There’s no doubt that Australia has an obsession with big things; after all, Australia is the world’s sixth largest nation. Outback Queensland has plenty of big things to fill its vast landscapes, so get your selfie A-game on and hit the road.
How many of these iconic attractions have you ticked off your #OutbackQueensland bucket list?
Australia’s Biggest Dinosaur
Leave those big Queensland beaches for another day, as you adventure to the ‘furtherest town from the sea’! Located in the town of Eromanga, the Eromanga Natural History Museum is home to ‘Cooper’, a 95-98 million year old titanosaur who is the nation’s largest dinosaur. The experts tell us that ‘Cooper’ once stood 30 metres long and 6 and a half metres high, putting him in the top 10 dinosaurs in the world! But… it doesn’t stop there; as the museum also showcases some of the world’s largest megafauna.
Big Red Sand Dune
Nearest Town: Birdsville
Standing at over 40 metres tall, ‘Big Red’ lies on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert and is claimed to be biggest sand dune in the Simpson! As a four wheel drivers dream location; it is every ‘big things’ enthusiast’s perfect photo opportunity. Catching a sunset from the top of Big Red is an experience not to be missed and you’ll be chuffed to know its just 37 kilometres from the iconic town of Birdsville. For those who like big eventures, the Big Red Bash is the perfect outback event, holding the title for the world’s most remote music festival. Tell your mates all about it, as you’ll be guaranteed nothing but big and great adventure.
The Big Ram
While he may not be as soft as your average merino, the Big Ram’s presence symbolises the significant wool and sheep industry in Blackall. Located down the road from the only remaining steam operated wool washing plant in Australia (i.e. The Blackall Woolscur), the Big Ram also reminds travellers of ‘Queensland’s Sheep Belt’ that carves its way through the centre of the state. Want to know more? Ask for a tour with a local at the Blackall Visitor Information Centre.
The Burke and Wills Dig Tree
Nearest Town: Thargomindah
Although the Dig Tree is not the biggest tree you will see here in the Outback , it is certainly big in Australian history. Believed to be between 200-250 years old, the heritage listed coolabah tree located near Thargomindah is an icon and an ongoing reminder of Australia’s pioneering history. Playing a vital role in the Burke and Wills expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf in 1860-1861, this tree and its nearby ‘face’ can be explored alongside a long haul tour with our mates from Outback Aussie Tours, Travel West or Adventure Australia Australia Trek & Tours.
Banana the Bullock
With a town name like Banana, you would assume the town to be fielded with big delicious yellow fruit bearing palms, but there’s not a single banana tree in sight of this location. Banana the Bullock stands yellow and proud, named after his yellow coloured ‘hide’. The bullock was a favourite of the local stockmen in the 1860’s and now stands in the centre of town. For those who are first time Banana travellers, you’ll be glad to know you can reach all the wonders of the region in next to no time; as Banana is a key junction point between the Dawson and Leichhardt highways.
The Big Stockman
When adventuring across the road from the Qantas Founders Museum, you’ll be greeted by the Big Stockman located at the front of The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Once you get a selfie or two with this guy, head on into the museum that has nothing short of Australian stories to tell. The exhibits comprise a combination of historical artefacts, images, audiovisual presentations and open displays, which all foster an interpretive and fascinating story of the outback. This is not to mention that the ‘Outback Stockman’s Show’ is a must do on anyone’s itinerary.
The Big Easel
Emerald’s big easel is not only a tribute to Van Gogh’s sunflowers painting, but also represents the regions major sunflower plantation. The easel stands at a whopping 25 metres tall and definitely can’t be missed whilst travelling through the town. The painting itself weighs 4.5 tonnes and is the largest painting in the southern hemisphere. If you don’t manage to spot the big easel, just head to Clermont Street and you’ll encounter its presence right next to the Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre.
The Big Ring
Where else in Outback Queensland could you find a big ring, but then the appropriately named town of Sapphire. Originating in another ‘gem’ of a town – Rubyvale, the ring took over three months to build and was relocated to its new home of Sapphire outside Pat’s Gems in 1981. Since the late 1800’s, many fortunes have been made and treasures have been found in the town, so if you’re lucky you might find something special in the fossicking fields.
The Big Bottle Tree
Standing at 6 metres high, with a width of 9.51 metres and a crown of 20 metres, this big natural beauty can be found close to the Big Rig Visitor Information Centre. The tree survived a transplant from a local property back in 1927 to its current location at the end of Edwardes Street. Dating back to approximately the 19th century, the tree has now reached maturity but the tree’s trunk continues to grow at an approximate rate of one centimetre per year. Ensure a photo or two with your mates when travelling along the Warrego Way, as a trip to Roma could not be complete without it.
The Big Meat Ant
Meat ants are described as Australia’s most abundant and ecologically important group of ants; and this ant here is million times the regular size! As one of many great points of interest along the Matilda Way, ‘Meat Ant Country’ (i.e. Augathella) welcomed its’ installation in 2011! Just like the Big Prawn or Big Banana, it represents the local ‘Mighty Augathella Meat Ants’ football team who were fearless in their attack against any opponANTs.
The Pliosaur at Kronosaurus Korner
Kronosaurus Korner in Richmond not only houses a collection of awe-inspiring marine reptile fossils, but welcomes travellers to visit its iconic blue pliosaur ‘Penny’. With a big smile, Penny is any photographers go-to-attraction before entering what is known as one of the worlds most ‘finest fossil institutes’. Sea creatures in the Outback you ask? Millions of years ago Queensland’s Outback was a giant inland sea, who would have thought?
The Cunnamulla Fella
While there’s an abundance of songs dedicated to life in many iconic Outback towns and attractions, the Cunnamulla Fella popularised by Slim Dusty, is one of the most well-known. Paying tribute to the regions pastoral heritage and stockmen of the time, the Cunnamulla Fella gazes over the south-west town. If you’re visiting Cunnamulla for the first time, ask the locals about the towns secret sandboarding location.
The Big Yellowbelly
It’s hard to miss the Outback’s biggest Yellowbelly glistening in the sunlight as you arrive into town. It measures 12 metres long and stands a lofty five metres high. Look closely and you’ll discover windmill parts, corrugated iron and thousands of pop rivets gathered from surrounding properties. This impressive metal art sculpture is a celebration of the Yellowbelly Fishing Competition held annually on the last weekend of July. The event is held at Oma Waterhole and it draws masses of keen anglers from across the country.