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 17959659169567727 Need some ideas on what you can experience in Blackall and Tambo?

This will cover 48 hours but we think you'll definitely need more time and stay another day (or two)!

Type in your browser https://blackalltambotourism.com.au/travel/forty-eight-hours-in-blackall-tambo-2/

#outbackqueensland #betterinblackall #totallytambo #48hours #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17937194650757601 Check out the newest addition at Outback At Isa - a group of large Dromornithids (droe-morn-ith-ids) are ready to greet you! 

Also known as 'thunder birds' or 'demon ducks' these flightless birds were once part of Australia's megafauna and reached three metres tall.

Outback at Isa is one not to miss! Not only can you take a photo with the new Dromornithids but you'll also find the Mount Isa Visitor Information Centre, Hard Times Mine Underground Tour, Isa Experience and Outback Park, the Mount Isa Regional Art Gallery, Riversleigh Fossil Discovery Centre and the Outback at Isa Cafe. 

Photo via @mountisatourism 

#outbackqueensland #discovermountisa #outbackatisa #megafauna #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17895201539527427 @musicinthemulga is a 4 day Country and Country Rock Festival held on Wandilla Station near Eulo in Western Queensland. A great few days of music, entertainment and fun from the 12th to the 15th of May.

Bring an instrument or just your voice and join in the Walk Ups to sing a song, recite a poem or just sit back and enjoy the show.

Bring your caravan, motorhome, camper trailer or swag and have one of the best times of your life in an authentic country setting.

Tickets are on sale now via https://www.musicinthemulga.com.au/

#outbackqueensland #musicinthemulga #musicfestival #visitcunnamulla #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17936834158750818 Tonight’s full moon is best seen from Outback Queensland.

If you want to capture stunning images like this one join @boobook_ecotours on their Carnarvon Photography Retreat (30 August to 02 September).

With exclusive access to some of Australia’s best privately owned outback locations, they bring you the stunning Carnarvon Ranges, including Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Photographic partner, @gregsullavan @sunburststudiophoto, will be on board to make sure you get the very best from your nature, landscape and macro photographic experiences.

Numbers are strictly limited. For more information and to book your place go to https://www.boobookecotours.com.au/tours/outback-photography-retreat/

Amazing photo by @reubennutt 

#outbackqueensland #boobookecotours #photographyretreat #romarevealed #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17924961482096260 Start your Saturday with breakfast on ‘The Beach’!

Situated on the western bank of the Warrego River near the town of Wyandra. The Beach is a sandy enclave perfect for fishing, picnics and bushwalking. Common fish types include Yellowbelly, Murray Cod and Catfish.

Great photo via @visitcunnamulla and by @damianbrakel 

#outbackqueensland #visitcunnamulla #wyandra #thebeach #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17918452586310914 The one that got away … it was this big!

Brolgas usually hang out along rivers, shallow swamps, wetlands, lakes and dams.

These beauties were along the Thomson River in Longreach.

Great photo by @sarah__hill__ 

#outbackqueensland #brolgas #wildlife #experiencelongreach #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17937009394848232 Whether you’re a history buff, an adventurous bushwalker or a sports fanatic, everyone loves to check out something ‘different’. 

Here’s 10 of Outback Queensland’s wacky, weird and wonderful things that you should add to your trip.

Photo of the Octopus Tree in Bladensburg National Park, Winton.
 
Type in your browser https://www.outbackqueensland.com.au/news/wacky-weird-wonderful-outback-queensland/

What else have you see that’s wacky, weird or wonderful, that can only be found in Outback Queensland?
Let us know below!

#outbackqueensland #thingstoseeanddo #nowhereelse #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17936162296849903 Cool off after exploring in and around Hughenden in the recreational lake.

Not just for swimming but you can have a BBQ, go for a walk, paddle about on a canoe or kayak, drop in a line or take a spin in your boat.

The perfect place to relax and enjoy.

#outbackqueensland #visithughenden #overlandersway #recreationallake #drivenorthqueensland #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17926915241003198 The Warrego Way starts at the Sunshine State's capital, Brisbane, and finishes in the iconic and remote Birdsville. 

Along the way, you can see ancient trees from the dinosaur age, endangered mammals, unwind in the soothing waters from the artesian basin, delight in yarns told over country bars, or just relax and enjoy the brilliant sunsets and starry nights.

Duration: 5-7 days
Route: Brisbane - Chinchilla - Roma - Charleville - Windorah - Birdsville

More information can be found via https://www.outbackqueensland.com.au/drive/warrego-way/

#outbackqueensland #warregoway #hittheroad #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17897308124384688 There’s no mistaking the red sand of Outback Queensland.

The Windorah Red Sandhills are located 12km to the west of town on the Birdsville Road. 

Make sure you come prepared with your favourite sunset drinks and nibbles so you can really soak up the serenity of the perfect sunset location. 

Please be sure to remove any rubbish and leave this spot exactly how you find it.

Amazing photo by @mariellatusino 

#outbackqueensland #windorah #sanddunes #visitbarcoo #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 18199883515131507 Reflecting on what lies ahead for 2022!

Situated on the banks of the Balonne River, St George, @theaussiehotel has it all. With ensuite rooms, budget accommodation, restaurant, beer garden and bottle shop.

Great photo by @kyle_k__ 

#outbackqueensland #explorestgeorge #australianhotel #outbackpubs #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 18217868944105832 If you think Outback Queensland is spectacular from above, wait until you see it up close!

Great photo by @outbackfromabove_winton 

#outbackqueensland #outbackfromabove #experiencewinton #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17886880385555350 Summer days in Outback Queensland!

Injune is the most northern town in the Maranoa district and sits at the foothills of the Carnarvon Ranges on the western spur of the Great Dividing Range.

Beautiful photo by @patrickcondren 

#outbackqueensland #visitinjune #romarevealed #summerdays #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17927931685892949 It’s a new year, let’s do this!

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Outback Queensland.

Great photo by @karla_inthewild 

#outbackqueensland #letsdothis #happynewyear #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 18254755987075019 This is where you'll find us bringing in the New Year!

We hope you all have a wonderful night celebrating the start of 2022. Happy and safe New Year from all of us.

Great photo by @daniellenixon1 

#outbackqueensland #discovermountisa #HappyNewYear #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 18075684766290403 When you travel as far as Urandangi, a stop at the Dangi Pub is a must!

Not only a pub but also offers hotel-style accommodation and meals (by arrangement only), general store, fuel and the local post office.

#outbackqueensland #urandangi #dangipub #bouliashire #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17954267602597834 Royal by name with all the style of an Outback Queensland town you’d expect!

The town of Duchess in earlier days was an important railway and mining town with the settlement having up to 2000 people living there.

Today, relive the glory days over a drink or two at the local Duchess Hotel, where the beer and stories flow. The old Duchess mine and the lime quarry are reminders of its bustling past.

Duchess is located within the Cloncurry Shire and is approximately 213km southwest of Cloncurry or 93km south of Mount Isa.

Great photo by @jasona345 

#outbackqueensland #duchess #experiencecloncurry  #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17921839903982013 Whether you’re out on the water, hitting the road or braving the Boxing Day sales, please be safe and have another wonderful day.

Water skiing is most likely the last water activity you think you could do in Outback Queensland! We have many places like Lake Moondarra in Mount Isa where you can. 

Outback Queensland surprises just keep coming!

Great photo by @discovermountisa 

#outbackqueensland #discovermountisa #waterskiing  #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17917886360138991 Santa has been spotted in Outback Queensland before his mammoth trip tonight!

He’ll be pretty thirsty so don’t forget to leave out a beer or two.

Seen here in Roma. Where have you caught a glimpse of him in Outback Queensland?

Photo by @maranoaregionalcouncil 

#outbackqueensland #christmaseve #whereissanta #romarevealed #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17962458337489944 When we say our sunsets are spectacular, we mean it!

Yowah is ‘The Friendly Opal Field’ 165 kilometres west of Cunnamulla. It is the home of the Yowah Opal Nut and the Ironstone Matrix Opal, an opal type to be found only in this part of Queensland.

Great photo by @holiday.brands 

#outbackqueensland #yowah #visitcunnamulla #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17904697253505853 Here's a great day out!

@allianceairlines has the ultimate adventure with their Alliance Adventures Longreach Day Trip on 21st May 2022 (or 23 July or 03 September).

Day trip inclusions are:
· Return Alliance Airlines jet charter flights between Brisbane and Longreach
· Coach transfers and touring throughout the day
· Smithy’s Morning Cruise on the Thomson River @outbackaussietours including Morning Tea 
· Entry to the Australian @stockmanshalloffame and Outback Heritage Centre 
· Entry to @qantas_founders_museum 
· Take a walk down Machinery mile and enjoy an outback pub lunch at the historic @wellshot.hotel in Ilfracombe (Ploughman’s lunch provided)

Type in your browser https://tinyurl.com/AllianceAirlinesLongreach to find out more and to book your seats.

#outbackqueensland #adventureday #allianceairlines #experiencelongreach #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17934524524744108 The brightly painted ‘silo’ on Exhibition Ave in Biloela is a beacon for travellers; like a huge welcome sign, saying come on in.

Built to showcase Australia’s rich primary industries at Brisbane’s World Expo held in 1988, the silo is also the centre piece of Queensland Heritage Park.

Embracing the Australian spirit, the building throws open the doors to the nation’s pioneering history, right through to modern times, with a remarkable collection of photographs and artefacts.

Inside, a circular display showcases snapshots of the past – canvas tents of the roustabout, a blacksmith shop, farmer’s fields and plough, dairy, and typical back yard with mum hanging out the washing. Setting the scene, giant murals are a backdrop to each of the exhibits, creating a complete picture of the times.

Outside, the first Presbyterian Church (circa 1930’s) and old Railway Station (1920’s) have more history on show and a unique display of vintage machinery is scattered throughout the grounds. 

The spacious surroundings also offer travellers a spot to put up camp with plenty of powered and unpowered sites available.

#outbackqueensland #biloela #heritagepark #sandstonewonders #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17922755057072437 Hell Hole Gorge is definitely not true to it's name!

With its steep rocky banks and cascades that run after heavy rainfall, is the largest of several rock pools and seasonal waterholes that provide welcome relief in a harsh, arid landscape. 

Camping is allowed near Powell Creek, 580m from Hell Hole Waterhole. There are no visitor facilities - this park is suited to nature-lovers who want to camp, hike, explore, birdwatch, relax and photograph nature in a remote area. Check @qldparks website for further camping information and permits.

Hell Hole Gorge National Park is approximately 180km north-west of Quilpie via Adavale. Travelling from Adavale to the gorge is mainly via unsealed roads that travel through privately-operated cattle stations; access and road side camping off or along these main roads is prohibited. Take care to avoid stock on unfenced roads and leave gates as you find them. This national park is accessible by four-wheel-drives and off-road camper trailers only. 

Hell Hole Gorge is definitely one to add to your ‘must do’ list for your next Outback Queensland adventure.

Beautiful photo by @the_upshot_photographer 

#outbackqueensland #hellholegorge #nationalpark #qldparks #visitquilpieshire #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 17942132269688045 You’re never too young to start learning about the history of Outback Queensland.

Each town has it own unique and wondrous story to tell. 

Along with our pioneering history our region is rich in awe-inspiring landscapes, outback characters, unique attractions, dinosaur discoveries, events and more.

Live Australia’s Story

Great photo by @camp.lopez 

#outbackqueensland #pioneers #outbackhistory #nevertooyoung #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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Instagram post 18174846205167517 No better place than Outback Queensland to capture astro photos and windmills!

This one taken in Stonehenge by @sweet.as.fotos 
Situated 151kms from Longreach on the Thomson Development Road, Stonehenge heartily welcomes all visitors. When asked what they  most enjoy about Stonehenge, people say the warm welcome and peace and quiet. Chat with the local residents to discover some of the history or follow directions to the John Egan Pioneer Track to see some fantastic landscapes and views.

#outbackqueensland #stonehenge #visitbarcoo #astrophotography #windmills #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
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