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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Big4 Aussie Outback Oasis Holiday Park

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$105 - 150
Now dog and pet friendly, Big4 Aussie Outback Oasis is a popular accommodation choice for visitors or workers to the Charters Towers region. The property is set on 10 acres of parkland and is a birdwatchers paradise.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Birdsville Hotel

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$165 - 190
Australia's most iconic outback pub. Everyone wants to say they've had a beer at The Birdsville Hotel. Since 1884, it’s weathered sandstone walls have been a welcome refuge to travellers from across the globe.

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.

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.

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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