town and offering relevant tourist information with a friendly Outback yarn.

Gulflander

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From AU$69.00 - 115.00
Climb aboard the legendary Gulflander for a rail journey unlike any other. Originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the rich gold fields of Croydon, today the Gulflander is a tourism icon and working tribute to the early pioneers of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Rural Hinterland Visitor Information Centre

Biloela, Banana Area
The Rural Hinterland Visitor Information Centre is located at the Queensland Heritage Park, Exhibition Avenue, Biloela, Central Queensland. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for visitors to Biloela, Banana Shire and the Gladstone Region.

Bedourie Outback Visitor Information Centre

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Make the Bedourie Outback Visitor Information Centre your first point of call to discover all there is to know about the 'oasis in the desert'. Providing everything from maps and brochures to itineraries and souvenirs the friendly staff can provide advice on the things to see and do in Bedourie as well as weather forecasts, road conditions and where to eat and sleep.

Charleville Visitor Information Centre

Charleville, Murweh Area
The Charleville Visitor Information Centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures and itineraries. Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, the Charleville Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do, where to stay and where to eat.

Cunnamulla Fella Centre

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
The Cunnamulla Visitor Information Centre is located at Centenary Park on Jane Street in Cunnamulla. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
The Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is located in the Bulloo Shire in far south west Queensland. To get there, you just follow the Adventure Way until you reach the town of Thargomindah.

Longreach Region Visitor Information Centre

Longreach, Longreach Area
The Longreach Visitor Information Centre provides a diverse range of information and assistance to tourist travelling through the area. The centre sells souvenirs and provides free WIFI internet access.

Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
The Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre is located at 149 Oak Street in Barcaldine. Located in the Globe Precinct which is a purpose built centre for tourism and arts, the Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre offers visitors all of the services you expect.
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