Outback Queensland | Things to Do


Get a real taste of the Aussie hospitality in Outback Queensland. Climb to the top of Big Red in Birdsville, camp under the stars, stop at the pub for a yarn and explore spectacular gorges. Check out towns like Mount Isa, Longreach and Charleville, and take the 4WD on an off-road adventure. Soak up the history of the Outback, then celebrate with the locals at events like the Big Red Bash and Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival.

Dinosaurs and fossicking

There are treasures to be found in the red dirt of Outback Queensland. Fossick for precious stones in the Sapphire Gemfields, see ancient mammals preserved in limestone at the World Heritage-listed Riversleigh Fossil Sites and follow the path of Jurassic giants along the Dinosaur Trail – including 'Hughie', the seven-metre Muttaburrasaurus” in Hughenden.

Road tripping

You don’t need to be an expert off-roader to explore the legendary Queensland Outback and get a taste for life on the land. It’s connected by both sealed roads and dirt tracks, with most towns only 2-4 hours apart. Start planning your Outback drives.


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National parks and outdoors

The Outback’s not all desert. Explore the stunning gorges of the Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and spend the night at the nearby Adels Grove campground. Hear currawongs call and look for turtles in the deep pools of the Porcupine Gorge National Park, or relax and stretch out in the Artesian Mud Baths at Eulo. You might also wish to scale the sandstone wilderness of Kroombit Tops National Park, wander through the maze of gorges in the Isla Gorge National Park or look for ancient rock art in Expedition National Park.

History

Founded more than 130 years ago, Longreach is the historic heart of Outback Queensland. Visit the Qantas Founders Museum to learn about the origins of Australia’s national carrier and walk through the heritage-listed hangars. At the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, hear the ancient stories of the Aboriginal people, explorers and farmers who built this fascinating region.

Station experiences

Meet some genuine Aussie characters in the Outback. Spend the night at a farm stay, see a working cattle station and have a yarn with one of the locals. At night, be captivated by an endless starry sky – with no city lights to distract you.

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Normanton Visitor Information Centre and Library

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Come into the Normanton Visitor Information Centre in the historic Burns Philp Building, located on the corner of Landsborough and Caroline Streets, where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, a cool drink and talk to the friendly staff.

Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
Outback folk are renowned for getting their bearings at The Wirrarri Visitor Centre - a traveller's first point of call when entering famed Birdsville. The Centre prides itself on promoting Australia’s ‘must see’ town and offering relevant tourist information with a friendly Outback yarn.

Cunnamulla Fella Centre

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
The Cunnamulla Visitor Information Centre is located at Centenary Park on Jane Street in Cunnamulla. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Min Min Encounter and Boulia Information Centre

Boulia, Boulia Area
The Min Min Encounter and Boulia Visitor Information Centre is located on Herbert Street in Boulia. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

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Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre

Barcaldine, Barcaldine Area
The Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre is located at 149 Oak Street in Barcaldine. Located in the Globe Precinct which is a purpose built centre for tourism and arts, the Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre offers visitors all of the services you expect.

Windorah Visitor Information Centre

Windorah, Barcoo Area
The Windorah Visitor Information Centre is located on Maryborough Street in Windorah. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures and itineraries.

Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
The Thargomindah Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is located in the Bulloo Shire in far south west Queensland. To get there, you just follow the Adventure Way until you reach the town of Thargomindah.

Charleville Visitor Information Centre

Charleville, Murweh Area
The Charleville Visitor Information Centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures and itineraries. Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, the Charleville Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do, where to stay and where to eat.

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.
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