Outback Qld

Where real Australian stockmen on outback cattle stations still exist. Bring your Akubra to Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Longreach, Emerald and your barramundi fishing gear to the Gulf Country of Karumba, Burketown and Normanton.
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Outback Queensland is an expansive landscape extending north from the NSW/Qld border all the way to the Gulf Country on the Gulf of Carpentaria. This vast part of the continent offers amazing diversity highlighted by the many colourful characters of the Australian bush. It's the people of Outback Queensland, living in complete harmony in a timeless landscape that will fascinate you. This is where you'll find that real Australian stockmen on outback cattle stations still exist as do shearers, legends, pioneers and poets.

Every outback town has a story to tell, from tiny settlements consisting of the lone bush pub to the largest inland city of Mt Isa. Every journey is an adventure. You can follow in the footsteps of early pioneers, drovers and legends in just about any part of this region. Travelling the Matilda Highway connecting Cunnamulla in the south with Karumba in the Gulf Country in the north you can learn the history and hardships of the Great Stockade, the rise of the Australian Labour party, the legend of Waltzing Matilda and visit places mentioned in famous ballads by Banjo Patterson. You will travel in the footsteps of early explorers Burke and Wills and our aboriginal ancestors.

Even the dinosaurs have left their mark on Queensland's outback. Fossilised footprints preserved in mud can be viewed near Winton and at Riversleigh near Mt Isa lies one of the world's most important fossil finds.

The Queensland Outback promises every visitor a memorable historic journey through a rich panorama of Australia's great cultural and pioneering heritage. So, bring your Akubra, swag and fishing gear and enjoy Australia's real outback.

Go to top Treks

Expedition National ParkExpedition National Park
Expedition NP is a truly isolated wilderness park. It is only 350km from Highway 1 and 550km from Brisbane, yet it's quiet possible to have this 110,000 hectare park all to yourself, even on weekends. It's main attraction is the unique Robinson Gorge.
Gulf TrackGulf Track
This track follows the Gulf of Carpentaria from Borroloola to Normanton in one of Australia's harshest outback areas. At first, it appears a dry and barren place but if you take a few side diversions you'll find gorges of paradise & rivers of barramundi.[Feature Story]
Ka Ka Mundi - Carnarvon NPKa Ka Mundi - Carnarvon NP
Ka Ka Mundi is a remote section of the Carnarvon National Park and is a continuation of the Expedition NP trek note. This trek features a side trip to Wills Grave before taking in the tranquil Bunduncundoo Springs in Ka Ka Mundi.
Longreach to InnaminckaLongreach to Innamincka
This trek starts at Longreach and travels in a south westerly direction passing through Stonehenge, Jundah and Windorah. It will take you through stunning outback Queensland and Channel Country, before ending at Innamincka in the beautiful Innamincka Regional Reserve.
Matilda HighwayMatilda Highway
This is a great 2WD bitumen North-South route through central Queensland passing several places of historical significance and some great outback pubs.
Salvator Rosa - Carnarvon NPSalvator Rosa - Carnarvon NP
This trek takes you from Ka Ka Mundi to the Salvator Rosa section of the Carnarvon NP and then onto the township of Tambo. Salvator Rosa is a spectacular park of sandstone outcrops with campgrounds on the banks of the spring-fed Nogoa River.
Winton to LongreachWinton to Longreach
Beginning in the open plains around Winton and finishing at the historic aviation town of Longreach, this trek will take you through one of Queensland’s most remarkable outback country landscapes.

Go to top Outback QLD Weather & Climate

Closest Weather Station

Cloncurry at 20/01:00pm EST
Distance from Cloncurry 4.47km N
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Cloncurry Airport
Distance from Cloncurry 4.47km N
Mean Max. °C36.536.135.433.429.
Mean Min. °C24.624.222.419.815.111.210.312.116.520.223.024.7
Mean Rain mm182.2102.777.719.


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