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.


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 2135885907219642735_223853423 📸 Obligatory made it to #Birdsville snap 📸 Perched on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert, Birdsville is surrounded by vast gibber plains and braided Channel Country 🏜️ Have you made it to this part of the world? 🌏 #OutbackQueensland photo by @decks_divas_n_dust
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Instagram post 2133407073923479676_223853423 🐪 Friendly giants of Cunnamulla 🐪 With a love for dry climate and hot weather 🌡️ Outback Queensland is camel country, particularly the closer you get to its famous desert, The Simpson 🏜️ #OutbackQueensland photo by @sammieobrien
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Instagram post 2132262046356753019_223853423 🌿⛰️ Who's heading back to nature this weekend? It's hard to say no when you've got spots like this in your backyard 😍🌏 Have you explored Carnarvon National Park? What's your favourite spot? #OutbackQueensland photo by @sherry_koral
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Instagram post 2131713416972021906_223853423 🛣️ Red dirt roads lead the way to Hell Hole Gorge National Park. 📍🗺️ You'll find this remote park 69km north of the small town of Adavale; home to deep gorges,  rock pools and heavenly camping spots 🏕️ #OutbackQueensland photo by @woolgoolgaoffroad
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Instagram post 2131018855522032273_223853423 Who's climbed Big Red before? 🙌 Standing at 40 metres tall, the climb up this sand dune is a real calf-burner 🔥 But trust us, it's worth it! #OutbackQueensland photo by @paigewarn
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Instagram post 2130505472705184711_223853423 👻 Camping in a ghost town? 👻 Set up camp for free in the abandoned town of 📍 Mary Kathleen along the @overlandersway.  While you're there see if you can make out the old post office, town square and tennis court 🎾 in the town once home to over 1,000 people 🏡 #OutbackQueensland photo by @stewarts_wandering
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Instagram post 2128814334028217949_223853423 🐎 Name a more iconic outback race meet... we'll wait! 🐎 More than 5,000 punters made their way to the tiny town of #Birdsville for @thebirdsvilleraces over the weekend 🙌 The event celebrated 137 years! 😯 #OutbackQueensland
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Instagram post 2128333652084441622_223853423 ☀️💦 There's no place we would rather spend soaking up the September sunshine 🛶 #OutbackQueensland photo by @rnrwanderers
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Instagram post 2127581387178531619_223853423 🐎 Another Birdsville Races done and dusted (literally) 🐎 Did you make it to the event this year? 🏁 #OutbackQueensland photo by @thebirdsvilleraces
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Instagram post 2127241446659264878_223853423 👀 What wildlife have you spotted while travelling in #OutbackQueensland? @alexandra.brightt spotted this Agile Wallaby joey hanging out in its mum's pouch at Lawn Hill Gorge! 😍
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Instagram post 2126159340134812869_223853423 🐮 @lovechloejane hanging out with our favourite #OutbackQueensland roadside attraction 😍 What's your favourite animal to spot while road tripping? 🚗
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Instagram post 2125454679746836496_223853423 ☀️ Nothing better than pulling over and setting up camp to enjoy a sunset ☀️ You'll find this spot 78 kilometres north of #Cloncurry along with the Burke Developmental Road 🚙 #OutbackQueensland photo by @emu_escape
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Instagram post 2123255192150318715_223853423 👋 Hello spring! 🌼🐝 If you're looking for us, we'll be making a splash in our local waterholes just like @exploringaus 💦 Got a favourite swim spot in #OutbackQueensland? We want to hear! 👂 Tell us in the comments below! 👇
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Instagram post 2122475063853665211_223853423 ❄️ Winter may be behind us now but that doesn't mean #OutbackQueensland campfires under the stars are off the cards! 🏕️🔥
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Instagram post 2121390390834386848_223853423 🐎 Australia's most iconic Outback races - @thebirdsvilleraces are held on the 1st weekend in September each year 📅 And trust us, the dust never settles! 😂 #OutbackQueensland
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Instagram post 2120872010545429288_223853423 Where's your favourite place to catch the last rays of sunshine for the day? ☀️ Lake Moondarra in #MountIsa is one of ours! It's also a red hot fishing spot with 22 different freshwater species to catch 🎣 #OutbackQueensland photo by @kayla__95
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Instagram post 2120363634920898847_223853423 🐎 We’re galloping towards the 2019 @thebirdsvilleraces 🙌 Have you been to the race that stops #OutbackQueensland? 🐎
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Instagram post 2120119524531774513_223853423 🕔 Outdoor bath time here in #OutbackQueensland often means sharing it with a few extra visitors 🛁 We don't think @mycolourfulworld_ minded sharing 😍😍
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Instagram post 2119633826786511579_223853423 Have you ticked Mary Kathleen ☢️ off your @overlandersway road trip bucket list? 💦#OutbackQueensland photo by @keepingupwiththekendalls
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Instagram post 2118881413437417966_223853423 🐶 What did the dog say before he left for work? “Just another day at the paw-ffice!” 🐾 Shout out to outback furry friends this #InternationalDogDay 😍
#OutbackQueensland photo by @seanscottphotography
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Instagram post 2118184297134331152_223853423 🌠👀 Looking for the best night skies in #OutbackQueensland? Pack your telescope, binoculars and picnic basket and take them to the Jump-Up Dark-Sky Sanctuary - now listed as one of the best places for stargazing around Australia! 🌠🎇🔭 @stevenlippis captured this dreamy night sky alongside our local pre-historic mate Banjo 🦖
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Instagram post 2117459523584387275_223853423 📸 We love this image entered in our 2019 #OutbackQueensland Travellers Guide Photo Competition by @my_glass_captures taken in #Winton 📸 Think you've got a photo that could make the front cover? 🗺️ Make sure to enter before October 31st via our website.
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Instagram post 2116009967819809494_223853423 It's time to get your hiking boots on! 👞 The US may have the Grand Canyon, but #OutbackQueensland have #CarnarvonGorge – a little known barranca of sandstone wilderness 🌿 located 720km north-west of Brisbane 🗺️ Dust off your pair of boots and explore more than 21 kilometres of walking tracks through the 298,000-hectare national park. @benjamin_crisp @jucyworld #JucyWorld
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Instagram post 2115285167542173157_223853423 🗺️ Where's your favourite stretch of road in #OutbackQueensland? @mattmaguirephotography captured our red road-sides near #Charleville 🏜️
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