Outback Education Experience Program

Outback Queensland offers an authentic live classroom for students with its wealth of educational opportunities. Immerse your students in a land where dinosaurs once roamed, where Australian legends were born and experience life on the land.


There is nothing like first-hand experience to reinforce learning. There are a number of itineraries designed for school camps so it’s easier than ever for students to explore Australia’s heritage and culture in Queensland’s stunning Outback. The lesson ideas and itinerary suggestions outlined are just a glimpse of the fascinating world of knowledge that awaits the inquisitive traveller in the incredible Outback Queensland region.

The Outback Queensland Education Subsidy

The Outback Queensland Education Experience Program is an initiative of Tourism and Events Queensland, Outback Queensland Tourism Association, the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation, and Department of Education, and aims to encourage Queensland schools to take students of all year levels to visit Queensland’s Outback.

This scheme provides a subsidy of up to $150* per student, to reduce the costs of an excursion in schools located in the boundary of Queensland’s Outback**. It is paid direct to schools after they have met the eligibility requirements for funding with 50% of the subsidy paid upon approval of an application and the remaining 50% paid upon the receipt of a completed survey and report after the excursion.

How to apply :


Helpful Links:

About the Outback Education Subsidy Program

Education Handbook

Student Fact Sheets

Itineraries for Schools

Education Products & Travel Information


* Funds are allocated to schools on a per student basis at rates varying according to round trip kilometres travelled. This increase in subsidy funding for the next two years is proudly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). The increased amount for subsidy is only available for 2 years 2020 and 2021, and will return to a maximum $130 per student post this time period. All Outback Education documents have pricing that is out of date, but information is still usable. Please email outbackeducation@queensland.com for further questions.

** The “Outback” is defined as the Local Government Areas of: Flinders, Richmond, McKinlay, Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Barcaldine, Blackall Tambo, Longreach, Winton, Barcoo, Boulia, Diamantina, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie and Bulloo, Croydon, Etheridge, Burke and Carpentaria.