Dinosaurs and Fossicking

Sink your teeth into the prehistoric dinosaur history of Queensland’s Outback. Or try your luck at the old fashioned way of getting rich quick in the gold or gem fields of Queensland.
  • Take a road trip along the Tropic of Capricorn, starting at Yeppoon and roaming inland through Winton to Boulia, and you’ll uncover a living museum of prehistoric fossils and geological landscapes from a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
  • Put on your Palaeontologist hat and join a dig to dust off dinosaur bones or trawl through the impressive displays in the museums throughout the outback.
  • Visit the limestone Capricorn Caves to see fossils ingrained in the cave walls.
  • Fossick for dinosaur fossils at Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.
  • See the world’s best-preserved dinosaur stampede at Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways.
  • Grab a fossicking pan and strike it rich with a gold or gemstone find in Capricorn.
  • Mount Morgan - one of the oldest mines in Australia.
  • Head to the Sapphire Gemfields for a guided mine tour and gem galleries that will leave twinkles in your eyes.
  • Hunt for a Queensland Boulder Opal in Opalton in Queensland's Outback.

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Pacific Coast Way

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The Pacific Coast Way links coastal havens, hinterland towns, and major cities all along the east coast, from the Gold Coast to Cairns. The Pacific Coast is a 'big' drive. Take your time: the real journey hides just out of sight, ready to be discovered off the highway.

Timeless Landscapes and Endless Sky Adventure

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Enjoy the road trip to the south-west in the comfort of your own vehicle, or if you're shorter on time regular QANTAS Link flights operate to Charleville with a range of hire-car options available. All roads are fully sealed, and there are plenty of towns along the way to make your outback trip easy and comfortable.

Great Inland Way

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The Great Inland way starts in Sydney and takes in much of central New South Wales before reaching the Queensland border at Hebel. The Queensland leg of the Great Inland Way road trip extends 1863 kilometres from Outback Queensland to the Coral Sea.

14 Day Gems of the Outback

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Come explore Outback Queensland on this 14 day gems of the outback journey. Find yourself fossicking for your fortune in Rubyvale, meet Hughie the giant Muttaburrasauras, swim in a pool fed by the Great Artesian Basin, watch the entertaining Outback Stockman’s Show, glide on the Thomson River at sunset, take a guided tour of the historic Blackall Woolscour, visit the largest cattle saleyards in the Southern Hemisphere and finish off your trip by exploring Carnarvon Gorge!

Adventure Way, Queensland

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Retrace the tracks of Cobb & Co, as you traverse the unique and fascinating Adventure Way. Bitumen roads now replace the rutted tracks once taken by horse drawn coaches of all but the last 150 km, enabling even those in a two-wheel drive to experience the richness of this route.

Capricorn Way

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Have you ever seen a real dinosaur fossil, experienced an ancient rainforest, mined for your own sapphires or explored one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World? Do all these things and more with Capricorn Way's Dig the Tropic Drive.

Dig the Tropic

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It's 23.5 degrees south of the equator and the natural wonders and diverse landscapes of Australia, Chile, Brazil and South Africa all share it. The Tropic of Capricorn lays the groundwork for a trail of real dinosaur fossils, ancient rainforests, sapphire gemfields and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - the Great Barrier Reef?

Central Queensland Outback Drive

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Experience the best of the diverse Queensland outback in this fully sealed drive that is suitable for most vehicles. Keep you eyes peeled for native animals, vibrant wildflowers, colourful characters and historic architecture.

Stars, Parks and Legends Drive

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Take the Stars, Parks and Legends self drive tour and discover the wonder of the night skies at Charleville's Cosmos Centre. Visit the Boulder Opal town of Quilpie with its opal fossicking and displays, Powerhouse Museum and River Walk.

The Heritage and Mining Trail

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Tracing the passage of coal from Queensland's Bowen Basin mines, to the port of export to overseas customers, those with an interest in resources and minerals will enjoy The Heritage and Mining Trail of the Mackay region.
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