Heritage and Locals

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!

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Qantas Founders Museum

Longreach, Longreach Area
From AU$18 - 165
Qantas Founders Museum is an independent not-for-profit community organisation, operating since 1996, to commemorate the ethos and preserve the material heritage of the founders and early operations of Qantas Airways Ltd.

Outback Aussie Tours

Multiple Locations
Explore Outback Queensland and beyond with Outback Aussie Tours, a multi-award winning touring company and Savannah Guides accredited operator. They will take you on a journey to discover the natural and cultural heritage to favoured Outback places like Longreach, Winton, Birdsville, Corner Country, Gulf Savannah, Cape York and Torres Strait.

Outback Pioneers

Multiple Locations
Outback Pioneers' award-winning outback tours and experiences, based in Longreach, is all about holidays and experiences that bring the pioneer past to life and take you to the heart of what it means to live large in a region many hundreds of kilometres from big-city boundaries.

Cobbold Gorge Tours

Multiple Locations
Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region of Far North Queensland is a hidden outback oasis - Cobbold Gorge. Only a six hour drive from Cairns and Townsville, you can immerse yourself in the natural wonder of a truly unique North Queensland outback holiday destination.

Major Mitchell Memorial

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
The Major Mitchell Memorial, located in Shamrock Street, was unveiled on September 19, 1946. Thomas Mitchell was the first European to explore the area in 1846, which then led to the area being opened up for settlement.

Diamantina National Park

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
Stretch your gaze across vast, treeless plains, over sand dunes and along river channels towards low ranges on the horizon. Camp in the shade of a coolabah tree, dreaming at night under endless starry skies of the Maiawali and Karuwali people and travellers along the mighty Diamantina River long ago.

Charleville Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre

Charleville, Murweh Area
The Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre provides you with an incredible insight into this iconic outback service which is still being delivered to the people of the outback by the Flying Doctor.

Tambo Heritage Precinct

Tambo, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
Discover stories of the oldest town in the west at Tambo's Heritage Precinct . The buildings were originally Tambo's Post and Telegraph Offices, and Tambo played a vital role in the early telegraph system linking the north of Australia with the south.

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.

Barcaldine War Memorial Clock

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
When the people of Barcaldine were asked what type of memorial would be appropriate to salute the 292 local men who served during WWI, their choice ran counter to the popular soldier statue trend: they opted for a clock.
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