Outback Queensland | Travel Information

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
Rail Rolling 
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.

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Rural Hinterland Visitor Information Centre

Biloela, Banana Area
The Rural Hinterland Visitor Information Centre is located at the Queensland Heritage Park, Exhibition Avenue, Biloela, Central Queensland. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for visitors to Biloela, Banana Shire and the Gladstone Region.

Croydon True Blue Visitor Information Centre

Croydon, Croydon Area
Croydon is situated in the Heart of the Gulf Savannah (Savannah Way). A small town with a big history that started with the discovery of gold in 1885. Start your journey at Croydon's True Blue Visitor Information Centre which houses significant collections of heritage items, information displays, sculptures and an audio visual in its theatre.

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. Built in 1880 at a cost of 2350 Pounds, the information centre started its life as the Union Bank and is just one example of the many stunning heritage buildings which line the streets of Charters Towers.

Georgetown Visitor Centre - Terrestrial

Georgetown, Etheridge Area
The TerrEstrial Visitor Information Centre is located on Low Street in Georgetown. Georgetown is the central hub for the Etheridge Shire and central point for all visitors exploring their great region.

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 an outstanding selection of travel information brochures, maps and an array of souvenirs that can only be found in Julia Creek.

Flinders Discovery Centre

Hughenden, Flinders Area
The Flinders Discovery Centre is located on Gray Street in Hughenden. This 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.

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 the things to see and do in Bedourie as well as weather forecasts, road conditions and where to eat and sleep.

Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum

Cloncurry, Cloncurry Area
Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum is located on Cloncurry/Mary Kathleen Memorial Park, McIlwraith Street, Cloncurry. The accredited Visitor Information Centre staff are friendly and knowledgeable and can provide you with local information, maps, brochures and accommodation details.

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.
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