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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Far West Adventure Drive

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The Far West Adventure is a self drive tour which begins in the Central West heartland town of Longreach, passes through the Far West shires of Barcoo, Diamantina and Boulia, and finally finishes in the North West town of Mount Isa.

Matilda Way

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The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure, and a different one each day. The fully sealed 1812 kilometre highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria, from Cunnamulla to Karumba.

Simpson Desert Racing Carnival Trail

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Set against the backdrop of the famed Simpson Desert, the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival gives the local community, punters, tourists, jockeys, owners and trainers alike the opportunity to come from near and far and celebrate country racing at its best.

14 Day Gems of the Outback

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Come explore Outback Queensland on this 14 day gems of the outback journey. Find yourself fossicking for your fortune in Rubyvale, meet Hughie the giant Muttaburrasauras, swim in a pool fed by the Great Artesian Basin, watch the entertaining Outback Stockman’s Show, glide on the Thomson River at sunset, take a guided tour of the historic Blackall Woolscour, visit the largest cattle saleyards in the Southern Hemisphere and finish off your trip by exploring Carnarvon Gorge!

Back Roads to Winton Drive

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Begin your journey in Longreach in Queensland's heartland then follow the scenic back roads to Winton via Lochern National Park, Stonehenge and Jundah. Follow the Lochern Habitat Drive and explore the 20 kilometres of Thomson River frontage.

Savannah Way

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Explore five World Heritage areas on a journey through Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia on Australia's adventure drive, the Savannah Way. This trek across the top of Australia starts in the tropical city of Cairns where you can visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest, and takes you to Broome's spectacular Cable Beach.

Drovers and Pioneers Trail

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The Drovers and Pioneers Trail includes a mix of sealed and unsealed roads therefore a Four Wheel Drive vehicle is recommended. Begin your journey in Mount Isa city in Queensland's vast North West Outback then follow the Diamantina Development Road through spectacular outback scenery en route to Boulia, capital of the Channel Country.

7 Day Outback Giants

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Leaving from Emerald, pack your bags and hit the road for an Outback Queensland adventure. Highlights of this trip include fossicking for your fortune at the Sapphire Gemfields, watching the Outback Stockman’s Show, a Jet Tour at the Qantas Founders Museum, and meeting giants at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs!

Glimpse of the Outback 5 Day Tour - Roma and Surrounds

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Roma and the Maranoa offers a big outback adventure just half-a-days drive, or one hour flight from Brisbane. Join an authentic tour of the biggest saleyards in the southern hemisphere, wrap your arms around the biggest bottle tree, and learn all about the discovery of oil and gas in Australia at The Big Rig.

Warrego Way

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'Travel west young man' was an adage used in the past to entice folks into the outback - a world full of adventure and mystery. Today, travel west and your journey will still be filled with adventure but luckily, you don't have to take the rutted bush tracks of the past.
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