North West Region

Travel Times

Mount Isa to Cloncurry 1 Hour 20 mins

Mount Isa to Richmond 4 Hours 20 mins

Mount Isa to Hughenden 5 Hours 30 mins

Mount Isa to Longreach (by air) 1 Hour 15 mins


Average Temperature 31.9º C

Average Rainfall 213 mm

About North West Region

Pack your hard-hat and sense of adventure – just four hours’ drive west of Townsville, Outback Queensland’s north west region begins.

It’s packed with dinosaur fossils, jaw-dropping scenery and a mining history that will lead you deep underground in Mount Isa.

Ancient history is the only kind served around here, from Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park where you can walk amongst 25-million-year-old World Heritage-listed sites at Riversleigh, to ancient underwater marine reptiles in Richmond, or the fossil collections in Hughenden.

No two days are the same in these parts: and in the north west a sense of adventure is the only packing essential.


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Meanwhile in the #outbackqueensland North West Region

Instagram post 17960186344490317 Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow!

A few days ago this happened, the head waters of the Flinders River, east of Hughenden.

How good is this?

Great video by @4hhelicopters 

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Instagram post 17912226212093080 Lazy afternoons by the water, the perfect way to end the day.

Freedom Park is a camp ($6 per night) close to Muttaburra. You will need to be self sufficient as there are no facilities. 

Beautiful photo by @exploring_australia 

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Instagram post 17899967297311473 @bigredbash is back bigger and better for 2022.

Rock the outback like never before featuring an incredible line-up of Aussie rock legends from 5 to 7 July.

This once-in-a-lifetime adventure is perfect for families, camping & caravanning enthusiasts, and intrepid travellers alike. All ages and dog friendly - there's something for everybody at the Bash!

An incredible line up including @jimmybarnesofficial @missyhigginsmusic @kaseychambersmusic @jonstevensofficial @therealkateceberano and many more.

Tickets sold out in record time for the 2021 event - get your crew together and start planning your Outback Queensland road trip of a lifetime! Go to for all the information and tickets.

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Instagram post 17894655275359785 When you visit Mitchell stop and see an artist’s impression of the capture of one of the Kenniff Brothers, and the monument commemorating members of the police force who fought the bushrangers throughout Australia.

The sculpture was designed by Peter Baulch and the Statues represent the capture of Patrick Kenniff, lying on the ground with two police constables standing guard over him.The image facing to the south is that of the Aboriginal Tracker. 

Fantastic photo by 

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Instagram post 17933364028836136 Road to Rodeo Longreach, a new event experience from the team that brings you the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo @isarodeo. 

Your Queensland May long weekend is now sorted! 30 April and 01 May will bring 2 Days of non-stop Rodeo action with live entertainment including @thewolfebrothers and @jamesjohnstonmusic. BBQ cooking demonstrations, food and Outback Traders, camping and much more.

Book your tickets and start planning your Road to Rodeo. Sale on now and more information via

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