Self-Drive Itineraries


Simpson Desert Racing Carnival Trail

Betoota to Bedourie

Set against the backdrop of the famed Simpson Desert, the Simpson Desert Racing Carnival gives the local community, punters, tourists, jockeys, owners and trainers alike the opportunity to come from near and far and celebrate country racing at its best. This 15 Day itinerary follows the thrills and spills of three Outback Racing events, the Betoota Races (last weekend in August), Birdsville Races (first weekend in September) and the Bedourie Races and Rodeo (second weekend in September). Read more.

Outback Queensland Camel Festival Trail

Birdsville to Winton

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). Camel racing is a serious international sport in some countries and its origins can be traced back to the early Islamic period in the seventh century. Read more


Back Roads to Winton

Longreach to Winton

Begin your journey in Longreach in Queensland’s heartland then follow the scenic backroads to Winton via Lochern National Park, Stonehenge and Jundah. Read more

Natural Encounters Trail

Boulia to Winton

Explore Diamantina National Park, Lark Quarry Conservation Park and Bladensburg National Park on a scenic adventure drive from Boulia to Winton. Read more

River Junction Drive

Jundah to Jundah

Follow a scenic river drive from Jundah to Windorah, enjoy smoko on the Thomson, throw in a line at the Cooper and boil the billy on the Barcoo. Read more

Stars, Parks and Legends

Charleville to Longreach

Tour the vibrant Outback night sky, discover majestic Welford National Park and marvel at Outback heritage on a journey from Charleville to Longreach. Read more