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 17863341482393524 Why the long face? 

Whitey is eagerly waiting to see you when you visit @outbackpioneers in Longreach.

Outback Pioneers brings outback pioneering spirit to life with ingenious and much-loved experiences and holidays. Guests can unleash their own pioneering spirit with experiences like the Cobb and Co Stagecoach Experience, the Starlight’s Cruise Experience and Nogo Station Experience. Restored heritage buildings The Station Store and The Welcome Home also help tell the local story.

Whitey’s natural curiosity has led him into all sorts of adventures. He is particularly interested in exploring inside buildings and has been known to get stuck when he can’t turn around! He also surprised all the shoppers and ran up quite a bill one day when he went into the IGA through the automatic doors and helped himself to fruit and vegetables!

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Instagram post 17861398796484442 The perfect way to end the day!

This could be you when you visit @riversandswinery. Located on the banks of the Balonne River in St George, south west Queensland and has been in the Blacket family since 1996. 

Create your own wine journey as you enjoy a free wine tasting in their cosy cellar and hear about the stories behind their wines. They also have the perfect country garden for you to enjoy your next relaxing afternoon - think - cheese platters, wine, scones or a decadent mud-cake!

Best known for their delicious fortified muscats and ports. They also produce a range of dry white and red table wines along with the ever popular sweeter Moscato styles.

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Instagram post 17884411313070974 If you’re thinking about a trip to Outback Queensland, this is your year. 2021 is set to be the year of Australian travel, and there’s no place better than the Queensland Outback. 

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Instagram post 17857530815500804 Did the jolly swagman camp by Combo Waterhole? 

It's believed by some to be the setting for the story of Waltzing Matilda, or at least part of the inspiration. 'Banjo' Paterson visited the site in 1895 while staying at Dagworth Station and later wrote the words to a song that captured the spirit of Australia – ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

We will probably never know, but the waterholes of this 49ha park offer a refuge for wildlife in dry times, just as they provided shady picnic spots in 1895 for stagecoach passengers and the residents of neighbouring Dagworth Station.

The turnoff to Combo Waterhole (along the Matilda Way) is 16km east of Kynuna and 132km north-west of Winton.

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Instagram post 17879398553089410 Beautiful Urandangi sunset and rain. What more could you ask for! 

Urandangi is a unique town near the Northern Territory border, part of the Boulia Shire. The township was founded in 1885 with a humble general store. 

Over the years the tiny town grew, and by the 1920s there were two stores, a hotel, dance hall, post office, police station and several private residences. 

It was an important centre for travellers and drovers on the Georgina and other stock routes. 

Good fishing and birdwatching spots can be found along the Georgina River.

Great photo by @no.place.we.d.rather.be 

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Instagram post 17904853306725868 With the weekend looming, want to know how you can spend your Sunday (or any day) in Quilpie.

Go to https://www.visitquilpieshire.com/news/a-lazy-summer-sunday-in-quilpie/ to find out how to spend your lazy Sunday in Quilpie.

There's a few ways to travel to Quilpie Shire. 
You can drive on sealed roads with regular stops for petrol and supplies. You can fly out on the twice-weekly plane from Brisbane and arrive in just over three hours or take the Westlander train to Charleville and then the connecting coach to Quilpie.

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Instagram post 18130521823160521 We have a secret!

We can’t tell you just yet but watch out for an announcement very soon.

What do you think it is?

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Instagram post 17970019489357359 Have you been to the Beta Hut and Railway Memorabilia located in Alpha?

Opened on Monday 12 January 1885, Beta acted as a terminus for just five months. During Beta’s short life, Tom McLaughlin manned a boisterous pub and Cobb & Co received coach passengers from a tent. 

By June 1885 only the Railway Station and the navvies hut remained. Beta was unique for two reasons. Firstly, its experimental water tank and secondly, it was the first main line place in Queensland where trains could pass each other without any staff in attendance. 

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Instagram post 17894405278888894 In Welford National Park, wind-blown sand dunes form a dramatic contrast to white-barked ghost gums, golden-green spinifex and delicate wildflowers. 

The Barcoo River, with its large, permanent waterholes, dissects Mitchell grass plains and arid mulga woodlands.

Discover the ancient connections the local Aboriginal people have with this land, including water wells and stone arrangements, throughout the park. 

A rare pise (rammed earth) homestead, built on this former grazing property in 1882, is listed on the National Trust.

Beautiful photo by @molakai101 

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Instagram post 18087650395245725 All the shades of love.

Happy Valentines Day❤️

Beautiful photo by @chasing_photons 

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Instagram post 17943230809440697 Thurston National Park is for the serious bush campers and four-wheel drive enthusiasts! There are no facilities, so prepare to be totally self-sufficient and well-equipped. 

On arrival to the 4WD camping area, you will discover the ruins of the Thrushton homestead and woolshed which serve as a reminder of the area's previous life as a sheep property. The homestead was originally part of Dunkeld Inn, near Thallon and was relocated via 40 horse-drawn carts in 1921. There is a diverse range of plants and animals that thrive within Thrushton and over 100 species of birds have been recorded in the area.

Thrushton National Park is 40km north-east of Bollon and 102km west of St George.

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Instagram post 17886385598003135 Have you heard?

@survivorau is coming to Outback Queensland! The toughest show on earth is heading to Cloncurry.

Season 6 of the @tvweekmag Logie and Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts @aacta Award-winning format, produced by @endemolshineau for Network 10 and hosted by Jonathan LaPaglia, will inject an estimated $14.6 million into the state’s economy and create approximately 150 jobs for Queensland crew.

#SurvivorAU coming soon to @channel10au 

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Instagram post 17873717096232536 When the end of the rainbow lands in Tambo! 

Definitely has to be Outback Queensland’s version of the pot of gold!

Great photo by @tamboGrasslandWhisperer

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Instagram post 17859789119468537 It's pretty obvious where we are but if you you need a hint, we're in Richmond.

Home to @kronosaurus_korner, Australia's premier marine fossil museum. It showcases nearly 1,150 unique fossil specimens from Richmond, Outback Queensland. Fossils from the area include the 100-115 million year old remains of extinct marine reptiles, fishes, ammonites and squids that once dominated Australia's ancient inland sea. 

The museum occurred in 1989 with the discovery of the spectacular 'Richmond Pliosaur' on a property called Marathon Station. The 'Richmond Pliosaur' was recognised by palaeontologists for representing one of the best preserved Cretaceous marine reptile fossils in the world.

Great photo by @artismlife_photography 

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Instagram post 17874038963193697 Are we there yet?

The @matildaway stretches from Cunnamulla through to Karumba. The fully sealed, 1812 kilometre journey leads you to adventure like no other.

The route is filled with friendly local characters, unique attractions and unspoiled natural sites.

Find out more https://www.outbackqueensland.com.au/drive/matilda-way/

Great photo by @blue_highways_imagery 

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Instagram post 17859627176463973 These large rock formations sit in ridges or steps aka 3 Steps.

After heavy rainfall it’s a popular spot to visit as you can clearly see why!

Drive along Moondarra Road in Mount Isa, turn down the bitumen road on the right after the first cattle grid towards the quarry and you'll see a sign about 1 - 2 km down on the right hand side for Three Steps. (it's called Three Sisters on the sign). A 4WD is recommended to get here.

Beautiful photo by @jess___lusk 

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Instagram post 17873593520159681 The Dreamtime Serpent can be viewed from a distance and represents the river systems connecting the Channel Country and was created using stone and gibbers from the region.

To give you an idea of the size, spot @keiranlusk lying in the dust nearby!

While in Betoota, be sure drop by @betootahotel for a cool drink, great food and a place to stay.

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Instagram post 18175708162072266 @keepaustraliabeautiful has recognised @visitcunnamulla in Paroo Shire Council with the following 2020 awards-

⭐️ Overall - Highly Commended
⭐️ Heritage and Culture - Winner
⭐️ Environmental Sustainability - Natural Environment Management - Winner
⭐️ Environmental Communication and Engagement - Winner

Running nationally since 1990, these awards have evolved to encompass projects and initiatives with a focus on environmental sustainability and resource management to reflect a growing awareness of the importance of community-led environmental action. The awards recognise the hard work undertaken by regional towns, councils, individuals and groups and share these best practices and ideas to continue to improve our vibrant rural towns.

Congratulations to all involved. 

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Instagram post 17842797404524380 Just a few years between these two!

You’ll come across both when you visit @australianageofdinosaurs in Winton.

Great photo by @jointheadventure.global 

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Instagram post 17906885731650405 As you approach Thallon in @stgeorgeregion the giant grain silos featuring the stunning “Watering Hole” Mural welcome you to town.

The mural was painted by Brisbane Artists Travis Vinson @drapl and Joel Fergie @_thezookeeper 

The giant mural, which covers four 30 metre high silos took just three weeks to complete using about 500 litres of paint and 500 paint spray cans.

@graincorp is a fully operational and working silo. There is ample parking and a designated viewing area as well.
Please do not enter the Grain Corp site to view the mural.

Amazing photo by @seanscottphotography 

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Instagram post 17842510487524019 With all the wonderful rain we’ve received our mighty rivers are flowing!

None more so than the Flinders River meandering here through Richmond.

The Flinders River is Queensland's longest river and Australia’s sixth largest, extending 1004km. 

After rising northeast of Hughenden in the Burra Ranges, the Flinders then flows past Hughenden, Richmond and Julia Creek before making its way north into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The river was named after Matthew Flinders by Lieutenant Stokes of the HMS Beagle in 1841.

Great photo by @b.e.k.87 IG

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Instagram post 17895805036827109 The lake is full and the lilies are flowering at @thelakequilpie 

4kms east of Quilpie, the Lake is an ideal spot for a scenic picnic, a refreshing swim, or to watch a magnificent sunset. 

The Lake is on private property which is a working sheep & cattle property. Please treat this beautiful area with respect and do not drive elsewhere on the property.

Beautiful photo by @thelakequilpie 

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