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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Jericho Tourism Market Day

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 March – 12 October 2019
Come on down to the Jericho Tourism Market Day! Monthly markets - pancakes, sausages, coffee, cold drinks. Stall holder tables are available for AUD5. Open 9.30am to 12pm. The second Saturday of every month during the cooler months.

Channel Country Quick Shears Shindig

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
From AU$5 - 75
21 – 25 May 2019
Epic Outback Adventure Join this event after Music in the Mulga for a week to remember! They are keeping it real out here and giving you a good dose of the real Outback. Hang around a bunch of old and new friends because there is a full five days of:

Digging At Dawn

Richmond, Richmond Area
From AU$15.00 - 80.00
Weekly from 23 May 2019
The tour will be guided by Kronosaurus Korner's resident Palaeontologist who will teach adventurers how to find, identify and excavate their very own 100 million year old fossils.

Guinness World Records (c) Record attempts longest line of RVs

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
25 – 26 May 2019
Guinness World Records (c) record attempts for the longest connected image made of LED rope lights and the largest parade of self contained camping vehicles (RVs). Motorhomes, caravans, campervans, and fifth wheelers who are selfcontained are welcome to participate.

Thangool Races

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 25 May 2019
Thangool is the home of country horse racing within the Banana region. The large course and spacious green lawns give an ambience of calm, a contrast to the cut and thrust of colour, suspense and excitement among the spectators, and the jockeys and horses as they stride down the straight towards the winner’s post.

Surat Riveside Markets

Surat, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
Quarterly from 25 May 2019
A market event held on the riverside. Stalls include home cooking, hand-made jewellery, pottery, quilting, arts and crafts, plants, jams and preserves, knick-knacks and other gifts. There will be a barbecue breakfast.

Hughenden Show

Hughenden, Flinders Area
31 May – 1 June 2019
The Hughenden Show Society will hold their 136th show in 2019. The show offers entertainment for all the family. Food stalls and a bar will operate throughout the show and sideshow alley will also offer food and rides for all ages.

Hughenden Show

Hughenden, Flinders Area
From AU$1 - 10
31 May – 1 June 2019
Hughenden Show Society Inc will organize its annual agricultural show on the 31st May and 1st June, 2019. This event showcases the industries and activities of the Flinders Shire. This includes a full program of horse, cattle, wool, craft and education activities.

Gifted Portraits

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
1 June – 31 August 2019
Photographer and writer John Elliott has been taking portraits of people who make Australian music for over 30 years and this exhibition brings together a selection of his iconic images of stars such as Slim Dusty, Kasey Chambers, Chad Morgan and Shane Howard.

Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$10 - 10
7 – 9 June 2019
The Annual Motor Show and Swap Meet is a must see event for all car buffs featuring a 'show n shine', super cruisers and go-to-whoa. There is something for everyone including a large selection of swap sites, demonstrations, feature attractions, a vast array of vintage cars and stationary machinery on display and much more including live band, licensed bar and children's entertainment.
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