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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Campdraft 4 A Cause

Hughenden, Flinders Area
30 August 2019 – 10 April 2020
Campdraft 4 A Cause aims to run a campdraft each year and donate proceeds to a different charity each time to help make a difference to some people's lives.

Flinders Challenge Netball Carnival

Hughenden, Flinders Area
31 August 2019 – 30 August 2021
The Flinders Challenge is a one day event that encourages everyone to play. With various games of Junior and Senior throughout the day, everyone is welcome to attend. All Players are to register with Netball Queensland in order to compete in the carnival.

Kooroorinya Ladies Day Weekend - Where the Rainbow meets the Water

Hughenden, Flinders Area
13 September 2019 – 22 August 2020
Join them for a weekend of laughter and fun. All ladies welcome! Markets, activities and classes! Come along and relax for a wonderful weekend. Check out the Facebook page for details of the annual Kooroorinya Ladies Day Weekend!

Markets hosted by Hughenden Country Music Association

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 14 September 2019 – 14 September 2020
These markets provide a variety of home made wares, skin care products, jewellery, food and some good old fashioned Rawleighs products. Local honey and home grown plants can also be found here. Food and drinks are available and the makings from this, as well as the stalls fees, are donated to help host the yearly event of the Country Music Festival.

Layered Landscapes of Oz – an exhibition by students of the Western Alliance

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
21 October 2019 – 2 February 2020
From October 14th – 18th students from the Western Alliance, who range from Years 7 through to 10, came together in Longreach to attend their biannual Multischool event. The students travelled from regions across Queensland;

The Spirit of Place – Our Landscape

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
21 October – 31 December 2019
In 2017 the Longreach Arts and Cultural Association organised a lino-print workshop with a visiting tutor and three local tutors. Thirty two participants from across the Longreach region participated in the Community Arts project.

Beer and Wine O'Clock at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$15 - 15
11 – 18 November 2019
Beer and Wine O’clock - Let your inner larrakin live at Club Boutique Hotel! Join them at the Club Boutique Hotel, one of Cunnamulla’s oldest hotels and an outback icon, to celebrate Beer and Wine O’clock.

Indigenous Stock Workers Display

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Free Entry
17 – 18 November 2019
An informative and interactive display in recognition of the resilience, spirit and sheer hard work of the indigenous men and women who played a vital role in the establishment of the cattle industry in the Gulf Region.

Brigalow Arts Festival

Valentine Plains, Banana Area
Free Entry
17 – 18 November 2019
Banana Shire's Annual Visual Art's Festival, The Brigalow Arts Festival, is the longstanding visual art awards for artists of the Banana Shire and surrounds.  Proudly presented by the Banana Shire Art Gallery Association.

Bedourie Handle Bars and Horns Bull Ride

Bedourie, Diamantina Area
23 November 2019
Join the adrenalin pumping action of two extreme sports - riding bikes and riding bulls - at the inaugural Bedourie event. Perch yourself ringside for the live action of fearless men/women verse beasts with great prize money up for grabs.
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