You will notice the deafening sound of the cicadas at dusk and you will be paralysed with fear of the red dirt because you know if you take a tumble it will leave stains not even Nappy San can get out. The Queensland Outback is home to some sites that don’t just live in between the pages of Australia’s history book and can only be experienced by visiting them yourself.
The birthplace of Qantas, the home of the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the holder of the Thomson River is all available for you to experience in Longreach. This iconic part of Australia is somewhere every Australian should visit at least once in their lifetime. You will experience a good pub feed here as well, and who can say no to a good chicken parmy?
Located 177 kms west of Longreach, Winton is a small country town with lots to see and do. Besides it being the home of Waltzing Matilda, it also has one of Australia’s most comprehensive Dinosaur museums due to the number of fossils and remains that have been found there. If you happen to be in town when a rodeo is on, then you’re sure to have a great time.
If you’ve ever wondered where the Tree of knowledge originated then you will find all the answers here, sitting in the very same spot where the Australian Labour Party was born. If that’s not enough to get you out to Barcaldine you can also spend a few hours at the Australian Workers Heritage Museums as well as on a few botanical walks.
Charleville is just another place to add to your itinerary if you plan on visiting the Queensland outback. It’s actually home to the biggest outback pub in Queensland. Now you’re grabbing the car keys. It’s also where the infamous Cobb & Co began trading back in 1888, is home to the incredible Cosmos Centre and has several historic and animal tours you can enjoy.
Approximately 960 kilometres from Brisbane, Blackall was one of the first Queensland towns to sink an artesian bore, which now supplies the town with water from the Great Artesian Basin. You can go for a warm dip – even in the middle of winter at the local aquatic centre. You can also enjoy a walkthrough of the industrial wool era at the Blackall Woolscour and learn about how things used to be.