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.

Plan your holiday

Things to see and do
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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.

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 Pioneers

Multiple Locations
Outback Pioneers award-winning outback experiences and holidays, in Longreach, invite you to unleash your own pioneering spirit. You'll be thrilled when take your seat on Australia's only Cobb and Co stagecoach gallop along part of an old mail route.

Black Stump

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
Anything west of Blackall is considered 'beyond the Black Stump", in reference to the early surveying of the western regions. Nestled on Thistle Street behind the Blackall State School is a petrified wood memorial stump erected in 1988 to commemorate of the bi-centennial of Australia.

Create-A-Tour

Multiple Locations
Looking for a truly unique and personalised holiday experience? Create-A-Tour offers just that! Private day tours with an experienced local guide of beautiful Brisbane, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, Hinterlands and the Scenic Rim.

Charleville Historic House Museum

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$7 - 7
There aren't too many buildings in Charleville that can boast a history as long and colour as the Charleville Historic House Museum. Dating back to 1887 the building was purpose built as Charleville's first national bank, before it went onto become a private boarding house until the 1970's when it was purchased by the Charleville and District Historical Society.

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.

Queensland Heritage Park

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$2 - 10
The Queensland Heritage Park complex in Biloela, Central Queensland, represents a celebration of our nation's glorious past and the pioneering spirit of Australians. Through a remarkable range of exhibits the Queensland Heritage Park provides and insight into the past for present and future generations.

Charleville Stars and Secrets Tour

Multiple Locations
The Stars and Secrets Tour allows you to explore the outback town of Charleville with the local Charleville Story tellers and Cosmos Observatory Guides. It's a bit like finding out the family secrets with the added advantage of meeting the people of the outback.

Barcaldine and District Museum

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
From AU$3.00 - 3.00
Barcaldine and District Museum showcases the history and heritage of the Barcaldine District. Housed in the historic old National Bank Building. There are displays containing artefacts from the pioneering days of the bush.
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