Take the road less travelled and you’ll end up in the peaceful Tara region. Accessed off the Moonie Highway and Warrego Way, Tara is literally “off the beaten track”.

When you arrive in town, drop into the Tara Information Centre to chat to a local about what to see and do.

Enjoy the Lagoon Parklands featuring Settlers Park and the Walk of Remembrance Garden. The lagoon offers a cool respite and it serves as the local fitness precinct complete with outdoor gym. You can picnic by the water’s edge, fish, cycle or take the interpretive walk to see an abundance of birdlife.

Taking the quirky self-guided “Tara yesteryears by Shanks pony” walking tour is the best way to get a feel for this little town.

Tara’s Commercial Hotel is home to several paintings by famed artist Hugh Sawrey that he painted while passing through in the 60s.

Take a step back in time with a visit to the Tara and District Historical Museum. The museum has a variety of treasures including shearing memorabilia, projection equipment from the Blue Moon Picture Theatre and chains from the town’s first jail.

There is a surprising mix of cultures in this little town of 1000 people. They celebrate biennially with a Festival of Culture and Camel Races. This unique event is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of culture in the Tara region, with fun and entertainment for all ages. Boasting a range of workshops, displays and cuisine as well as two full days of camel racing action, the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races is an event not to be missed!

Other local events to plan for include Tara Markets (first Saturday of each month), Tara Show in March and regular campdrafts, polocrosse, horse racing and sheepdog trials.

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Big Red

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
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Standing at 40 metres in height, and situated just 35km from Birdsville; this famous sand dune provides a challenge for any four wheel drive enthusiast. The first of 1,140 parallel dunes in the Simpson Desert, the spectacular sunsets from the top of Big Red are an experience not to be missed.

Birdsville

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Possibly outback Queensland's most renowned and remote town, the name Birdsville prompts thoughts of pioneering history and outback adventure in the 'back of beyond'. Once a toll point for stock crossing the Queensland and South Australian border, Birdsville had a pre-federation population of over 300.

Deon's Lookout

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Free Entry
Have your camera ready when you arrive at Deon's Lookout. You will love the spectacular and long-ranging views. With a rest area, public toilets and picnic table, this is a great place to break your journey.

Diamantina National Park

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
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Stretch your gaze across vast, treeless plains, over sand dunes and along river channels towards eroded low ranges on the horizon. Camp in the shade of a coolabah tree, dreaming at night under endless starry skies of the Maiawali and Karuwali people and travellers along the mighty Diamantina River long ago.

Bedourie

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
Bedourie, meaning ‘dust storm', is a quaint little town with a population of 120 people. Perched on a sand dune and surrounded by Eyre Creek, it is the administrative centre of the huge 95,000 square kilometres of the Diamantina Shire – perfect for a one-of-a-kind getaway.

Boulia

Boulia, Boulia Area
There are a lot of bush yarns and legends in this Outback country, but the people of Boulia reckon the pick of the bunch are the ones about the mysterious Queensland icon, the Min Min Light. Here is a yarn about the Light they would like to share with you.

Munga-Thirri National Park (Simpson Desert)

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
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Munga-Thirri National Park, also known as the Simpson Desert, spans 1,012,000 hectares in the arid outback, making it Queensland’s largest protected area. Parallel wind-blown sand dunes dominate the striking landscape.

Windorah

Windorah, Barcoo Area
With a panorama of giant red sandhills, Windorah is located in the heart of the Channel Country , beside Cooper's Creek. It doesn't get much more 'Outback' than here, with its stunning vistas, picturesque ruins and historical sites.

Birdsville Billabong

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
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The billabong, located on the edge of town, is a beautiful place to view the outback sunset and you can also enjoy walking, kayaking, swimming or fishing. Across the water is Pelican Point, a small peninsula with a great view of the billabong and its birdlife.
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