Drives

Queensland contains some of the most accessible Outback experiences Australia has to offer. We’re talking about the real deal – the true blue, fair dinkum, Aussie way to go bush. 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. 

Hit the road and witness endless blue skies, burnt orange sunsets and rich red deserts as you cruise the Matilda Highway from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria, passing through CharlevilleLongreach and Winton

If you have little ones in tow, you might prefer a shorter jaunt starting in Brisbane and venturing to the gateway to the west, aka Charleville, before trying your hand at station life in Cunnamulla and your luck at black opal mining in Lightening Ridge. Make one last stop in Goondiwindi before lopping back to the big city.

Dreaming of the ultimate 4WD adventure? Make your way from Brisbane to Birdsville. This route is packed full of opportunities to go off road, visit historic sites, stopover in outback National Parks, and soak in the eye-wateringly vast region.

Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs on the Channel Country Explorer drive or Ancient Outback tours through Mt Isa.

Combine country and coast on a self-guided drive from white sandy beaches to the red dust of the desert. Try the Overlanders WayCentral Queensland Outback Driveor Warrego Way.

Queensland’s Outback is connected by both sealed roads and dirt tracks. Before you head off, don’t forget to brush up on the basics for a safe and successful Australian road trip.



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The Rocks Motel

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$148 - 200
A new era in accommodation has opened in Charleville: Where city sophistication meets country hospitality. Here they have 20 rooms all boasting superior quality bedding and furnishings, modern and stylish fixtures and fittings, sweeping wide verandas, landscaped gardens and a resort style pool.

Longreach Motor Inn

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$125 - 250
Welcome to the Longreach Motor Inn and Harry's Restaurant, they are located across the road from the Longreach Railway Station and 200 metres from downtown Longreach. There you will have a convenient base for exploring Longreach and its hero attractions including Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum.

The Birdsville Hotel

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$165 - 190
Australia's most iconic outback pub. Everyone wants to say they've had a beer at The Birdsville Hotel. Since 1884, it’s weathered sandstone walls have been a welcome refuge to travellers from across the globe.

Barcaldine Country Motor Inn

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
From AU$80 - 130
The Barcaldine Country Motor Inn is a quality air-conditioned motel situated on the corner of the Capricorn and Landsborough Highways. The motel has 20 clean and comfortable rooms, for the comfort of the guests there are tables and chairs outside the rooms where you can take in the beautiful manicured lawns.

Abajaz Motor Inn

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$122 - 160
The Abajaz Motor Inn invite you to enjoy friendly, country hospitality in their quiet, comfortable and clean rooms. The Abajaz is perfectly located midway along the walking track that links the renown Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Museum and School of the Air with the town centre.

Big4 Aussie Outback Oasis Holiday Park

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$105 - 150
Now dog and pet friendly, Big4 Aussie Outback Oasis is a popular accommodation choice for visitors or workers to the Charters Towers region. The property is set on 10 acres of parkland and is a birdwatchers paradise.

Kings Motor Inn and Steakhouse

Roma, Maranoa Area
From AU$100 - 170
Kings Motor Inn and Steakhouse, situated in the vibrant town of Roma, offers comfortable, affordable accommodation and great meals. With 25 motel rooms of various styles they can accommodate singles, couples or families.

Undara Experience

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$16 - 187
An ancient secret has been unearthed for visitors to Tropical North Queensland, which offers another natural wonder besides the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest to marvel at. The Undara Volcanic National Park is one of Australia's greatest geological wonders.

Kilcowera Station

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
From AU$25 - 45
Kilcowera Station is situated between Thargomindah and Hungerford, half way along the Dowling Track, in South West Queensland. Travellers by air or road are now able to visit the 94,000 hectare property and enjoy the rangelands, lagoons, creeks, waterholes, gorges, caves and wildlife.

Jumbuck Motel Longreach

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$120 - 148
The team at the Jumbuck Motel is looking forward to welcoming you to Longreach! They have a great restaurant and clean, comfortable, affordable air-conditioned rooms with flat screen television and complimentary Foxtel, a swimming pool and barbecue area with outdoor seating.
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