Outback Queensland Holidays
Spend some time in the outback and you begin to understand just how big Australia really is! The Queensland Outback is a huge area stretching almost 3000 km from the New South Wales border in the south up into the Gulf Country in the north and across to the Northern Territory border in the west.
The Outback is an area full of of surprises. Parched in the dry, floodwaters kilometres wide in the wet season. A place of tree lined lagoons and winter wildflowers. Holidays in this part of Queensland will almost certainly include old bush pubs, country hospitality and pioneering spirit. A "don't rush" lifestyle.
Enjoy vivid sunsets and sunrises, Aboriginal rock art, dinosaur fossils in one place, opals and sapphires in another. The country is perfectly suited for off-road 4WD camping adventures.
The major routes through the Queensland outback are bitumen sealed and safe for all classes of vehicles. However once you leave the major highways, many roads are unsealed and 4WD vehicles are the order of the day.
No matter what type of vehicle you are driving it is essential that you carry a emergency equipment and spares in good working order. Seek advice from the nearest RACQ office.
Places of Interest - Outback Queensland
South West Outback - takes in the towns of St George, Roma, Charleville, Cunnamulla, Quilpie and Thargomindah. It is a region focussed on sheep, cattle and dryland farming with some irrigation areas. There are seasonal wildflower fields at Cunnamulla and Eulo with opal mining at Quilpie and Yowah. A Skywatch observatory is located at Charleville.
Central West Outback - an area that takes in the towns of Injune, Emerald, Barcaldine, Blackall, Longreach, Winton, Boulia and Birdsville. This is sheep country made famous by Waltzing Matilda and Jackie Howe who in 1892 sheared 321 sheep in 8 hours using hand clipper shears.
Experience outback farm holidays, aboriginal rock art at Carisbrook Station and open air movies in Winton. Visit the Stockman's Hall of Fame and the origins of Qantas in Longreach, the opal and sapphire fields around Emerald and see dinosaur footprints at Lark Quarry. The "Tree of Knowledge" and the Australian Workers Heritage Centre are at Barcaldine. Have a beer at the famous Birdsville Pub and try to fit in the annual race day. Make time to hike through the Carnarvon National Park.
North West Outback - an area that takes in the towns of Charters Towers, Hughenden, Julia Creek, Cloncurry and Mt Isa. This is mostly cattle country with some dryland farming. Enjoy farmstay holidays, the colonial architecture of the Charters Towers gold rush days, the dinosaur display centre in Hughende and the origins of the Royal Flying Doctor in Cloncurry.
Mt Isa is synonomous with mining, Australia's biggest rodeo and the nearby, beautiful Lawn Hill Gorge National Park.