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.

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.

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.

Centenary Park

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Step back in time to the days of the gold rush when you visit Centenary Park in Charters Towers. This popular park space features a gold discovery monument and a collection of sculptures created by Queensland Artist, Hugh Anderson.

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.

Undara Experience

Mount Surprise, Etheridge Area
From AU$58 - 60
Only three and a half hours from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland's Gulf Savannah lies a land so different in contrasts - the Undara Volcanic National Park. Undara is a pristine wilderness possessing one of the oldest and best preserved lava tube systems anywhere on Earth.

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.

War Memorial and Heroes Avenue, Roma

Roma, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
The Heroes Avenue of 93 Queensland bottle trees (Brachychiton rupestre) creates a uniquely outback boulevard, remembering the men of Roma who died in WWI. The first tree was planted in 1918 supposedly in honour of Lieutenant Corporal Norman Saunders who was killed in France in 1916.

Camboon Cattle Station

Castle Creek, Banana Area
Free Entry
The largest privately held cattle station in the Banana Shire, Camboon has always had a reputation for being a mover and shaker on the region’s event calendar. At almost 34,500 hectares (345 km2), the property blankets vast open plains and wetlands.
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