Trying to figure out how you’re going to get to the Outback and then get around? Here are our travel tips!
Queensland’s Outback is big, bold and burly. The rich red dirt and open landscapes can be explored behind the wheel or take it easy and enjoy a cold brew from the back seat on your next Outback adventure via air or rail.
On the road again
If you’re looking to hit the open road to see a different side of the sunshine state, pack the car, 4WD, caravan or coach to the rim and head west. Way way west.
- Get into the true blue spirit and explore the Outback on four wheels (with a serious playlist at the ready). Here’s a few outback drive serving suggestions.
- For the off-road enthusiast head to the bush and get your tyres nice and dusty. Check out the Birdsville Track or get amongst it on the Savannah Way.
- Leave the car at home and take a coach services to all major Outback centres along the Overlander's Way from Townsville to Mount Isa and on the Matilda Highway from Cunnamulla to Karumba.
If you’re keen to explore on the road, keep an eye out for road trains. These large trucks can be the length of 10 cars (which means that it can take up to 2.5 kilometres to overtake a road train at 100km/h). Allow plenty of room before you overtake a road train as they may sway from side to side as you overtake. Be prepared for the 'windrush' when passing as it can pull you towards the road train. If you are being overtaken by a road train, maintain your speed and don't move off the road. Only slow down once the road train moves out to pass.
Up in the air
Watch emus and kangaroos make tracks and take in the epic red dirt landscapes, rivers and gorges to boot from the air. Qantas and Rex are the main airlines that service the Outback. The Outback airports include:
- Charleville Airport
- Mount Isa Airport
- Birdsville Airport
- Biloela Airport
- Blackall Airport
- Longreach Airport
- Roma Airport
- Mount Isa Airport
Choo choo. All aboard the Outback train! There are loads of ways to see all ends of Outback Queensland. Here’s a few options to get you packing!
- Spirit of the Outback - Brisbane to Longreach via Yeppoon
- Inlander - Townsville to Cloncurry, finishing up in Mount Isa
- Westlander - Brisbane to Charleville, Cunnamulla and Quilpie
- Gulflander - Croydon to Normanton in the Gulf
- Savannahlander - Cairns to Forsayth
If you’re ready to explore the Outback way, check out the transport options below.