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Self-Drive Itineraries

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Major Drive Routes

 

Warrego Way

Brisbane to Birdsville

The Warrego Way, starts at the Sunshine State’s capital, Brisbane, through the fertile Lockyer Valley, up and over the Great Dividing Range, across the Darling Downs and onto the outback metropolis of Charleville, before finishing at Birdsville. Along the way, you can see ancient trees from the dinosaur age, endangered mammals, unwind in the soothing waters from the sub artesian basin, delight in tales told over country bars, or just relax and enjoy the brilliant sunsets and starry nights, and this is to name just a few. Read more.


Overlanders Way

Townsville to Tennant Creek

From the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and pristine beaches of north Queensland to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland and into the Northern Territory, the Overlanders’ Way will take you through architecturally rich historic towns, dinosaur centres and to the home of some of the world’s most quirky events; without even leaving the bitumen! Follow in the footsteps of Australia’s droving heroes, who drove mobs of thousands of cattle from the Northern Territory across Queensland’s vast interior to the coastal markets and discover the unspoilt beauty of Outback Queensland. Read more.


Leichhardt Way

Goondiwindi to Rockhampton

It is the fastest route between the hustle and bustle of Melbourne and the calm beauty of the tropics. The Leichhardt Highway, named after the courageous explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, is an inland road that passes through the Queensland border town of Goondiwindi and then on to the coastal town of Yeppoon. Read more.


Matilda Way

Cunnamulla to Karumba

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure, and a different one each day. The fully sealed 1812 kilometre highway stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria, from Cunnamulla to Karumba. Traversing the ‘real outback’ the route is filled with friendly local characters, unique attractions and unspoiled natural sites. Read more.

 


Adventure Way

Brisbane to Innamincka

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. The rewards are spectacular – vivid sunrises and sunsets, night skies with millions of stars. Read more.

 


Australia’s Country Way

Sydney to Rockhampton

Australia’s Country Way guides you to the delights and treasures that pepper the countryside of the Great Dividing Range. From Sydney to Rockhampton the holiday is as much about savouring the journey as reaching the destination. Winding roads reveal sweeping vistas, seasonal produce and welcoming hospitality. Australia’s Country Way is the classic road trip.


The Great Inland Way

Sydney to Cooktown

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. Read More.

 


 

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Other 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


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