Outback Top 10's

Choose your own Outback adventure

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 2227323417760229315_223853423 Australia is a very big place and this sign atop Mount Isa's City Lookout proves the point.
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📍 674km to Alice Springs
📍 1,576km to Brisbane
📍 16,095km to New York City
Just to name a few!

How far have you travelled to visit #OutbackQueensland?

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Instagram post 2226598641409605084_223853423 This pub is no mirage. 
@birdsvillehotel might be the last pub before you hit the Simpson Desert but we can promise you its beers are still ice cold.

This historical pub (est 1884) is well worth the 1582km trek from Brisbane to Birdsville all in the name of a 🍺or 🍻.
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Tag a mate you'd want to 🚗 west with 👇

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Instagram post 2225873884461380807_223853423 If you thought #outbackqueensland was all red dirt and dust, think again.

Enter Lawn Hill National Park, which promises 4WD-only, phone reception-free and off-the-beaten-track adventure 🚗🚗🚗.
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What do you reckon? Tag a mate you'd take here 👇

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Instagram post 2225149093605191262_223853423 We don't know about you, but these 🐮 look like they're about to drop the hottest album of 2020.

11/10 would listen to their mooooo-sic 🎧

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Instagram post 2222974771016856748_223853423 You never know who you'll meet in #outbackqueensland

Our Aussie natives aren't usually shy out west.

Just remember to take extra caution on the roads around dusk and dawn when our friendly natives often come out to play. 
Photo by @sidetracked.australia
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Instagram post 2222250006317001626_223853423 If you've been there, done that, stayed at normal hotels, why not swap things up with a station say in 2020?

We're not horsing around, #outbackqueensland is full of them!

Tag a mate you'd want to take 👇

Photo by @llehmannphotography
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Instagram post 2221525215938922660_223853423 Hold onto your hats, or don't, it's National Hat Day!

We don't need any excuse in #outbackqueensland to toss our akubras in the air. 
Photo by @annehartung.photography
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Instagram post 2220800435608929946_223853423 Riddle us this, where else can you check into 4.5 ⭐️ luxury and still sleep under a blanket of a million of them 👉 @saltbushretreat.

To find it 📍@visitlongreach aka 'the heart of the outback'.
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Getting there is easy, whether you choose 🚗🚌🚊✈️.
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So, what are you waiting for? Tag an outback mate you'd like to travel with 🤠
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Instagram post 2220075701125427155_223853423 Unlike Fight Club, we're happy to share the rules of travelling to #outbackqueensland 
First rule: Get yourself a window seat 💺

Photo by @ianquatermass_qantas
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Instagram post 2219320684890750095_223853423 Could we suggest adding one more thing to your New Years Resolutions list?

Attend one of our weird and wacky race days!

Looking for inspo? Mark your 🗓 for 17-19 July 2020 for @bouliacamelraces which take over the far-west town.

Outside of festival weekend this tiny town has a population of approximately 300 people oh, and plenty of 🐪🐪🐪.
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Hands up 🙋‍♀️ who wants to go this year?
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Instagram post 2218621111960433387_223853423 When you're visiting a city rich in mining history, it pays to get underground to see it in action.

Next time you're in 'The Isa', don bright orange overalls, gum boots, and a matching hard hat joining @outbackatisa for a Hard Times Mining Tour.

With an ex-miner as your tour guide, you'll descend to the depths of a replica mine to hear first-hand stories of Mount Isa's mining history.

Tag a mate who'd love this tour 👇
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Instagram post 2217891330160331552_223853423 What do you mean you don't ride to your local for a 🍺? You're doing it wrong!

Take a cue from @sammieobrien on a recent visit to #Cunnamulla #OutbackQueensland

Tag a mate who would do this 👇
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Instagram post 2217150530105592963_223853423 We raise your normal bubble bath, this one 🛀 Rub-a-dub-dub in this tub @juliacreekqld in #outbackqueensland.
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📍Find #juliacreek 260km east of Mount Isa 🚘 @overlandersway.

Photo by @lookoutherewecome
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Instagram post 2210774368140625789_223853423 🙌 That's a wrap 2019! 🙌 See you in 2020! 🎉
#OutbackQueensland photo by @lisa_alexander_photography

#outbackqueensland #outbackqld #happynewyear #newyearseve #thisisqueensland #beautifulonedayperfectthenext #seeaustralia #undiscoveraustralia
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Instagram post 2207668954246261166_223853423 🏜️ The Simpson Desert is one of the world's best examples of parallel dunal desert 🏜️ Get one of the best views of it from Big Red, which marks the desert's symbolic edge 😍 #OutbackQueensland photo by @troyboy00
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Instagram post 2206476336116032379_223853423 From all our families to yours, we hope your day is filled with love, laughter and happiness.

Merry Christmas

Amazing photo by @sweet.as.fotos 
#outbackqueensland #outbackqld #longreach #merrychristmas #christmasday #christmas #thisisqueensland #beautifulonedayperfectthenext #seeaustralia #undiscoveraustralia
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Instagram post 2204734583843543925_223853423 🔥 Now, that's a way to beat the heat 🛶💦 What's your favourite spot to make a splash in #OutbackQueensland? Photo by @thewildclearfields
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Instagram post 2203682645598870766_223853423 🏜️🚙Who's planning on tackling the Simpson Desert? We're counting down already for access to reopen 👉 on 15 March 2020! 🙌 #OutbackQueensland photo by @moredirtlessbitumen
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Instagram post 2202741451263989124_223853423 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️ We're pretty sure we've found our favourite place to play 'follow the leader'! 🌏 Carnarvon Gorge ticks all the boxes for school holiday fun! ✅ #OutbackQueensland photo by @bigandlittleadventures
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Instagram post 2202205400589502837_223853423 What are your travel goals for #2020? 🌏✈️ We hope climbing Big Red is one of them! 🙌🙌#OutbackQueensland photo by @danielle_jessie
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Instagram post 2201296914561114807_223853423 💦 No filters here, the water at the eerie abandoned Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine really is this blue! 💦#OutbackQueensland photo by @madeleinewb
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Instagram post 2200813759161539123_223853423 🏊 This isn't your average triathlon 🏊 Swimming through #JuliaCreek is just the start of @dirtndustfest
#OutbackQueensland photo by @leecarseldine
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Instagram post 2200031095415078320_223853423 🌏 What's your favourite Outback national park?  We love Porcupine Gorge 70km north of Hughenden 📍🗺️ Here you'll find this pyramid-shaped mountain and permanent waterholes to cool off in. You'll find a campsite at the top of the gorge too, perfect for sunset viewing! #campinggoals 🏕️✅ #OutbackQueensland photo by @madeleinewb_
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Instagram post 2198996786173350587_223853423 🎁🎅 Santa's Bush Basher has taken a tumble on the road between Longreach and Stonehenge! 🤣#OutbackQueensland photo by Karen Emmott
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Instagram post 2198609209262679560_223853423 🌳 Did you know that Roma's largest bottle tree has an incredible girth of 9.51 metres, a height of 6 metres and a crown of 20 metres? 🌳 The tree was transplanted by the local council to its present location from a local property in 1927! 😮 #OutbackQueensland photo by @wandering_aus
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Instagram post 2197678069254135762_223853423 ☀️🍾 Is there any other better way to finish the day in Outback Queensland? Who wishes they were here right now? 😍 #OutbackQueensland photo by @troyboy00
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Instagram post 2196973437094926984_223853423 Love exploring? This is north west Queensland's only railway tunnel 🚂 Take your 4WD to find the abandoned town of Hightville and Wee MacGregory Mine 🚙 between #MountIsa and #Cloncurry 📍🗺️Hightville was established in 1913 to support the nearby mine, the mine closed in 1920, bringing the demise of the small town. Nearby you'll also find local favourites, Fountain Springs and Rigby Falls 💦 #OutbackQueensland photo by @sara_jane_xoxo
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Instagram post 2196072534026053620_223853423 📍🗺️ Situated in the remote north-west highlands of Queensland, Boodjamulla National Park encompasses Lawn Hill Gorge and the Riversleigh World Heritage Area 🌴🌏 What's our favourite way to experience the true magic of this national park? By canoe along the emerald green waters of the park's canoe trail! 💦🛶#OutbackQueensland photo by @seanscottphotography
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Instagram post 2195471048643139261_223853423 ☀️ Chasing sunsets? Here's one of our favourites along the Warrego Way 👉 Baldy Top Lookout ✨😍 You'll find it just outside of #Quilpie 🙌 #OutbackQueensland photo by @visitquilpieshire
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Instagram post 2194950105918873149_223853423 ✨Under the stars at the famous Birdsville Racetrack. The Milky Way trying to peak through the cloudy skies ☁️🌙Will you be heading to the race that stops the Outback in 2020? 👉 @thebirdsvilleraces 🐎🏁#OutbackQueensland photo by @carolc.photography
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