Outback Queensland is part of the fabric of Australia’s identity. Things get real out here. You’ll meet people who actually have the time to stop and speak… and smile! The bigger the country it seems, the bigger the characters. Talk to drovers, truck drivers, farmers, publicans, artists, prospectors, miners. And it’s not just the residents that have stories to tell. The connection to history from the time of the dinosaurs to Australia’s first steps of nationhood is palpable. You never know who you’ll meet sitting on the bar stool next to you. It could be the local mayor or a farmer whose family has been on the land for generations.
- Party with the locals at a bush race, like Birdsville, Boulia Camel Races or a slew of others.
- Feel the genuine Aussie embrace as you yarn with old Drovers around the campfire on the Harry Redford Cattle Drive.
- Sit on the edge of your seat watching man vs beast at the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere at Mt. Isa.
- Visit a local watering hole at one of the ever-present Outback pubs that litter Queensland’s interior. Whether a grand old federation building with a sweeping verandah or a tin shack, you know you will get a cold beer, a big steak and good dose of local gossip.
- Discover a world of notorious bushrangers and life in the Outback at the Augathella Moonlighters Theatre.
- Contemplate the stories of Australia’s formative years as a nation as you wander the Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
- Venture back to the time of the country’s frontier years when it was still finding its feet as a fledgling nation and ride an authentic Cobb & Co stagecoach
- Listen to the rich 40,000 year history of the country’s Aboriginal people and their legends prior to European settlement.
Get to know the Outback with a local below