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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Maranoa Region Drive Trails

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They invite you to explore even more of their region with this series of eight exciting drive trails. Each suggested itinerary has been created by theme, though they encourage you to mix and match according to your interest, location and length of stay.

Timeless Landscapes and Endless Sky Adventure

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Enjoy the road trip to the south-west in the comfort of your own vehicle, or if you're shorter on time regular QANTAS Link flights operate to Charleville with a range of hire-car options available. All roads are fully sealed, and there are plenty of towns along the way to make your outback trip easy and comfortable.

Great Inland Way

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The Great Inland way starts in Sydney and takes in much of central New South Wales before reaching the Queensland border at Hebel. The Queensland leg of the Great Inland Way road trip extends 1863 kilometres from Outback Queensland to the Coral Sea.

Mount Ramsay and Baralaba Loop

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This scenic drive commences at Banana and showcases the small town of Baralaba. Baralaba was officially established as a township in 1917 on the banks of the Dawson River. Artefacts and records however, prove that it was already a reasonable sized settlement before this time.

Outback Camel Festival Trail

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The camel racing season kicks off in Outback Queensland on the second weekend in July. Camels are brought in to compete from all over Australia beginning with a two-day Bedourie event (second weekend in July), followed by a three-day festival in Boulia (third weekend in July) and ending with a one-day event in Winton (last weekend in July).

14 Day Gems of the Outback

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Come explore Outback Queensland on this 14 day gems of the outback journey. Find yourself fossicking for your fortune in Rubyvale, meet Hughie the giant Muttaburrasauras, swim in a pool fed by the Great Artesian Basin, watch the entertaining Outback Stockman’s Show, glide on the Thomson River at sunset, take a guided tour of the historic Blackall Woolscour, visit the largest cattle saleyards in the Southern Hemisphere and finish off your trip by exploring Carnarvon Gorge!

Central West Outback Adventure Drive

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Nothing beats an outback road trip through the wide-open spaces, sweeping sand dunes and quirky towns of central west Queensland's 'big sky country'. Starting in Windorah, the first leg takes you to Longreach the home of Qantas and the Stockman's Hall of Fame, before taking on the rest of the drive to see what life in one of Australia's most remote regions is like.

Adventure Way, Queensland

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Retrace the tracks of Cobb & Co, as you traverse the unique and fascinating Adventure Way. Bitumen roads now replace the rutted tracks once taken by horse drawn coaches of all but the last 150 km, enabling even those in a two-wheel drive to experience the richness of this route.

Capricorn Way

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Have you ever seen a real dinosaur fossil, experienced an ancient rainforest, mined for your own sapphires or explored one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World? Do all these things and more with Capricorn Way's Dig the Tropic Drive.

The Outback Way - Australia's Longest Shortcut

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An epic Road Trip, on Australia’s Longest Shortcut – connecting the Reef, The Rock and the West. The Outback Way takes you from Winton, Queensland to Laverton, Western Australia, 2800 kilometres (1600 kilometres of dirt road).
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