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SOUTH WEST REGION

ABOUT SOUTH WEST REGION

Looking for an adventure? You’ll find it in the south west. In fact it’s so adventurous, they named one of the drive routes which cut through this outback territory, ‘The Adventure Way’.

Expect big nature and a kaleidoscope of colour as red sands give way to thriving wetlands and national parks,

Animals come in all shapes and sizes, from the cute and small bilbies you’ll find in Charleville to Cooper, Australia’s largest dinosaur who called Eromanga home.

Adventure isn’t just reserved for daylight hours either, when the sun’s gone down, the galaxy puts on a nightly show.

Towns in the SOUTH WEST REGION

Adavale

Once a thriving town, Adavale’s population has dwindled but the locals have done a marvellous job celebrating their history, culture and dry Outback humour.

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Augathella

Augathella, with its fascinating history of bushrangers, bullockies and bullock teams, has some memorable Outback experiences.

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Bollon

The soil gets redder as you approach Bollon – a great little western town sitting on the banks of the peaceful Wallam Creek.

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Cameron Corner

Ever wanted to be in three states at once? Stand, sit, lay, sing, dance or play golf in the most south-wester corner of Queensland. The original wooden boundary post was surveyed back in 1880 by John Cameron, the NSW Lands Department Surveyor and has been replaced with a commemorative post which marks all three states. […]

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Charleville

In the heart of ‘mulga country’, Charleville and surrounding pastoral properties are rich in history, flora and fauna.

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Cooladdi

On your way to the Quilpie opal fields stop a while in Cooladdi, one of Australia’s smallest towns.

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Cunnamulla

If experiencing the real deal is your thing, then Cunnamulla has the goods.

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Dirranbandi

Dirranbandi is a small country town that comes alive through the cotton harvest months. Home to the famed Cubbie Station, the largest irrigated cotton farm

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Eromanga

Famous for being Australia’s furthest town from the ocean, Eromanga is located 108 kilometres west of Quilpie on a fully sealed road.

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Eulo

The “Montville of the Outback”, Eulo is a small community with a large pride which is evident when you visit.

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Hebel

Hebel General Store offers amazing home cooked cakes, desserts and meals. By night it’s a restaurant under the stars.

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Injune Visitor Information Centre

Set your bearings for adventure! Tucked at the foot of the majestic Carnavon Range, 90 kilometres north of Roma on the Great Inland Way, the

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Hungerford

Hungerford is located near the Paroo River on the Queensland/new South Wales border, and still has a border gate which doubles as the Wild Dog/Dingo

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Mitchell

Soaking in the soothing mineral springs at Mitchell is just one of the surprises that awaits you in this quaint town.

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Morven

In 1859 on the mail route from Brisbane to Charleville, a small area was taken from the property Victoria Downs and set aside for public

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Noccundra

Welcome to what remains of the historic township of Noccundra, located 140km south-west of Thargomindah, 240km north of Cameron Corner and 271km east of Innamincka. During the time of early exploration and settlement, the Wilson River Aboriginal Tribe, known as the Nockaburrawarry, lived in the area. The town started with and will end with the […]

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Quilpie

A stay in Quilpie can be as busy or as relaxing as you wish. Picnic and fish at the Bulloo River.

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Roma

Only 350 kilometress north-west of Toowoomba, Roma is sometimes referred to as the ‘gateway to the outback’. Home to the southern hemisphere’s largest sale yards,

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St George

From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, St George relaxes the senses in all the right ways. Perched on the banks of

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Surat

Fresh air and great fishing are two good reasons to spend some time in the picturesque little town of Surat.

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Thallon

Signalling your approach into Thallon, giant grain silos act as landmarks for the town. Thallon was gazetted in 1911 and was named after the Commissioner

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Thargomindah

Thargomindah provides the perfect launch pad for Cameron Corner – the point where three Australian states meet.

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Toompine

Toompine known as “The pub without a town”. Cobb and Co. once serviced this town with it’s regular coach schedule. All that remains today from

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Wallumbilla

Wallumbilla is situated five hours travel from Brisbane, just east of Roma and has a population of approximately 320 residents.

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Wyandra

Wyandra is a great place to have a break and is situated half way between Cunnamulla and Charleville.

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Yowah

Yowah is ‘The Friendly Opal Field’ 165 kilometres west of Cunnamulla.

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Yuleba

To look at it on a map, Yuleba looks like a little town on the Warrego Highway about mid-way between Roma and Miles.

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Local Stories

Outback Industrial Heritage Accessible at the Big Rig

In Outback Queensland, history abounds amidst its vast landscapes. From the tales of pioneers to thousands of years of Indigenous culture, each corner holds stories waiting to be discovered. The Outback Queensland town of Roma is known for its historic cattle saleyards, heritage listed Heroes’ Avenue, pioneer homestead, fun-filled horse racing and eclectic events. One […]

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Accessible ancient wonders in Eromanga

Step into the heart of Outback Queensland and discover a world of accessible adventures, comfortable accommodation, and exciting experiences to create lasting memories of your visit. In the Southwest region, Eromanga is Australia’s farthest town from the ocean. It’s best known for the discovery of some of the world’s most significant (and largest) dinosaur fossils […]

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Local Shows in Outback Queensland

Here is your comprehensive list of dates for Local Shows in Outback Queensland 2024.

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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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Nullawokka First Nations Gallery & Tours

Bollon – 610km south-west from Brisbane Based in Bollon’s 140-year-old historic post office building, Nullawokka First Nations Gallery offers cultural tours, genuine Indigenous artworks, gifts, souvenirs and delicious bush tucker to take home as a reminder of your visit to Outback Queensland. Nullawokka, meaning ‘black tracks’, is owned and operated by proud Gwamu elder Bill […]

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The Big Rig

Roma – 479km west from Brisbane Have fun and learn about the origins of Australia’s multi-billion-dollar oil and gas industry at the amazing Big Rig! Along with original machinery, early rigs and the ‘Oil Patch’ prize challenge for the kids, you can climb the 40-metre tower for incredible views of the Outback landscape and enjoy […]

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4 Places to stay around Carnarvon Gorge

Imagine a national park filled with grassy plains, tranquil creeks flowing through lush forest, and giant rocky arches and cliffs – don’t just dream about it, find it in this sandstone sanctuary, Carnarvon Gorge. It’s hidden away in the Central Highlands (inland from Rockhampton) where the bustling country towns make way for mountain ranges, rocky escarpments and deep gorges. Sleep […]

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How to Win a Million Dollars in the Outback in 2024

If a visit to Outback Queensland has been on your bucket-list for some time, let us give you a million reasons to visit in 2024: The Outback Queensland Masters is returning and tickets are on sale NOW! Whether you’re an amateur golfer, social player or a first-time swinger, grab your clubs and head west for […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Scrub up at Eulo’s Artesian Mud Baths

Visitors from far and wide flock to Queensland’s Outback in numbers to seek the warmer weather during the cooler months. It’s not only the temperature that causes this mass migration phenomenon, the sounds of country music at The Big Red Bash and Eulo’s local music festival Music In the Mulga add to this fly-in of […]

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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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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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9 tips to ensure a safe road trip in Outback Queensland

Outback Queensland is road trip country! Whether you’re a seasoned outback adventurer or a first-time traveller, check out these tips from Stay on Track Outback.

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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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Love a Good Road Trip? Then the Matilda Way is your journey!

If you’re getting itchy feet and have a thirst for discovering little known, quirky facts we’ve got you covered. Steeped in history and full of raw natural beauty, the Matilda Way is your road to an Outback adventure. Pack up the car and caravan and head from Cunnamulla to Karumba, from the New South Wales […]

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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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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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Outback luxury: 5 luxurious places to stay in Outback Queensland

The outback might be best known as a place to pitch a tent, unroll a swag and boil a billy, but take it from us, it’s not just a camper’s playground.   If you prefer a few stars with your accommodation rating, the outback will surprise you with boutique accommodation offerings that prove outback luxury is alive and […]

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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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The ultimate guide to Station Stays in Outback Queensland

If not seeing the neighbours, feeding farm animals and soaking up a good old serve of country hospitality sounds like the kind of holiday you’re in need of, grab your boots and don’t be afraid to get a little dirty, these six Outback Queensland station stays are just for you.

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Your ultimate accommodation guide: the best places to stay in Outback Queensland

Whether you’re roughing it or relaxing in a retreat, we’ve got your sleeping arrangements sorted with these Outback Queensland accommodation options.

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7 camping spots along the Sunset Way

Nestled in the south east pocket of Outback Queensland, there’s a stretch of bitumen that’s known for its afternoon shows. Follow the candy coloured dusks along the Sunset Way, a 1.5-hour tourist drive that takes you west through a string of tiny towns from Tara to Surat.

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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What to eat in Outback Queensland

While Outback Queensland may be known for its pub counter meals, foodies can rejoice and tour their taste buds out west with these dishes.

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5 reasons to fly to Outback Queensland

Save time on your Outback Queensland holiday when you fly with Rex Airlines from Brisbane to Birdsville, Cairns to Burketown or Townsville to Longreach.

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9 Outback Queensland lookouts you need to visit

Here are 9 scenic lookouts guaranteed to help you fully discover Outback Queensland’s endless horizons and ancient landscapes.

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