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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Quilpie Airport Mini Museum and Wool Scour

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
In 1930 famous Amy Johnson landed in Quilpie on her journey from England to Australia. The story goes that she was supposed to go to Charleville and she was following the railway line. Her map was outdated and it it had the railway line ending in Charleville .

Outback at Isa

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
Outback at Isa is the hub of Tourism in North West Queensland. Your one stop shop to explore what the region has to offer. They are an award winning visitor information centre, and run the Hard Times Underground Mine Tours, Riversleigh Fossil Centre, The Isa Experience, The Outback Park and Art Gallery.

Red Dirt Tours

Winton, Winton Area
Red Dirt Tours is your Winton touring specialist and offers a number of tours to the spectacular natural and man-made attractions of the Winton region. Choose from a range of Winton day tours to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede, Carisbrooke Station, Bladensburg National Park, the Diamantina River, Old Cork and relax with spectacular outback sunsets.

Jack Howe Sculpture and Gallery

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
From AU$4 - 4
Australia's most famous shearer, Jack Howe, shore a record of 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes in 1892 at Alice Downs Station, Blackall. He also set a record of 237 sheep shorn with electric shears which was not broken for 58 years.

Qantas Founders Museum

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$20 - 170
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.

Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$32 - 70
The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame is a spectacular tribute to the people of outback Australia. It tells the story of the rural areas from the arrival of the Aborigines more than 40,000 years ago, settled by the British, exploration, the establishment of grazing, agriculture, mining, forestry and other industries in country Australia.

Cosmos Centre and Observatory

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$10.00 - 65.00
Wow, Ooh ahh and Brilliant, are the words you hear as visitors view the incredible beauty of the Milky Way Galaxy, through the powerful Meade telescopes. Charleville's Cosmos Centre and Observatory is dedicated to ensuring visitors enjoy the wonder of the outback night sky.

Charleville Stars and Secrets Tour

Multiple Locations
The Stars and Secrets Tour allows you to explore the outback town of Charleville with the local Charleville Story tellers and Cosmos Observatory Guides. It's a bit like finding out the family secrets with the added advantage of meeting the people of the outback.

The Great Artesian Spa, Mitchell

Mitchell, Maranoa Area
From AU$8 - 8
Share the secret locals have known for years: a soak in their mineralised waters is relaxing for the body and therapeutic for the soul. Throughout the ages people have traveled great distances to seek natural mineral waters.

Quilpie Shire Railway Museum

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
The Quilpie Shire has a long railway history with Quilpie being at the end of the Western railway line. The line was destined for the township of Adavale but this did not eventuate but instead it was redirected to the settlement now know as Quilpie.
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