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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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.

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.

Dr Arratta Museum

Muttaburra, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Located in the picturesque town of Muttaburra, home to the Muttaburrasaurus is the Dr Arratta hospital museum. The museum houses an array of medical artefacts and historical memorabilia. Take a step back in time and see how medicine has evolved throughout the years.

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.

Zara Clark Museum

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$5 - 8
This National Trust museum houses a large collection of photographs, equipment and other memorabilia that reflects Charters Towers' golden and military past. Their friendly volunteers are only too willing to share their special stories and demonstrate some of the equipment that is housed in the historic Burns Philp building, built in 1888.

Charters Towers Historical Tours

Multiple Locations
Enjoy a guided walking tour or bus tour with Charters Towers Historical Tours! Explore stories of the great gold mining boom, hear of World War II involvement, and see the amazing restorations of grand heritage buildings.

Towers Hill Lookout and Amphitheatre

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$10 - 10
Local legend has it that an Aboriginal boy named Jupiter first discovered gold at the foot of Towers Hill in December 1871. Today you can find a monument which depicts the location of the first gold sighting at the base of the hill.

Fossilised Forrest Sculptures

Alpha, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Created by Antone Bruinsma, the Fossilised Forest sculptures celebrates the Alpha areas rich collections of fossilised wood. Antone's sculptures reflect the treasures and mysteries of the ancient fossilised materials, which reveal a glimpse into prehistoric life.

Langenbaker House

Ilfracombe, Longreach Area
A very special historic attraction, Langenbaker House gives a vivid snapshot of Outback family life at the turn of the century. Well over 110 years old and heritage listed, Langenbaker House presents a rare insight into the hardships, the ‘make do’ approach to life, and the simple pleasures experienced by the pioneers who opened up the Central West.
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