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 17912226212093080 Lazy afternoons by the water, the perfect way to end the day.

Freedom Park is a camp ($6 per night) close to Muttaburra. You will need to be self sufficient as there are no facilities. 

Beautiful photo by @exploring_australia 

#outbackqueensland #muttaburra #discoverbarcaldine #campinglife #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
888 5
Instagram post 17894655275359785 When you visit Mitchell stop and see an artist’s impression of the capture of one of the Kenniff Brothers, and the monument commemorating members of the police force who fought the bushrangers throughout Australia.

The sculpture was designed by Peter Baulch and the Statues represent the capture of Patrick Kenniff, lying on the ground with two police constables standing guard over him.The image facing to the south is that of the Aboriginal Tracker. 

Fantastic photo by @carolc.photography 

#outbackqueensland #arrestcreek #sculptureart #mitchell #astrophotography #romarevealed #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
230 1
Instagram post 17936469436747887 Gems of Outback Queensland!

Lake Fred Tritton is perfect for swimming, skiing, canoeing and the fantastic playground’s and water park will keep the kids entertained for hours.

Whether you are walking the dog, or taking the kids out for a ride on their bikes or scooters, the walking path is perfect place for a stroll.

For the fishing enthusiasts, the Lake is stocked with 18 species of fish, so it’s a great spot to cast a line from the jetty or launch your tinnie from the boat ramp.

Pack a picnic or even a ‘snag’ to sizzle on the free barbecues and enjoy a picturesque outback sunset.

Great photo by @mattandanniesadventure 

#outbackqueensland #youlldigrichmond #lakeadventures #overlandersway #drivenorthqueensland #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
346 6
Instagram post 17913485858164216 You know you're in Tambo when you see these signs!

@tamboteddies is one of the many places to visit when you explore Tambo. 
Tambo Teddies create innovative quality Australian made 100% natural woollen products. The perfect gift for someone this Christmas.
Get your Tambo Teddy and you'll have a friend for life!

Type in your browser https://www.tamboteddies.com.au/ for all the cuddly choices.

#outbackqueensland #totallytambo #tamboteddies #teddybears #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
1283 9
Instagram post 17941336135671919 This is how to end your day in Outback Queensland!

Find your place along the Gregory River with plenty of free camping sites. Then sit back, relax and enjoy.

Great photo by @venturingaustralia 

#outbackqueensland #gregoryriver #freecamping #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
388 4
Instagram post 17920400927055198 Ease your tired travelling muscles in the 22-person therapeutic spa with crystal-clear water immersing you from Bedourie’s Artesian Bore. Drilled back in 1905, visitors have been relieving their aches and pains in the warm 35 to 40 degree water for years.

Up the ante by swimming laps in the 25-metre swimming pool (pictured) or simply take a dip to cool off.

The Bedourie Artesian Spa and Aquatic Centre is open daily from 5.30am to 7.30pm in the summer months and 7.00am to 7.00pm during winter. 

It is accessible by paying a $20 fully refundable deposit for the key from the Bedourie Outback Visitor Centre 8.30am to 5.00pm weekdays and 10.00am to 2.00pm weekends.

Photo by Andrew McFarlane

#outbackqueensland #bedourie #artesianspa #aqauticcentre #thediamantina #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
456 10
Instagram post 17890713107414226 Camooweal Billabong is the perfect place to stop and relax after a long journey. 

Watch the sunset, the prolific bird life or sit back with a cold one around a camp fire.

It’s a huge free camp located in Camooweal located about 190kms west of Mount Isa. There are no facilities so you’ll need to be self sufficient.

Beautiful photo by @svenimages 

#outbackqueensland #camooweal #discovermountisa #billabong #waterlilies #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
546 9
Instagram post 17902855406479572 One for the early birds!

Along the Castle Creek walk in Theodore you'll find a bird hide. Offering visitors the opportunity to get a bird's eye view of various species of wetland and woodland birds along with parrots, cockatoos and rosellas. 

Drop by and see the wonderful volunteers at the Theodore Information Centre located at the 
Theodore Home & Garden Cafe to find out more.

Theodore is located on the Dawson River 105 kilometres south west of Biloela.

#outbackqueensland #theodore #birdhide #twitcher #sandstonewonders #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
132 2
Instagram post 17944489858618293 You know you’re in Thallon when see the @graincorp Painted Silos.

They are a landmark for the town and feature the spectacular ‘Watering Hole’ mural painted by @_thezookeeper and @drapl in 2017.

The mural covers four 30 metre high silos using about 500 litres of paint 500 spray paint cans. 

Beautiful photo by @sweephorizon 

#outbackqueensland #thallonpaintedsilos #siloart #siloarttrail #explorestgeorge #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia 

@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.
945 14
Instagram post 17927116708825851 It's not every day you see waterfalls in Winton!

We're certainly happy to see a recent rainstorm come through Winton and dumped 9mm in about 20 minutes over the @australianageofdinosaurs 

It was enough to create a waterfall off the jump up right outside the March of the Titanosaurs building.

Amazing photo by @stevenlippis 

#outbackqueensland #AAOD #dinosaurs #experienewinton #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
3374 123
Instagram post 17903147831480131 'I'm not a morning person, but at @charlotteplains there's nothing better than sitting in a 42 degree bath and watching the sunrise.'

That's @jackiedujardin story behind her 3rd place photo she submitted for our photo competition.

Thank you to everyone who entered, to our sponsor @cameraproau for our 1st place voucher and to our partner @ppaq.official Professional Photographers' Association of Queensland for deciding the winners.

#outbackqueensland #ppaq_official #cameraproau #travellersguide #charlotteplains #visitcunnamulla #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
949 12
Instagram post 18154677676172640 A couple of days ago we announced the winner of the voucher donated by sponsor @cameraproau for our photo competition for the 2022 Outback Queensland Travellers Guide.

Congratulations to Paddy M for 2nd place taken at the @bouliacamelraces The next races are 15-17 July 2022.

Thank you to everyone who entered and to our partner @ppaq.official Professional Photographers' Association of Queensland.

Stay tuned to see 3rd place.

#outbackqueensland #ppaq_official #cameraproau #travellersguide #bouliacamelraces #visitboulia #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
262 1
Instagram post 17879482601564651 In September we held a photo competition to find an image to be featured on our 2022 Outback Queensland Travellers Guide.

The cover image is still to be determined but we have a winner for the $500 voucher donated by our sponsor @cameraproau

Congratulations to @trevor.j.duncan for taking this photo of The Pyramid at Porcupine Gorge in Hughenden.

Thank you to everyone who entered and to our partner @ppaq.official Professional Photographers' Association of Queensland.

#outbackqueensland #ppaq_official #cameraproau #travellersguide #visithughenden #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
926 22
Instagram post 18211696066097148 They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

LEST WE FORGET

Beautiful photo by @angewinkler at Julia Creek RSL Memorial

#outbackqueensland #juliacreek #remembranceday #wewillrememberthem #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
479 2
Instagram post 17863964057626325 Three News Years - Three Time Zones!

Ever wanted to celebrate New Years 3 times in 1 night? Come to Cameron Corner for a night of fun. 

Party is based at the Cameron Corner Store but will move to the Corner Post at 10.30pm for the first New Years at 11.00pm (NSW), then 11.30pm (SA) then again at 12.00am (QLD).

Bring swags, camps, water and plenty of energy to participate in the fun games that is "New Year at the Corner" 

Recovery Breakfast is available the following morning.

Great photo by @76_r0ck 

#outbackqueensland #explorebulloo #newyearseve #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
639 17
Instagram post 18261291178032265 We breed them big in Outback Queensland!

Even though this big red kangaroo is alone, more often than not they are in a mob.

Driving safely and watching out for them especially early morning and late afternoon/dusk is a must all through the Outback.

Great photo by @jennifer_dickinson_photography in Jundah.

#outbackqueensland #visitbarcoo #jundah #redkangaroo #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
949 11
Instagram post 18250648765071850 Take a rail adventure to Outback Queensland with a 2 for 1 Outback Rail Fares now on sale.

Head west on the Spirit of the Outback, Inlander or Westlander for a fun-filled adventure with plenty of destinations to visit and attractions to explore. 

Until March next year @queenslandrailtravel are inviting you to climb aboard with a friend - two people for the price of one.

2 for 1 Outback Rail Fares are available for travel now until 31 March 2022.
Book your 2 for 1 Outback Rail adventure today! https://bit.ly/3mLDRr3

#outbackqueensland #queenslandrailtravel #railtravel #spiritoftheoutback #westlander #inlander #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
480 4
Instagram post 17912220056122290 This historic Coolabah Tree is situated past the causeway on the right as you head to the Hughenden Showgrounds. 

It is of immense historical importance as it is linked to two relief expeditions searching for the Burke and Wills Expedition. Both expeditions blazed the tree on the banks of what is now Station Creek.

In 1861 Fredrick Walker led a team from Rockhampton to the Gulf searching in vain for the missing explorers. The following year Landsborough’s search party passed through from the Gulf. These relief expeditions led people to become aware of the fertility and wealth of the plains adjacent to the Flinders River.

Truly this tree should be preserved as a memorial to the brave explorers of this land. Two plaques have been erected near the tree as a tribute to them.

Great photo by @adnicphotographicserv 

#outbackqueensland #visithughenden #coolabahtree #burkeandwillsexpedition #thisisqueensland
795 5
Instagram post 17962808287490396 Imagine a time when you could look into the eyes of dinosaurs!

Outback Queensland has many places to explore and learn all about what once roamed our region.

Just down the road from these great sculptures you’ll find @eromanganhmuseum 

Eromanga dinosaurs are some of the world’s largest dinosaurs. The largest dinosaur on display in the museum is nicknamed Cooper, a Titanosaur thought to have lived in the Cretaceous period.

Great photo by @aquarius.traveller 

#outbackqueensland #eromanga #dinosaurs #visitquilpieshire #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
877 10
Instagram post 17928397249742652 You can’t miss the Boulia Sports and Aquatic Centre with this spectacular wall art by @_brightsiders 

You’ll have to visit to see the whole wall but it tells the story of the first recorded sighting of the mysterious Min Min Lights.

Great photo by @ourlifeontop 

#outbackqueensland #boulia #minminlights #wallart #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
469 6
Instagram post 18252660691065672 Jabirus dancing under the milky way! 

This is one of many sculptures (over 40) you will find along the @lakedunnsculpturetrail 

The Trail starts in Aramac (about 70km north of Barcaldine) covering a distance of approximately 200km over sealed and unsealed roads.

The sculptures are created by local artist Milynda Rogers aka @scrapmetalsheila from discarded and recycled metal, depicting mostly animals and many displaying a touch of outback humour.

Great photo by @carolc.photography 

#outbackqueensland #lakedunnsculpturetrail #metalart #milkyway #discoverbarcaldine #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
766 15
Instagram post 18246625273071378 All through out Outback Queensland you will find visitor information centres like this one in Jundah.

Many have volunteers and staff who love not only Outback Queensland but are passionate about helping visitors and locals alike.

In Jundah, wander into the spacious information centre and public library or catch up with friends and family back home via free internet access. Browse the many brochures on display and ask about the local history.

Drop in and say hello!

#outbackqueensland #visitbarcoo #visitorinformationcentre #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
234 1
Instagram post 17894300135386276 A couple of locals to welcome you when you visit Julia Creek.

Did you know Julia Creek is an RV Friendly town?
They have a designated free camping area alongside the water’s edge of Julia Creek. This area is suitable for self-contained RV’s and is located 1.3km on the eastern side of town. 

Picnic tables, bush cook camps and bins are provided. This is a relaxing area to enjoy some cheese and wine and watch the beautiful Julia Creek sunsets.

Contact @juliacreekqld Visitor Information Centre for more information.

#outbackqueensland #juliacreek #RVfriendly #thisisqueensland #holidayherethisyear
717 9