Drives

Queensland contains some of the most accessible Outback experiences Australia has to offer. We’re talking about the real deal – the true blue, fair dinkum, Aussie way to go bush. 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. 

Hit the road and witness endless blue skies, burnt orange sunsets and rich red deserts as you cruise the Matilda Highway from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria, passing through CharlevilleLongreach and Winton

If you have little ones in tow, you might prefer a shorter jaunt starting in Brisbane and venturing to the gateway to the west, aka Charleville, before trying your hand at station life in Cunnamulla and your luck at black opal mining in Lightening Ridge. Make one last stop in Goondiwindi before lopping back to the big city.

Dreaming of the ultimate 4WD adventure? Make your way from Brisbane to Birdsville. This route is packed full of opportunities to go off road, visit historic sites, stopover in outback National Parks, and soak in the eye-wateringly vast region.

Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs on the Channel Country Explorer drive or Ancient Outback tours through Mt Isa.

Combine country and coast on a self-guided drive from white sandy beaches to the red dust of the desert. Try the Overlanders WayCentral Queensland Outback Driveor Warrego Way.

Queensland’s Outback is connected by both sealed roads and dirt tracks. Before you head off, don’t forget to brush up on the basics for a safe and successful Australian road trip.



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Cosmos Centre and Observatory

Charleville, Murweh Area
From AU$10.00 - 65.00
Wow, Ooh ahh and Brilliant, are the words you hear as visitors view the incredible beauty of the Milky Way Galaxy, through the powerful Meade telescopes. Charleville's Cosmos Centre and Observatory is dedicated to ensuring visitors enjoy the wonder of the outback night sky.

Aramac

Aramac, Barcaldine Area
Home of the White Bull Aramac is one of the oldest towns in the central west. Originally known as Marathon, the town was later renamed after Robert Ramsay Mackenzie, the first explorer to the area who carved his name (R R Mac) on a tree.

Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe, Longreach Area
Ilfracombe, named after a small town in Devonshire England, originated in 1891 as a transport nucleus for Wellshot Station, the largest sheep station in the world at the time (in terms of stock numbers).

Hungerford

Hungerford, Bulloo Area
Hungerford, a tiny border town located near the Paroo River on the Queensland/New South Wales border, features a large boarder gate that doubles as a Wild Dog and Dingo Fence. The town was named after Irish pioneer pastoralist Thomas Hungerford.

Torrens Creek

Torrens Creek, Flinders Area
The Torrens Creek, after which this Outback town is named, rises in the Great Dividing range and runs southward to the Thomson River system to eventually run into Lake Eyre. William Landsborough discovered it in 1862 while searching for Burke and Wills.

Surat

Surat, Maranoa Area
Fresh air and great fishing are two good reasons to spend some time in the picturesque little town of Surat, midway between St George and Roma on the Great Inland Way. But they're not the only things you'll find in this relaxed river town.

Thomson River

Jundah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
The Thomson River meanders through the Barcoo Shire before reaching the junction of the Barcoo River, feeding into Cooper's Creek in outback Queensland, and is a major part in contributing to the channel country.

Gregory Downs

Gregory Downs, Burke Area
The old Gregory Downs Hotel holds court as the centre of town society. Originally built to serve passengers on the coach run from Burketown, the hotel is in the historic village of Gregory Downs which accesses the perennially-flowing Gregory River.

Lily Lagoon

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
Lily Lagoon is a temporary waterhole fed by the Thomson system usually after good floods. The lilies are from the Hymphea genus of water lilies and are unique to the Thomson River system, being found only around Longreach.

Lake Moondarra

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
Free Entry
Lake Moondarra is situated just 17 kilometres north of the city centre of Mount Isa. It provides water to the city and the adjacent Mount Isa Mines (MIM) mining lease. Access to the lake is by a sealed road and offers a picturesque shoreline drive.
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