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HERITAGE AND CULTURE

HERITAGE AND CULTURE

Dinosaurs, the traditional land owners, explorers, pioneers, stockmen and bush poets – uncover the stories of the past as you explore the Outback of today.

Each town has a tale to tell, and the locals will only be too happy to tell you all about it! Immerse yourself in the Outback way of life, visit the attractions, attend the events and take a tour with an experienced guide.

 

HERITAGE AND CULTURE

Local Stories

Outback Dinosaur Experiences – Prehistoric Adventure Awaits!

Queensland isn’t just a haven for sun-seekers and beach lovers; it’s also home to some of the most remarkable dinosaur finds on the planet. From towering giants to ancient marine predators, the fossil-rich landscapes of Outback Queensland hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of prehistoric life. Let’s embark on an awe-inspiring journey through Queensland’s […]

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How to get the best from a trip to the Carnarvon Ranges

Carnarvon Gorge and the Carnarvon Ranges are justifiably amongst central Queensland’s most loved nature destinations. With dramatic scenery, natural wonders and Indigenous cultural sites, there’s so much to see – if you know where to look. While some parts of the Carnarvon area are well-trodden by tourists, there are still opportunities to see sights that […]

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Thomson River – the outback highlight that keeps on giving

It’s 15 years since the Kinnon family launched the original Thomson River sunset cruise in Longreach and, since then, it’s become the highlight of many people’s outback travels. This award-winning experience has all the ingredients to capture the outback spirit and inspire magical memories. The heritage boats are just the start, whether you are aboard […]

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6 New Things to See and Do in Charleville

Charleville screams adventure! Whether you’re stargazing at the Cosmos Centre, fishing on the banks of peaceful rivers, visiting the cute and cuddly wildlife or enjoying a delicious morning tea on a fully working date plantation, there really is something for everyone! Add these new Charleville region experiences to your Outback Queensland must-do list.  WWII Secret Base Enlist in the […]

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7 reasons you need to put the Boulia Camel Races on your bucket list

Get prepared for an adventure on and off the racetrack when you head to the iconic Boulia Camel Races this July.

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The Bigger The Better: Big Things of Outback Queensland

There’s no doubt that Australia has an obsession with big things; after all, Australia is a VERY BIG country and Outback Queensland has many BIG things to fill it!

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Travelling with Kids in Outback Queensland

Top Tips for Travelling with Kids in  Outback Queensland Let us assure you we have never received a complaint from kids being bored on an Outback Queensland adventure – in fact, the opposite, they can’t wait to go back again. To help you have the best family adventure too, here’s our top tips – direct […]

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Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival Guide for 2022

The Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is back! Returning after a two-year hiatus with adrenaline pumping action, hilarious outback fun and wild adventures, from Australia’s Best Butt competition to an Outback Adventure Run, Dirt n Dust Rodeo, Artesian Express Horse Races, and live concerts under the stars. The local Julia Creek community of this […]

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22 NEW REASONS TO VISIT THE OUTBACK IN 2022

22 NEW REASONS TO VISIT THE OUTBACK IN 2022 There’s even more to explore in Queensland’s backyard in 2022! If you’re the person who likes to try new things before anyone else has even heard of them, it’s time to add Outback Queensland to your travel list. Whether you come by road, rail or air, […]

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New 2022 Events and Festivals

EVENTS GALORE IN 2022! It’s not just Outback Queensland’s attractions and experiences that are popping up in 2022 – the Outback calendar is also jam-packed with quirky outback events. Along with Outback Queensland’s major annual events, here are five fantastic new events launching or returning in 2022. ORCHESTRAL LUMINESCENCE, 17 March 2022 Set amongst the […]

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The 2022 Road to Rodeo Longreach Buckle List

The ultimate Buckle List for Road to Rodeo Longreach has just dropped, so grab your boots and hat, it’s time to country! Boots, belts, buckles, a sense of adventure and a love of country are at the start of the Road to Rodeo Longreach MUST DO list (we call this the Buckle List, obvs). The home […]

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8 Top Family Camping Spots in Outback Queensland

EIGHT TOP FAMILY CAMPING SPOTS IN OUTBACK QUEENSLAND When you’re on a driving holiday with kids camping is the way to go. Kids love sleeping in the great outdoors and it’s excellent for parents too. Pitching your tent under the stars is a fun and affordable way to connect and immerse the whole family in […]

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Fantastic Birds and Where to Find Them, Part #2

Painted Honey Eater – Grantiella picta Meliphagidae The male medium-sized honeyeater would fit right in with a gaggle of Emperor Penguins, sporting a similar black and white suit and yellow trim.  And real men do wear pink bills……  The duller, streak-less girls must get very excited at his arrival in mating season! As Mistletoe fruit […]

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The TOP 10 FREE Things to do in Outback Queensland

Seeing the best bits of Outback Queensland doesn’t have to break the bank! With endless skies to gaze upon, national parks to explore and landscapes to admire (all absolutely free of charge), there’s nothing stopping you from embarking on an outback adventure today, even if you’re on a budget!

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A first timer’s guide to Outback Queensland

First time to Outback Queensland? Here’s a guide on how to make the most of your first time out west!

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Fantastic Birds and Where to Find Them, Part #1

When thinking “outback” you could be forgiven for not imagining much else but vast stretches of ‘nothingness’, red dirt and sheep or cattle.  We love to dispel all sorts of myths and misconceptions about the outback and the lack of birdlife is one of them! The great Queensland Outback is one of the most “alive” places […]

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10 things I bet you didn’t know about Outback Queensland #PART 1

You may have already known that Big Red is the tallest sand dune in the Simpson Desert; or that the Mount Isa Rodeo is one of the biggest events in the Southern Hemisphere….but we bet you didn’t know a few of these experiences which would make a ripper addition to any #OutbackQueensland bucket list!   […]

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Outback Pioneers in Longreach

Where to stay in Longreach to be at the heart of the Outback Pioneering story If you really want to experience the story of Longreach, choose accommodation that puts you right in the heritage heart of town and brings the pioneer story to life. That’s exactly what you’ll find at The Staging Post, created by […]

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6 wildlife to spot in Outback Queensland

With kilometres upon kilometres of untamed wilderness, it’s no surprise that Outback Queensland is a wildlife oasis for animals big and small. Here’s your guide to the top six wildlife to spot.

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6 road trips that’ll have the kids forgetting the beach

  Let’s be honest; you don’t ever hear the kids screaming, “Muuum not another beach holiday, please!” But what if patting a dinosaur, learning to crack a stockwhip, or sitting in the cockpit of a 747 aircraft was on their radar? Hide the boogie boards, queue the playlist and stock up on snacks for a […]

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Why You Should Get a Job in Outback Queensland

Ahhh the Outback. Incredible vistas. Prehistoric dinosaurs. Red, rocky terrain. Stunning gorges. Loads of history. We could go on and on, but you probably already know all the reasons to visit. But what about all the reasons to pick up sticks and move there? Have you considered what it would be like to live and […]

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How to cool down in the Outback

When people think of Outback Queensland, they often think of the red earth that Australia is so famous for, the warm weather, wide open plains and sky full of stars. What they don’t often think of is the cool, clear waterholes that are scattered throughout the region, just waiting for you to dive in, cruise […]

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The Wacky, the Weird and the Wonderful of Outback Queensland

Whether you’re a history buff, an adventurous bushwalker or a sports fanatic, everyone loves to check out something ‘different’. Here’s 10 of Outback Queensland’s wacky, weird and wonderful things that you should add to your trip. 1. World War II Underground Hospital in Mount Isa While it may resemble a hobbits home in Middle-earth, this […]

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7 outback national parks to put on your bucket list

If you thought Outback Queensland was simply red dirt as far as the eye can see, think again.   With lush forest, waterways, towering sandstone and deep gorges, you can find over 20 national parks dotted throughout the 901,574km2 of outback landscape – when you know where to look.   Don a bit of khaki and an Akubra and set your GPS west, you’re heading on an […]

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Drive Outback Queensland – Explore Queensland’s Backyard

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. It has stunning and unique natural landscapes and holds our most diverse and unique history. From sacred indigenous sites to the spectacular sandstone […]

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Seven Farm Stay Stations for Families in Outback Queensland

Look Mummy – there’s a nose coming through the fence! It snorts and sniffs, and my youngest child is concerned. I reassure him, “He’s just checking you are friendly and safe.” Unfortunately, I’ve had no time to investigate this sniffing beast and prepare to answer my son’s next question, “How do you know it’s a […]

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Soaking in Outback Queensland

I breathe in deep and make a wish, my third tonight. Above, an effervescent green and yellow glow blazes through a million stars set against the velvet black sky. I dare not close my eyes; the scene is too dazzling to miss a mere millisecond. The serenity envelopes me and I wriggle my toes in […]

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5 best fishing spots in Outback Queensland

Planning your next fishing trip? We can assure you Outback Queensland has some reel hot spots!
Cast your eyes over these top 5 fishing spots.

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10 Things to Do in Roma

From rigs, rumps and races to cattle, coolibahs and Carnarvon Gorge – Roma serves up one helluva taste-test of outback life. And you’ll find it just six hours from Brisbane, just west of the Great Dividing Range.

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8 Things To Do In Barcaldine

At first glance, Barcaldine, or Barcy (pronounced Bark-y) as she’s known to locals, has very little to do with a tree’s bark, beyond the famous Tree of Knowledge.

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8 free camping spots in Outback Queensland

Save your dollars on accommodation with some of Outback Queensland’s best free camping.

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9 things you didn’t know about the Outback sky

You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to discover the Milky Way. Just 745km from Brisbane, you’ll find Charleville, the star-studded capital of Outback Queensland.    As the only observatory in Outback Queensland, Charleville’s Cosmos Centre and Observatory takes advantage of the outback’s clear skies, with no city lights and pollution to cloud what lies between you and the stars.   To get you […]

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8 things to do in Julia Creek

Name a town in Outback Queensland whose silver was used in the Sydney 2000 Olympic medals, is home to the toughest triathlon on the Australian circuit and where you can catch a glimpse of an endangered species? We’ll wait. Located in the heart of north-west Outback Queensland and known as the “Gateway to the Gulf” […]

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8 reasons you need to visit Outback Queensland in 2020 for The Year of Indigenous Tourism

Outback Queensland has a strong connection with Indigenous culture and heritage, and we invite you to share in the stories of Indigenous Australians through a tour or experience through Outback Queensland.

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Everything you need to know about the Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic

Bring your friends, family and fishing rods, as the Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic is going to be a REELy exciting event! What is the Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic? The Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic is a must do for any outdoor enthusiast. Situated between the picturesque red rock hills of the Selwyn Ranges, the event is […]

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Outback Tracks: A Different Day at the Races

From yabbies, lizards and chickens, to horses, goats, pigs, sheep, and camels, there is an extensive calendar of unique Outback Queensland races waiting for you.

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5 ways to stay warm this winter in Outback Queensland

By Sally Bird There’s no doubt Outback Queensland is home to scorching summer days; our very own Birdsville taking out the title for Queensland’s hottest day at 49.5°C back in December 1972. But don’t let the thermometer-breaking days fool you – come mid-year, temperatures can drop below the zero mark in Outback Queensland. Early mornings […]

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Find your perfect Outback road trip

Choosing which road to take in an area that’s over twice the size of California (901,575km2 to be precise), can be a little overwhelming at the best of times. Throw in niche interests like dinosaurs, endurance events and pioneering history, and the decision of which of the nine drive routes you’re going to take becomes […]

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8 reasons why you should visit Lake Moondarra

Mount Isa might be known for its bucking bulls and hard hat wearing locals, but the town is also affectionately known as the ‘oasis of the outback’ and for good reason.   Amongst its ochre-red ranges, lies Lake Moondarra, 16km downstream from the Rodeo Capital.   If you find yourself in The Isa, we’ve got you covered with eight reasons you […]

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10 things to do in Cunnamulla

If you trace your fingers along a map of the Matilda Way and Adventure Way, they’ll meet each other in Cunnamulla. Whether you’re heading from Melbourne to the Gulf or Brisbane to South Australia, this outback town will end up in your travel agenda. Perched on the banks of the Warrego River, you’ll find Cunnamulla 780km west […]

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7 things to make you smile at the Boulia Camel Races

What’s there not to love about camels? If their long eyelashes, grinning smiles, curve-alicious back and awkward giraffe-like legs just make you smile – hold onto your Akubra and wait til’ they start racing. You can spot them in all their glory at the Boulia Camel Races, which takes place every July after the Birdsville […]

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10 things you didn’t know about the Channel Country

You’ve probably heard of the Channel Country, but chances are, you have no idea where to find it. If you’re somewhere in Outback Queensland’s Barcoo, Boulia or Diamantina Shire, you’re right amongst it.

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5 days following the Natural Sciences Loop

The Natural Sciences Loop has it all – wildlife, gems, dinosaurs, stars, natural remedies, and hectares upon hectares of natural beauty. It starts in Charleville, through Cunnamulla, Eulo, Thargomindah and onto Eromanga and Quilpie before sending you back to Charleville.

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11 places to park your caravan in Outback Queensland

Waking up to birds, fresh air, an outback landscape, and a new place to explore – that’s what caravanning in Outback Queensland is all about. From red dirt to lush waterholes, the 827,767km2 outback world is your caravanning oyster. With a van on your tow bar you can park yourself just about anywhere out here […]

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Your wellness guide to Outback Queensland

What do Artesian Spas, tough triathlons, and scenic sunsets have in common? They all increase the endorphin levels, whether it be from relaxation, exercise, or beauty – not to mention you can find them all in Outback Queensland.

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7 reasons to see Outback Queensland from above

It might be called road trip country, but one might say you haven’t officially conquered Outback Queensland, until you’ve seen it from above. With its remote, vast landscapes, the outback presents a never-ending stream of epic birds-eye-views. In case you need more convincing, here’re seven reasons to take to the skies and discover the Outback […]

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4 ways to make the most of nature in Mitchell

Do you know Mitchell? A where rather than a who, the Outback Queensland town of Mitchell sits in between Roma and Charleville in the outback family portrait. But if Mitchell were a human, they would be known as a nature-lover through and through. Popular for its picturesque waterways and natural springs, experiencing the natural wonders […]

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Train travel: 9 Reasons to jump on board to the Outback this Summer

Vast and remote, Outback Queensland is one helluva area to explore. With so much ground to cover, there’s very few ways of getting the most out of your trip. Enter train travel, where comfort and style reign supreme and you don’t have to worry about a thing (except what you would like for lunch and dinner).

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3 Hidden Worlds to Discover in Outback Queensland

If you’re longing to get off the beaten track and experience an outback journey, take the road less travelled to Outback Queensland’s hidden worlds.

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10 things you didn’t know about Winton

It’s the Dinosaur Capital of the Australia, the birthplace of an iconic Australian airline, and where the legend of a jolly swagman waltzed into Australian history. Discover 11 things you didn’t know about Winton.

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13 things you didn’t know about Hughenden

For a town recognised for its pre-historic creatures, it’s surprising to find modern history at every turn in Hughenden.

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5 epic Outback Queensland sunsets

Get yourself to one of these spots for the picture perfect Outback Queensland sunset.

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A bird enthusiast’s guide to Cunnamulla

Located 206km from Charleville and 750km from Brisbane, there’s a town by the name of Cunnamulla and it’s bursting with birdlife. Home to 57 varieties and over 201 species of Australian native birds, Cunnamulla is the dictionary definition of a twitcher’s paradise. Built on the banks of the Warrego River, the town is a natural […]

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Overland Travel: Driving The Overlander’s Way from Townsville to Mt Isa

Go from the beach to bush with this outback road trip.

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17 things you didn’t know about Longreach

Whether it’s a visit from Royal family or a dessert for champions, Longreach is one Outback town full of surprises that are waiting to be uncovered.

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15 things you didn’t know about Cloncurry

Rich in history and minerals, the town of Cloncurry has a heart of gold with a lot more to offer than a place to make a pitstop.

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17 must get Instagram shots of Outback Queensland

Capture this list of classic Outback Queensland images to sprinkle your Instagram feed with.

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How to tackle the Outback Way

Take on the ultimate Australian road trip with this guide to The Outback Way.

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6 things to do on school holidays in Outback Queensland

Scrap the beach and spend your school holidays in Outback Queensland. There’s plenty to see and do, and the kids might learn a thing or to!

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48 hours in Cobbold Gorge

Discover the hidden beauty of Queensland’s youngest gorge, Cobbold Gorge.

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