A first timer’s guide to Outback Queensland

With 901,574km2 of vast landscape, Outback Queensland can be a daunting experience for a first-time traveller. But don’t be scared – it’s a friendly place. To make planning your trip west a bit easier, here are some tips for making the most of your maiden voyage to the outback.

  1. Pick an itinerary With so many towns to see (81 to be precise) and things to do, it can be hard to prioritise what to tackle first. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with plenty of itineraries to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a long weekend escape on the outskirts of the Carnarvon Ranges or a northern adventure to The Isa, your road trip wish is our command: Click here.
  1. Grab your Outback Travellers’ Guide Download your copy of our latest Travellers’ Guide. Full of 117 pages of things to see and do in the Outback, events, accommodation, itineraries and even how to keep the kids happy on a road trip! You can download a copy of the guide here. Or pop into your local Visitor Information Centre for a copy.
  1. Plan a trip around an event. If there’s any excuse to head to the Outback, it’s to time it with one of the memorable, quirky, classic and hard yakka calendar of events. Not only is the outback home to a national award-winning rodeo and the world’s most remote musical festival, the Outback offers a range of sporting, race and cultural events. Whatever you wish to attend, grab your tickets, book camping spots early, plan your road trip and enjoy all things country. Not sure what’s coming up next? Check the Events Calendar here.

  2. It actually gets cold out there! While you can’t deny the temperatures of Outback Queensland in summer, you won’t regret packing the woollies if visiting between April and August. Winter nights, particularly out west in Channel Country and beyond can fall below freezing, so you don’t want to be without a warm swag, gloves and a cuppa.

  3. Pack your swimmers Ditch those thoughts of anything solely dirt and dust (unless you’re trekking to Julia Creek in April) – there’s plenty of places to get wet in Outback Queensland. You’ll want your swimmers as you plan for a dip, fish, kayak or day out in the tinny. That’s right, while there’s plenty of red dirt…