Outback Queensland | Things to Do


Get a real taste of the Aussie hospitality in Outback Queensland. Climb to the top of Big Red in Birdsville, camp under the stars, stop at the pub for a yarn and explore spectacular gorges. Check out towns like Mount Isa, Longreach and Charleville, and take the 4WD on an off-road adventure. Soak up the history of the Outback, then celebrate with the locals at events like the Big Red Bash and Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival.

Dinosaurs and fossicking

There are treasures to be found in the red dirt of Outback Queensland. Fossick for precious stones in the Sapphire Gemfields, see ancient mammals preserved in limestone at the World Heritage-listed Riversleigh Fossil Sites and follow the path of Jurassic giants along the Dinosaur Trail – including 'Hughie', the seven-metre Muttaburrasaurus” in Hughenden.

Road tripping

You don’t need to be an expert off-roader to explore the legendary Queensland Outback and get a taste for life on the land. It’s connected by both sealed roads and dirt tracks, with most towns only 2-4 hours apart. Start planning your Outback drives.


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National parks and outdoors

The Outback’s not all desert. Explore the stunning gorges of the Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and spend the night at the nearby Adels Grove campground. Hear currawongs call and look for turtles in the deep pools of the Porcupine Gorge National Park, or relax and stretch out in the Artesian Mud Baths at Eulo. You might also wish to scale the sandstone wilderness of Kroombit Tops National Park, wander through the maze of gorges in the Isla Gorge National Park or look for ancient rock art in Expedition National Park.

History

Founded more than 130 years ago, Longreach is the historic heart of Outback Queensland. Visit the Qantas Founders Museum to learn about the origins of Australia’s national carrier and walk through the heritage-listed hangars. At the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, hear the ancient stories of the Aboriginal people, explorers and farmers who built this fascinating region.

Station experiences

Meet some genuine Aussie characters in the Outback. Spend the night at a farm stay, see a working cattle station and have a yarn with one of the locals. At night, be captivated by an endless starry sky – with no city lights to distract you.

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Jericho Tourism Market Day

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 March – 12 October 2019
Come on down to the Jericho Tourism Market Day! Monthly markets - pancakes, sausages, coffee, cold drinks. Stall holder tables are available for AUD5. Open 9.30am to 12pm. The second Saturday of every month during the cooler months.

Gifted Country

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
1 June – 31 August 2019
Photographer and writer John Elliott has been taking portraits of people who make Australian music for over 30 years and this exhibition brings together a selection of his iconic images of stars such as Slim Dusty, Kasey Chambers, Chad Morgan and Shane Howard.

Beer and Wine O'Clock at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$15 - 15
19 – 26 August 2019
Beer and Wine O’clock - Let your inner larrakin live at Club Boutique Hotel! Join them at the Club Boutique Hotel, one of Cunnamulla’s oldest hotels and an outback icon, to celebrate Beer and Wine O’clock.

Digging At Dawn

Richmond, Richmond Area
From AU$15.00 - 80.00
Weekly from 27 August 2019
The tour will be guided by Kronosaurus Korner's resident Palaeontologist who will teach adventurers how to find, identify and excavate their very own 100 million year old fossils.

Betoota Races

Diamantina Area
30 – 31 August 2019
Witness the ghost town of Betoota come to life with holiday goers and Outback folk to celebrate the region’s signature event – The Betoota Races – and kicking off the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival. Firstly, chuck on your dancing shoes on Friday night for an outback bush dance followed by backing a winner in one of the six horse race meets the next day.

Richmond Campdraft

Richmond, Richmond Area
From AU$0 - 0
30 August – 1 September 2019
This three day event has something for everyone and brings competitors from near and far to compete. Witness the skills involved for these riders. Events from kids right through to the adults. Camping available.

Cunnamulla Fella Festival 2019

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
30 August – 1 September 2019
The Cunnamulla Fella Festival is an annual three day event located at Cunnamulla in south west Queensland and showcases the the best of the outback lifestyle. This year the music line-up is headlined by Australian country music star Adam Brand.

Markets at Club Boutique Hotel

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 31 August 2019
Weekend markets are the best way to spend a lazy Saturday in Cunnamulla. Find food, homemade cakes and slices, art, clothing and jewellery stalls, homemade jams and chutneys, local photography, craft beer tasting, wine tasting.

Simpson Desert Racing Carnival

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
31 August – 14 September 2019
The Simpson Desert Racing Carnival incorporates the Betoota Races, Birdsville Races and Bedourie Races for the ultimate outback racing experience. Held over three consecutive weekends, bar, food, camping and entertainment available!

Barcaldine Art Competition and Exhibition

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
31 August 2019
One of Western Queensland's best selling Art Exhibitions. With a broad range of art media and styles. . Fabulous opening night with food, drink and entertainment.
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