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.

Campdraft 4 A Cause

Hughenden, Flinders Area
30 August 2019 – 10 April 2020
Campdraft 4 A Cause aims to run a campdraft each year and donate proceeds to a different charity each time to help make a difference to some people's lives.

Flinders Challenge Netball Carnival

Hughenden, Flinders Area
31 August 2019 – 30 August 2021
The Flinders Challenge is a one day event that encourages everyone to play. With various games of Junior and Senior throughout the day, everyone is welcome to attend. All Players are to register with Netball Queensland in order to compete in the carnival.

Beer and Wine O'Clock at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$15 - 15
9 – 16 September 2019
Beer and Wine O’clock - Let your inner larrakin live at Club Boutique Hotel! Join them at the Club Boutique Hotel, one of Cunnamulla’s oldest hotels and an outback icon, to celebrate Beer and Wine O’clock.

Markets at Club Boutique Hotel

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 14 September 2019
Weekend markets are the best way to spend a lazy Saturday in Cunnamulla. Find food, homemade cakes and slices, art, clothing and jewellery stalls, homemade jams and chutneys, local photography, craft beer tasting, wine tasting.

Markets hosted by Hughenden Country Music Association

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 14 September 2019
These markets provide a variety of home made wares, skin care products, jewellery, food and some good old fashioned Rawleighs products. Local honey and home grown plants can also be found here. Food and drinks are available and the makings from this, as well as the stalls fees, are donated to help host the yearly event of the Country Music Festival.

Thangool Races

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 14 September 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.

Hughenden Country Music Markets

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 14 September 2019
The Hughenden Country Music Markets are family friendly markets, held by the Hughenden Country Music Association. You will find local stalls displaying hidden talents craft, jewellery, art, baked goods, plants and so much more!

Baralaba Saratoga Classic Fishing Competition

Baralaba, Banana Area
14 – 15 September 2019
Now in its nineteenth year and touted as one of Queensland’s top inland fishing competitions, the Saratoga Classic falls on the second weekend in September. Attracting 300-plus participants, aged from four years and up, and with rich prizes up for grabs, there’s no shortage of willing challengers.

Hughenden Golf Club Championships

Hughenden, Flinders Area
14 – 15 September 2019
Hughenden Golf Club will be hosting a Championship Competition. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you intend on competing, please use the contact provided to register.
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