Outback Queensland | Travel Information

Trying to figure out how you’re going to get to the Outback and then get around? Here are our travel tips!
 

Queensland’s Outback is big, bold and burly. The rich red dirt and open landscapes can be explored behind the wheel or take it easy and enjoy a cold brew from the back seat on your next Outback adventure via air or rail.

On the road again
If you’re looking to hit the open road to see a different side of the sunshine state, pack the car, 4WD, caravan or coach to the rim and head west. Way way west. 

  • Get into the true blue spirit and explore the Outback on four wheels (with a serious playlist at the ready). Here’s a few outback drive serving suggestions
  • For the off-road enthusiast head to the bush and get your tyres nice and dusty. Check out the Birdsville Track or get amongst it on the Savannah Way
  • Leave the car at home and take a coach services to all major Outback centres along the Overlander's Way from Townsville to Mount Isa and on the Matilda Highway from Cunnamulla to Karumba.

If you’re keen to explore on the road, keep an eye out for road trains. These large trucks can be the length of 10 cars (which means that it can take up to 2.5 kilometres to overtake a road train at 100km/h). Allow plenty of room before you overtake a road train as they may sway from side to side as you overtake. Be prepared for the 'windrush' when passing as it can pull you towards the road train. If you are being overtaken by a road train, maintain your speed and don't move off the road. Only slow down once the road train moves out to pass. 

Up in the air
Watch emus and kangaroos make tracks and take in the epic red dirt landscapes, rivers and gorges to boot from the air.  Qantas and Rex are the main airlines that service the Outback. The Outback airports include:
  • Charleville Airport 
  • Mount Isa Airport
  • Birdsville Airport
  • Biloela Airport
  • Blackall Airport
  • Longreach Airport
  • Roma Airport
  • Mount Isa Airport
Rail Rolling 
Choo choo.  All aboard the Outback train!  There are loads of ways to see all ends of Outback Queensland. Here’s a few options to get you packing!
  • Spirit of the Outback - Brisbane to Longreach via Yeppoon
  • Inlander - Townsville to Cloncurry, finishing up in Mount Isa
  • Westlander - Brisbane to Charleville, Cunnamulla and Quilpie
  • Gulflander - Croydon to Normanton in the Gulf
  • Savannahlander  - Cairns to Forsayth
If you’re ready to explore the Outback way, check out the transport options below.

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Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
The Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is located in the Bulloo Shire in far south west Queensland. To get there, you just follow the Adventure Way until you reach the town of Thargomindah.

Biloela Visitor Information Centre

Biloela, Banana Area
The Biloela Visitor Information Centre is located on Callide Street in Biloela. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps and brochures. Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, the Biloela Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do and where to eat.

Outback at Isa - Visitor Information Centre

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
The Outback at Isa Visitor Information Centre is located at 19 Marian Street in Mount Isa. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures and itineraries.

Min Min Encounter and Boulia Information Centre

Boulia, Boulia Area
The Min Min Encounter and Boulia Visitor Information Centre is located on Herbert Street in Boulia. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
Make 'At the Creek', your first stop when visiting Julia Creek. Located on the main street, 'At the Creek' is a multi award winning Visitor Information Centre that offers an outstanding selection of travel information brochures, maps and an array of souvenirs that can only be found in Julia Creek.

Rural Hinterland Visitor Information Centre

Biloela, Banana Area
The Rural Hinterland Visitor Information Centre is located at the Queensland Heritage Park, Exhibition Avenue, Biloela, Central Queensland. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for visitors to Biloela, Banana Shire and the Gladstone Region.

Cunnamulla Fella Centre

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
The Cunnamulla Visitor Information Centre is located at Centenary Park on Jane Street in Cunnamulla. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Georgetown Visitor Centre - Terrestrial

Georgetown, Etheridge Area
The TerrEstrial Visitor Information Centre is located on Low Street in Georgetown. Georgetown is the central hub for the Etheridge Shire and central point for all visitors exploring their great region.

Croydon True Blue Visitor Information Centre

Croydon, Croydon Area
Croydon is situated in the Heart of the Gulf Savannah (Savannah Way). A small town with a big history that started with the discovery of gold in 1885. Start your journey at Croydon's True Blue Visitor Information Centre which houses significant collections of heritage items, information displays, sculptures and an audio visual in its theatre.

Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Outback folk are renowned for getting their bearings at The Wirrarri Visitor Centre - a traveller's first point of call when entering famed Birdsville. The Centre prides itself on promoting Australia’s ‘must see’ town and offering relevant tourist information with a friendly Outback yarn.
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