Outback trip...what shouldnt i miss?

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 16:33
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Hi all,

After ten years of waiting, we are finally getting to do the outback trip we have wanted to do. The trip is planned from mid June for three weeks, and we are planning to go:-

Brisbane - Roma - Charleville - Windorah - Birdsville - Boulia - Winton - Longreach - Emerald - Rockhampton - Hervey bay for a few days camping/rest - Brisbane.

Having no experience of these areas, or locations between , we are looking for advice as to the places we should go, points of interest, sights to see and things we would hate to miss.

Any suggestions/advice would be gratefully received.

Thanks

Taf
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 17:00

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 17:00
Taf,

Check out thread 100760 for some details on a similar trip to the one you've planned.

While in Birdsville check out the Working Museum, Bakery and the Pub. The Min Min Centre in Boulia, and the Stone House. Stop at Cawnpore Lookout, between Boulia and Winton........some top scenery there, especially late in the day.

Middleton Pub, an old Cobb & Co pub, in pretty good order is less than 2 hours from Winton. Good scenery through Swords Range, before hitting the Diamantina Channels, about 65kms from Winton.

You can turn off the Winton-Boulia road at Lilleyvale, and travel down to Old Cork waterhole, then across to Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede, if you're happy to travel along some gravel roads. They are usually in good repair.

There's plenty more but I've run out of time,

Enjoy your trip,

Bob.

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Follow Up By: Member - Blaze - Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 23:08

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 23:08
Bob I believe the Museum is still closed, The guy who owned it couldn't sell so just shut the doors.

Certainly was worth a look though.


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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 20:16

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 20:16
Check out also the Blogs section here Taf.

Boulia - see the Min Min Light experience at the Visitor Centre and the fossil display at Stonehouse Museum.

Winton - travel south to Lark Quarry. Spend a day at the Matilda Centre (Visitor Centre).

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Reply By: Robtbob NSW - Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 20:52

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 at 20:52
While at Longreach consider going on the Cobb and Co stagecoach ride which follows the old town common and roads that Lawson and Patterson went on.
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Reply By: bigmarkc - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 10:01

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 10:01
Great camping spots along the Cooper just out of Windorah.But at this point in time,who knows how much water will be in the Cooper when you are there.Depends on any late rain fall.
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Reply By: John G17 - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 11:19

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 11:19
Hi Taf,

We rely on the Information Centres at each location to forward relevant information, brochures, points of interest, restaurants, pubs etc.

The following 3 URLS we use regularly as low cost email enquiries

http://www.gps-data-team.info/poi/australia/tourist_locations/Tourist_Information-AU.html

http://www.qica.com.au/members-and-visitor-info-centres

http://www.visitnsw.com/visitor-information-centres

Have a great trip

JohnG
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 13:06

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 13:06
Deon's lookout is worth a stop. On the left about half way between Windorah and Birdsville. It is just before the new Betoota bypass.

Alan
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Follow Up By: Member - Derek Y1 - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 22:45

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2013 at 22:45
Nice spot.
Worth the stop and read the story.

Derek
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 16:18

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 16:18
While in Winton also check out the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.
Seen it all, Done it all.
Can't remember most of it.

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Reply By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 09:44

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 09:44
Try a few Station Stays rather than C Parks and overcrowded and dirty free camps! I only know of one that would be close to your route, that''s Windemere Station near Winton. There are a coouple near Charleville too. It's a different experience to stay at someones home and place of work as in on a working station. Cheers Toni
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Reply By: Stacy G - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 21:27

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 21:27
Hi
My partner and i are doing the same trip leaving early July!
I found heaps of ideas by searching each town within the blog's or just on Google.

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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 11:28

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 11:28
While in Boulia also look at through the Museum at their Dinosaur displays [not advertised as such] , you'l get to meet an icon of dinosaur discovery in Australia [Dinosaur Dick Soutar] ,, also take the Morella Rd which starts between Winton and Longreach and takes you to Muttaburra the home of the Muttabarasauras Langdoni and its finder Doug Langdon who does Museum tours in the town ,,,
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