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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Trail Blaze West

Townview, Mount Isa Area
Free Entry
14 February 2020 – 31 July 2021
A larger scale epic water mural trail that extends through the heart of Western Queensland linking the Outback communities showcasing their culture, history and heritage. Red Ridge Interior Queensland has engaged multiple artists to work along side communities to share their trail blazing stories and transform into captivating artwork.

Beer and Wine O'Clock at Club Boutique Hotel Cunnamulla

Cunnamulla, Paroo Area
From AU$15 - 15
31 March – 31 December 2020
Beer and Wine O’clock - Let your inner larrakin live at Club Boutique Hotel! Craft beer and wine tasting! Join them at the Club Boutique Hotel, one of Cunnamulla’s oldest hotels and an outback icon, to celebrate Beer and Wine O’clock.

The Shearers Shindig Thargomindah

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
24 May 2020 – 30 November 2021
From Tuesday 19 May to Saturday 23 May, returning for its second consecutive year it’s their Shearers Shindig. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will consist of a variety of activities to choose from. Exercise classes, morning tea and talk, self-drive day trip to Hungerford, Noccundra or Kilcowera, lunch special, craft classes, river walk and talk, happy hour bingo, movie night and more.

Channel Country Challenge 2020

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Free Entry
2 August 2020 – 30 June 2021
Action packed weekend filled with a Campdraft, Rodeo and Horse Gymkhana. Followed by Live entertainment on the Saturday Night. Bar and Canteen available all weekend.

“Our Qantas, Our People” – Exhibition

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
5 August – 31 December 2020
Curated by the Museum’s Curator Tom Hardwood, this exhibition will tell the stories of some of the many people whose lives contributed to the creation and ongoing development of our national airline. Whether as pilots, engineers, cabin crew or ground staff, their stories will remind us of the dedication to high standards of service and safety which are the essence of national icon we call Qantas.

Indigenous Stock Workers Display

Normanton, Carpentaria Area
Free Entry
28 – 31 August 2020
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.

Outback Paint and Sip Winton

Winton, Winton Area
From AU$55 - 60
28 – 29 August 2020
Paint, platters and plenty of pinot! Paint and Sip is fun group painting sessions that provides the opportunity to gather your friends and wine while you design, regardless of your artistic ability or skill.

Charleville Leg - Beach to Reach 2021

Charleville, Murweh Area
9 – 10 September 2020
Charleville will play host to the Beach to Reach 2021 rally travelling from Rainbow Beach to Outback Queensland. Dine under the stars with Chef Matt Sinclair with locals and rally travellers. This outback adventure begins in Rainbow Beach and finishes in Longreach.

Thangool Races - closed racing meets only due to COVID-19

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 12 September 2020
Events are currently closed meets only due to COVID-19, please check in with organisers if you are planning to attend in future. Thangool is the home of country horse racing within the Banana region. The large course and spacious green lawns give an ambience of calm, a contrast to the cut and thrust of colour, suspense and excitement among the spectators, and the jockeys and horses as they stride down the straight towards the winner’s post.

Biloela Autofeste

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
19 September 2020
The Biloela Autofeste is held in Biloela on the third Saturday in September, every year. Bigger than Ben Hur? Absolutely! His four wheels had nothing on the slick, hot, weird and wonderful vehicles that turn up each year for the Biloela Autofeste…and turn up the heat in the Biloela Showground arena.
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