Outback Top 10's

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Where To Go


North West

Things can get wild in Queensland’s rugged North West. Visit the thriving mining town of Mount Isa, saddle up for the Mount Isa Rodeo, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, and drop in at the historic Underground Hospital built during WWII.
Canoe through vivid red gorges in the Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and search for ancient fossils in the limestone outcrops of Riversleigh World Heritage Area. Head to Hughenden to see 'Hughie', the seven-metre Muttaburrasaurus and an impressive fossil collection.
And, don’t leave without visiting the Porcupine Gorge National Park.

Far West

Queensland’s Far West is the place for adventurers. Explore the rugged Simpson Desert by 4WD, see the Big Red sand dune glow at sunset and watch thousands of migratory birds flock to the wetlands of the Diamantina National Park.
If you’re looking for outback entertainment, catch a famous Australian band at the Big Red Bash or back a winner at the Birdsville Races.

South West

The closest section of Outback Queensland to Brisbane, the South West is home to colourful characters, wedge-tailed eagles and boulder opals.
Bathe in mineral-rich mud at the Eulo Mud Baths, meet a tiny endangered marsupial at the Charleville Bilby Experience Centre and peer into the heavens at the Charleville Cosmos Centre.

East

Banana Shire has many natural attractions including gorges, rivers and National Parks such as the Glebe Weir and Expedition National Park. Visit Lake Murphy, Kroombit Tops and Mt. Scoria Conservation Parks, or relax at Isla and Cania Gorges.
The Dawson River and Callide Dam provide many opportunities for fishing and water sports. The Shire can also provide many adventures for the 4WD enthusiast.

Central West

The Central West is the heart of Outback Queensland, a place built by pioneers and stockmen. Visit Longreach, the birthplace of an Australian icon at the Qantas Founders Museum and learn about the region’s fascinating history at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Learn about Waltzing Matilda in Winton where the song was original performed.

Longreach Airport is on the edge of town, with flights arriving from Brisbane and Townsville. You can also catch the Spirit of the Outback train from Rockhampton.

North West

What To Do In The Outback

Meanwhile in #OutbackQueensland

Instagram post 18106686508289987 Covering an area of 5410ha, Porcupine Gorge National Park extends for more than 25km along Porcupine Creek, and includes surrounding open woodland and grassland. 

The Kennedy Development road to Porcupine Gorge is fully sealed. The Gorge Lookout is 63km north of Hughenden and the Pyramid Lookout, campground, Rim Walk and Gorge Walk are another 11km further north.

Amazing photo by @overlandtravellers with @drivenorthqueensland 

#outbackqueensland #visithughenden #overlandersway #qldparks #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 18178796251231625 Wilson River is a tributary of Cooper's Creek. The River passes through the land belonging to Nockatunga Station, which was originally settled by the Drynan brothers in 1868.

A large waterhole exists within the Wilson River adjacent to the Noccundra Hotel, and is referred to as the Noccundra Waterhole. This waterhole is a popular campsite for locals and visitors alike.

Great photo by @j9.travels 

#outbackqueensland #noccundra #wilsonriver #noccundrawaterhole #explorebulloo #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17992892176503258 At the heart of every great town, is a great community and Dirranbandi is no exception!

This unique country town captures the hearts of many, arriving as visitors and leaving as friends. You won't get much better country hospitality than in the @stgeorgeregion, their towns are like no other.

From touring Australia's largest cotton farm "Cubbie Station" to enjoying some freshly baked Russian Sweets at the bakery, Dirran is full of surprises!

#outbackqueensland #stgeorgeregion #dirranbandi #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17943554687177790 Whether you’re camping, caravanning or want fully self-contained accommodation @longreachtouristpark has an option for everyone.

From air-conditioned two bedroom cabins, self-contained studio style cabins, drive-through sites, powered sites (lots with ensuites), slabs, extra large sites for RV's and camping area for tents. 

They have all the amenities you could ask for plus their own onsite restaurant, The Woolshed Bar and Grill. 

They are minutes from the centre of town and very close to major attractions, making it a perfect location to explore all Longreach has to offer.

For more information and to book please go to https://longreachtouristpark.com.au/

Great photo by @queensland_helicopters BTW how amazing does Longreach look at the moment!

#outbackqueensland #longreachtouristpark #experiencelongreach #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17948435504088920 'Kirrenderri, Heart of the Channel Country' presents a visually striking and narrative rich exhibition chronicling extraordinary stories from one of the most remote locations at the very heart of Australia. 

Channel Country is renowned as an intersection for Aboriginal trade networks that connect the continent. Revelations of the age and scale of sites in this landscape are evocative and lead to a reimagining of the deep history of this country.

The exhibition will tour to the following Outback Queensland venues- 
* Outback Regional Gallery at @waltzingmatildacentre, 50 Elderslie Street, Winton July 2 – August 7
* Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery, 62 Valentine Plains Road, Biloela Feb-March 2023
* Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre, 29 Burt Street, Birdsville June-September 2023

Followed by Townsville, Toowoomba and Coffs Harbour in 2024.

Photograph courtesy Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation.
An Aboriginal stone arrangement located in the country of the Mithaka Aboriginal people in the desert channels region of far Southwestern Queensland. A stone lined curvilinear pathway leads into two closed circles. The main structure is surrounded by several circular ‘c’ shaped structures. Stone arrangements in Mithaka country are associated with ceremonies which according to author Alice Duncan-Kemp who was a trusted informant of the Mithaka people during the early 1900s were often places where Aboriginal people asked for ‘the need for the spirits influence and help’. The main structure is approximately 20 metres long. This site was located by Traditional Owner Josh Gorringe of the Mithaka people together with retired surveyor Ian Andrews in early 2020. The image was taken by a quadcopter drone.

For more information please type in your browser https://tinyurl.com/KirrenderriExhibition

#outbackqueensland #aboriginalartexhibition #experiencewinton #sandstonewonders #thediamantina #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17898172946581577 Put a fork in it! That’s July done and dusted.

There’s still so much time to experience Outback Queensland. 

From bath tubs to dinosaurs there’s something for everyone.

Be sure to plan and book ahead as Outback Queensland businesses are still quite busy especially leading up to the next school holidays. Click the link in our bio to our Travellers Guide.

Plan your trip around one (or two) of the many events still to come. Click the link in our bio for all the events.

Cheers to @charlotteplains for hot tub outdoors! Along with powered,  unpowered sites and shearers quarters your stay is sorted. 

#outbackqueensland #visitcunnamulla #charlotteplains #bookahead #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17952014167999910 From meteor showers and eclipses to planet and moon viewings, the sky is putting on a show and the best place to see it all is at the Charleville @cosmoscentre in Outback Queensland.

Using powerful Meade telescopes, the Cosmos Centre allows visitors to see 16,000 light years into space and offers night time observatory sessions, astronomy by day experiences, sun viewings, introduction to the night sky sessions and Aboriginal night sky stories.

For more information on their tours please type in your browser https://www.cosmoscentre.com/

Amazing photo by @barwonhdr 

#outbackqueensland #cosmoscentre #experiencecharleville #astronomy #milkyway #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17986704232499443 Whip out to Winton for the @outbackfestivalqueensland anniversary weekend!

Celebrating 50 years of achievement, with a special one-off anniversary event weekend from Friday 23 September to Sunday 25 September 2022. 

Celebrations include their Golden Anniversary Gala Dinner under the stars, live entertainment, Boulder Opal markets in Winton’s main street and Bush Poets Breakfast Recovery Show.

The popular biennial event will be back in 2023 with their full five days of quirky events again from 19 to 23 September.

For more details and event tickets go to https://outbackfestival.com.au/50th-anniversary-special-event-weekend/

#outbackqueensland #outbackfestival #50yearanniversary #experiencewinton #thisisqueensland #itslive #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17928576941300827 Have your camera ready!

Located about 20kms east of @betootahotel, you'll love the spectacular and long-ranging views of Deon's Lookout.

With a rest area, public toilets and picnic table, this is a great place to break your journey.

This lookout is dedicated to a young man (20 years old), Deon Brook who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident in 1996, 18 nautical miles south west of this point. 

#outbackqueensland #betoota #deonslookout #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 18102383743294597 Do you have Outback Queensland in your upcoming travel plans?

Here's some tips to get you started.

* Book ahead! 
Many attractions, tours and accommodation (including caravan parks) book out quickly. Please plan ahead and book your activities and stays in advance so you don't miss out.

* Phone and Internet 
Across the majority of Outback Queensland, Telstra is the only service provider with broader coverage. Telstra Aldi (or any other third-party supplier of Telstra) does not provide coverage in our beautiful region, the same with Vodaphone and Optus. 
Please be aware some long stretches between towns have little or no connection (black spots). 

* Drop by and say hi at the Visitor Information Centres
You'll always get a friendly welcome and plenty of local advice. They can also provide information or sell required permits, maps, guides and brochures.

* Fuel
If you see a sign for next stop fuel or no fuel, take notice.

* Roads
Road safety is extremely important for everyone especially around road trains and wildlife. Check ahead for road closures, taking regular breaks and finding the correct route to your destination (see tip 3). Google Maps may not always be correct!

* Rubbish
Take it with you! Your rubbish doesn't belong on the road side or in a locals letter box.

* Be prepared!
Whether it's your first time or you are veteran travellers, being prepared is essential. This not only includes planning your travels and what you take with you but also ensuring your vehicle is prepared for your Outback Queensland adventure.

For more information to help you plan your Outback Queensland holiday go to the link in our bio to download your copy of our Travellers Guide.

#outbackqueensland #travellersguide #traveltips #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 18003366058457121 The spectacular site of the Moss Garden's at Carnarvon Gorge is a must see!

The Sandstone above collects the rainwater and over thousands of years the water trickles down through the stones. This constant supply of moisture helps in sustaining the moss, ferns and liverworts that reside in this green oasis.

Join @boobook_ecotours on their Carnarvon Gorge 5 Day Adventure to discover the secrets of this beautiful part of Outback Queensland. 

Go to https://www.boobookecotours.com.au/ to find out more about their tours.

#outbackqueensland #boobookecotours #romarevealed #carnarvongorge #ecotours #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17969031898670712 Following on from Winton's win with Queensland Tourism Industry Council @theqtic Top Tourism Tiny Town for 2022 they will be featured on today's @creektocoast 

Join the crew this afternoon at 5.30pm on @channel7 as they showcase Winton's great accommodation options, stunning scenery, and even better watering hole!

#outbackqueensland #experiencewinton #creektocoast #qtic #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17916627488533647 The weekend is looking mighty fine with these beauties!

Bring your pots and catch a feed. The Hughenden Recreational Lake is well stocked with Red Claw.

We think they are the perfect accompaniment with sunset drinks. 

The Hughenden Recreational Lake is a multiple-use lake where you can enjoy picnicking and barbecues, swimming, boating and water-skiing, non-motorised watercraft activities (canoeing, kayaking and rowing), fishing and has a shaded playground. For more information on the Lake please go to https://tinyurl.com/HughendenRecreationalLake

#outbackqueensland #visithughenden #recreationallake #overlandersway #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 18150021352254344 Did you know Bilbies ears can be 60% of their body length?

You can learn more about Bilbies when you visit the Charleville Bilby Experience. See the super cute Bilbies in their spectacular nocturnal house, where you'll learn about the plight of the Bilby and their successful breeding and release program.

Following the guided tour, you will have time to ask questions, browse the informative displays, watch the short clips available and purchase items from their gift shop. All Bilby souvenirs benefit the work of the @savethebilbyfund.

For more information and to book your tour, go to https://tinyurl.com/CharlevilleBilbyTour

Take a look at the latest news on 34 precious Bilbies who have been translocated to a new home https://tinyurl.com/BilbiesABCNews

#outbackqueensland #savethebily #bilby #experiencecharleville #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17984032165527246 Farming is the life blood for so many in Outback Queensland.
 
The Australian Government @ausgov are working to ensure all travellers, particularly those returning from Indonesia, are aware of the risk posed by the current outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
 
Please leave your shoes on holiday to protect Aussie farms #ThrowYourThongs in Bali. 

Do your part to protect our livestock producers and keep FMD out of Australia.
 
To find out more to go -
https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/livestock/animal-welfare/pests-diseases-disorders/foot-mouth

#outbackqueensland #biosecurity #FootandMouthDisease #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 18305319814053209 Knot-a-saurus!

When visiting Eromanga, a visit to see the locals is a must. If you get the chance to see it with the Milky Way, even better!

Just down the road is the @eromanganhmuseum where you can see Australia’s largest dinosaur, Cooper!

Amazing photo by @stephenk_lightart 

#outbackqueensland #knotasaurus #eromanganaturalhistorymuseum #visitquilpieshire #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 18007916983433985 The Aboriginal Traditional Owners, the Waanyi people, know this country as Boodjamulla or the Rainbow Serpent country. 

According to the Waanyi people, Boodjamulla—the Rainbow Serpent—formed the Lawn Hill Gorge area and created the permanent spring water. 

To the Waanyi people, Lawn Hill Gorge is a sacred place used only for ceremonial and celebratory purposes. 

They believe that if you tamper with the water, pollute it or take it for granted, the Rainbow Serpent will leave and take all the water with him.

Beautiful photo by @nas_adventures 

#outbackqueensland #naidocweek #naidoc2020 #boodjamullanationalpark #qldparks #nationalpark #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 18050019481331841 Sunsets in Mount Isa are better when someone else knows the best spots! 

Hop onboard with @northwesttoursqld on their Lake Moondarra Sunset Tour. End your day relaxing in the picturesque surrounds of Transport Bay. Experience the serenity and sunset over Lake Moondarra whilst enjoying a beverage and generous ploughman’s platter. 

Go to https://northwesttours.com.au/tour/lake-moondarra-sunset-tour/ to find out more and to book your seats.

#outbackqueensland #northwesttours #discovermountisa #sunsettour #lakemoondarra  #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17895958523642047 An elephant in Outback Queensland! 

It's not everyday you would come across an elephant out here but this one is very special. This monument is a permanent reminder that it was in Blackall that one of the country's largest circuses, Perry Bros, experienced its successful rebirth.

You can visit 'Jumbo' under a purpose built 'Big Top' rotunda in Banks Park or during the Circus Carnival from 19-28 August. 

Ten days of all thing’s circus, clowns, acrobatics, trapeze artists, musicians, dancers, hula-hoops, tightrope walkers and jugglers. All the fun of the fair and the magic and mystery of the circus will be held over two action-packed weekends.

For full program details and to secure your tickets go to https://tinyurl.com/CircusCarnivalBlackall

#outbackqueensland #betterinblackall #Jumbo #circuscarnival #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17946671143930366 The next three days will see Birdsville play host to some of Australia’s most recognised music legends at the @bigredbash 

With a line up of 
@jimmybarnesofficial 
@missyhigginsmusic
@kaseychambersmusic 
@jonstevensofficial 
@therealkateceberano 
@richardclaptonofficial and so many more we know you’ll all have an amazing time.

We wish all the team involved all the best and enjoy it too. 

#outbackqueensland #bigredbash #musicfestival #thediamantina #itslive #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17934550316125011 We see your city sunsets but raise you Outback Queensland ones!

This one was taken in @stgeorgeregion at Andrew Nixon Bridge / Jack Taylor Weir by @leeroys_lens 

#outbackqueensland #stgeorgeregion #sunsets #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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