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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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.

Cloncurry

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
'The Curry', as Cloncurry is affectionately known by locals, is most famous for being the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Conceived and launched by the Reverend John Flynn in the 1920s, this flying medical service is just as integral to the people of the outback today as it ever was.

Charters Towers

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Take a step back in time and discover the enchanting town of Charters Towers, just an hour and half west of Townsville. Driving through the streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a living montage of Australian history and heritage.

Hungerford

Hungerford, Bulloo Area
Hungerford, a tiny border town located near the Paroo River on the Queensland/New South Wales border, features a large boarder gate that doubles as a Wild Dog and Dingo Fence. The town was named after Irish pioneer pastoralist Thomas Hungerford.

Blackall

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Named after Sir Samuel Blackall, the second Governor of Queensland, Blackall is located on the Matilda Highway . The district was discovered in 1846 by explorer Major Thomas Mitchell and the township was gazetted in 1868;

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Lawn Hill, Burke Area
Free Entry
Boodjamulla is one of Queensland's most exceptional parks, boasting spectacular gorge scenery, diverse wildlife, exhilarating walking and canoeing, and fossils deposits dating back 25 million years. Here, Lawn Hill Gorge carves a serpentine ribbon of green through the dry savannah landscape, creating an oasis in the outback.

Lochern National Park

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
This is Queensland’s channel country, where flooding rains and devastating droughts are part of western Queensland life. Lochern has 20 kilometres of Thomson River frontage, fringed with huge old coolibahs.

Munga-Thirri National Park (Simpson Desert)

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
Munga-Thirri National Park, also known as the Simpson Desert, spans 1,012,000 hectares in the arid outback, making it Queensland’s largest protected area. Parallel wind-blown sand dunes dominate the striking landscape.

Riversleigh World Heritage Site, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
Free Entry
The Australian Fossil Mammal Sites at Riversleigh and Naracoorte were inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1994 for their outstanding representation of the evolution of Australian mammals and the quality of their fossils, which are preserved in limestone.

Little Crystal Creek

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
The crystal clear waters and pristine waterfalls of this freshwater creek are ideal for a refreshing swim. The mountain water cascades under a picturesque heritage-listed stone arch bridge built in the 1930s depression.
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