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CONTENTS General Information

Town Index

Qld Map...............................................................................2 Great Queensland Drives........................................4 Outback Events..............................................................6 Travellers’ Tips................................................................8 Getting There............................................................... 10 National Parks........................................................... 103 Travel Directory.......................................................105 Accredited Visitor Information Centres...........................Back Cover

Adavale.............................................................................89 Alpha..................................................................................23 Amby..................................................................................63 Aramac..............................................................................23 Augathella......................................................................78

Regions SANDSTONE WONDERS........................................20 BARCALDINE REGION.............................................23 BARCOO SHIRE............................................................27 BLACKALL-TAMBO REGION................................ 31 BOULIA SHIRE...............................................................35 CLONCURRY SHIRE...................................................38 THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS..............................42 DIAMANTINA SHIRE.................................................44 FLINDERS SHIRE..........................................................48 LONGREACH REGION..............................................52 MARANOA REGION..................................................63 McKINLAY SHIRE.........................................................68 GULF SAVANNAH......................................................72 MOUNT ISA CITY........................................................ 74 MURWEH SHIRE..........................................................78 PAROO SHIRE................................................................85 QUILPIE SHIRE..............................................................89 RICHMOND SHIRE.....................................................93 WINTON SHIRE.............................................................97

Banana...............................................................................20 Baralaba............................................................................20 Barcaldine.......................................................................23 Bedourie...........................................................................44 Betoota.............................................................................44 Biloela................................................................................20 Birdsville...........................................................................44 Blackall.............................................................................. 31 Boulia.................................................................................35 Burke & Wills Junction...........................................38 Camooweal.................................................................... 74 Charleville.......................................................................78 Cheepie.............................................................................89 Cloncurry.........................................................................38 Cooladdi...........................................................................78 Corfield.............................................................................97 Cracow...............................................................................20 Cunnamulla...................................................................85 Dajarra...............................................................................38 Duchess............................................................................38 Dululu................................................................................20

Maxwelton.....................................................................93 McKinlay...........................................................................68 Middleton.......................................................................97 Mitchell.............................................................................63 Morven..............................................................................78 Mount Isa......................................................................... 74 Moura.................................................................................20 Muckadilla......................................................................63 Mungallala......................................................................63 Muttaburra.....................................................................23 Nelia....................................................................................68 Opalton.............................................................................97 Prairie.................................................................................48 Quamby............................................................................38 Quilpie...............................................................................89 Richmond........................................................................93 Roma...................................................................................63 Stamford..........................................................................48 Stonehenge...................................................................27 Surat....................................................................................63

Goovigen.........................................................................20

Tambo................................................................................ 31 Taroom..............................................................................20 Thangool.........................................................................20 Theodore.........................................................................20 Toompine........................................................................89 Torrens Creek................................................................48

Hughenden....................................................................48

Urandangie....................................................................35

Ilfracombe.......................................................................52 Injune.................................................................................63 Isisford...............................................................................52

Wallumbilla....................................................................63 Windorah.........................................................................27 Winton...............................................................................97 Wowan..............................................................................20 Wyandra...........................................................................85

Emmet...............................................................................52 Eromanga........................................................................89 Eulo......................................................................................85

Jackson.............................................................................63 Jambin...............................................................................20 Jericho...............................................................................23 Julia Creek.......................................................................68 Jundah...............................................................................27 Download a QR CODE READER to scan this image for more information

Longreach.......................................................................52

Kajabbi..............................................................................38 Kynuna..............................................................................68

Yaraka.................................................................................52 Yowah................................................................................85 Yuleba................................................................................63


Outback Queensland Travellers’ Guide – 2018/19

Outback Queensland Tourism has compiled and produced this publication in the interests of fostering and developing tourism in Queensland. No part of this publication (advertising or editorial) may be reproduced without written permission of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association Inc. ©OQTA 2018. No responsibility is accepted for information contained in advertisements or editorial. The inclusion or exclusion of any establishment does not indicate any recommendation or otherwise on the part of the Association which, in addition, does not hold itself responsible for any complaints relating to such establishments or businesses. However, we would welcome constructive comments from visitors to the region and these should be addressed to: General Manager, Outback Queensland Tourism Association, PO Box 506, Longreach QLD 4610 Some photographs courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland, Charlie Ferguson, Matt Harvey, Murray Waite & Associates, Paul Ewant, Peter Lik and Simon Grimmett. Wildlife images courtesy of Angus Emmott. Front Cover Photo: Anita Jamieson – @wildheartadventuresaustralia – Thomson Developmental Rd Congratulations Anita Jamieson, the winner of the 2017 Outback Travellers’ Guide Photo Competition.

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GREAT QUEENSLAND DRIVES

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This map only highlights Great Queensland Drives and does not include any regional routes or local drives.

This map is for promotional use only, there are many more roads connecting Queensland’s great destinations – for gazetted road names and accurate details please refer to a quality touring map.

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OUTBACK QUEENSLAND’S

2018

EVENTURES

Every event will leave you with a story to tell...

MARCH

ROMA’S EASTER IN THE COUNTRY 29th March – 2nd April 2018

APRIL

JULIA CREEK DIRT N DUST FESTIVAL 13th – 15th April 2018 WINTON’S WAY OUT WEST FEST 19th – 22nd April 2018

MAY

BARCALDINE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE FESTIVAL 4th – 7th May 2018 EULO MUSIC IN THE MULGA 17th – 20th May 2018

JUNE

THEODORE TRAIL RIDE 9th – 10th June 2018 PORCUPINE GORGE CHALLENGE 16th June 2018 WINTON VISION SPLENDID OUTBACK FILM FESTIVAL 29th – 7th July 2018

JULY

BIRDSVILLE BIG RED BASH 10th – 12th July 2018 CLONCURRY STOCKMAN’S CHALLENGE 12th – 15th July 2018 BEDOURIE CAMEL RACES 14th July 2018 BOULIA CAMEL RACES 20th – 22nd July 2018 BILOELA QUEENSLAND HERITAGE RALLY 20th – 22nd July 2018


AUGUST

CLONCURRY CURRY MERRY MUSTER 3rd – 5th August 2018 MOUNT ISA RODEO: 60TH ANNIVERSARY 9th – 12th August 2018 CUNNAMULLA FELLA FESTIVAL 24th – 26th August 2018 CAMOOWEAL DROVERS CAMP FESTIVAL 24th – 26th August 2018 BLACKALL 150th CELEBRATIONS & BLACKALL HEARTLAND FESTIVAL 24th August – 2nd September 2018 MITCHELL CAMEL & PIG RACES 25th August 2018 WINDORAH INTERNATIONAL YABBY RACES 29th August 2018 BIRDSVILLE RACES 31st August – 1st September 2018

SEPTEMBER

CHARLEVILLE BILBY FESTIVAL 8th – 9th September 2018

OCTOBER

LAKE MOONDARRA FISHING CLASSIC 26th - 28th October 2018

For more information about outback events please visit outbackqueensland.com.au or call 07 4650 1274

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TRAVELLERS’ TIPS

Indigenous Australians have long held the view that the landscape is the core of all spirituality, the spirit of ‘country’. When travelling in Outback Queensland we ask you to please acknowledge and respect the values and beliefs of the custodians of the land.

Please be mindful when travelling in Outback Queensland that it’s different to driving elsewhere – road hazards such as livestock, long distances and flat terrain can take a little getting used to. Welcome to road trip country – wide open roads, big blue skies and endless horizons, could it get any better? Whether you’re a seasoned outback adventurer or a firsttime traveller, check out these travellers’ tips to make your journey from A to B safe and enjoyable. n A  dhere to the road rules and speed limits as signed.

n You’ll find mobile coverage in most towns with the Telstra network. Coverage is limited on the road between towns so you may wish to use a satellite phone. n Take care when towing a caravan, camper trailer or boat on outback roads. Make sure you have balanced your load correctly and your vehicle is equipped to tow the load.

n T ake care when sharing the roads with road trains and heavy vehicles, particularly on gravel roads or single lane bitumen. Please respect heavy vehicles and move as far left as possible, or pull over while they pass to avoid stone damage to your windscreen. If you have a radio, listen to UHF 40 for any extra information or instructions from one driver to another. n B  e wary of livestock and wildlife. Slow down, don’t swerve. Wildlife are most active at dawn and dusk and enjoy grazing on the edges of the roads.

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T R A V E L L E R S ’

Where possible, time your drive to the middle of the day, and if you do have to drive in twilight, please take extra caution. Bullbars are recommended. n R  oad conditions can vary greatly in the Outback. Surfaces can change quickly from bitumen to gravel, sand or mud, with hazards like soft edges, corrugations, potholes and undulating surfaces. Be cautious, reduce speed and avoiding heavy braking where possible and drive to the prevailing conditions. n C  heck the weather before you hit the roads, especially if you’re venturing on to dirt tracks. If there’s been recent rain make sure to check road closures and the local driving conditions with the local Information Centre. Visit the Queensland Government Traffic and Travel Information Website www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40 for current road conditions. Finding alternate routes or deferring your trip an extra day may save you time in the long run.

T I P S

n M  ake sure to take a break. With vast landscapes, long distances and the odd mirage to contend with, the journey can be just as exciting as the destination. As a rule of thumb, take breaks every couple of hours to ensure you stay alert for possible obstacles. Every time you have to fuel up, use the opportunity to explore the local town. n C  heck your distances and plan ahead. As you head west, towns become few and far between. Check the driving distances between each town to ensure you have enough fuel and supplies before continuing your journey.

n H  elp us keep the Outback beautiful for future visitors by properly disposing of your rubbish.

n M  any outback roads run through private property or national parks, so fires should never be lit. Use only designated fire places if you want to have a camp fire.

n F or local knowledge on roads, weather and things to do, please contact the local Visitor Information Centre. Contact details are listed at the back of the guide.

Discover Queensland’s unique spirit as you journey into its rugged outback aboard enduring favourite, the Spirit of the Outback. Connect with fellow travellers or simply enjoy the view, as you delight in the chef-prepared meals and camaraderie. Sit back and watch the world outside your window change from bustling Brisbane to laidback Longreach.

Visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au or see your local travel agent

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GETTING THERE RAIL

Serviced by rail, air and bus routes – and a popular self-drive destination; the Outback is more accessible than ever. Go off the beaten track, take the road less travelled and explore Queensland’s Outback.

Spirit of the Outback Travel in comfort from Brisbane to Longreach, and see the Brisbane city skyline fade to blue skies, rich golden soil and farmland from your window. Enjoy the insights into the history and culture of early Australia with the onboard commentary, soak in the social atmosphere in the lounge car or delve into hearty Australian fare in the dining car. From the comfort of your seat or sleeper, watch the Outback come to life in front of your eyes as you journey through ever-changing scenery and the heritage towns of Blackwater, Emerald and Barcaldine before arriving in Longreach, the heart of the Outback. Connect with the available coach service from Longreach to Winton to explore the home of Waltzing Matilda. The Spirit of the Outback departs Brisbane on Tuesday and Saturday, and Longreach on Monday and Thursday.

The Westlander Discover the pioneering spirit of Outback Queensland with a journey onboard The Westlander. This 777km scenic journey from Brisbane travels across the Great Dividing Range and through the rich farmlands of the Darling Downs, and out to Charleville via Roma. You’ll enjoy a comfortable journey where you can grab a window seat, sit back and watch the striking scenery pass you by. An array of Outback Queensland experiences await you at your destination or you can connect with the available coach service to explore the nearby Outback towns of Cunnamulla and Quilpie. The Westlander departs Brisbane on Tuesday and Thursday, and Charleville on Wednesday and Friday.

Away from the coast, there’s a world of discovery and adventure ahead. Step aboard The Inlander to Mount Isa or The Westlander to Charleville and explore another part of Queensland’s vast outback.

The Inlander To experience the natural treasures of North Queensland’s rugged yet beautiful bushland, hop aboard The Inlander. From the tropics of Townsville to Australia’s rodeo capital, Mount Isa, The Inlander takes you on a historic journey past Charters Towers and through the Great Dividing Range. Sit back and relax in forward-facing seats as you watch the coastlines turn to the vast Outback landscapes. The Inlander departs Townsville on Wednesday and Saturday and Mount Isa on Thursday and Sunday.

Visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au or see your local travel agent

Allow Queensland Rail Travel to plan your next ultimate rail journey by calling 1800 627 655 or visit www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au. 10

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Image courtesy of the Qantas Founders Museum

Your Link to the Queensland Outback. Flights from Brisbane to Barcaldine, Blackall, Charleville, Longreach and Roma are operated in partnership with the Queensland State Government. Book now at qantas.com QantasLink flights operated by Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024 and Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703 as QantasLink. Licence No. 407. CMM22123QAN


G E T T I N G

AIR One of the best views of the Outback is from above. Take to the air and maximise your time on the ground to tick off as many experiences as you can west of the Great Dividing Range. Flying can make a weekend out of your Outback adventure, perfect for those Outback events or short Outback getaways. After all, driving isn’t for everyone.

Qantas The local saying is that Qantas was conceived in Cloncurry, born in Winton and grew up in Longreach. For those who want to get to the Outback fast, take flight daily from Brisbane to Roma, Charleville, Longreach or Mount Isa. For bookings and/or more information call 13 13 13 or visit www.qantas.com.au

REX REX has its roots firmly in the bush and country Australia. With decades of experience in servicing the bush by air, REX has connecting flights from Brisbane, Toowoomba, Townsville and Cairns to Outback destinations including Bedourie, Boulia, Birdsville, Charleville, Cunnamulla, Julia Creek, Longreach, Mount Isa, Quilpie, Richmond and Windorah.

T H E R E

to over 80 iconic Outback locations. Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes and sunsets as you pass by historic Outback towns. For information on coach services and bookings visit www.busqld.com.au.

SELF DRIVE There’s nothing quite like driving the Outback’s great open road as the sun sets over the horizon; so jump in your car, 4WD or caravan and get set for an adventure. It’s now easier than ever to reach the Outback by road, as bitumen roads replace the tracks formerly taken by horse drawn coaches and early Australian explorers. The well maintained highways and mostly sealed roads will connect you between the Outback towns and make travelling through the region easier than most would think. For those in search of an off-the-beatentrack 4WD experience, take an alternate route between towns and follow the nature tracks and back roads to explore this remarkable part of Australia. The journey is yours for the making. Retrace the tracks of Cobb & Co, as you traverse the unique and fascinating

For bookings and/or more information call 13 17 13 or visit www.rex.com.au

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Adventure Way. The journey from Brisbane to Innamincka will reward you with vivid sunrises and sunsets, and night skies with millions of stars. From Cunnamulla to Karumba, waltz the 1812km long Matilda Way. Taking you through the heart of Queensland to The Gulf, you’ll find the ‘real Outback’ filled with friendly characters, unique attractions and unspoiled natural sites. From the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef to the rugged rocky outcrops of north-west Queensland and into the Northern Territory, the Overlander’s Way takes you through architecturally rich historic towns, dinosaur centres and to some of the world’s most quirky events; without even leaving the bitumen. The Warrego Way will lead you from Brisbane to the iconic Outback town of Birdsville. The mostly sealed bitumen roads will take you to new and exciting places, from ancient lands to Outback pubs, with plenty of friendly faces along the way. Leave the ‘big smoke’ behind and hit the road for Australia’s Country Way, Great Inland Way or Leichhardt Way. Explore kilometres of crops and grazing stock flank the road, interrupted by stunning natural formations and welcoming towns.


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Not settled on a route yet? Take one of our major drive routes:

Some other great routes for an adventure:

Adventure Way (Brisbane to Adelaide via Innamincka)

Australia’s Dinosaur Trail (Winton, Richmond and Hughenden)

Australia’s Country Way (Sydney to Rockhampton) Capricorn Way (Rockhampton to Barcaldine) Leichhardt Way (Melbourne to Yeppoon) Great Inland Way (Sydney to Cooktown)

Birdsville Track (Marree, SA to Birdsville) Dig the Tropic (Yeppoon to Boulia)

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The Dowling Track (Bourke to Quilpie)

Matilda Way (Cunnamulla to Kurumba)

Natural Sciences Loop (Charleville, Cunnamulla, Thargomindah, Eromanga and Quilpie)

Overlander’s Way (Townsville to Tennant Creek)

The Outback Way (Winton to Laverton, WA)

Warrego Way (Brisbane to Birdsville)

The Sunset Way (Surat to Tara)

For more information on drive routes and suggested itineraries visit www.outbackqueensland.com.au

CONNECTING REGIONAL QUEENSLAND

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PAROO SHIRE Cunnamulla Fella Centre 22 Jane Street, Cunnamulla P (07) 4655 8470 cunnamullainfo@paroo.qld.gov.au www.paroo.info


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Travelling the Overlander’s Way is easy, come by plane, train or coach, or get your free driving map and travel the Overlander’s Way at your own pace.

This self-drive track served as an important line during World War II and stretches across 1550 kilometres taking you from the reef to the outback in a matter of days.

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CLONCURRY UNEARTHED VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE AND MUSEUM P: (07) 4742 1361 cloncurry.qld.gov.au

CHARTERS TOWERS VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE P: (07) 4761 5533 visitcharterstowers.com.au

FLINDERS DISCOVERY CENTRE, HUGHENDEN P: (07) 4741 2970 visithughenden.com.au

KRONOSAURUS KORNER, RICHMOND P: 1300 576 665 kronosauruskorner.com.au

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THE BARKLY TABLELAND AND HERITAGE CENTRE, CAMOOWEAL P: (07) 4748 2022 droverscamp.com.au

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Of the great moments in your outback journey, the highways and byways of the Sandstone Wonders will fill your days with some of the most memorable experiences. Incorporating the communities of Banana, Biloela, Baralaba, Dululu and Wowan, Goovigen, Jambin and Thangool, Moura, Taroom, Cracow and Theodore; the simple pleasures of life are easily found here.

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Find Banana Shire From Gladstone to Biloela, 120km From Rockhampton to Dululu, 70km From Bundaberg to Cracow, 320km From Roma to Banana, 280km

smile. You can find yourself chuckling for days over something someone said. It’s just that kind of place.

Surrounded in Sandstone Country, the Banana Shire is located 120km west of Gladstone and 560km north-west of Brisbane. There’s a lot to love about the region and even more to see and do.

Hard work goes with the territory. Agriculture and mining are the big industries, in that order too. The region was built on the sweat and toil of pioneers, pastoralists, food growers, geologists, engineers and miners. Talk seems to revolve around the weather, the latest prices at the sales yards or stock markets, and just to break things up, what’s good fishing at the time.

The people of the region are salt of the earth types. Genuine and open, they tell you how it is, usually with dry wit and a wry

The lifestyle is laid back. Family and community orientated, activities centre around fishing and camping, sports

Get to know the laid-back lifestyle

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and social clubs, festivals and events. The seasons govern what goes on and everything fits around them.

there is half the fun. You can spend days exploring the national parks and waterways. Take your time, no rush.

That makes for a busy events calendar with festivals, carnivals and competitions scheduled between March and October. The locals really know how to celebrate; they’ve got a lot to be happy about and any weekend, take your pick, there’s bound to be something on.

Sandstone Wonders

With valleys, rivers and creeks and high mountain ranges, the Sandstone Wonders are not just a fantastic attraction – getting

Sprawled across almost 28,000km2, the immense and diverse landscapes of the Sandstone Wonders region are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Bastions of a world before time, more than 25 mountain ranges make up the area and for its sheer size and scale, it’s known as ‘the roof of Queensland’.

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Several ranges fall within easy distance of townships that skirt the Dawson and Leichhardt Highways; these include Isla Gorge National Park, Lake Murphy Regional Park, Expedition National Park, Kroombit Tops National Park and Nathan Gorge. Each park bears its own remarkable features and landmarks. The diversity of flora and fauna, even within a single park, is just as impressive as topographical conditions differ and change. You’ll want to see them all!

Now this is Fishing Fishing the rivers and lakes isn’t just about the beauties you bring up from the bottom – the fat freshwater catch of barra, perch, saratoga, cod and yellowbelly, it’s also the thrill of the chase.

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While you’re at it, you’ll discover the region and get to know all its parts. The people you meet and places you visit will become familiar friends and keep you coming back. You’ll travel the length and breadth of the region. Stop into towns to buy bait and extra kit. Talk to the locals, pick up on the tips and traps. Find your way across steep ranges, down gullies and on boggy bush tracks. At the end of each exploit, you’ll be far away from anywhere, under a starlit sky, perched by a camp fire, the spoils of the day cooking over the open flames. You’ll shake your head as you relish the moment, a broad smile across your face and almost in disbelief say, ‘This is the life!’ And the best part of it all, you’ll be right. ❖

Visitor Information Centres Rural Hinterland Visitor Information Centre

Theodore Visitor Information Centre

Exhibition Avenue, Biloela 07 4992 2400 rhvic@bigpond.com www.ruralhinterlandvic.com.au

72 The Boulevard, Theodore 07 4993 1900

Biloela Visitor Information Centre

10 Yaldwyn Street, Taroom 07 4638 6113 tdda-imc@bigpond.com

Callide Street, Biloela 07 4992 2405 marilyn@biloinfo.com

Biloela Customer Service Centre

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Taroom Visitor Information Centre

Moura Administration, Tourism Visitor Information Centre

43 Gillespie Street, Moura 07 4992 9500


BARCALDINE REGION — Artesian Country —

A visit to the Barcaldine Region is more than a trip through the outback, it’s a chance to live like a local. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle and culture of each of the towns – Alpha, Jericho, Barcaldine, Aramac and Muttaburra. Steeped in history and culture, each has a story to tell, an experience to share and a section of the Great Artesian Basin waiting to be explored.

Find Barcaldine From Rockhampton, 580km From Charleville, 410km From Cloncurry, 645km

Alpha Gateway of the West Named after an early property in the area, Alpha quickly established itself as a service town for railway construction workers. Take a leisurely walk around the ‘Town of Murals’ and view the 28 murals Alpha has to offer. The murals have been painted by local resident artists and beautifully pay tribute to the pioneers of the bush and the history of the district. You can soak up Alpha’s history at the Jane Neville Rolfe Art Gallery, the Tivoli Theatre Museum, the New Bridge, Beta Hut, Settlers Park and the Fossilised Forest Sculpture.

Jericho On the banks of the Jordan

Main Photo: Tree of Knowledge Precinct, Barcaldine PC: Louise Gronold Imagery

The tranquil and charming township of Jericho is situated on the banks of the Jordan River, south of Lake Galilee. It was originally settled when the railway line reached the banks of the Jordan River in 1885. Take a stroll down the main street and stop by the Crystal Trumpeters. The structure was created by local historians to tell the story of how Joshua won the battle of Jericho. Time your visit with the once a month double feature showing at the smallest operating drive-in theatre in Australia, then spend a night or two camping along the serene banks of the Jordan River at Redbank Park. Bring along your fishing rods and binoculars as it’s a great place to cast a line and bird watch. 23 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

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Barcaldine Garden City of the West

Aramac Home of the White Bull

‘Barcy’ as it’s affectionately known by the locals, has an interesting and famous history. The name Barcaldine originates from the Oban region in Scotland and is pronounced BAR CALL DIN.

One of the oldest towns in the central west, Aramac was originally known as the Marathon. The town was later renamed after Robert Ramsay Mackenzie, the first explorer to the area who carved his name (R R Mac) on a tree, which was found by the explorer William Landsborough and the name Aramac was born.

The town is home to the Tree of Knowledge, the reputed birthplace of the labour movement in Australia. The award winning structure gives the illusion of a canopy over the tree. A night time visit will be a highlight of your trip, with the tree beautifully lit. Barcaldine is a great place to spend a few days experiencing, exploring and relaxing. Its rich history is on full display at the Barcaldine and District Historical Museum and the Australian Worker’s Heritage Centre. The main street reflects the town’s love of arts and culture with murals, musical instruments and beautiful gardens. Take a stroll along Lagoon Creek or the Botanical Walk and be mesmerised by the native fauna and flora. 24 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

While in town visit the Harry Redford Interpretive Centre and learn about the infamous Harry Redford (Captain Starlight) and how a distinctive white bull was his undoing. Explore the Tramway Museum, where you can see the Aunt Emma RN28 rail motor and memorabilia from the early years of settlement. Get off the beaten track and make your way to Lake Dunn, Gray Rock, Horsetailer’s Gorge and the Healing Circle. Along the way watch out for the 30 metal sculptures that make up the Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail.


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Barcaldine Country Motor Inn 1 Box Street, Barcaldine P 07 4651 1488 F 07 4651 1847 E countrymotorinn@bigpond.com Barcaldine Country Motor Inn has the best position in town, friendly staff and large country homecooked meals. 20 air-conditioned ground floor units all with undercover car parking and fully concreted driveways. Within walking distance to local tourist attractions.

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Visitor Information Centres Muttaburra Meeting of the waters Muttaburra derives its name from the local Aboriginal tribe of Mootaburra which means ‘the meeting of waters’ – which is most appropriate as the town is situated close to a number of intersecting waterways. Take your pick of camping and fishing spots along the Thomson and Landsborough Rivers where you can enjoy the view and get active with some water sports. Sitting smack bang in the middle of Queensland, Muttaburra is the geographic centre of the state. The town’s most famous moment was when local grazier Doug Langdon uncovered the fossilised skeleton of a dinosaur. The Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni was a land living, plant eating dinosaur that roamed the earth 100 million years ago. The discovery of the skeleton was the first of its kind in Australia and is celebrated with an impressive statue located in the new Muttaburrasaurus Interpretation Centre. ❖

Alpha Tourist Information Centre

Rowley Roberts Tourist Information Centre 43-45 Shakespeare Street, Alpha 07 4985 1050

Jericho Tourist Information Centre

Post Office, 8 Darwin Street, Jericho 07 4651 4129

Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre

149 Oak Street, Barcaldine 07 4651 1724 tourism@barc.qld.gov.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

Aramac Information Centre

Barcaldine Regional Council 35 Gordon Street, Aramac 07 4652 9999

Muttaburra Information Centre

Postal Agency 16 Sword Street, Muttaburra 07 4658 7147 25 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

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Situated in the heart of central western Queensland, our region oers visitors a warm, outback welcome and experience. This friendly country hospitality comes naturally to us as our ďŹ ve towns - Alpha, Jericho, Barcaldine, Aramac and Muttaburra all retain and share those good, old fashioned, small town values and charm.

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VISIT BARCOO SHIRE — Nature’s Wonderland —

Barcoo Shire, the heart of the channel country, is the ninth largest shire in Queensland edging the South Australian border. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers as water adventures are found around every corner, from kayaking and canoeing to boating and fishing. The three towns of the shire, Windorah, Jundah and Stonehenge, are all situated on the banks of either the Thomson River or Cooper’s Creek. Get to know the shire with a stop at the Visitor Information Centres, enjoy the shade provided by the Coolibahs and Red River Gums.

Find Barcoo Shire Rockhampton to Stonehenge, 840km Brisbane to Windorah, 1,200km Birdsville to Windorah, 380km Charleville to Windorah, 460km Longreach to Stonehenge, 155km What’s unusual about the Barcoo? Firstly, it is the only place in the world where two rivers make a creek. It even has its own namesakes – Barcoo Grunter, Cooper Couch, Cooper’s Clover, HMAS Barcoo Frigate commissioned 1944. Barcoo is home to numerous fauna species, the fat tailed dunnart, the nocturnal marsupial – Kultarr, the small Blue wren and Major Mitchell cockatoo as well as many other more well-known outback wildlife – kangaroo, echidna, emu, goanna and a comprehensive bird list equal to a sanctuary. The shire has something to

offer everyone from unique landscapes, distinctive flora and fauna, history and tranquillity – being one with nature. Barcoo Shire boasts a six metre wide bitumen road linking all three towns to the major centres, making driving in the outback a true pleasure.

Main Photo: Sandhills and river gums Welford National Park

Windorah Windorah (meaning ‘big fish’) is the gateway to Birdsville and beyond. Windorah offers free camping spots on Cooper’s Creek – try your luck catching a yellowbelly, bream or some yabbies or birdwatch along the banks of the creek. Keen for an afternoon drive? Enjoy the 12km nature drive as you traverse different land systems and discover a wide range of local flora. Stop by Rabig Park which isn’t just for the little ones – try the life sized version of Snakes and Ladders. Then check 27 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

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If it’s history you’re looking for, then the selfguided History Walk around Windorah (booklet available at the Visitor Information Centre) or JC Ruins (80km west) could be the place for you, or check out the Whitula Gate Museum and slab hut. You’ll find the museum and slab hut right next door to the Visitor Centre. Time your visit with the Windorah International Yabby Races, a quintessential outback event held every year ahead of the Birdsville Races. Witness eight-legged crustaceans scurry to the finish line as part of the age old sport while kicking back with a coldie for a night of live music and entertainment.

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Jundah (meaning ‘woman’) is known as the administrative centre of the Barcoo Shire. Free camping is available on the eastern side of the Thomson River, where you can cast a line on the banks and enjoy the 28 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

serenity. Continue your nature fix at Welford National Park – the home of the yellow footed rock wallaby. Learn about the shire’s history at the Barcoo Shire Museum, located smack bang in the centre of town. Observe local artefacts, a pioneering display and the mysterious ‘Barcoo Dog’. Take a leisurely afternoon or early morning walk along the Archer Bros – Pioneer Pathway which pays homage to our pioneering forebears with story boards along the way. Don’t forget to snap a few shots with the quirky welcome signs sprinkled around the town, which are replicates of old shop fronts from past eras. Keen for an adventure? Head approximately 100km south-east of Jundah to find Magoffin’s Grave and the site of Magee’s Shanty (of Banjo Paterson’s Bush Christening). For a trip closer to town, set on the Settler’s Nature Drive, a 12km loop around the river with commentary on the flora you’ll see along the way.

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yourself along the way to the best views between Barcoo and the South Australian border at the Swanvale Lookout, located at the top of the Jump-up with facilities at the entrance. Take in the Johnstone Range to the east, Glenariff Station to the west, and the tree-lined Thomson River beyond. Join in the fun just out of town by placing your unique addition to the Address Book. It goes on for a few kilometres. Across from the Address Book (signposted) you will find the Rock Holes. During the wet, the water cascades over the top rock country and feeds into Stonehenge Creek making waterfalls and filling rock holes along the way. Looking for a great vantage point? Check out the big sky country and the landscapes

from rivers to ridges at XXXX Hill. After a 4x4 adventure? Then the 8km selfguided John Egan Track is for you. The picturesque trail provides a snapshot of the country around Stonehenge taking in the original dingo fence (more than 100 years old). If you can’t get enough of the view, take to the River to Ridges drive which will lead you through Lochern National Park, the property of Noonbah Station farm stay, over the Westerton Jump-up, Mesas views (if John Wayne saw these he would rise from his grave to make another western), pass Mt Felix and Warbreccan Station, pass the turnoff to the Jorn site (not accessible) and returning back to Stonehenge for sundowners at six. ❖

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Cooper Cabins

Western Star Hotel/Motel

11 Edward Street, Windorah P 07 4656 3101 F 07 4656 3090 Your Hosts: Ross and Di Ward

Albert Street, Windorah P 07 4656 3166 E admin@westernstarhotel.biz www.westernstarhotel.com.au

Fully self-contained cabins with linen Reverse cycle air-conditioning ■ Television ■ Bar and licensed dining room ■ BBQ area ■ Laundry

Best Outback Queensland Pub 2014/2015. The Western Star Hotel/Motel is a unique family owned hotel in the heart of Queensland’s Channel Country. We offer all the facilities and services of a modern hotel: ■ Bar & poolroom ■ Beer garden & outdoor sitting area ■ The Sandhill Grill restaurant ■ Budget accommodation ■ Self contained motel unit

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BLACKALL & TAMBO — Central West Queensland —

Nestled on the banks of the Barcoo River, Blackall and Tambo are terrific towns to stop a while and take in some true-blue outback hospitality from the friendly locals. Though quiet towns, you will be surprised at how much they can offer, with treasures that cover well over a hundred years. By day explore their history, attractions and natural wonders and at night relax and admire the myriad of stars in the sky.

Find Blackall & Tambo Rockhampton to Blackall, 615km Rockhampton to Tambo, 710km Longreach to Blackall, 215km Longreach to Tambo, 315km Brisbane to Tambo, 860km Brisbane to Blackall, 961km

oldest town in the Central West and is mighty proud of its heritage, and boasts an outstanding heritage precinct.

The Barcoo River was a life-line for our early explorers and pioneers, and was made famous by Banjo Paterson when he included the river in some of his poems. While the towns may not rely on its water like they first did, the river is still a major part of town life.

The information centre is located in the heritage-listed Courthouse, which still contains the original judge’s bench and prisoner dock. Next door is the Post Office which was built in 1904 and still functions as the town’s post office. Just across the road are the Post and Telegraph Office buildings which now house displays on how communications worked in earlier times and an interactive DVD of Tambo’s history. Follow the Heritage Walk and learn more about these and other historical buildings in Tambo.

Enjoy a tranquil walk along the banks of this mighty river and follow the self-guided Coolibah Walk in Tambo, situated at the headwaters of the Barcoo. Tambo is the

A visit to Tambo is not complete without seeing the Tambo Teddies. Call in and watch as these gorgeous bears come to life in the workshop. Learn how a creative

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The Grassland Art Gallery was designed to blend in with the heritage buildings, and is now an integral part of Tambo. Built in 2009, the gallery promotes art in the region and provides a work space for developing artists and crafts people, as well as holding exhibitions and workshops throughout the year. Tambo has so much more to offer so call into the information centre in the old Courthouse, pick up a brochure and learn all about the oldest town in the west.

Where Old mixes with New Further down the Barcoo River is the town of Blackall, which celebrates 150 years in 2018. The Great Artesian Basin was formed between 100 and 250 million years ago and old mixes with new when artesian water sees the light of day at the Blackall Aquatic Centre. Have a relaxing bubble spa or swim in the 50 metre swimming pool in artesian waters, which are heated during winter months. More than a century old the Blackall Woolscour offers visitors a chance to step back in time and experience the magic of working steam machines and enormous wool driers. The Great Artesian Basin was

the main source of water for the scouring process and the bore, which was sunk in 1906, is still free-flowing today. In 1892, Jack Howe achieved the incredible feat of setting two shearing records, one which has not been beaten to this day. A memorial statue of Jack sits in front of the Universal Garden Centre which also houses a display dedicated to Jack Howe. The Black Stump, where anything west of it was known ‘as beyond the black stump’, Ram Park where the Big Ram symbolises the district’s shearing history, the Australian Labor Federation Memorial, sculptures and murals are among the many other attractions Blackall has to offer.

while. For the families Banks Park has a covered play area, tables and benches, electric BBQs while Ram Park and Memorial Park have tables and benches and toilets. In Short Street, seating and tables are available as well as toilets and free showers. A picnic area is situated on the banks of the Barcoo River on the edge of town and has tables and benches, water taps and wood BBQs. Both towns are RV friendly and have dump points.

For more information on these attractions and to find other hidden ‘treasures’ in Blackall call into the Blackall Visitor Information Centre, located in the Blackall Railway Station at Ram Park.

Rest, Relax and Enjoy In Tambo, travellers can relax at EE Parr Park, situated in the centre of town which has picnic tables, barbeques and a playground area. Tambo Dam also has picnic tables and amenities nearby and a bird-hide for bird watchers on the bank of the dam. Blackall has a number of parks and areas where travellers can rest and relax for a 32 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

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Salvator Rosa National Park is 135km from Tambo via Mt Playfair Road. Drive through a picturesque valley beneath a striking skyline of sandstone formations and set up camp on the spring-fed Nogoa River.

145a Shamrock Street, Blackall 07 4657 4637 binfo@btrc.qld.gov.au www.blackalltambotourism.com.au

Idalia National Park is 113km south-west of Blackall, protects mulga woodlands, the headwaters of the Bulloo River and has a wide variety of wildlife and fauna including the bridled nailtail wallabies. ❖

9 Arthur Street, Tambo 07 4654 6408 tourism@btrc.qld.gov.au www.blackalltambotourism.com.au

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Acacia Motor Inn – Blackall Cnr Short & Shamrock Street, Blackall (centre of town) P 07 4657 6022 F 07 4657 6077 E blackallacaciamotor@bigpond.com 4 star accommodation, in the centre of town! ■ 25 stylish air-conditioned units with queen beds, 4 family units ■ Undercover parking ■ Licensed bistro, room service ■ Guest laundry

The second largest bird in the world is often seen sprinting at 50km/hr across a paddock after being disturbed by approaching observers. Like its flightless cousin (the Kiwi) in New Zealand, it’s the male bird that incubates the eggs and looks after the chicks once they hatch. The female Emu will look for further mates once she has laid her eggs, and may mate with several throughout the breeding season. This ensures that the most chicks possible get reared each year.

Tambo Teddies 17 Arthur Street, Tambo P 07 4654 6223 E info@tamboteddies.com.au www.tamboteddies.com.au Tambo Teddies create innovative quality Australian made 100% natural woollen products. We produce cuddly soft teddy bears, echidnas, koalas and are the makers of the original flat teddy, the Bickie Bear. All handcrafted in the tiny Outback town of Tambo. Get your Tambo Teddy and have a friend for life!

Blackall Caravan Park 53 Garden Street, Blackall P 07 4657 4816 E blackallpark@bigpond.com www.BlackallCaravanPark.com.au Self contained cabins/units/holiday house Large drive through grass/slab sites ■ Camp oven roast dinners every evening (June-Aug) ■ Live entertainment (May-Aug) ■ Damper making demonstrations ■ Coffee Shop, free Wi-Fi, pets welcome ■ Walk to shops/pubs/artesian pool and spa ■ ■

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BOULIA SHIRE

— The undiscovered jewel of the Outback —

Find a nice spot to pull up for the night, set up, light a camp fire, get out a comfy chair, maybe even invite a few old or new friends to join you and then...... you wait. You’ve got the perfect recipe for a sighting of the mysterious Min Min Lights.

Find Boulia From Winton, 360km From Bedourie, 196km From Mount Isa, 300km From Alice Springs, 821km

Land of the Min Min Light ‘It was a cold night, the wind whipped around my shoulders and as I looked up into the night sky, there was not a cloud to be seen anywhere. I was riding from Lucknow Station to the East of Boulia into the township and it was about 10 o’clock at night. I knew I was just about to pass the remnants of the old Min Min Hotel, a shanty which was built mainly for travellers passing through the area. All that was left now after it burnt down were a few broken bottles and singed iron. I glanced over to the old graveyard, and there it was, a

glowing ball of light which rose up from behind a headstone, hovered and started moving in my direction. It was about the size of a small watermelon and was bright enough for me to see the hair on my arm standing upright. I didn’t wait around to see what it was, in a panic I galloped my horse the whole 120 miles into Boulia.........’ This recollection of a Min Min Light was the first documented sighting of the mysterious phenomena which still baffles scientists today. Consider yourself lucky to spot them – the lights choose when and who to appear to as they dance across the Boulia Shire. While not everyone gets a chance to see the lights 35 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

au naturel, Boulia’s Min Min Encounter and Information Centre will guarantee a lightsighting of your very own. The 45-minute animatronic show takes you through the outback, introduces you to its characters and gives you the opportunity to share their Min Min Light experiences. Main Photo: Boulia, home of the Min Min Lights


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Fabulous Fossils So much more than mysterious lights, allow ample time to visit Boulia Heritage Complex to view a world-class Marine Fossil Display. Dating back one hundred million years, some of the fossils are up to 80 per cent complete, giving a true picture of the actual size of these majestic creatures. The Boulia Heritage Complex showcases three very different elements of the Boulia Shire’s history including the marine fossils, rich Indigenous history as well as the background of the pioneering settlers, who opened up Western Queensland.

So much to see and do

Don’t forget that the Min Min Encounter and Information Centre have bike and helmet hire available. If you’re in the mood for a spot of exercise, head out to the 18 hole sand green golf course. For the young (or young at heart), check out the new splash park, skate park and refurbished 25-metre swimming pool.

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Venture a little further to take in the mass of rare Waddi Trees, known for their extremely hard wood. This particular group of trees are mentioned in the diaries of two famous explorers, Burke and Wills. Looking for more things to see and do? Check out the Native Police Barracks, dating back to the late 1800s. The barracks were built on the banks of the Wills River in a spot which has never been known to dry out. You can just find yourself a shady tree and throw a line or yabbie pot into one of Boulia’s many creeks and rivers.

Take a short drive, bike ride or stroll around town and see Boulia’s mural water tank and 30 foot windmill which was part of a duo that pumped the town’s water supply. On your way past make sure you take in the Red Stump and the horse drawn wagon that dates back to the last century.

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Meander along one of the town’s several walking trails. These tracks provide ample opportunities for budding photographers as you’ll come across an array of birdlife, river frontages and the all time photographer’s favourite, a stunning sunrise or sunset.

Take the backroads over to the Northern Territory on Australia’s longest shortcut, The Outback Way.

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And don’t forget The Dangi One of the most iconic towns in the outback, Urandangie has a wealth of history dating back to the late 1800s. Urandangie is nestled on the edge of the Northern Territory border and is a hop, skip and a jump to The Outback Way, Sandover Highway and also up to Camooweal in the north.

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CLONCURRY

— Friendly Heart of the Great North West — Few places can claim to be as influential in shaping Australia as Cloncurry; birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and destination of the first QANTAS flight. Cloncurry is a community that celebrates outback life – the true Australian way.

Find Cloncurry From Townsville, 785km From Longreach, 530km From Birdsville, 800km

The Friendly Heart Known as the ‘Friendly Heart of the Great North West’, Cloncurry sits on the junction of the Landsborough Highway (Matilda Way) and Flinders/Barkly Highway (Overlander’s Way), nestled on the banks of the Cloncurry River. In 1861 Burke and Wills with King and Gray, were the first known Europeans to come into the area on their ill-fated expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Burke named the river ‘Cloncurry’ for his cousin, Lady Elizabeth Cloncurry of County Galway in Ireland. Then in 1867 Ernest Henry came along searching for grazing land, instead he discovered copper and named his find the Great Australia Mine.

When visiting Cloncurry, you’ll hear stories of days gone past in cattle and mining. The rugged landscape offers unique experiences and whichever way you travel there are treasures to be discovered. Check out Chinaman Creek Dam to watch the changing colours of Mt Leviathan at sunset, stretch your legs wandering the water’s edge or try your hand at fishing.

Main Photo: Chinaman Creek Dam

Museum to learn more about what to see and do in Cloncurry; they’ll know just the place for you. When at Cloncurry Unearthed, remember to purchase a permit to fossick in this mineral rich country, you might just unearth some amazing treasures.

Make a stop at Clem Walton Park, a picturesque spot 57km west of Cloncurry, just off the Barkly Highway. The spot provides a recreation and camping area along the banks of the Corella Dam. Adventure to Cloncurry’s very own ghost town, Mary Kathleen, which was once a thriving town until its sole mine was closed in 1983, homes were auctioned, and the town deserted. Take a look at the remnants of the mine which are still evident today. Speak to the friendly staff at the Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and 38 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

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Walk through Cloncurry Unearthed and be taken back in time to the founding days of Cloncurry and the rich mining history that has shaped the shire. Stroll around the free outdoor display featuring historic mining, rail and farm equipment and have a picnic under the shade of the Mary Kathleen Park.

Surrounding Towns It might be hard to believe looking at it now, but the sleepy little outback settlement of Dajarra was once the biggest cattle trucking centre in the world. Situated on the Diamantina Development Road between Boulia and Mount Isa, this area trucked more cattle than Texas, USA. But those days have gone, and the last train pulled out of Dajarra in 1988. See the old railway line, the camps, and ruins of the holding yards. Duchess, a former mining town, is a hamlet on the railway line between Cloncurry and Dajarra. Alexander Kennedy, a pioneer pastoralist, discovered a rich copper ore body in 1897 and began the Duchess Mine. The settlement once had up to 1,000 people living there, with 39 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

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a school, three hotels, fruit shop, Catholic church, cricket ground, tennis courts and race track and various residential houses. Today, you can relive the glory days over a drink or two at the local Duchess Hotel, where the beer and stories flow. Quamby is located approximately 60km from Cloncurry, once a busy little railway town servicing the cattle and mining industries. The old Quamby Pub still sits on site, built in the 1860s which originally served as a Customs House. On the last weekend of July each year, hundreds flock into Quamby for the annual Quamby Rodeo to witness the thrills and spills of the ‘greatest little bush rodeo in the North West’. Breaking the trip between Cloncurry and Normanton on the Matilda Way is the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, named after the route taken by the ill-fated explorers. Situated at the Burke and Wills Junction it’s also the turn-off for travellers heading to Gregory Downs, Adels Grove or Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. The area is a quieter place, but firing up twice a year for the Burke and Wills Campdraft in May and the Burke and Wills Rodeo in November.

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Visit Cloncurry between May and September to experience action packed weekends, full of extreme sports, entertainment and fun for the whole family at one of our many major community events. Events include rodeos, races, gem and mineral festivals just to name a few of the events in Cloncurry’s social calendar. ❖

Visitor Information Centre Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum Mary Kathleen Park McIlwraith Street, Cloncurry 07 4742 1361 info@cloncurry.qld.gov.au www.cloncurry.qld.gov.au

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Miners Heritage Walk-in Mine 97 Heritage Road, Rubyvale P 07 4985 4444 E admin@minersheritage.com.au www.minersheritage.com.au

Blue Gem Tourist Park 925 Anakie-Sapphire Road, Sapphire P 07 4985 4162 E bluegemtouristpark@bigpond.com www.bluegemtouristpark.com.au

Australia’s Largest Underground Sapphire Mine Tour Giftware, Crystals and Minerals ■ Established 1984 ■ Award winning Showroom ■ Designer Sapphire Jewellery ■ Fossicking Park ■ Guided Tours ■ Undercover Picnic Area ■ ■

Located in the heart of the Sapphire Gemfields. ■ Large Grassed Sites for Vans & Camping ■ Great Take Away Food ■ Cabins ■ Convenience Store ■ Fossicking Park ■ Sapphire Jewellery ■ Fuel, Gas, Ice ■ Pet Friendly ■ Fossicking Licences Excellent customer service every time.

Open 7 Days: April – September, 9am – 5pm; October – March, 9am – 3pm (minimum of 2 people per tour) “Your One Stop Introduction to the Sapphire Fields”

New Royal Hotel Cnr Keilambete & Goanna Flats Rds, Rubyvale P 07 4985 4754 E info@rubyvalehotel.com.au www.rubyvalehotel.com.au Judged Queensland’s Best Bush Pub 2014, 2015 and 2016, this true Aussie pub is located in the heart of the Gemfields. Grab a cold beer or wine and enjoy a great meal, stay in the unique log cabins or top up your supplies at the Bottleshop.

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Central Highlands Visitor Centres Emerald Visitor Information Centre 3 Clermont Street P 07 4982 4142 E emerald@chdc.com.au Springsure Federation Woolshed Information Centre P 07 4984 1961 Blackwater Blackwater International Coal Centre P 07 4982 7755 E manager@bicc.com.au

Carnarvon Gorge Camping and Accommodation

Duaringa Information Centre P 07 4935 7077

P 07 4984 8484 E info@takarakka.com.au www.takarakka.com.au (book online)

Discover a hidden gem in our Sandstone Wilderness and Sapphire Gemfields. Here’s our top 5: 1. Enjoy a stroll through our Sandstone Wilderness National Parks 2. Fossick for a sapphire in the Sapphire Gemfields 3. Go fishing or red-clawing 4. Take a coal mine tour or visit a pioneer village 5. Wine, dine, go shopping or just relax round a pool

Takarakka Bush Resort ■ Spacious powered and unpowered sites ■ Safari tents, cabins and studios ■ Top rated facilities ■ Open all year round ■ Internet available ■ Accessible to all vehicles ■ Recommended 4 – 6 night stay ■ Via new bitumen road ■ Award winning tour guide ■ Reconnect with nature

Drop into a local Central Highlands Visitor Centre for your general information needs, community events, town services, tours, attractions and accommodation advice.

Accessible, Exceptional and Unforgettable.

OUTBACK QUEENSLAND’S

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THE DIAMANTINA – Birdsville — Bedourie — Betoota –

The Diamantina Shire is true frontier country. Its people, heritage, stories, places, landscapes and wildlife blend together to create an authentic old-world Australian destination.

Find Birdsville From Brisbane, 1580km From Townsville, 1340km From Mount Isa, 685km From Longreach, 695km

lifetime at the world’s most remote music festival, the Birdsville Big Red Bash. Watch the sun set over Big Red, the tallest sand dune in the Simpson Desert, where the options to experience amazing outback adventures are endless.

Birdsville The iconic town of Birdsville sits at the end of the famous Birdsville Track on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert. Birdsville is surrounded by Sturt’s Stony Desert to the south and rich channel country to the north, and is one of those places on everyone’s bucket list.

History buffs and tourists alike will enjoy exploring the Australian Inland Mission Hospital Museum, or spending an unforgettable day with family and friends at Pelican Point to cool off and watch the sun go down. Main Photo: Big Red Sand Dune, Simpson Desert

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With a colourful past, Birdsville started its life as a rest stop and watering hole for drovers moving stock. Today it’s a thriving community where visitors to Outback Queensland can enjoy a coldie at the iconic Birdsville Hotel, taste a curried camel pie at the Birdsville Bakery, back a winner at the Birdsville Races, or have the experience of a 44 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u


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Follow the Birdsville Development Road 170km east and you’ll come across the ghost town of Betoota – population 0. Betoota comes alive twice a year for the annual Betoota Races, held on the last Saturday in August and the Betoota Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana, held on the first weekend of the Queensland Easter school holidays. While visiting Betoota be sure to check out Browns Creek – a popular camping area near the hotel, Deon’s Lookout – the perfect place for travellers to admire the magnificent view, and the Dreamtime Serpent – an artwork of epic proportion, made using local stone and designed by members of the local Indigenous community.

Set your compass 190km north of Birdsville to arrive in the quaint little town of Bedourie – meaning ‘Dust Storm’. Visitors can admire the large sculpture in the centre of town that represents its namesake. Once a watering spot for drovers, Bedourie is now host to excellent facilities including a hotel/ motel, two caravan parks, a restaurant and tavern, general store, wireless internet, fuel services, medical clinic and a police station. Visitors can visit the Mud Hut, believed to be the first building to be constructed in Bedourie or soak their weary bones in the Artesian Spa fed directly from the local

artesian bore. If you fancy a round of golf, you can pick up a course map, score card and golf clubs for a nominal fee at the Bedourie Outback Information Centre and indulge in a challenging game of nine-hole desert golf. The Information Centre also stocks the famous Bedourie Ovens. Born out of necessity under a tree during the 1920s by a tin-smith, the Bedourie Camp Oven was constructed for the drovers and cameleers who were having problems with their outback cookware. The cast iron ovens they carried were cracking and breaking under the harsh conditions of the outback. ❖

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Birdsville Big Red Bash Simpson Desert, Queensland www.bigredbash.com.au 10–12 July 2018 ... the most remote music festival in the world ... TICKETS ON SALE NOW. Family and dog friendly – suitable for RVs, caravans and campervans. Put it on your bucketlist! John Farnham Hoodoo Gurus ■ The Angels ■ Daryl Braithwaite ■ Jon Stevens

Kate Ceberano Adam Brand ■ Busby Marou ■ Russell Morris ■ The Black Sorrows

Travis Collins The Wolfe Brothers ■ Amber Lawrence

Mulga (Acacia aneura)

Mulga is a common tree growing in the red loamy soils of much of Outback Queensland. Its silvery-grey foliage contrasts strongly with the red plains and blue sky. Mulga is just one of over 50 different types of wattle which grow in the Outback. Unlike its east coast relatives, Mulga does not have a flowering season; instead it blooms at any time in response to rain. Mulga usually grows as a tree but on hard, stony ridges it may take the form of a shrub. It is an important stock fodder plant in western Queensland particularly during drought. 47 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u


FLINDERS SHIRE — History — Heritage — Hospitality —

From sweeping grassland plains of the south, to the harsh settings of rugged basalt country in the north, Hughenden is rich with millions of years of heritage, dinosaur discoveries and ever-changing landscapes. Travellers chasing a taste of the Great Australian Outback should go no further than Hughenden; a pre-historic jewel.

Find Hughenden From Townsville, 385km From Cloncurry, 400km From Longreach, 390km Explorers William Landsborough and Frederick Walker were the first to lay their eyes on the vastness of Hughenden and the Flinders Shire region. These explorers were on a rescue mission for the ill-fated Burke and Wills and reports from Landsborough’s journal sparked much interest in the rolling grasslands that seemed to go on forever. A blazed historical Coolibah Tree stands proud as an acknowledgment to the discovery of this region by these two famous explorers. First settlement was at Hughenden Station by Ernest Henry in 1863, named after the

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Tudor Manor house of his grandfather in Buckinghamshire, England. Hughenden Station was later sold to Ernest Henry’s cousin Robert Gray in 1865 for £4,999. Gray stocked Hughenden Station with 3,000 sheep. Mrs Gray, who came to live on the property, was the first white woman in the Flinders Region. The establishment of the township of Hughenden did not actually take place until 1876. 48 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

There are four townships that reside within the 41,000km² Flinders Shire District, with Hughenden being at its heart and populated with approximately 1,052 residents. Flinders Shire is a thriving area with four National Parks, mountainous volcanic basalt country, sweeping black soil plains and so much more! Wander through the streets of Hughenden and observe the town’s astounding Public Art found in numerous locations.


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History for this area dates back hundreds of years, with a pre-historic history of over 100 million years telling a very different story. Hughenden is situated on the edge of a vast pre-historic inland sea, once home to numerous terrestrial dinosaurs as well as marine reptiles, making this area well known as ‘Dinosaur Country’ and a part of the ‘Australian Dinosaur Trail’. The first fossil ever to be found was in 1865 on a property west of Hughenden, sparking the discovery of a much greater past. These days, there have been hundreds more pre-historic discoveries in the area with the Muttaburrasaurus being most significant of all, or ‘Hughie’ as he is known locally. A life size replica of his skeletal remains is on exhibit in the Flinders Discovery Centre today. If you’re an avid fossicker, or just want to try your hand at having a scratch around in the dirt, Hughenden offers a fossicking location only a 10 minute drive from town! Enquire at the Information Centre to get directions to the grounds. Porcupine Gorge National Park is one of the four National Parks that make up a large sector of the Flinders Shire area. Porcupine Gorge is a magnificent gorge system with its cool, clear, flowing creek, towering cliffs of vibrantly coloured sandstone, and dense

vegetation. Intermittent water holes line the base, making it a perfect place for a cool dip. Two lookouts, camping facilities and walking tracks are also available in this GORGEous National Park – known as Australia’s Little Grand Canyon. If you wish to camp, bookings are essential and can be made through the Queensland National Parks website or visit the staff at the Flinders Discovery Centre and they can book for you. If an adventure is what you’re searching for, Hughenden offers you just that. From fascinating townships steeped with history and stories, to pre-historic gorges and dinosaurs – this is the place to Park ill) on Riverview Comet Windm stay for a one-of-a-kind Outback Wirrila Mill (35’ experience. Four-wheel-drive tracks, picturesque sunset lookouts and scenic hiking trails are just a taste of the extraordinary natural wonders that Visitor Information Centres Flinders Shire has to offer. Make sure to Hughenden Visitor visit the Information Centre and grab your Information Centre – ‘hotspot’ pamphlet, visit the great ‘Hughie’ Flinders Discovery Centre and delve into all of the marvels Flinders 37 Gray Street, Hughenden Discovery Centre has on offer. Have a chat 07 4741 2970 with the friendly, local staff and take your info@flinders.qld.gov.au first steps in to discovery and wonder! ❖ www.visithughenden.com.au 50 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u


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Red Kangaroo (Osphranter rufus)

For many people nothing spells ‘Outback’ better than the sight of a Red Kangaroo lying under the shade of a lone tree on a hot open plain. Male Red Kangaroos, or Boomers, are the largest marsupials on Earth, standing up to 2m tall and weighing 90kg. Females, also called Flyers, are half the size of males and are blue-grey. To ensure the survival of the species in the harsh environment in which they live a female may have a young at foot, a young in the pouch and an embryo in her uterus for the entirety of her adult life.

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LONGREACH REGION — The Heart of Outback Queensland —

Discover, experience and immerse yourself in the cultural heritage, ancient landscapes, bush legends, outback heroes and welcoming communities of the Longreach Region.

Find Longreach From Brisbane, 1270km From Rockhampton, 700km From Townsville, 770km

Step back in time Three Aboriginal tribes – Iningai, Malintji and Kuungkari – occupied the area now known as the Longreach Region with the first European settlers moving into the region after 1860, following in the footsteps of explorers William Landsborough and Nat Buchanan who reported good grazing country in the region of the Thomson River while searching for the overdue Burke and Wills expedition. By 1910 Longreach boasted 14 hotels, two of which, the Imperial and the Commercial, were the equal of the better class establishments in the city of Brisbane. The history of Longreach continues to thrive today through the reinvention of original town structures. Visit the Powerhouse Museum and observe the equipment used in its previous lifetime as the town’s source of electricity until 1985.

Just down the road you’ll also find the original Ambulance Station, a heritagelisted building which today is home to the Longreach Arts and Cultural Centre. The educational facility hosts exhibitions, displays and a variety of workshops for the local community.

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Find the Flight Ever dreamed of walking on the wing of an aeroplane? Curious about the mysterious cockpit? Take your adventures to new heights at the QANTAS Founders Outback Museum. QANTAS, the world’s second oldest airline, was registered on 16th November 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service Ltd. While Winton was the official birthplace of QANTAS, the company and operational headquarters were soon moved to Longreach in February of 1921 where a hangar and the country’s first purpose-built landing field were constructed. QANTAS was registered as a passenger and mail carrier from Longreach in 1922. 52 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

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Get back to nature Iningai Nature Park, on the Longreach Town Common, is named after the traditional owners, the Iningai people, who lived along the Thomson River from Muttaburra to Stonehenge prior to European occupation. The landscape is part of the Mitchell Grass

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Yaraka – where memories of the past are strong

sunset evening on the Thomson River. With a selection of cruises available to suit your style, you’ll be sure to be amazed by the beauty of the river and its wildlife.

Discover the surrounding townships Experience the sense of freedom and adventure as you spend time exploring the charms of Ilfracombe, east of Longreach. You can’t miss ‘the Great Machinery Mile’, an amazing line-up of historic machinery stretching for more than a kilometre along. The trail of machines leads you to the Folk Museum, a replica of an early station residence. Call into Wellshot Hotel, a historic pub standing exactly as it was established over 120 years ago. Enjoy a sundowner and finish off your day relaxing in the artesian spa.

Visitor Information Centres Longreach Region Visitor Information Centre

Qantas Park, Longreach 07 4658 4150 visitinf@longreach.qld.gov.au www.visitlongreach.com.au

Ilfracombe Visitor Information

Longreach Regional Council Office – Ilfracombe Branch, 1 Devon Street, Ilfracombe 07 4658 2233

Isisford Visitor Information

Longreach Regional Council Office – Isisford Branch 20 St Mary Street, Isisford 07 4658 8913

Head south to discover the town of the ‘Outer Barcoo’, Isisford, which is home to the world class fossils of the oldest modern crocodile and bulldog fish. Visit the Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre and take a stroll down the main street which houses fascinating little museums, the old bakery, Café Arcadia and Whitman’s Memorial Museum. The small township of Yaraka is a place where memories of the past are strong. Enjoy a cold beverage with the locals at the town’s central meeting place, The Yaraka Hotel. Discover the views of Mount Slowcombe, the gem of Yaraka. With a tar sealed road winding its way to the top, enjoy the stunning outback sunset or the glorious colours of a sunrise. ❖

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Celebrating 30 Years Experience *One free drink (Beer/Wine/Soft Drink) per person when you book direct on our Drover’s Sunset Cruise.

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Top deck cruising as you take in the multi coloured sunset from fiery orange, yellow and pink to dark blue hues with golden highlights. Then, take your seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show. Tuck into a two-course camp oven dinner under the stars as you enjoy the music and stories on the River Stage.

*Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show only from $75pp

Outback Station Tours Meet local graziers on Camden Park & Strathmore Stations, tour their properties and hear their stories about life on the land. Enjoy a delicious home-baked smoko tour or relaxing nibbles at sunset tour.

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HOME TO HARRY’S RESTAURANT

Relax in style in our very private 3 bedroom cottage. ■ Spacious self contained, A/C accommodation ■ Sleeps 5 / 1 queen, 1 twin, 1 single ■ Exclusively yours for your stay, all linen provided ■ Set in shady, fully fenced private garden with BBQ ■ Centrally located in town centre, 50m from the Botanic Walkway

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57 Room Motel On-Site Licensed Restaurant & Bar

$2 Merino Money Present this advertisement to be stamped at the Merino Bakery and receive your gift of $2 off any purchase.* ■ Minimum sale amount $5.00 ■ One stamp per family per visit ■ Not redeemable for cash ■ Offer expires 31 December 2018 ■ Open 7 Days

84 Galah Street, Longreach P: (07) 4658 2322 E: info@longreachmotorinn.com.au www.longreachmotorinn.com.au

Noonbah Station

Abajaz Motor Inn

Tonkoro Road, via Longreach P 07 4658 5953 E noonbahstationtourism@gmail.com www.noonbahstation.com.au

11 Wonga Street, Longreach P 1800 081 288 or 07 4658 1288 F 07 4658 3277 E info@abajazmotorinn.com.au www.abajazmotorinn.com.au Rodd and Liane invite you to stay at the Abajaz. We pride ourselves in our personalised service to ensure your Longreach experience is the best. ■ 19 ground floor rooms, undercover parking, Foxtel, reverse cycle air-conditioning, microwave, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities ■ Free Wireless Internet direct to all rooms, swimming pool, BBQ, guest laundry ■ Cooked/continental breakfasts ■ Chargeback from local restaurants ■ We are Pet Friendly, with prior notice ■ Cot, hairdryer, toaster, fax and photocopying available at office ■ Situated on the beautiful botanic pathway that runs between town (CBD), Qantas and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame ■ Major Cards accepted. Limited Courtesy transfers available ■ Tariff starts at $122 ■ Ask about our summer specials when booking direct November through March

Noonbah Station offers secluded waterhole bush camping for self contained campers. We are a working cattle property 2 hours’ drive SW of Longreach in the iconic channel country, and we would love to share our land with you. Great bird watching, we can provide you with our bird list, and bird, frog and reptile field guides are for sale. Fishing, pets and campfires are permitted. Relaxation and unwinding encouraged. $10 per vehicle per night. Talk to us about accommodation options if you are not a camper. For a deeper experience of the outback, we also offer half day natural history tours, with a hearty homestead smoko included. These tours can be tailored to your particular interests. Explore our website for more details. See you soon.

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OPENING HOURS: The Museum is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm (except Christmas and Boxing Day). Special opening hours are available to groups and charters by prior arrangement. Tours operate daily and bookings are essential. Combination tour packages are also available.

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Albert Park Motor Inn

Camden Park Station

Cnr Ilfracombe Road & Stork Road, Longreach P 07 4658 2411 F 07 4658 3181 E stay@albertparkmotorinn.com.au www.longreachaccommodation.com

P 0407 139 640 E camdenparkstation@gmail.com www.camdenparkstation.com.au

The Albert Park Motor Inn & Oasis Restaurant are located close to iconic attractions, The Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Museum. 56 ground floor units with reverse cycle airconditioning, Wi-Fi and undercover parking.  Restaurant beside large resort style pool.

Camden Park Station is home of the newly famous Outback Yacht Club – tour the homestead where the Queen visited in 1970! Award Winning Outback Dan and the Walker family will love to host you for a hands on touch feel unique experience. Live Australia’s story!

Jumbuck Motel

Strathmore Station

45 Ilfracombe Road, Longreach P 07 4658 1799 E reception@jumbuckmotel.com.au www.jumbuckmotel.com.au

Longreach P 07 4658 3000 E info@oat.net.au www.outbackaussietours.com.au Meet local graziers Bevan and Maree on their family-run cattle and sheep property ■ Discover their award-winning water run, the life-blood of their operation ■ Tour the property and explore the original Cobb & Co route ■ Hear the story first hand of contemporary life on the land and enjoy a home baked morning tea ■

Friendly outback hospitality ■ Clean, comfortable & affordable ■ Easy walk to major attractions ■ Local tour booking agent ■ Native wildlife at your door ■ Terrific restaurant, bar & room service ■ FREE recently upgraded Wi-Fi ■ Gardens, BBQ area, gazebo & pool ■

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Historic Longreach Railway Station, Landsborough Hwy, QLD, 4730

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Live the Australian story with unique, award-winning experiences and accommodation that bring the outback pioneering spirit to life.

Starlight’s Cruise – a close encounter with legends and sunsets Step aboard a historic riverboat for the original Thomson River cruise. Gather round the campfire for a stockman’s dinner. Discover larrikin local legend Harry Redford in the Captain Starlight’s Sound & Light Picture Show on the riverbank. It's just one of the ways to unleash your pioneering spirit with Outback Pioneers.

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morethanjustamuseum The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame Discover Australia’s rich pioneering history, marvel at the skills of our Stockman at the Outback Stockman’s Show, lose yourself in the Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery, where artists bring stories of the bush to life and shop until you drop in our ‘Outback Traders’, carrying a unique range of Australian books, quality stockman’s clothing and outback giftware.

P: (07) 4658 2166 | E: museum@stockmanshalloffame.com.au

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LIVE THE OUTBACK HERITAGE STORY in LONGREACH

There is so much outback heritage and history to enjoy in Longreach but top of your list must be the award-winning experiences of ‘The Big 3’ – Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Outback Pioneers and Qantas Founders Museum. That’s why we’ve packaged them into one pass at a special price for extra value.

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ENTRY to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame to explore five themed galleries of outback history and the Hugh Sawrey Art Gallery PLUS entry to the Outback Stockman’s Show for live entertainment showcasing great horsemanship and more.

TWO entertaining Outback Pioneers experiences – the Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience for the only stagecoach gallop on an old mail route in Australia – AND the Starlight’s Cruise Experience, with stockman’s campfire dinner and bush poetry.

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ENTRY to the Qantas Founders Museum to learn about the history of Qantas Airways, from its early beginnings in Outback Queensland, AND entry to the fascinating Boeing 747 and 707 Jet Tour which takes you inside the aircraft for a nostalgic and insightful trip down memory lane.

You will SAVE AROUND 10% PLUS get an extra day’s entry to both Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum. You can put your savings towards some of the other great options – perhaps the evening dinner and show at Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, the ‘Wing Walk’ or flight simulator at Qantas Founders Museum, or a Nogo Station Experience or Winton Discovery Experience with Outback Pioneers.

ADULT $286 | CONC $266 | CHILD (5–14) $190 | FAMILY (2+2) $866

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M AG N I F I C E N T M A R A N OA — Maranoa Region —

The biggest and best outback adventures start in the Maranoa Region, where you can hike through the spectacular Carnarvon Ranges, camp at the secluded and beautiful Lake Nuga Nuga, fish on the banks of an inland river or discover authentic and genuine Australian history. You can soak in the ancient waters of the Mitchell Artesian Spas or be in town for one of our big events.

Find the Maranoa Region From Brisbane to Roma, 480km From Charleville to Roma, 265km From Rockhampton to Roma, 470km They say all roads lead to Roma, and this includes its surrounding towns of Mitchell, Injune, Surat, Wallumbilla and Yuleba. You can join an authentic tour of the biggest saleyards in the southern hemisphere, wrap your arms around the big bottle tree soaking up beautiful earth energy and learn about the discovery of oil and gas in Australia at the Roma Big Rig. Throughout the region there are truly spectacular ancient landscapes and unique flora and fauna. Check out the eight established tourist drives, perfect for the 4WD enthusiast looking to get off the beaten track, plus fully guided eco tours available. Carnarvon Gorge National

Park offers towering white cliffs, huge rock overhangs adorned with ochre stencils and engravings from an ancient and ongoing culture and an array of well established walking trails.

Main Photo: Roma Saleyards

Cosmopolitan Outback As the largest town in the Maranoa Region, Roma offers an array of citylike conveniences with friendly country hospitality. Whether you want an espresso, latte, mocha or macchiato there is an abundance of cafes ideally located throughout town. The dining options include fine dining restaurants, niche cafes, contemporary modern pubs that offer pub grub and alfresco dining, plus all your traditional take-away options. You’re in beef country after all, so be sure to try a mouth-watering grass fed steak while you are in town. 63 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

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Leave some room in your suitcase because the recently landscaped down-town Roma offers the perfect place to stroll and browse the beautiful local specialty shops, the breathtakingly abundant craft supplies store and local Roma on Bungil Art Gallery, which is bound to result in some unplanned purchases.

must see while in town is the Cobb & Co Changing Station Museum which includes the 14 seat replica Cobb & Co Coach, a 25,000 litre fresh water aquarium, and a beautiful display of local artworks at the Surat on Balonne Gallery. Stroll along the breathtaking Balonne River, while continuing to absorb the history and culture of the Surat community. From Surat the Cobb & Co tourist drive will lead you to Yuleba, which provides the perfect

‘Would highly recommend any city slicker go out to visit this hive of activity … really gives you an appreciation of how important the cattle industry is to our farmers and economy.’ – TripAdvisor

You’ll find the Big Rig Parklands located on the edge of the Bungil Creek, where the children have lots of room to burn off excess energy, look for local wildlife and create lasting memories. Retreat from the outback heat with a relaxing stroll along the Adungadoo Pathway, accessible from the parklands.

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opportunity to relive the history of an Australian icon. The drive follows the route taken by the last Cobb & Co coach service to run in Australia. It’ll provide you with a deeper understanding and insight into the lifestyle of early settlers and the journey of the passengers using the coach service. Make sure you pack the thermos because Judd’s Lagoon in Yuleba provides a peaceful background for a relaxing cuppa, and the historic Calico Cottage Complex in


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Great Artesian Spa 2 Cambridge Street, Mitchell 07 4624 6923

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Cobb & Co Changing Station 62 Burrowes Street, Surat 07 4626 5136

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Calico Cottage Warrego Highway, Wallumbilla 07 4623 4244

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Narrow-leaved Bottle Tree (Brachychiton rupestris)

Narrow-leaved Bottle Trees line the streets of many Outback Queensland towns, most famously at Roma, where each tree in the ‘Avenue of Heroes’ has been planted in memory of a fallen soldier from World War I. Bottle Trees naturally grow on a range of land types from fertile plains and valleys through to rocky ridges. Inside their bottle-shaped trunk is soft, fibrous wood. They’re no relation to the similar-looking Boab trees of WA’s Kimberley region. Bottle Trees of all shapes and sizes can be seen growing along the Matilda Way, Great Inland Way and Warrego Way.

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McKINLAY SHIRE — Gateway to the Gulf —

McKinlay Shire was named after the eminent explorer, John McKinlay, who undertook the first and greatest transcontinental feat in Australia, travelling from Adelaide to the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1861–62. The first settlers to the McKinlay Shire had to be hardy souls and even today the Shire is a place of extraordinary people who love the outback Queensland way of life.

Main Photo: There are many picturesque locations by the creek

Find McKinlay Shire From Townsville to Julia Creek, 650km From Mount Isa to Julia Creek, 260km From Longreach to McKinlay, 420km From Rockhampton to McKinlay, 1100km

Get to know the Area McKinlay Shire comprises of four towns; Julia Creek, Nelia, McKinlay and Kynuna. Julia Creek and Nelia are located on the Flinders Highway (Overlander’s Way) while McKinlay and Kynuna are positioned on the Landsborough Highway (Matilda Way). There’s a shortcut between Kynuna and

Julia Creek which are connected by a fully sealed road. Julia Creek, the main service centre of the Shire, is linked to the Burke and Wills Junction by a fully sealed road thus earning the tagline ‘Gateway to the Gulf’. If you’re keen to learn more about the Shire’s history, stop by the McKinlay Museum, Duncan McIntyre Museum in Julia Creek or the Julia Creek ‘Opera House’ (no singing involved – it was opened the same day as its Sydney namesake). All are home to a range of displays and information highlighting the Shire’s rich heritage. 68 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

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recently undergone redevelopment seeing the addition of a new amenities block, more drive-through sites and spectacular artesian bath houses with a glorious outlook to the undulating downs country. There’s no better way to unwind after a big day driving than with your favourite beverage whilst enjoying the soothing properties of our local artesian water. Every Monday night from April to September, the Julia Creek Caravan Park hosts Bush Dinners – a meal under the stars that you will not forget. Whilst you are tucking into your hearty meal, a local shares anecdotes about their daily lives in the outback.

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Nelia is a small outback town situated 50km east of Julia Creek on the Overlander’s Way. It is home to the world’s largest brolga sculptures, an art gallery and a range of accommodation options are available at Corella Creek Country Farm Stay.

Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre – ‘At the Creek’

34 Burke Street, Julia Creek 07 4746 7690 tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au Facebook.com/JuliaCreekVisitorInformationCentre www.atthecreek.com.au

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Middleton Street, McKinlay 07 4746 8848 tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au

In the south of the Shire on the Matilda Way are the towns of McKinlay and Kynuna, the heart of Australian Folklore. Made famous by the filming of the classic outback film, Crocodile Dundee, check out original relics of the film at McKinlay’s Walkabout Creek Hotel.

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Follow on the Shire’s claim to fame at Kynuna, where it’s believed that Banjo Paterson was inspired to pen Waltzing Matilda at the town’s Combo Waterhole. It’s said that the swagman and the squatter enjoyed their last drink at Kynuna’s Blue Heeler Hotel. ❖

‘Who'll come a Waltzing Matilda my darling,

Who'll come a Waltzing Matilda with me?’ Banjo Paterson

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Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

‘At The Creek’ – Julia Creek 34 Burke Street, Julia Creek P 07 4746 7690 E tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au www.atthecreek.com.au Award winning Visitor Information Centre and tourist attraction Brochures, maps, itineraries, travel bookings and iconic souvenirs ■ Interactive film, photographic and audio displays housed in historical fettler’s cottages featuring the region’s proud and honest history ■ The new ‘Beneath the Creek’ experience lets you unearth Julia Creek’s geological and geographical features ■ Free Wi-Fi ■ Nocturnal viewing area of dunnarts + daily feeding shows ■ ■

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Julia Creek Caravan Park Old Normanton Road, Julia Creek P 07 4746 7108 E jccaravanpark@mckinlay.qld.gov.au www.jccaravanpark.com.au Artesian Bath Houses Award winning Bush Dinners Monday nights April–September ■ New self-contained cabins ■ Unpowered & powered van sites ■ Powered sites on grass for motor homes & camping ■ Large grassed camping area ■ New amenities block and laundry

Although the Australian Bustard is commonly referred to as the Plains Turkey or Bush Turkey by inland Australians, it is in no way related to the Brush Turkey commonly seen on the coast. These birds stand up to 1.2m tall, and are often seen wandering through long grass looking for lizards, grasshoppers and mice or picking at leaves, fruit and seeds as they lope along. During the breeding season the males display by puffing out their chest feathers, inflating their throat sac and producing a loud deep roar. They also clear a display area in which they strut around with their tail cocked high over their back.

Well behaved pets welcome Camp kitchen–communal BBQ, TV, fridge & washing up facilities ■ Waste dump point ■ Nature walk to Julia Creek ■ Walking distance to town centre, pool & indoor sports centre ■ Free Wi-Fi & free cruiser bike hire ■ Friendly atmosphere & clean amenities

Julia Creek – 96hr RV Friendly Area Contact ‘At the Creek’ Visitor Information Centre for directions P 07 4746 7690 E tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au www.atthecreek.com.au Suitable for self-contained RVs and Caravans (must have a toilet and shower on board), this FREE camping area adjacent to Julia Creek is an ideal spot to observe the wildlife or to wet the line. Cruiser bikes so you can pedal up town, water, picnic tables and bush camp cooks are all provided free of charge. On Monday nights from April to September, a courtesy bus will take you to the iconic Julia Creek Caravan Park Bush Dinners. If you wish to be an RV Camp Host Volunteer in 2018, please contact Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre. Permits obtained from camp host during April to September and from the Information Centre from October through March.

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6. Hughenden to Georgetown – 3 Gorges Trail  Hughenden to Porcupine Gorge National Park  The Lynd Oasis Roadhouse  Einasleigh to Copperfield Gorge  Agate Display at Goldfields Hotel Forsayth  Cobbold Gorge  TerrEstrial Centre Georgetown Mineral Collection

Events: Easter@Einasleigh | 29 March –1st April Outback Rock & Blues, Undara Experience | 20–22nd April Mt Hogan Treasure Chase | 6–7th July Oak Park Races | 6–7th July Forsayth Turnout | 4th August Flat Creek Finch Count | 29–30th September Georgetown Bush Races | 30th September Einasleigh Horse Sports | December New Year’s Eve, Goldfields Hotel Forsayth | 31st December

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Honeysuckle Grevillea (Grevillea juncifolia)

Honeysuckle Grevillea is one of the most spectacular of Outback Queensland’s wildflowers. Its bright orange blooms can be seen in spring and are a valuable source of nectar for native bees, beetles and birds such as honeyeaters. This shrub, growing to 2m high, is well-adapted to dry environments with its thin foliage. It grows throughout arid Australia most commonly on spinifex-covered plains and sand hills. In Outback Queensland, Honeysuckle Grevillea grows on roadsides around Windorah, Charleville, Barcaldine and Cunnamulla.

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MOUNT ISA — An Outback Oasis —

There’s no mistaking Mount Isa. The giant smoke stacks that loom over the city stand out like beacons, symbols of this outback town’s mining heart. This is a resilient, bustling centre a long way from anywhere. But with its amazing history, ancient landscapes and friendly locals, it’s a jewel worth exploring.

Main Photo: Mount isa – a jewel worth exploring PC: Anne Hartung

Find Mount Isa From Townsville, 900km From Longreach, 650km From Birdsville, 685km Mount Isa and its population of more than 23,000 people, sits within the massive North West Minerals Province, some 1800 kilometres from the Queensland capital, Brisbane and 900 kilometres from Townsville on the coast. It’s Australia’s second largest city by area, sharing a border with the Northern Territory to the west and includes the township of Camooweal 188 kilometres to the north west. There are many perspectives to be explored when visiting Mount Isa and North West

Queensland. Take to the sky and you’ll see horizons so vast you can see the curvature of the earth. At night clear ink black skies are ablaze with light from a billion stars. From the ground, Mount Isa emerges from the outback landscape like an oasis – a modern industrious city with nods to its historic beginnings and traditional Indigenous owners, the Kalkadoon people. Beneath the earth is another world entirely with complex networks of endless tunnels and shafts tapping the vast mineral wealth for which the north west is most famous. With its vast stores of minerals such as silver, zinc, copper and lead, the region has helped drive the economy of northern Australia for almost a century. 74 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

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the students, nor the students see the teacher or each other. Originally established in 1960, the Mount Isa school is one of seven in Queensland providing education via satellite internet to students on properties as far as 1000km away. Tours through the School give visitors a behind-the-scenes appreciation of the organisation required to run the service. Mount Isa is also home to one of Queensland’s largest Royal Flying Doctors (RFDS) bases. The RFDS began its life in outback Queensland. It continues to service huge sparsely populated areas, bringing a

Outback Events If you want to experience the true spirit of the outback then you better have the annual Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo on your list. As the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere, this action-packed event is held every year in August. It’s filled with non-stop bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, rope and tie, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping. The event attracts the best cowboys and cowgirls from around Australia and the world, and features a

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packed program of entertainment and live music concerts. The Mount Isa Rodeo turns 60 next year. It’s certain to be a huge outback celebration worth being a part of.

The Best of Nature Mount Isa sits nestled among the ochrered Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the Leichhardt River. Check out one of the many natural gems just a short drive out of town. Lake Moondarra is situated 17km north of the city centre. Access to the lake is by a sealed road and offers a picturesque shoreline drive. The lake is a popular place for locals and tourists to visit with its spectacular scenery, diverse bird life and it’s safe for swimming

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and boating. It’s also stocked with barramundi so don’t forget to bring your lures. The annual Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic takes over the town every October and offers three days of non-stop fishing, fun and excitement. Adventurous? Journey a little further north to discover the spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge in Boodjamulla National Park. While not an easy drive in, your efforts are rewarded with beautiful red sandstone gorges and amazingly crystal clear turquoise green water fed from natural springs – a true oasis. Its neighbour, the World Heritage-listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields is a World Heritage Site located in the south-eastern section of Lawn Hill National Park. If you’re interested in dinosaurs, it’s worth a visit to see the wellpreserved mammal fossils dating back 25 million years. ❖

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Adels Grove Situated on Lawn Hill Creek and only 10km from Lawn Hill Gorge with road and air access

Adels Grove is adjacent to spectacular Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park in North West Queensland. This tropical oasis provides a range of accommodation, meals on the open deck overlooking the pristine Lawn Hill Creek and activities including bush walking, bird watching, canoeing, cruise and guided tours. Bookings are essential

Outback At Isa 19 Marian Street, Mount Isa P 07 4749 1555 E info@outbackatisa.com.au www.experiencemountisa.com Outback at Isa has it for you! Get hands on with mining at the Hard Times Mine underground tour, explore Australia’s ancient past in the Riversleigh Fossil Centre, discover Mount Isa’s pioneering history in the Isa Experience along with the new ‘Mount Isa Rodeo Exhibition’ (opening early 2018), check out the native flora and fauna in the Outback Park and the native fish in the Mount Isa Fish Stocking Group display. All in one place, at Outback at Isa. While you’re here, why not have a coffee at our café, or grab a souvenir in the gift shop. Still want more? How about exploring the onsite art gallery or planning your trip in the award winning Visitor Information Centre.

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Why not catch up on your emails, have a hot shower or just relax in the Outback Park.

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Whatever you need, Outback at Isa has it for you!

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Cnr Camooweal Street & Rodeo Drive, Mount Isa P 07 4743 3024 (reservations) E h0575@accor.com

EXPLORE THE OLD AND THE NEW OF THE ISA

The ibis Styles Mount Isa is located in the heart of Mount Isa and features 57 rooms, a pool with BBQ area, a restaurant and bar and free off street parking. All bookings receive complimentary continental breakfast.

The Drover’s Camp Camooweal Lot 15 Barkly Highway (north side), Camooweal P 07 4748 2022 E info@droverscamp.com.au www.droverscamp.com.au

Lake Moondarra sunset TOUR

Travel out to Lake Moondarra for a spectacular sunset and enjoy the serenity on the lawns with a ploughman’s platter and drinks.

Droving Heritage Centre ■ Opens daily to visitors – May to Sept 9am – 3pm ■ Guided Tours available May to Aug – 9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm – Admission $10; wheelchair friendly ■ Gift Shop; EFTPOS; Coach Tours Welcome; Off season entry available (phone prior to arrival) ■ Drover’s Camp Festival 4th weekend in August

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MURWEH SHIRE

— Charleville, Morven, Augathella & Cooladdi —

As you head towards Queensland’s Southern Outback you will reach the town of Charleville, the administration centre for the Murweh Shire. The towns of Charleville, Morven, Augathella and Cooladdi all make up the Murweh Shire with Charleville also being the largest town in the Southern Outback.

Find Murweh Shire From Brisbane to Charleville, 740km From Longreach to Augathella, 430km From Birdsville to Cooladdi, 755km

Charleville – The home of Stars and Secrets With a population of only 3,300, Charleville boasts the title as the largest town in South West Queensland. With a history dating back as far as 1847 Charleville has risen above and prospered through many a drought and flood, as well as played a significant part in Australia’s early pioneer history. Did you know that it was in Charleville that Cobb and Co had their largest and longest

running coach making factory and today the Catholic School Hall stands on the site? Charleville is located on the Matilda Highway and is the cross roads to Outback Queensland’s amazing attractions. You can easily spend a week in Charleville before venturing off to your next destination. ‘All roads lead to Charleville’, either by car, plane, bus or train. Did you know that back in 1942 the train was the main form of transport when the USAAF Servicemen were arriving here to make Charleville their secret base for four years? It took them 11 days of train travel from Sydney, now it only takes an overnight ride from Brisbane and so much countryside to see along the way. Make 78 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

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sure to book the Top Secret WWII Tour that operates daily and we promise you’ll be pleased you did. Don’t forget to take a photo near the B17 billboard to say you’ve been there, done that. Charleville’s bursting at the seams with history and your first port of call will be the Charleville Visitor Information Centre to ask for your see and do list. You don’t want to miss out on some of the great experiences; talk to the locals, find out what there is to do, then start enjoying your time in our part of Outback Queensland.


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afterwards, just as Harry would have wanted. Step back in time at Historic House Museum, when life was tough and outback ingenuity was born. Maybe you enjoy doing your own guided tour, this too is possible by purchasing the Audio Heritage Trail CD from the Visitor Information Centre and listen to the fascinating outback history while you drive around in the comfort of your own vehicle. If you’re caravanning, you have a choice of five caravan parks or the bush camp in or around Charleville. Each offers a totally different experience and will ensure you have a memorable stay in Charleville.

WHAT'S If you’ve never looked 16,000 light years into space, seen the rings of Saturn or seen a double star in the night sky, Charleville’s Cosmos Centre is a must. View the night skies like never before through powerful Meade telescopes with experienced guides to tell you the interesting facts about the night sky. Take in the ‘shooting stars’, the fantastic new ‘Cosmos Shuttle’, and another must is the ‘Outback Stargazing’ Theatre. All this can be found at the Charleville Cosmos Centre’s Astronomy by Day. The Cosmos Centre is … if you will pardon the pun … out of this world!

Meet the endangered Bilby and learn about the struggle to ensure the survival of this iconic little Australian. Get up close and personal with a show or browse through the display and watch them in their natural habitat. If it’s history you’re interested in, then there is plenty of that. The Scones & Stories tour at historic Hotel Corones addresses the story of one Haralambos Corones (Harry) and how he built his empire in Charleville. Enjoy the afternoon tour and enjoy a Devonshire tea

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Most of the caravan parks also have their own tours or camp oven dinners available as well. Make sure to ask when booking y. what their ‘signature’ product is. The iconic Bilb y g Photograph Remember the billy is always on the Photo: Bluedo boil for a cuppa in Charleville. Keep the Flying Doctor Flying by visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Visitor Centre and understand where it all began. Did you also know that you can visit the largest classroom, in area that is, by attending a lesson at the School of Distance Education? Based in Charleville, the students are from hundreds of kilometres away. Check out how it works by visiting the school weekdays through the school year and see it all in action.

Augathella – Bushranger Country With a population of 395, Augathella was once named Burenda, and then renamed Ellangowan before it was finally called Augathella once gazetted in 1883. The town lies on the Matilda Highway, 85 kilometres north of Charleville and 748 kilometres west of Brisbane. There’s a growing arts centre in the town, public library, public swimming pool, a bowls club and the annual rodeo and races are always great weekends. Today, grazing is still the predominant industry of the area. The town is situated on the Warrego River (an Aboriginal word meaning ‘river of sand’). When heading out Augathella way, make sure to pull up in the town centre and walk through the park to see the giant Meat Ant sculpture above your head. The Augathella folks are passionate about their football and their ‘Mighty Meat Ants’ team. The wrought iron sculptures and murals created by locals are worth stopping for. Extend the walk along the Warrego River and relax in its peaceful bush setting. Today the word Ellangowan (the town’s former name) refers to Augathella’s only pub, the Ellangowan Hotel. The hub of the community, call in and have a chat to the friendly locals and ask about the story behind their Smiley Café. A character you may remember of years gone by, Smiley came to life in Augathella as the author, Raymond Moore, actually went to school in the town with Smiley’s character. Augathella was home and stamping grounds of the notorious Kenniff Brothers bushrangers and owes its very existence to the bullock teams that camped along the Warrego all those years ago. If you’re interested in Aboriginal culture, ask about Mt Tabor. The bottom end of Carnarvon

has some incredible history and stories to offer and can be accessed from Augathella or Morven.

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Wide open spaces, thick belts of flora, red dusty roads, breathtaking sunsets and good 'ol country hospitality are all phrases that best describe the Queensland Outback and here is one more to add – Rainforest. Yes, that’s right, Rainforest, and that’s exactly what you will find just south of the town of Morven. Spend time trekking through the Tregole National Park which will have you breathless at the huge forest of extremely rare Ooline trees. The Ooline tree has rainforest origins and dates back as far as the Pleistocene Era (a period of 1.6 million to 10,000 years ago). Also whilst in Morven check out the museum and soak in the nostalgia of yesteryear as you browse the countless items of memorabilia. See an amazing hut made of flattened kerosene tins and view the unique collection of locally made miniature buildings.

Cooladdi – Where has everyone gone? Commonly known as the Murweh Shire’s little ghost town, take in the serenity while you wander around all that remains of this once bustling town. Throw in a line and enjoy the Coolibah and Gidyea trees while camping on the banks of the nearby river or get dust between your toes at the annual gymkhana. For an experience you will never forget – come, visit the Murweh Shire and experience the great Aussie Outback at its best. ❖ 80 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

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Visitor Information Centre Charleville Visitor Information Centre

Milky Way, Charleville 07 4654 3057 tourism@murweh.qld.gov.au www.murweh.qld.gov.au


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Why stay 1 day, when you can stay 3 or 4 & see it all! Charleville Visitor Information Centre P: 07 4654 3057 E: tourism@murweh.qld.gov.au Facebook: /WhatsoninCharleville4470 Instagram: /charleville_qld or @Charleville_qld

CHARLEVILLE COSMOS CENTRE & OBSERVATORY

One great centre, many great astronomy experiences. View distant stars & planets through powerful telescopes. Learn how to read the night sky. View the sun through a solar telescope, experience our interactive Cosmos Shuttle & hold a shooting star in your hand!

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Find out what secret the Americans were hiding & be absorbed by the fascinating history. Your guide will unveil an incredible story of the time when the world was at war & Charleville was at the centre of it all. The Top Secret WWII Tour is available daily and can be booked through the Charleville Visitor Information Centre!

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Save the Bilby Fund is a not-for-profit organisation that has created this educational and interpretive centre. The Charleville Bilby Experience showcases this amazing marsupial of outback Australia and the work being done to save it from extinction.

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In our ‘bilby experiences’ you’ll learn about the plight of the bilby and watch their antics in the spectacular nocturnal house. Our ‘Up Close and Personal Experience’ option is a unique opportunity to touch a bilby and capture that memory with a photograph.

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THE ROCKS MOTEL AND ON THE ROCKS RESTAURANT On the Rocks Restaurant

WHERE CITY STYLE MEETS COUNTRY HOSPITALITY For travellers who appreciate that little bit extra, our motel and restaurant have rightly earned their reputation as THE place to stay and dine when visiting Charleville.

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No 1 TripAdvisor Motel and Restaurant in Charleville 20 modern and stylish rooms, surrounded by landscaped gardens and a swimming pool Located in the centre of town Modern Australian Cuisine offered in a relaxed dining format Studio rooms offer coffee machines and mini bar Studio Garden View rooms have the additional convenience of microwave ovens and toasters Self Catering Family rooms with a separate bedroom Free Airport transfers 74 Wills Street, Charleville Free Wi-Fi P: 07 4654 2888 Reasonable Room Rates.. you’ll be surprised E: bookings@rocksmotel.com.au

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• Yabby Races Subject to availability of Yabbies • Camp Oven Dinners • Lamb on Spit Roasts • Grassy/shady sites • Luxury and standard en-suite cabins • FREE WiFi Hotspot • Polite Pets welcome • Ask for your STAY ‘n SAVE Vouchers

Cobb & Co. Caravan Park 1 Ridgeway Street, Charleville P 07 4654 1053 E john@caravanparkscharleville.com.au Friendly & Welcoming – At Cobb & Co. Caravan Park you will enjoy a quiet, peaceful bushland setting. Coffee shop Plenty of shade ■ Powered & unpowered sites ■ Large / long vehicle drive-thru sites

2 amenities blocks 2 dump points ■ Disabled facilities ■ Ensuited & airconditioned selfcontained cabins

Coin operated laundries ■ Camp kitchens ■ Pets on application ■ Happy hour campfire ■

John and the team look forward to having you stay.

Evening Star Tourist Park

Charleville Bush Caravan Park & Cottage

818 Adavale Road, Charleville P 07 4654 2430 E eveningstarvanpark@gmail.com www.eveningstar.com.au

Lot 1 Frawley Street, Charleville P 0428 545 200 E info@travelwest.com.au www.charlevillecaravanpark.com.au

We invite you to come and relax in our beautiful and spacious rural surrounds. Enjoy the magic of the Queensland outback with her brilliant night sky. Winner of the 2016 Mulga Awards for Natural Resource Management Tourism. ■ Huge drive through sites with easy access with lots of room to move ■ Clean, spacious amenities with disabled access and laundry facilities ■ Licensed bar, camp kitchen with free BBQ and washing up area ■ Station tours onto adjacent Thurlby Station – a world class grazing property ■ Pet friendly park and a birdwatcher’s paradise  Free Wi-Fi ■ Numerous bush walks, historic woolshed and machinery memorabilia to explore  New wash down bay for vehicle and caravan hygiene (fee applies)

Set on 62 acres, offering visitors a relaxed and friendly bush setting just 2km from town. Sit and chat with fellow travellers around the campfire and enjoy ‘happy hour’ with damper, camp oven nights and Sunday night pizza night! ■ Fully self-contained cottage ■ Dump Point ■ 32 Powered drive thru sites ($33pn) ■ Birdwatchers love it here! ■ Non-Smokers Only & No Pets ■ Check Out Charleville Town Tour ■ Mobile, Internet & TV ■ 4WD Motel Accommodated Tag Along Tour to Birdsville, Innamincka & the Corner Country – www.travelwest.com.au

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PA R O O S H I R E — Live like a local —

The communities of Cunnamulla, Eulo, Yowah and Wyandra create the Paroo Shire. They may be small but what they lack in numbers they sure make up for in iconic outback hospitality, natural beauty, old-fashioned values and enthusiasm.

Find Paroo Shire From Brisbane to Cunnamulla, 780km From Charleville to Cunnamulla, 200km From Birdsville to Eulo, 850km

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of drought, fire and floods and has played home to a number of pioneering pastoralists including James ‘Hungry’ Tyson. Tyson staked his claim and once owned and operated one of the largest pastoral holdings which housed the

Cunnamulla is located at the crossroads of the Matilda Way and Adventure Way. This is a place where bullock teams once passed through and shearers spilled from bar windows and yarns spread like bushfires around the district that the catch was really ‘this big’. Cunnamulla grew on the banks of the Warrego River and since the Dreamtime, this land has been home to the Kunja Aboriginal tribe. Today it is also shared by members of the Kooma, Mardigan, Budjiti, Kullilli and neighbouring tribes. From claypan flats and mulga-lined horizons this country has seen its share

largest shearing shed in the southern hemisphere, boasting 101 stands. Where remains lie of this era, the yarns have been spun of Tyson’s drive and determination which crowned him Australia’s first selfmade millionaire. Main Photo: Cunnamulla sunset

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Slim Dusty often wandered the streets of Cunnamulla and famously put to song the words of the Cunnamulla Fella written by Stan Coster, which has been immortalised forever in a larger than life statue located in the main street. Learn about the town’s history at the Cunnamulla Fella Centre Museum and travel back in time 100 million years in the Artesian Time Tunnel to discover how life in the outback was sustained with the artesian water. Take time to smell the roses while you explore the streets and local merchants reminiscent of a bygone era in this little western town. Drive to the Allan Tannock Weir for a quiet moment and relax on the

Warrego River. Throw in a line or hire a kayak and explore the calm river. Explore the Sand Hills or take the Warrego River Walk and capture the setting sun on camera. Grab a hearty meal at one of our local pubs and meet some of the characters that call Cunnamulla and the Paroo Shire home.

Eulo Eulo, a short 65km drive west of Cunnamulla is home of the infamous Eulo Queen. Call into the pub of the same name and learn of her love affair with opals, the classic outback gem. Take advantage of the 4WD tracks along the Billabong or Granite Nature Trail or visit Currawinya National Park. Pamper yourself and take a luxurious mud bath at the Palm Grove Artesian Mud Baths and

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purchase local produce including honey, hand creams and ointments. Grab a coffee at the Eulo General Store, and visit Paroo Patch and the Eulo Queen Opal Gallery for a local souvenir.

Yowah Relax a while in Yowah. Fossick for your own beautiful matrix colour or the unique Yowah Nut Opal. Marvel at the 180° views and scenic sunsets at ‘The Bluff’. Take a bird watching tour or test your skills on the 9-hole golf course with sand greens and earth fairways. Stroll the streets and meet the owners of unique opal and craft galleries, where you can purchase opal and have your favourite piece set. Grab a coffee at the RTC Café, experience an open air bore bath or share stories around the campfire at a community barbeque.

Wyandra This small township evolved as a railway settlement halfway between Cunnamulla and Charleville. Its growing popularity stems from its WWI memorial site that attracts great numbers of Veterans for the annual Anzac Day Memorial March. Explore the town’s history, then head to ‘The Beach’ – where you won’t find sand or salty waves, but a damn good fishing hole. Afterwards, sink a sundowner at the Gladstone Hotel or grab a bite to eat at the Post Office Café, which also offers an outdoor cinema experience. ❖

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Charlotte Plains Outback Magic Cunnamulla Airstrip: Length 940m S28° 04’ E146° 11’ P 07 4655 4923 E charlotteplains@gmail.com www.charlotteplains.com.au Experience a real OUTBACK Station-stay, on 27,000 HECTARES (half the size of Singapore). Soak in nature’s hot mineral spa bath from deep below the earth’s surface. Wonder at the history, vastness, sheep, cattle, emus, roos, birdlife and sunrises. A variety of accommodation and camping is available. Don’t forget the property tours of the shearing shed, station cemetery and home of memorabilia. Photograph the spectacular wildflowers from approximately September. Dine under a galaxy of stars by the open campfire. Free Wi-Fi at homestead. Dogs permitted. Dream and enjoy real outback magic and top hospitality.

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QUILPIE SHIRE — Your Outback Adventure —

This Outback region in South West Queensland is steeped with a rich pioneering and prehistoric history and an abundance of birdlife and natural wonders that is sure to entertain the whole family. Visit, explore, learn and experience the history and natural beauty of the Quilpie Shire while enjoying your Outback Adventure!!

Find Quilpie Shire From Brisbane to Quilpie, 955km From Birdsville to Quilpie, 630km From Longreach to Quilpie, 550km

End of the Line On the edge of the Channel Country about 950 kilometres west of Brisbane in Queensland’s south-west, the Quilpie Shire is rich in history. The township of Quilpie itself came about with the arrival of the western railway line in 1917 and to this day is the official ‘End of the Line’, or beginning depending on your perspective. Its name was derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Quilpeta’ or “‘Quilpeter’ meaning ‘stone curlew’ and in a nod to the bird theme, all but three of Quilpie’s streets bear bird monikers. Quilpie is the business centre for the Shire and an excellent base to

explore the four other locales ... Eromanga, Adavale, Toompine and Cheepie and each has something unique to offer. The lifestyle in Quilpie is as laid back as you would expect in the outback. Enjoy a stroll along the signed Bulloo River Walk or throw a line in and try your luck catching a yellowbelly, or perhaps a pot is more your style to snare some yabbies instead. While you’re wandering the Bulloo River, see what birds you can spy too. Don’t forget to pick up a bird list from the Visitor Information Centre to see what you can find. Have a wander through the indoor interactive museum and learn more about the incredible history of the Shire. You’ll also want to check out the onsite Regional Art Gallery featuring exhibitions from both local and travelling artists. Pop next door to browse the Military History Museum, 89 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

with memorabilia and photographs kindly loaned or donated by local families creating a memorial to the Shire’s local war heroes and signifying the long and proud military history of its heroes and the conflicts in which they served. And just to top it off, visit the Quilpie Shire Rail Museum, depicting 100 years of the Western Rail Service. The Quilpie Visitor Information Centre should be your first point of call when visiting. The friendly local staff are extremely knowledgeable about the area and can help you make the most of your visit. You can also access the free Wi-Fi and make your National Park bookings while you’re there.

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Art and culture is also important to the Quilpie community. The main street is lined with silhouettes of a drover and his herd, sheep and brolgas and don’t miss the 45m mural depicting Quilpie Shire’s history right next door to the Visitor Information Centre. Travel just 7.5km from town and you’ll find Baldy Top and Table Top Lookouts. Just a short stroll to the top promises magnificent panoramic views of the area, giving an insight into the remoteness of the region. If you’re a budding photographer, be sure to be at the top at sundown to capture a spectacular outback sunset! As the world’s largest producer of boulder opal, you can try your luck at the free fossicking area on the outskirts of town. No permit is required here and you could find a piece of beautiful opal.

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Home to Australia’s Largest Dinosaur ‘Cooper’ The Eromanga Natural History Museum (ENHM) houses Australia’s largest dinosaur, a 95-98 million-year-old titanosaur called ‘Cooper’. Come along and visit the growing number of scientifically significant fossil discoveries in the heart of the South West Queensland Channel Country. It’s also home to some of the world’s largest megafauna and an array of microfauna, discovered nearby in Eulo; these are estimated to be 50,000 – 100,000 years old. Stage 1 has been built meeting international museum standards, on a dedicated 167-hectare site three kilometres outside of Eromanga, approximately one hour’s drive west from Quilpie. As a premier tourism attraction, it will dedicate itself to

celebrating the prehistoric history and the amazing diversity of life of outback Australia – from the tiniest fossils the size of a sugar grain, to the mightiest dinosaurs Australia has ever seen. This unique fossil collection represents the extensive range of Australian dinosaurs, mega fauna, micro fauna and plants, which grows each year and is a quality and quantity rarely seen in context of a single collection. ENHM offers visitors the opportunity to learn how to prep fossils and join in on fossil digs. Their guided tour, The Australian Giants Tour, runs four times a day. So come along, pick up a bone or take a picture with Cooper’s replication and immerse yourself in a journey back in time. The Eromanga region also has the claim to fame of being the furthest town from the sea and the largest oil producing area in mainland Australia. The township plays host to a mini refinery that has been continuously refining 1250 barrels per day of crude oils into automotive distillates, jet fuel and specialty chemicals. The IOR Refinery has fuel available for visitors via a 24hr card machine. Take a stroll around the town’s historical walk and enjoy the information signs depicting the story of the buildings that once stood. Discover more about Eromanga at the Living History Centre incorporating

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Gateway to Stunning National Parks!! Dating from 1880, Adavale was once a thriving town and business centre. Changing the planned railway from Adavale to what is now Quilpie was the beginning of the end for this pioneering town’s prosperity. Graves dating from the early 1800s are a testament to the harsh lifestyle and daily struggle of the early settlers and make for an interesting visit to the town cemetery. While you’re in town explore more of the town’s history by taking a stroll along the historical walk. Information signs explain the history of each site and help you visualise what this once bustling town looked like. Relics from over a century ago are on display in the outdoor mini museum and the Police Hut Museum in the Shire Hall grounds is filled with history of Adavale’s Police Force. The Adavale Hall grounds also have a coin operated BBQ, picnic table and chairs, toilets and showers and offer free camping for visitors’ convenience. While you are here, take a walk along the veranda of the hall and enjoy the incredible historical photos from Adavale’s past. Lovers of the great outdoors and the outback scenery will love Adavale, as the drive from Quilpie is one of the most scenic in the Shire. Adavale is home to great fishing spots, birdwatching and is the gateway to the stunning Hell Hole Gorge National Park.

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The Pub with No Town! The sign at this old Cobb. & Co. staging post says it all: ‘Toompine – the pub with no town!’ Toompine is situated along the ‘Dowling Track’, named after legendary explorer and pastoralist Vincent Dowling. The South Western Hotel, locally known as the Toompine Hotel is all that remains of this once bustling town, which came about due to the discovery of opal nearby in the 1860s. This iconic outback pub is over 120 years old and is a great place to have a beer or two and a yarn with the locals. Book into the ‘Toompine Terraces’ for a night or two or camp around the pub grounds. Ask at the pub for directions to the best fishing spots and to the local ‘Cemery’, just a kilometre down the road. You can even have a round of golf on the sand green course. Toompine is a great base from where you can fossick for Opal at Duck Creek and Sheep Station Creek Opal fossicking areas. Fossicking licences are required and can be obtained from the Mining Registrar in Quilpie. ❖

Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum & Gallery

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51 Brolga Street, Quilpie 07 4656 0540 tourism@quilpie.qld.gov.au www.visitquilpieshire.com

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RICHMOND SHIRE

— The Oasis in the Outback —

Imagine being in a place so diverse, so vast, you feel an indescribable sense of freedom. From the plains of the downs country to the silvery shimmer of the sun shining on the gidgee trees in the forest country, Richmond is often referred to as an oasis in the Outback.

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Find Richmond From Townsville, 500km From Mount Isa, 400km From Longreach, 500km

Historically Speaking Richmond was surveyed in 1882. It was named after the Richmond Downs Pastoral Run, established by Bundock and Hayes, which was, in turn, named after the Richmond River area of NSW from whence they hailed. For more than 120 years Richmond plodded along as a service town providing for surrounding districts, with bursts of enthusiasm through its nearby ‘Woolgar’ gold discovery and subsequent rush, along with the town’s important link with the Cobb & Co. coach service. In 1904 the railway reached the town, making it the station and railhead for the

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The discovery of gold at the Woolgar fields 113km north of the town resulted in a rush to the area and Richmond became an important point for the Cobb & Co coaches which moved miners through the area. This historic link is recalled in Goldring Street (the town’s main street) with a superbly preserved Cobb & Co coach.


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This small town with a population of around 850 is situated on the banks of the Flinders River in Gulf Country and serves the surrounding sheep and cattle properties. Being situated roughly halfway between Townsville and Mount Isa, Richmond’s lovely backdrop of gardens, bougainvilleas, native trees and shrubs, along with the town’s recent literal step backwards into the Cretaceous Period, will make this the perfect adventure before travelling on. In recent years Richmond has become the centre of attention as an area rich in marine fossils dating back around 100 million years, when Outback Queensland was submerged 40 metres under an inland sea. Pretty astonishing to consider as you enter the outback town now. Kronosaurus Korner is a museum that specialises in marine reptile fossils, offering self-guided tours of over 1500 unique fossils gathered from around the Richmond Shire in Outback Queensland. Visitors are also offered the opportunity to hunt for their own fossils in the public fossil hunting sites north of Richmond. Permits are required, available from the Visitor Centre.


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Learn how to find, identify & excavate your very own 100 million year old fossils! Tag along tours depart every Tuesday & Thursday from April to September, with additional days during school holidays.

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WINTON SHIRE

— Winton, Corfield, Middleton & Opalton —

Winton is a small town with a big heart. It’s home to diverse landscapes, with rolling Mitchell Grass plains interrupted by mesa formations, stark red earth, spinifex country, channel country and undulating plains as far as the eye can see. Playing a crucial role in Australian culture, it’s the birthplace of Waltzing Matilda, home to many of Australia’s dinosaurs and has a thriving film industry.

Find Winton

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From Brisbane, 1500km From Mount Isa, 459km From Longreach, 179km

Winton Land was taken up in the Winton District in 1866. The town was originally located approximately 1km west of its current location, and known as Pelican Waterhole. This settlement was flooded out in 1876, and a man named Robert Allen shifted to the present site of Winton, out of reach of the floodwaters. Robert Allen was the Postmaster at the time, and local legend has it that, finding the name Pelican Waterhole too cumbersome to write on postage stamps, he changed the settlement’s name to Winton, after the suburb of Bournemouth, England, where he was born. Winton was officially named a town on 5 July, 1879. Winton is known as the home of our national song, Waltzing Matilda, which was written by A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson. This song is so important to Winton a brand new $23 million dollar museum to honour the

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memory of the song has been built (open from April 2018). Legend has it that the first public performance of Waltzing Matilda occurred at Winton’s North Gregory Hotel on 6 April, 1895. Winton is also the birthplace of QANTAS, registered as a company in Winton on 16 November, 1920. This was followed by the first board meeting at the Winton Club in 1921. 97 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

There’s plenty to see and do around Winton, the Dinosaur Capital of Australia. Meet the ancient creatures when you take a prehistoric journey, 110km south-west of Winton to Lark Quarry, following in the footsteps of those who roamed this Earth millions of years ago. Over 3000 dinosaur tracks mark the site of the only known dinosaur stampede on the planet.


Artist impression of the new Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton

The dinosaur adventure continues 24km south-east of Winton to The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, the most productive fossil preparation facility in the Southern Hemisphere with the world’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils. Meet the prehistoric giants that call the museum home, including ‘Banjo’ – Australia’s most significant and complete carnivorous dinosaur. Get back to nature with a visit to Bladensburg National Park, located just 7km from town and offering stunning examples of the landscapes of Winton Shire, from sweeping Mitchell Grass Downs to breathtaking gorges and jumpups. Visit Scrammy Gorge or travel the route of the river gum for a spectacular natural adventure.

Corfield Corfield is a small town with a pub, camping ground and a post office and a lot of character, and is located 80km north of Winton. The population swells to more than 1000 in August when the popular Corfield Races are held (yes, it’s a pun on the better known Caulfield Races!). The popular horse race is an annual event when punters from near and far come to experience the REAL Corfield races. This event is a fashion magnet for the women of this part of Queensland. In the early days of Cobb & Co. coaches, a small community sprang up at the changing

station located about 1km east of the present town of Corfield. This old town was referred to as Manuka because it was located on Manuka Station. The present town of Corfield was founded when the railway line from Winton to Hughenden was built in the late 1800s, linking Winton with Townsville. The first train from Hughenden to Winton arrived on 23 May, 1899. The Corfield population peaked at around 40. The town infrastructure consisted of five railway houses plus the stationmaster’s house, a post office, two petrol depots, a hotel, a school and teacher’s house, a goods shed and the railway building. The railway line between Winton and Hughenden ceased operation during the late 1990s.

Middleton Explorers came to the area around Middleton in 1862, when John McKinlay passed through the area in search of the lost expedition of Burke and Wills. They were the first white men to enter the Winton district. They passed by the present site of Middleton township and continued on towards the Gulf. The memorial in front of the old hall lists the men who were part of the exploration party. The Middleton Hotel was built during the Cobb & Co. era, and was a changing station, 98 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

where tired horses were replaced with fresh horses, on the route between Winton and Boulia. It formed one of the ‘Nine Pillars of Cobb & Co’. These pillars represent the nine oldest and original changing stations for the coaches of the Winton to Boulia Route, which was 384km, and took four days each way. It was called Mail Service 216, and ran between 1895 and 1915. The Middleton Hotel, campground and the disused hall are all that survives of the settlement. The Middleton Hotel now has the distinction of being one of the most isolated pubs in Queensland. Stop in for a coldie and a yarn on the way to Boulia, or as a day trip from Winton. Cabin accommodation is available and a free campground at the ‘Hilton Hotel’ across the road.

Opalton Situated 123km from Winton, Opalton is one of the largest opal fields in Queensland and is known for the quality of opal mined. In 1888 the first opal was discovered by George Cragg, a stockman from Warrnambool Station and the first mine was worked in 1894. At one time, Opalton was a bustling township with more than 600 men working the opal field, around the turn of the 20th century. The township today is much smaller with approximately 25 in population. In 1899, the largest piece of pipe opal ever recorded was discovered at Opalton – it was over 10 feet (3m) long and rumoured to be as thick as a man’s leg!


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HUGHENDEN Flinders Discovery Centre Hughenden P (07) 4741 2970 | E info@flinders.qld.gov.au www.visithughenden.com.au

RICHMOND “The Fossil Capital of Australia” Kronosaurus Korner P (07) 4719 3390 E enquiries@kronosauruskorner.com.au www.kronosauruskorner.com.au

Australia’s Dinosaur Trail in Queensland’s Outback is an exciting adventure, where you can follow in the footsteps of the prehistoric creatures that once roamed this ancient land. The trail links the towns of Richmond, Hughenden and Winton where some of the world’s most amazing fossils are still being found. A journey along the Dinosaur Trail offers visitors a range of unique experiences not available anywhere else in the world, let alone Australia! It provides visitors with a rare opportunity to see world-class fossils, Australia’s bestpreserved dinosaur skeleton, and to try uncovering their own fossils.

WINTON Winton Visitor Information Centre Waltzing Matilda Centre P 1300 665 115 | E vic@winton.qld.gov.au www.experiencewinton.com.au

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Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History  See the world’s largest collection of Australia’s biggest dinosaur fossils  Explore the Collection Room, Fossil Preparation Laboratory and Dinosaur Canyon!  Open daily April to September, tours from 9am (reduced trading hours from Oct - Mar)  Located 24km south-east of Winton

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Dinosaur Stampede At Lark Quarry Conservation Park

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 The only evidence of a dinosaur stampede on the planet  Three thousand three hundred dinosaur footprints immortalised in stone!  Open daily April to September, tours from 9.30am (reduced trading hours from Oct - Mar)  Located 110km south-west of Winton

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Red Dirt Tours

Winton’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

P 07 4657 1466 (Winton Info Centre) E vicki@reddirttours.com.au www.reddirttours.com.au

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Sit back, relax and let me take the dirt roads for you. Red Dirt Tours will take you to locations you don’t have access to when you drive yourself and provide informative commentary on Winton’s unique landscape, flora, fauna, history and pre-history. Your tour guide is the owner operator, Vicki. Check availability and book online at www.reddirttours.com.au Tours from Winton include: ■ Dinosaur Stampede & Merton Gorge ■ Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum ■ Carisbrooke Station ■ Rangelands Rifts and Sunsets ■ Diamantina River & Old Cork ■ Bladensburg National Park

29 June – 7 July, 2018 | Winton, Outback Queensland ■

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Experience an incredible program of Outback inspired films, under the stars in Winton’s main street in the historic open-air Royal Theatre. Opening party, conversations, yarns, tours and short-film competition with a Wide Open Road theme. Celebrating the 100 year centenary of the open-air Royal Theatre.

Outback Festival – Winton P 07 4657 1558 E info@outbackfestival.com.au www.outbackfestival.com.au SAVE THE DATE: 24 – 28 September 2019 Australian Dunny Derby ■ Outback Ironman/Ironwoman ■ Outback Century Cycle Challenge ■ Bush Poet’s Breakfasts ■ Nightly live bands ■ Sunset Dinner Extravaganza ■ Kids entertainment and events ... plus lots more! ■

Tattersall’s Hotel & Van Park Tattersall’s Hotel 78 Elderslie Street, Winton Tattersall’s Van Park Werna Street, Winton (opp. Tattersall’s Hotel) P 07 4657 1309 F 07 4657 1722

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Tattersall’s Hotel, on Elderslie, is Winton’s oldest standing public-house – an ongoing testimony of the pioneer era, pastoral, mining and tourism industries of the region. Quality service to its varied clientele flows at Tattersall’s, boasting a colourful public-bar, alfresco dining, extensive menu and wine list, bottle shop, pokies, keno, ATM, hotel accommodation and Van Park adjacent to Hotel. Tattersall’s Van Park is walking distance to attractions, banks, post office, pool, hotels, cafes, bakery, bottle shop, counter meals. All sites are powered – guest laundry and hot water. Site bookings can be made at Tattersall’s Hotel.

Standard, deluxe, family and disabled units Foxtel and free wireless internet ■ Undercover parking and heavy vehicle parking ■ BBQ area and Airport pick-up ■ Central to all facilities ■ Pet friendly rooms available ■ ■

Winton’s Diamantina Truck Museum Situated on the Winton to Hughenden Road P 0429 806 140 | Open daily – 8am to 5pm E heritagetruckswinton@hotmail.com.au www.wintontruckmuseum.com

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Take a nostalgic trip into Transport History ... ■ Historic Trucks, Vehicles & Machinery ■ Toots’ Truck – Australian legendary female truckie ■ 1890 Ruston Stationary Steam Engine ■ Story Board Exhibition, Photographic collection, Merchandise & Transport memorabilia

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Explore the Outback Venture into Outback Queensland where you will experience the true diversity and beauty of our natural landscapes. Explore hidden gorges, ancient Aboriginal rock art, peaceful waterholes, wildlife-rich wetlands, desert sand dunes and the incredible sand dune country. In the north west you’ll find Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and the World Heritage-listed Riversleigh. Here you will encounter vestiges of ancient life – outstanding fossils dating back 25 million years, and remnants of this land’s ancient culture – the rock art and stone engravings of the Waanyi Aboriginal people.

West of Birdsville you W will discover the sunYOU KNO D I D n drenched sands of th is regio on v isited rs te m a e P th n jo Ba n Munga-Thirri (Simpson icia l a Bush poet lia’s u noff ed Austra rholes of n n te Desert) National Park. e a p w d e n h a tilda’. T a M g n l Pa rk, a zi n lt Explore Poeppel Corner ‘Wa le Regio o rh te een a W t to have b C om b o where three states meet, re though a , n to in n ea r W tion…. and gidgee trees and h is inspira saltbush pepper the wide red plains. Enjoy the abundant wildlife at Lake Bindegolly and Currawinya national parks south west of Cunnamulla, a noted haven for birdlife. On the eastern edge of our magnificent region, the spectacular Carnarvon National Park awaits exploration.

Camping Fees and Permits Before camping in a Queensland national park, you must obtain a camping permit and pay your camping fees to secure your booking. There’s high demand for some camping areas during peak periods, such as public holidays and school holidays. We recommend booking well in advance or camping in an off-peak time to avoid the crowds. Book online at www.qld.gov.au/camping or book over-the-counter (booking offices are listed on our website).

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waterholes, internationallyrecognised wetlands full of magnificent birdlife, and majestic desert views. Location and getting there 306km SW of Winton. Access is via an unsealed track following the Diamantina River, off the Kennedy Developmental Road from Winton.

4. F  ollow in the footsteps of dinosaurs 1. H  ear the stories where they happened Currawinya National Park is part of Queensland’s rich heritage. Thousands of years of Aboriginal history, teeming wildlife and Australia’s 19th and 20th century pastoral heritage make this park well worth a visit. The saltwater Lake Wyara, freshwater Lake Numulla or the Paroo River are home to abundant birdlife, and the beautiful surroundings make this a popular camping spot. Learn about the endangered bilby being given a ‘second chance’. Location and getting there 170km SW of Cunnamulla. Access from Cunnamulla is via Eulo and the Hungerford Road.

2. Get off the beaten track Go bush at Munga-Thirri (Simpson Desert) National Park. Only accessible by 4WD and only in the dry season, the Simpson Desert offers the ultimate journey for self-sufficient adventurers with experience of ‘big dune country’. Drive past dramatically-sculptured red sand dunes, gibber pebble plains and claypans. Camp under starlit skies and experience the exhilarating isolation of this iconic national park. Location and getting there 79km W of Birdsville. Access from Birdsville is via the old Birdsville track, private property and desert tracks such as the QAA line.

3. Take the photo of the year Keep your camera ready at Janet’s Leap lookout, where panoramic views of a kaleidoscope of nature’s colours inspire photographers from around the globe In Diamantina National Park, arid lands of sand dunes, grass plains and weathered sandstone ranges merge with the many braided channels of the Diamantina River. Along the 4WD tracks through the park, surprises await experienced visitors – from pioneer settler relics to abundant

Feel the thrill of standing where dinosaurs once roamed at Lark Quarry Conservation Park. The significance of this ancient site was only realised in the 1960s when a grazier discovered what he thought were bird tracks. Scientists and palaeontologists have since uncovered a 200m2 site, now called Trackways, and protected inside a shelter, where some 3300 footprints have, until recently, been known as the world’s only record of a dinosaur ‘stampede’ – a herd of small dinosaurs being chased by a large theropod, about 95 million years ago! Findings from a recent study suggest the tracks may have been left by swimming and wading, not running dinosaurs, crossing a river. What do you think? Location and getting there 110km SW of Winton. Access from Winton is via the Winton-Jundah Road.

5. A Pyramid Race There’s a pyramid in the middle of Queensland’s Outback? In Porcupine Gorge National Park, Porcupine Creek has excavated a deep chasm through layers of sandstone spanning hundreds of millions of years, to create an incredibly scenic gorge , with a ‘pyramid’ shaped monolith rising dramatically from the gorge floor. The annual Porcupine Gorge Challenge, one of the more challenging races to take place in a national park, is held every June. If such a race is not for you, enjoy the Pyramid track at a more sedate pace, exploring the sculpted sandstone pools of Porcupine Creek, as it meanders through this impressive ‘little grand canyon’. Location and getting there 60km N of Hughenden. Access from Hughenden is via the Kennedy Developmental Road. 104 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

This park will take your breath away. Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is one of Queensland’s most scenic destinations, with exhilarating walking tracks and peaceful camping spots in the outback oasis of Lawn Hill Gorge. Explore the spectacular gorge carved into this ancient landscape, the orange sandstone cliffs towering above stunning emerald green waters, providing a cool respite from the heat of the day. At Riversleigh World Heritage Site, this timeless landscape reveals fossils of unimaginable age, allowing us to glimpse into the past. Location and getting there 246km NW of Mount Isa. Access from Mount Isa is via the Barkly Hwy and Camooweal-Gregory Downs Road, via Riversleigh.

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Aramac Caravan Park Booker Street P 07 4652 9999 E emaramac@barc.qld.gov.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

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‘The Lake’ at Lake Dunn via Aramac P 07 4651 0565 E admin_office@barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

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Anakie Gemfields Hotel Motel P 07 4985 4100

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BARCALDINE

Barcaldine Country Motor Inn 1 Box Street P 07 4651 1488 E countrymotorinn@bigpond.com www.barcaldinecountrymotorinn.com.au

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Birdsville Caravan Park Florence Street P 07 4656 3214 E info@birdsvillecaravanpark.com www.birdsvillecaravanpark.com Birdsville Hotel/Motel Adelaide Street P 07 4656 3244 E info@birdsvillehotel.com.au www.theoutback.com.au

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BARALABA

Myella Farm Stay Rannes-Baralaba Road P 07 4998 1290 E caretaker@lakecallideretreat.com www.myella.weebly.com

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BILOELA

Lake Callide Retreat 119 Lake Callide Drive P 07 4993 9010 E myella@bigpond.com www.lakecallideretreat.com Sun Valley Motel 57-59 Dawson Highway P 07 4992 1281 E info@sunvalleymotel.com.au www.sunvalleymotel.com.au

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Boulia Caravan Park Winton Road P 07 4746 3320 E boulia.caravanpark@gmail.com

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Sandstone Park 3858 Carnarvon Gorge Road P 07 4984 4679 E info@sandstonepark.com.au www.sandstonepark.com.au

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CHARLEVILLE

Bailey Bar Caravan Park 196 King Street P 07 4654 1744 E baileybar@bigpond.com www.charlevillebaileybar.com.au

Charleville Bush Camp 75 Adavale Road P 0428 545 200 E info@travelwest.com.au www.charlevillecaravanpark.com.au

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Hotel Corones 33 Wills Street P 07 4654 1022 E info@hotelcorones.net.au www.hotelcorones.net.au

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Aussie Outback Oasis BIG4 Holiday Park 76 Dr George Ellis Drive P 07 4787 8722 E info@aussieoutbackoasis.com.au www.big4.com.au Charters Towers Tourist Park 37 Mount Leyshon Road P 07 4787 7944 E info@charterstowerstouristpark.com.au www.charterstowerstouristpark.com.au

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Cloncurry Caravan Park Oasis 56-74 McIlwraith Street P 07 4742 1313 E ccpoasis@bigpond.net.au www.cloncurrycaravanparkoasis.com Discovery Parks Cloncurry Overlander’s Way P 07 4742 2300 E cloncurry@discoveryparks.com.au www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au

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Country Way Motor Inn 17 Emma Street P 07 4655 0555 E countryway@bigpond.com www.countrywaymotorinn.com.au

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Gilberton Outback Retreat P 07 4062 5329 E gilberton@bigpond.com www.gilbertonoutbackretreat.com

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Western Gateway Motel 12 Theresa Road P 07 4913 1050 E reservations@westerngatewaymotel.com.au www.westerngatewaymotel.com.au

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EROMANGA

Cooper’s Country Lodge 2 Dinosaur Drive P 07 4656 3084 E robyn.mackenzie@enhm.com.au www.enhm.com.au

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Cobbold Gorge Cobbold Gorge, Forsayth P 1800 669 922 E enquiries@cobboldgorge.com.au www.cobboldgorge.com.au Goldfields Hotel & Finnigan’s Rest Corner First and Fourth Street P 07 4062 5374 E finnigansrest@gmail.com.au www.visitforsayth.com.au

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Barcoo River Weir P 07 4658 8900 Oma Waterhole P 07 4658 8900

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Rest Easi Motel 11 Richmond Hill Drive P 07 4741 1633 E info@resteasimotel.com.au www.resteasimotel.com Royal Hotel Motel 21 Moran Street P 07 4741 1183 E royal183@bigpond.net.au www.hughendenhotelmotel.com.au

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INJUNE

Wallaroo Outback Retreat “Wallaroo”, 250 The Basin Road P 07 4626 3746 E brigalowbeef@gmail.com www.wallaroooutbackretreat.com.au

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Jericho Showgrounds Showgrounds round via Capricorn Highway P 07 4651 5600 E tourism@barc.qld.gov.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

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Julia Creek Caravan Park Old Normanton Road P 07 4746 7108 E jccaravanpark@mckinlay.qld.gov.au www.jccaravanpark.com.au

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Jundah Caravan Park 4-6 Dickson Street P 07 4658 6930 E jundahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

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End of the Road Motel 26 Palmer Street P 07 4745 9599 E info@endoftheroadmotel.com.au www.endoftheroadmotel.com.au

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Abajaz Motor Inn 11 Wonga Street P 07 4658 1288 E info@abajazmotorinn.com.au www.abajazmotorinn.com.au

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Bonus Downs Farm Stay 4566 Mitchell-Bollon Road P 07 4623 1573 E bonusdowns@bigpond.com www.bonusdownsfarmstay.com.au

McKINLAY

Walkabout Creek Hotel & Motel 27 Middleton Street P 07 4746 8424 E walkaboutcreekhotel@bigpond.com

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MOUNT ISA

Discovery Parks Mount Isa 185 Little West Street P 07 4743 4676 E mtisa@discoveryparks.com.au www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au Discovery Parks Mount Isa – Argylla Barkly Highway (140 Marian Street) P 07 4743 4733 E argylla@discoveryparks.com.au www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au

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ibis Styles Mount Isa Cnr Camooweal Street & Rodeo Drive P 07 4743 3024 E h0575-re@accor.com www.accorhotels.com

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Muttaburra Caravan Park Bridge Street P 07 4651 5600 E tourism@barc.qld.gov.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

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RICHMOND

Ammonite Inn 88 Goldring Street P 07 4741 3932 E amonit33@bigpond.net.au Federal Palace Hotel 64 Goldring Street P 07 4741 3463 E lillymanearthmoving@bigpond.com

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Kings Motor Inn 77 Quintin Street P 07 4622 2566 E kingsmotorinn@bigpond.com www.kingsmotorinn.com.au

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Roma Explorers Inn 44778 Warrego Highway P 07 4620 1400 E admin@romaexplorersinn.com.au www.romaexplorersinn.com.au

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Overlander Homestead P 07 4622 3555 E overlandermotel@bigpond.com www.overlandermotel.com.au

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Blue Gem Tourist Park 925 Anakie-Sapphire Road P 07 4985 4162 E kanya2@bigpond.com www.bluegemtouristpark.com.au

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STONEHENGE

Stonehenge Caravan Park 10 Stratford Street P 07 4658 5857 E stonehengeinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

TAROOM

Glebe Weir 2525 Glebe Weir Road P 07 4992 9500 E enquiries@banana.qld.gov.au www.sandstonewonders.com.au

THANGOOL

On Kariboe 1 Parkers Lane P 07 4995 8269 E onkariboebednbreakfast@gmail.com www.onkariboe.com.au

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Hotel Theodore 27 The Boulevard P 07 4993 1244 E reservations@hoteltheodore.com.au www.hoteltheodore.com.au

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Cooper Cabins 11 Edward Street P 07 4656 3101 Western Star Hotel/Motel 15 Albert Street P 07 4656 3166 E admin@westernstarhotel.biz www.westernstarhotel.com.au

Windorah Caravan Park Albert Street & Cnr of Mary Street P 07 4656 3063 E windorahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

WINTON

Boulder Opal Motor Inn P 07 4657 1211 E boulderopalmotel@bigpond.com www.boulderopalmotorinn.com.au

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Winton Outback Motel 95 Elderslie Street P 07 4657 1422 www.wintonoutbackmotel.com

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Yaraka Hotel 12 Jarley Street P 07 4657 5526 E yarakaone@bigpond.com

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BARCALDINE

94 Ash Street

07 4651 1579

workers.heritage.centre@westnet.com.au

www.australianworkersheritagecentre.com.au

Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge Festival

PO Box 191

07 4651 5612

events@barc.qld.gov.au

www.treeofknowledgefestival.com.au

Barcy Base Camp

100 Ash Street

07 4651 1859

cheryl@trackersqld.com

Australian Workers Heritage Centre

Radio Picture Theatre

Beech Street

07 4651 1724

barcaldinetheatre@gmail.com

www.barcaldinetheatre.wixsite.com/theatre

The Globe (Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre)

10 Oak Street

07 4651 1724

tourism@barc.qld.gov.au

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

Tree of Knowledge

103 Oak Street

07 4651 1724

tourism@barc.qld.gov.au

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

BIRDSVILLE

Simpson Desert

02 9949 8754

Big Red Run

Simpson Desert

02 9949 8754

Big Red Sandune

Birdsville

07 4656 3300

info@diamantina.qld.gov.au

www.thediamantina.com.au

Carcory Homestead Ruins

Eyre Developmental Road

07 4656 3300

info@diamantina.qld.gov.au

www.thediamantina.com.au

BEDOURIE

Nappa Street

1300 794 257

info@diamantina.qld.gov.au

www.thediamantina.com.au

Bedourie Mud Hut

13 Herbert Street

1300 794 257

info@diamantina.qld.gov.au

www.thediamantina.com.au

Bedourie Outback Golf Club

Herbert Street

1300 794 257

info@diamantina.qld.gov.au

www.thediamantina.com.au

BILOELA

Exhibition Avenue

07 4992 2400

qldheritagepark@bigpond.com

www.qldheritagepark.com.au

119 Lake Callide Drive, Dumgree

07 4992 2405

marilyn@biloinfo.com

www.sandstonewonders.com

BLACKALL

1 Salvia Street

07 4657 4975

lorraine68481@bigpond.com

www.btrc.qld.gov.au

Blackall Heartland Festival

PO Box 122

0409 283 057

blackallheartlandfestival@gmail.com

www.blackallheartlandfestival.com.au

Ram Park

145A Shamrock Street

07 4657 4637

binfo@btrc.qld.gov.au

www.blackalltambotourism.com.au

BOULIA

PO Box 70

0428 581 874

bouliacamelraces@hotmail.com

www.bouliacamelraces.com.au

Boulia Pool & Sports Complex

Burke Street

07 4746 3527

sports@boulia.qld.gov.au

www.boulia.qld.gov.au

Min Min Encounter Show

25 Herbert Street

07 4746 3386

tourism@boulia.qld.gov.au

www.boulia.qld.gov.au

CAMOOWEAL

PO Box 21

07 4748 2022

info@droverscamp.com.au

www.droverscamp.com.au

CHARLEVILLE

87 Alfred Street

07 4654 3349

historichousemuseum@bigpond.com

www.charlevillehistorichouse.com.au

John Flynn Street

07 4654 1233

rfds_cvl@rfdsqld.com.au

www.flyingdoctor.org.au

PO Box 427

0409 891 177

stockmanschallenge@hotmail.com

www.currychallenge.com.au

48 McIlwraith Street

07 4742 1361

info@cloncurry.qld.gov.au

www.cloncurry.qld.gov.au

Big Red Bash

Artesian Spa & Aquatic Centre

Queensland Heritage Park Callide Dam

Blackall Aquatic Centre

Boulia Camel Races

Drovers Camp Festival

Charleville Historic House Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre

CLONCURRY

Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre & Museum

www.bigredbash.com.au www.bigredrun.com.au

John Flynn Museum & Art Gallery

King Street

07 4742 2778

johnflynnplace@cloncurry.qld.gov.au

www.johnflynnplace.com.au

Chinaman Creek Dam

Chinaman Creek Dam Road

07 4742 1361

info@cloncurry.qld.gov.au

www.cloncurry.qld.gov.au

CUNNAMULLA

PO Box 75

07 4655 8470

cunnamullafellafestival@paroo.qld.gov.au

www.cunnamullafellafestival.com.au

Cunnamulla Fella Centre Art Gallery & Museum

Jane Street

07 4655 8470

cunnamullainfo@paroo.qld.gov.au

www.paroo.info

Cunnamulla Sandhills

15 Louise Street

07 4655 1679

info@outthebackaustralia.com.au

www.outthebackaustralia.com

Eromanga Natural History Museum

1 Dinosaur Drive

07 4656 3084

info@enhm.com.au

www.enhm.com.au

Eromanga Living History Centre

Deacon Street

07 4656 4914

president.edca@gmail.com

www.visitquilpieshire.com

EULO

24 Leo Street

07 4655 4890

datefarm1@bigpond.com

www.artesianmudbaths.com.au

FORSAYTH

Cobbold Gorge, Forsayth

1800 669 922

enquiries@cobboldgorge.com.au

www.cobboldgorge.com.au

Goldfields Hotel & Finnigan's Rest

Fourth Street

07 4062 5374

finnigansrest@gmail.com.au

www.visitforsayth.com.au

HUGHENDEN

37 Gray Street

07 4741 2970

info@flinders.qld.gov.au

www.visithughenden.com.au

ISISFORD

Lot 2, Ann Street

07 4658 8133

outerbarcoocentre@gmail.com

www.longreachtourism.com.au

JULIA CREEK

34 Burke Street

07 4746 7166

tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au

www.atthecreek.com.au

Julia Creek Dirt N Dust Festival

PO Box 2106, Idalia

0448 901 392

eventmanager@dirtndust.com

www.dirtndust.com

Landsborough Highway

07 4658 2166

museum@stockmanshalloffame.com.au

www.outbackheritage.com.au

Cunnamulla Fella Festival

EROMANGA

Artesian Mud Baths Cobbold Gorge Tours

Flinders Discovery Centre Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre At the Creek Visitor Centre

LONGREACH

Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre

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Events & Attractions

Address

Phone

Email

Website

Longreach Powerhouse Museum

12 Swan Street

07 4658 4150

tourism@longreach.qld.gov.au

www.longreachtourism.com.au

Longreach School of Distance Education

Landsborough Highway

07 4658 4232

tours1@eq.edu.au

www.longreacsde.eq.edu.au

Longreach Memorial Pool & Aquatic Centre

81 Eagle Street

07 4658 1745

taylorswim@iprimus.com.au

www.longreachtourism.com.au

Outback Pioneers

128 Eagle Street

07 4658 1776

reservations@outbackpioneers.com.au

www.outbackpioneers.com.au

Thomson River

Landsborough Highway

07 4658 4150

tourism@longreach.qld.gov.au

www.longreachtourism.com.au

McKINLAY

27 Middleton Street

07 4746 8424

walkaboutcreekhotel@bigpond.com

MITCHELL

2 Cambridge Street

07 4624 6923

greatartesianspa@hotmail.com

MORVEN

53 Albert Street

07 4654 8131

morvenmuseum@bigpond.com

07 4749 1555

info@outbackatisa.com.au

www.outbackatisa.com.au

Walkabout Creek Hotel Mitchell Great Artesian Spa Morven Historical Museum

MOUNT ISA Lake Moondarra

www.mymaranoa.org.au

Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic

PO Box 2280

0431 745 083

eventmanager@lakemoondarrafishingclassic.com.au

www.lakemoondarrafishingclassic.com.au

Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo

PO Box 353

07 4743 2706

admin@isarodeo.com.au

www.isarodeo.com.au

Outback at Isa

19 Marian Street

07 4749 1555

info@outbackatisa.com.au

www.outbackatisa.com.au

MUTTABURRA

New Bullen Drive

07 4658 5610

kgrazco@bigpond.com

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

Cassimatis Shop & Cottage Museum

New Bullen Drive

07 4658 5610

kgrazco@bigpond.com

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

QUILPIE

Bulnbuln Street

0408 784 738

info@quilpiediggers.com

www.quilpiediggers.com

RICHMOND

91-93 Goldring Street

07 4719 3390

enquiries@kronosauruskorner.com.au

www.kronosauruskorner.com.au

Lake Fred Tritton

111-113 Goldring Street

07 4719 3390

enquiries@kronosauruskorner.com.au

www.kronosauruskorner.com.au

ROMA

2 Riggers Road

07 4622 8676

tourism@maranoa.qld.gov.au

www.bigrigroma.com

Roma Turf Club

Roma Racecourse

0409 898 623

info@romaturfclub.com

www.romaraces.org.au

Roma’s Easter in the Country

PO Box 971

0459 521 196

info@easterinthecountryroma.com.au

www.easterinthecountry.com.au

TAMBO

17 Arthur Street

07 4654 6223

info@tamboteddies.com.au

www.tamboteddies.com.au

Grassland Art Gallery

30 Arthur Street

07 4621 6605

cfo@btrc.qld.gov.au

www.blackalltambotourism.com.au

Tambo Dam

Tambo Dam

07 4654 6408

tourism@btrc.qld.gov.au

www.blackalltambotourism.com.au

Dr Arratta Memorial Museum

Quilpie Diggers Race Club Kronosaurus Korner

Roma Big Rig

Tambo Teddies

THEODORE

07 4993 1900

Dawson River

WALLUMBILLA

www.sandstonewonders.com

339 Mt Hope Road

07 4623 4241

thebarnatmthope@outlook.com

Lot 2 Hughenden Road

0429 806 140

heritagetruckswinton@hotmail.com.au

www.wintontruckmuseum.com

Lark Quarry Conservation Park

Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways

07 4657 0078

info@aaod.com.au

www.dinosaurtrackways.com.au

Outback Festival

PO Box 24

07 4657 1558

outbackfestival@bigpond.com

www.outbackfestival.com.au

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

C/- Winton Shire Council PO Box 286

07 4657 1466

enquiries@visionsplendidfilmfest.com

www.visionsplendidfilmfest.com

Waltzing Matilda Centre

50 Elderslie Street

07 4657 1466

vic@winton.qld.gov.au

www.matildacentre.com.au

Barn @ Mt Hope

WINTON

Diamantina Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum

Transport Operators

Phone

Website

Bus Queensland

1300 287 537

www.busqldoutback.com.au

QantasLink

13 13 13

www.qantas.com.au

Queensland Rail Travel

1800 627 655

www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au

Regional Express Airlines (REX)

13 17 13

www.rex.com.au

Scheduled Service

Charter

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Shops, Restaurants & Services

Street Address

Phone

Email

BARCALDINE

100 Ash Street

0412 028 471

cheryl@trackersqld.com

Ridgee Didge Café

151 Oak Street

0412 028 471

cheryl@trackersqld.com

BILOELA

14 Raedon Street

07 4992 5332

bmasfinance@gmail.com

www.bmas.net.au

Callide Valley Mower Service and Biloela Suzuki

2 Raedon Street

07 4992 1294

sales@cvmowers.com.au

www.cvmowerssuzuki.com.au

CQ Autoglass & Air Conditioning

44 Dawson Highway

07 4992 1788

cqautoglass@bigpond.com

www.cquatoglass.com.au

DJ’s Shoes

Shop 11 2-16 Gadstone Road

07 4992 6975

djsshoes11@gmail.com

Heilbronn’s Mensland

61 Kariboe Street

07 4992 3087

heilbronnsbiloela@gmail.com

www.heilbronns.com.au

Odd Spot Trader

57 Kariboe Street

07 4992 4267

info@oddspottrader.com.au

www.oddspottrader.com.au

Roundyard (All Things Country)

74 Callide Street

07 4912 3108

sales@roundyard.com.au

www.roundyard.com.au

Thai Noi Restaurant

59B Kariboe Street

07 4992 5231

thainoibilo@gmail.com

BLACKALL

69 Shamrock Street

07 4657 4376

shirley@blackallhardware.com.au

Blackall Post Office

87 Shamrock Street

07 4657 4147

Heumiller87@bigpond.com

IGA Blackall

115 Shamrock Street

0400 969 022

blackalliga@bigpond.com

Schluters Bakery

49 Shamrock Street

0448 518 414

The Lodge on Hawthorn

13 Hawthorn Street

0429 909 901

thelodgeonhawthorn@gmail.com

Tina’s Bistro & Café

95 Shamrock Street

07 4657 4197

barcoohotel1@iinet.net.au

CHARLEVILLE

14 Wills Street

07 4654 1633

biritecvl@bigpond.com

Blue Gum Cafe

76 Alfred Street

0408 785 766

bjorn.lisahayes@gmail.com

Charleville Home Timber and Hardware

76 Edward Street

07 4654 1399

admin@charlevillehardware.com

Charleville Newsagency

67 Alfred Street

07 4654 1124

admin@cvlnews.com.au

www.charlevillenewsagency.com.au

Charleville RSL

37-39 Watson Street

07 4654 3810

admin@charlevillersl.com.au

www.charlevillersl.com.au

Charleville Tyre Service

71 Wills Street

07 4654 1359

beauchar@bigpond.com

www.charlevilletyreservice.com.au

Charlotte’s Nest

120 Alfred Street

07 4654 3969

charlottesnest@bigpond.com

Cottage Flowers and Gardens

74 Alfred Street

07 4654 1919

shop5616@interfloraflorist.com.au

Dunne’s Meats

68 Wills Street

07 4654 1096

shaunandkerry91@bigpond.com

EW Wilkinson

65 Alfred Street

07 4654 1108

admin@westerntravel.biz

Heinemann’s Bakery

84 Alfred Street

07 4654 3991

scott@heineamannsbakery.com

Home Service Centre

26 Wills Street

07 4654 1366

charleville@my.betta.com.au

J.P. Motorcycles & Armory

112 Parry Street

07 4654 1940

jpmotorcycles@bigpond.com

Judey’s Browse In

78 Alfred Street

07 4654 1023

judeyaiken@hotmail.com

Sew Me

82 Alfred Street

07 4654 3629

leanne_sewme@hotmail.com

CHARTERS TOWERS

32 Deane Street

07 4787 3330

dealzondeane@bigpond.com

Towers Gas and Camping

168 Gill Street

07 4787 1622

info@towersgasandcamping.com.au

CUNNAMULLA

28-32 Jane Street

07 4655 2691

kathy@ashleysportsnall.com

Cunnamulla Coffee Shop

22 Stockyard Street

0400 975 366

EMERALD

31 Hospital Road

07 4983 9400

christo.jacobie@longreachtoyota.com.au

www.centralhighlandstoyota.com.au

Toyworld & Eat, Shop, Play

6 Opal Street

07 4982 4477

info@toyworldemerald.com.au

www.toyworld.com.au/stores/100/toyworldemerald/

Vybe Café

4-6 Brief Street

07 4987 6338

vybecafe2014@bigpond.com

INJUNE

8 Second Avenue

07 4626 1089

cafeonsecond@outlook.com

LONGREACH

112a Eagle Street

07 4658 1008

barkersnews@optusnet.com.au

CCD Restaurant & Beer Garden

110A Eagle Street

07 4658 2798

cafecurryday@yahoo.com.au

Curry Across The Street

115/117 Eagle Street

07 4658 2798

cafecurryday@yahoo.com.au

Geo Douglas and Sons

104 Eagle Street

07 4658 1774

douglas@leadingapplicances.com.au

www.leadingappliances.com.au/geodouglas-sons

Irvines

115 Eagle Street

07 4658 1666

judy.irvines@gmail.com

www.irvinesaddles.ca

Outback Qld Travel Agency

Biloela Mobile Automotive Services

Blackall Hardward & Furniture

Bi-Rite

Dealz on Deane

Ashley Sports n All

Central Highlands Toyota

Café on Second Barkers Newsagency and Gifts

111 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

Website

www.blackallhardware.com.au

www.birite.com.au/charleville

www.cottageflowersandgarden.com.au

www.betta.com.au

www.dealzondeane.com.au


Shops, Restaurants & Services

Street Address

Phone

Email

Website

Longreach Engineering

166 Eagle Street

07 4658 1479

longreachengineering@tpg.com.au

www.centwest.com.au

Starlight’s Tavern

103 Eagle Street

07 4658 1925

kimsiga2@bigpond.com

Longreach Toyota

17 Swan Street

07 4658 1800

christo.jacobie@longreachtoyota.com.au

Merino Bakery

120 Eagle Street

07 4658 1715

longreachbakery@bigpond.com

Orlando Orchards

41 Duck Street

07 4658 2002

orlandoorchards@bigpond.com

Shoe B Doo

113a Eagle Street

07 4658 1458

judy.irvines@gmail.com

Smith Bros Mitre 10

114 Eagle Street

07 4658 1200

martyn@smithbroshardware.com.au

Studio Exclusive Hair & Beauty

4/108 Eagle Street

07 4658 2492

janelle.searles@bigpond.com

T-bone Longreach

107 Eagle Street

07 4658 0999

tboneaustralia@bigpond.com

The Birdcage & Bushrangers Bistro

31 Duck Street

07 4658 1230

birdcagehotel@hotmail.com

The Lazy Sheep

4/120A Eagle Street

07 4658 0591

longreachbakery@bigpond.com

Thurecht Saddlery

130B Eagle Street

07 4658 1011

hog.hunter@bigpond.com

MORVEN

68 Albert Street

07 4654 8231

morvennews@bigpond.com

MOUNT ISA

13 Clarke Street

07 4743 7482

rrhh.pty.ltd@gmail.com

MOURA

8 Theodore Road

0409 340 946

mitre10@mhf.net.au

MUTTABURRA

Bruford Street

07 4658 7476

mutshop@bigpond.com

ROMA

73-77 McDowall Street

07 4622 4399

manager@bakearoma.com.au

Golders Roma

71 McDowall Street

07 4622 1611

goldroma@bigpond.net.au

PTW Auto Electrical & Air Conditioner

94 Charters Street

07 4622 2235

admin@ptwautoelect.com.au

Roma Tourism Association

PO Box 328

0416 292 659

admin@romatourismqld.com

Roma Tyre Barn

45 Station Street

0418 794 457

romatyrebarn@bigpond.com

Sunshine Mitre 10 Roma

49 McDowall Street

07 4622 2555

kathyd@sshw.com.au

www.sunshinehardware.com.au

Toyworld Roma

58 McDowall Street

07 4622 1084

roma.toyworld@hwy54.com.au

www.toyworld.com.au/stores/167/toyworldroma/

TAROOM

1/32 Yaldwyn Street

07 4627 3388

cochranebrettanita@hotmail.com

TAMBO

30 Arthur Street

07 4654 6955

cindyholmes8383@gmail.com

Fanny Mae’s

15 Arthur Street

07 4654 6137

hinoon1@bigpond.com

Tambo Foodworks

32 Arthur Street

07 4654 6288

office@tambofoodworks.com

www.foodworks.com.au/Tambo

THARGOMINDAH

130 Stafford Street

0457 150 053

mgmt@agovires.com.au

www.agovires.com

Coffee on Dowling

37 Dowling Street

07 4655 3024

coffeeondowling@outlook.com

Turnouts Mechanical Services

41 Stafford Street

0427 167 215

turnoutsmechanical@bigpond.com

THEODORE

60 The Boulevard

07 4993 1077

theodorecafe@hotmail.com

WINDORAH

c/o Post Office

0418 851 201

windorah.development.board@gmail.com

WINTON

72a Elderslie Street

07 4657 1699

mge11@bigpond.com

Searles Outback Store

72 Elderslie Street

07 4657 1450

searlesmenswear@hotmail.com

Spar Winton Supermarket

37 Vinidex Street

07 4657 1254

spawinton1@gmail.com

Winton Pharmacy

73 Elderslie Street

07 4657 1340

winton.pharmacy@frednet.com.au

35-37 Railway Street

07 4654 9212

kpaterson4@bigpond.com

Morven News & Country Store Mt Isa Auto Air

Moura Mitre 10 Muttaburra Shop & Fuel Bakearoma

HotChoc Coffee Shop Cindy’s Coffee and Gifts

Ago Vires

Theodore Home and Garden Cafe Windorah Development Board Inc. Matilda’s Wardrobe

WYANDRA

Wyandra Post Office, Store and Caravan Park

112 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

www.longreachtoyota.com.au

www.smithbroshardware.com.au

www.mtisaautoair.com.au

www.bakearoma.wixsite.com/bakearoma

www.turnoutsmechanical.com


BLACKALL

Blackall Woolscour P 07 46576042 E blackallwoolscour2@hotmail.com W www.blackallwoolscour.jimdo.com

CAIRNS

Tagalong Tours of Australia P 07 4057 4096 E paul@tagalongtours.com.au W www.tagalongtours.com.au

CHARLEVILLE

Travel West Tours Lot 1 Frawley Street, Charleville QLD 4470 P 0428 545 954 E info@travelwest.com.au W www.travelwest.com.au  

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Charters Towers Historical Tours PO Box 1605, Charters Towers QLD 4820 P 0477 516 344 E enquiry@charterstowershistoricaltours.com.au W www.charterstowershistoricaltours.com.au

FORSAYTH

HUGHENDEN

Hampstead Tours P 07 4741 7353 E hampstead@skymesh.com.au W www.hampsteadtours.info

LONGREACH

Camden Park Station P 07 4658 4150 E outbackdan@camdenparkstation.com.au W www.camdenparkstation.com.au Longreach School of Distance Education P 07 4658 4222 E tours1@eq.edu.au W www.longreacsde.eq.edu.au

Outback Pioneers P 07 4658 1776 E reservations@outbackpioneers.com.au W www.outbackpioneers.com.au

MOUNT ISA

North West Tours P 07 4744 8577 W www.northwesttours.com.au

ROMA

BooBook EcoTours P 07 4622 2646 E boobook1@bigpond.com W www.boobookecotours.com.au

WINTON

Red Dirt Tours P 0409 045 174 E vicki@reddirttours.com.au W www.reddirttours.com.au Vision Splendid Outback Tours P 07 4657 0647 E info@visionsplendidoutbacktours.com.au W www.visionsplendidoutbacktours.com.au

Street Address

Phone

Qantas Founders Museum P 07 4658 3737 E info@qfom.com.au W www.qfom.com.au

Email

Website

ALPHA

Rowley Roberts Tourist Information Centre

Shakespeare Street

07 4985 1050

alpha007@bigpond.com

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

ARAMAC

Aramac Branch Office

Gordon Street

07 4652 9999

emaramac@barc.qld.gov.au

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

BILOELA

Biloela Visitor Information Centre

Callide Street

07 4992 2405

marilyn@biloinfo.com

www.sandstonewonders.com.au

BLACKALL

Blackall Visitor Information Centre

145a Shamrock Street

07 4657 4637

binfo@btrc.qld.gov.au

www.blackalltambotourism.com.au

INJUNE

Injune Visitor Information Centre

32 Hutton Street

07 4626 0503

tourism@maranoa.qld.gov.au

www.visitmaranoa.com.au

JERICHO

Jericho Post Office

Darwin Street

07 4651 4129

donnaw@barc.qld.gov.au

www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

JUNDAH

Jundah Information Centre

11 Dickson Street

07 4658 6930

jundahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au

www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

MITCHELL

Great Artesian Spa

2 Cambridge Street

07 4624 6923

tourism@maranoa.qld.gov.au

www.mymaranoa.org.au

MOURA

Moura Customer Service and Information Centre

Gillespie Street

07 4992 9500

MUTTABURRA

Muttaburra Post Office

Sword Street

07 4658 7147

STONEHENGE

Stonehenge Community Centre

Stratford Street

07 4658 5857

www.sandstonewonders.com.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au stonehengeinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au

www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

TAMBO

Tambo Visitor Information Centre

9 Arthur Street

07 4654 6408

tourism@btrc.qld.gov.au

www.blackalltambotourism.com.au

TAROOM

Taroom Information Centre

10 Yaldwyn Street

07 4628 6113

tdda-secretary@bigpond.com

www.sandstonewonders.com.au

tourism@maranoa.qld.gov.au

www.mymaranoa.org.au

THEODORE

Theodore Information Centre

55A The Boulevard

07 4993 1900

WALLUMBILLA

Calico Cottage

Warrego Highway

07 4623 4244

113 o u tb a c kq ue e nsla nd .c om.a u

Outback Aussie Tours P 1300 78 78 90 E info@aot.com.au W www.outbackaussietours.com.au

Cobbold Gorge Tours P 1800 669 922 E enquiries@cobboldgorge.com.au W www.cobboldgorge.com.au

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CHARTERS TOWERS

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Cosmos Centre & Observatory 1 Milky Way, Charleville QLD 4470 P 07 4654 7771 E enquiries@cosmoscentre.com W www.cosmoscentre.com

Non Smoking

Child Friendly

Adventure Australia Trek & Tours P 1300 462 288 E admin@aatt.com.au W www.aatt.com.au

Meals

BIRDSVILLE

Coach

4WD

Tagalong

Fun Over Fifty PO Box 1670, Springwood QLD 4127 P 1300 554 505 E info@funoverfifty.com.au W www.funoverfifty.com.au

Non-Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Half Day Tour

BRISBANE

Day Tour

Extended

Tour Operators

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ACCREDITED VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES This sign denotes genuine, quality visitor information centres. These centres have achieved specified industry standards and are recognised within their region as genuine, quality information providers.

BARCALDINE

CLONCURRY

Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre 149 Oak Street, Barcaldine P (07) 4651 1724 tourism@barc.qld.gov.au www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au

Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum McIlwraith Street, Cloncurry P (07) 4742 1361 info@cloncurry.qld.gov.au www.cloncurry.qld.gov.au

BEDOURIE

CUNNAMULLA

Bedourie Outback Visitor Information Centre 17 Herbert Street, Bedourie P (07) 4746 1620 visitors@diamantina.qld.gov.au www.thediamantina.com.au

BILOELA

Rural Hinterland Visitor Information Centre 11 Exhibition Avenue, Biloela P (07) 4992 2400 rhvic@bigpond.com www.ruralhinterlandvic.com.au

BIRDSVILLE

Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre 29 Burt Street, Birdsville P (07) 4564 2000 info@diamantina.qld.gov.au www.thediamantina.com.au

BOULIA

Min Min Encounter and Visitor Information Centre 25 Herbert Street, Boulia P (07) 4746 3386 tourism@boulia.qld.gov.au www.boulia.qld.gov.au

CHARLEVILLE

Charleville Visitor Information Centre Milky Way, Charleville P (07) 4654 3057 tourism@murweh.qld.gov.au www.murweh.qld.gov.au

Cunnamulla Fella Centre 2 Jane Street, Cunnamulla P (07) 4655 8470 cunnamullainfo@paroo.qld.gov.au www.paroo.info

HUGHENDEN

Hughenden Visitor Information Centre – Flinders Discovery Centre 37 Gray Street, Hughenden P (07) 4741 2970 info@flinders.qld.gov.au www.visithughenden.com.au

INJUNE

Injune Visitor Information Centre 32 Hutton Street, Injune P (07) 4626 0503 tourism@maranoa.qld.gov.au www.mymaranoa.org.au

JULIA CREEK

Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre – ‘At the Creek’ 34 Burke Street, Julia Creek P (07) 4746 7690 tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au www.atthecreek.com.au

LONGREACH

Longreach Visitor Information Centre Qantas Park, 97 Eagle Street, Longreach P (07) 4658 4150 visitinf@longreach.qld.gov.au www.visitlongreach.com.au

MOUNT ISA

Outback at Isa Visitor Information Centre 19 Marian Street, Mount Isa P (07) 4749 1555 info@outbackatisa.com.au www.outbackatisa.com.au

QUILPIE

Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum & Gallery 51 Brolga Street, Quilpie P (07) 4656 0540 tourism@quilpie.qld.gov.au www.visitquilpieshire.com

RICHMOND

Richmond Visitor Information Centre, Kronosaurus Korner 91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond P (07) 4719 3390 enquiries@kronosauruskorner.com.au www.kronosauruskorner.com.au

ROMA

Roma Visitor Information Centre 2 Riggers Road, Roma P (07) 4622 8676 tourism@maranoa.qld.gov.au www.mymaranoa.org.au

WINDORAH

Windorah Visitor Information Centre 7 Maryborough Street, Windorah P (07) 4656 3063 windorahinfo@barcoo.qld.gov.au www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

WINTON

Winton Visitor Information Centre 50 Elderslie Street, Winton P 1300 665 115 vic@winton.qld.gov.au www.experiencewinton.com.au

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Outback Queensland Travellers' Guide 2018  

Live Australia's Story .. A Queensland outback adventure is your chance to live Australia’s story, and to create a story that is all yours....

Outback Queensland Travellers' Guide 2018  

Live Australia's Story .. A Queensland outback adventure is your chance to live Australia’s story, and to create a story that is all yours....