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.

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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.

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.

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.

Jack Brown Lions Park

Richmond, Richmond Area
Free Entry
Located on the Flinders Highway, alongside Lakeview Caravan Park, Jack Brown Lions Park War Memorial depicts a stylisation of three rifles marking the graves of three soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme, France during the Great War.

Blackall Cemetery

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Free Entry
Graves in the Blackall Cemetery date back to the late 1800s. In the cemetery are the grave sites of legendary shearer Jack Howe, Roy Dunne and Annie (Granny) Harlow. Jack Howe set two shearing records in 1892, his record for blade shears of 321 sheep shorn in 7 hours 40 minutes has never been broken.

AAT Kings Guided Holidays (Queensland)

Multiple Locations
AAT Kings offers a huge choice of holidays in Australia and New Zealand; including their signature Guided Holidays, flexible Short Breaks and sightseeing Day Tours. They also offer small group experiences which take you off the beaten track.

Boulia Heritage Complex

Boulia, Boulia Area
From AU$12 - 12
When Boulia storekeeper James Edward Jones built his home in 1888, little did he know that it would become one of Western Queensland's major attractions. The building was constructed as a family dwelling and now boasts an array of history surrounding the Jones family and early settlement life in Boulia.

Barcaldine Windmill

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Located in Oak Street, the Windmill is a symbol of the importance of Artesian Water plays to Outback Queensland. Constructed by Sidney Williams and Company in 1917, the Mill stood on the sight of the first flowing bore in Queensland.

Quilpie Powerhouse Museum

Quilpie, Quilpie Area
Free Entry
Step inside the original Powerhouse and learn its history. The Quilpie Powerhouse was turned on in Quilpie March 1952. Quilpie was the first town in Western Queensland to have a powerhouse. Whilst Quilpie had power the surrounding properties were still using generators.

History Tours Australia

Multiple Locations
History Tours Australia offers unique and entertaining tours focussed on the local history and heritage of Australia. Many different tours are available throughout Queensland - catering for visitors, locals, youths and seniors.
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