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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Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
The Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is located in the Bulloo Shire in far south west Queensland. To get there, you just follow the Adventure Way until you reach the town of Thargomindah.

Avis Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$50 - 150
Avis is the leading car rental company in Australia, operating at more than 240 conveniently located rental facilities, including all major airports. With a long history of innovation in the car rental industry, their 'We Try Harder' approach to service makes Avis one of the world's best-known car rental brands.

Gulflander

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
From AU$69.00 - 115.00
Climb aboard the legendary Gulflander for a rail journey unlike any other. Originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the rich gold fields of Croydon, today the Gulflander is a tourism icon and working tribute to the early pioneers of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre

Julia Creek, McKinlay Area
Make 'At the Creek', your first stop when visiting Julia Creek. Located on the main street, 'At the Creek' is a multi award winning Visitor Information Centre that offers a great selection of travel information brochures, maps and an array of souvenirs that can only be found in Julia Creek.

Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
The Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre is located at the intersection of Gill and Mosman Streets right next to City Hall. Due to the COVID19 virus, the Visitor Information Centre is temporarily closed to the public however for information please call or email and staff will be available to assist you Monday - Friday.

Bedourie Outback Visitor Information Centre

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Make the Bedourie Outback Visitor Information Centre your first point of call to discover all there is to know about the 'oasis in the desert'. Providing everything from maps and brochures to itineraries and souvenirs the friendly staff can provide advice on all the things to see and do in Bedourie as well as weather forecasts, road conditions and where to eat and sleep.

Normanton Visitor Information Centre and Library

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Come into the Normanton Visitor Information Centre in the historic Burns Philp Building, located on the corner of Landsborough and Caroline Streets, where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, a cool drink and talk to the friendly staff.

Europcar Car Hire Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$30 - 200
Europcar's Queensland stations provide flexible car hire options for a business trip or driving holiday. Europcar has a nationwide network of over 125 locations with 34 easily accessible car hire locations throughout Queensland, all offering competitive rates in top holiday destinations.

Injune Visitor Information Centre

Injune, Maranoa Area
The Injune Visitor Information Centre is located in the centre of town in Hutton Street in Injune. Their accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Kronosaurus Korner Visitor Information Centre

Richmond, Richmond Area
This accredited Visitor Information Centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures and itineraries. Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, the Kronosaurus Korner Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on the great things to see and to do in Richmond and surrounding regions.
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