Heritage and locals

Outback Queensland is part of the fabric of Australia’s identity. You’ll meet people who have the time to stop and chat and smile! 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.

Australian history

Listen to the rich 40,000-year history of the country’s Aboriginal people and their legends prior to European settlement. Contemplate the stories of Australia’s formative years as a nation as you wander the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach. Head to the Qantas Founders Museum to learn about the origins of Australia’s national carrier. 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. Learn about Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda in Winton and see where the song was first performed.

Outback pubs

Visit a local watering hole at one of the ever-present Outback pubs that decorate 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 a good dose of local gossip.

Bush races and rodeos

Party with the locals at a bush race, like Birdsville, Boulia Camel Races or a slew of other events. Sit on the edge of your seat watching man versus beast at the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere at Mount Isa.

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Things to see and do
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Top Secret WW II USAAF History Tour

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$15.00 - 15.00
It's like finding an archaeological dig before it's uncovered. Charleville Airport became part of the United States of America in 1942 when the site was handed over to the United States Military as a top secret site during World War II.

Zara Clark Museum

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$5 - 8
This National Trust museum houses a large collection of photographs, equipment and other memorabilia that reflects Charters Towers' golden and military past. Their friendly volunteers are only too willing to share their special stories and demonstrate some of the equipment that is housed in the historic Burns Philp building, built in 1888.

Quilpie Airport Mini Museum and Wool Scour

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
In 1930 famous Amy Johnson landed in Quilpie on her journey from England to Australia. The story goes that she was supposed to go to Charleville and she was following the railway line. Her map was outdated and it it had the railway line ending in Charleville .

Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$32 - 70
The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame is a spectacular tribute to the people of outback Australia. It tells the story of the rural areas from the arrival of the Aborigines more than 40,000 years ago, settled by the British, exploration, the establishment of grazing, agriculture, mining, forestry and other industries in country Australia.

Cunnamulla War Memorial Fountain

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
Free Entry
An inscription is all that identifies an ornately carved water fountain as a war memorial, standing in a traffic island at a five-way intersection in the outback town centre of Cunnamulla. Paroo Shire decided on a war memorial fountain in 1920.

Wild Dog Barrier Fence

Injune, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
The Queensland Section of the Dingo Barrier Fence is 2500 kilometres long. It was commenced in 1948 as a means of managing the impacts of dingoes and wild dogs on the sheep industry. The Queensland fence joins at the point where the three states of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia meet known as Cameron Corner.

Burke and Wills Tree

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
On August 20, 1860, Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills set out from Melbourne to chart a course to the Gulf of Carpentaria, which was the first south-north crossing of Australia. The team of 13 men and 20 camels carried over 20 tonnes of provisions.

Quilpie Powerhouse Museum

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
Step inside the original Powerhouse and learn its history. The Quilpie Powerhouse was turned on in Quilpie March 1952. Quilpie was the first town in Western Queensland to have a powerhouse. Whilst Quilpie had power the surrounding properties were still using generators.

Old Injune Cemetery

Injune, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
Take a walk back in time at the Old Injune Cemetery, which contains graves from 1930 to 1976. The community have rebuilt the fence as it would have been in the 1930's and placed headstones on the previously unmarked graves.

Eromanga Natural History Museum

Eromanga, Quilpie Area
From AU$25.00 - 75.00
The Eromanga Natural History Museum (ENHM) nestled in the Australian Outback is home to Australia’s largest dinosaur, a 95-98 million year old titanosaur called ‘Cooper’. He is one of a number of significant fossil discoveries in the heart of the South West Queensland Channel Country.
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