Launching Wednesday, 8 March, Outback Queensland’s 2023 Traveller’s Guide will have Aussies packing their bags and hitting the highway for big skies and bigger adventures as Outback Queensland Tourism Association officially launches this year’s tourism season.
The all-new 2023 Traveller’s Guide is the ultimate holiday pocketbook, showcasing 160 ways to experience Outback Queensland, unparalleled landscapes, indulgent retreats, world-class events and 29 exciting new experiences – from new day tours and accommodation options, to Cunnamulla Hot Springs and Festival of Outback Skies.
Spanning 932,678km square (two thirds of the state), Outback Queensland has something to offer everyone, from family-friendly dinosaur escapades and romantic stays to adventures fit for the grey nomad and incredible cultural experiences.
The 2023 travel season kicks off at the annual Outback Muster Event, with Outback Queensland Tourism Association CEO Denise Brown, delighted to announce the launch of the 118-page Travellers Guide, featuring a beautiful cover by award-winning photographer, Lisa Alexander.
“Outback Queensland is renowned for its excellent experiences, which continue to grow each year, providing Australians with even more reasons to visit time and time again. Last year, we saw eight Outback Queensland operators receive Queensland Tourism Awards for the unforgettable experiences they deliver to holidayers from across the nation,” said Ms Brown.
“Outback Queensland has always been a must-visit destination and with 29 new experiences on offer this year, there has never been a better time to visit – from the new Outback Rail Adventure in Longreach and Mount Isa Mines Indigenous Rodeo Championships to Cunnamulla’s River Lights Festival and the Mungindi Sculpture Trail.
“In recent months, we’ve seen celebrities flock to our region to get a glimpse of the outback charm, having most recently hosted The Mad Huey’s and Prince Harry’s friend Nacho Figueras. Plus, Gilberton Outback Retreat provides the perfect remote hideaway for A-list celebs visiting our state – though they’ll never spill who’s stayed!,” she said.
The 2023 Outback Muster Event also sees operators, travel agents and media gather for the Outback Queensland Excellence Awards and to celebrate Outback Queensland Tourism Association’s new partnership with Opera Queensland for Festival of Outback Opera and the Outback Regional Tour, touring 15 May to 3 June.
Chair of Outback Queensland Tourism Association, and Mayor of the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council Andrew Martin said the region has seen a tourism and economic surge and that he is excited to see this continue with this year’s impressive Traveller’s Guide that provides endless adventures and ‘wow’ moments for tourists.
“Following the pandemic, we have seen a spike in young Australians eager to get out and explore their own backyard – we welcome you, your vans and your enthusiasm for an adventure to Outback Queensland to see where the real beauty lies,” said Mr Martin.
“Our roads are open, the land is nourished and looking more beautiful than ever, the sunsets are phenomenal, the birdlife is sensational and we’ve got country hospitality in spades – come now, don’t wait!,” he said.
“If you’re searching for a picturesque stay and are eager to revel in thirties style luxury, Hotel Corones in Charleville is the place to be, offering three new rooms that have access to the hotel’s outdoor deck and rooftop champagne baths.
“If you’re after a fisherman’s playground, take the boat out at Chinaman Creek Dam for big Barra fishing and water sports as this outback oasis now boasts a newly built boat ramp, amenities, swimming and picnic areas.
“Travellers should also add Nullawokka First Nations Gallery in the picturesque town of Bollon to their itinerary. Located in a 140-year-old post office building, you can enjoy an excellent range of carefully curated art, gifts and souvenirs or chat with Gwamu/Kooma elder, Bill – an experience you won’t regret,” he said.
Outback Queensland spans the North West (Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Richmond and Hughenden), Far West (Boulia, Birdsville and Windorah), Central West (Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall and Tambo), South West (Eromanga, Thargomindah, Quilpie, Charleville, Cunnamulla, Roma and St George) and East (Biloela).
Outback Queensland Tourism Association acknowledges the support of Tourism and Events Queensland, Department of Tourism, Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Opera Queensland, Queensland Hotels Association, Queensland Rail, Rex Airlines, and our Outback Queensland Councils and industry partners.
For more information or to view the 2023 Outback Queensland Travellers Guide, visit here.
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