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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Currawinya National Park

Hungerford, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
In Currawinya National Park, waterbirds and migratory shorebirds are drawn in their thousands to globally important wetlands in the otherwise dry and dusty mulga lands of south-western Queensland. Red sandplains and mulga scrubs beside long, dusty roads give little hint to the lakes, rivers and wetlands that make Currawinya one of Australia’s most important inland waterbird habitats.

Burke and Wills Dig Tree

Durham Downs, Maranoa Area
From AU$11.00 - 33.00
The Burke and Wills Dig Tree is one of Australia's National icons and an enduring reminder of the pioneering spirit and extreme harshness of the Outback. Nappa Merrie Station is proud to officially manage the site on behalf of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland.

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.

Boobook Ecotours

Multiple Locations
With over 30 year’s ecology and farming experience Boobook guides are hailed as authorities in the natural history of the Carnarvon Ranges and surrounding region. Join them on an adventure of a life time to get a real taste of Outback Queensland.

Alpha Murals

Alpha, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
There are 27 murals in the township of Alpha and all tell their own story of rural life in the region. The murals became when a group a local artists painted a wall in 1991 and today have became the vocal point for Alpha with murals being painted on most public buildings.

Towers Hill Lookout and Amphitheatre

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$10 - 10
Local legend has it that an Aboriginal boy named Jupiter first discovered gold at the foot of Towers Hill in December 1871. Today you can find a monument which depicts the location of the first gold sighting at the base of the hill.
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