Winton to Longreach

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesWinton
DifficultyDifficulty 4/5
Suitable ForAWD Motorbike 
Distance247.81 km
Minimum Days4
Average Speed53.77 km/hr
Travel Time4 hrs 36 mins
Page Updated: 21 Oct 2021


From the outback Queensland town of Winton in Waltzing Matilda country, the Winton to Longreach trek follows mostly gravel roads passing Mitchell grass plains punctuated by stony ranges and mesas known locally as jump-up country. The trek heads past the Lark Quarry Conservation Reserve and its famous dinosaur tracks to the opal mines and the quaint Aussie general store known as the “Opalton Outpost” at Opalton. Then backtracking again towards the ruins of Mayneside homestead it turns east along a minor and sometimes difficult to follow gravel track towards Vergemont Station. Continuing east along the Longreach Silsoe Road, it eventually meets the Landsborough Highway (Route 66) to the historically significant town of Longreach.

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Around Winton and Longreach the terrain is predominantly Mitchell grass plains punctuated by stony ranges and mesas known locally as jump-up country. During the summer months the temperatures may reach 45 to 50 degrees C. Travel in the region between October and March is not recommended due to high temperatures and possible flooding.


Lark Quarry Environmental Park

Located 110 km from Winton, the Lark Quarry Environmental Park with its famous Dinosaur Stampede is an interesting insight into life in western Queensland some ninety five million years ago. This is the largest group of footprints of running dinosaurs uncovered anywhere in the world. First discovered in the early 1960s it was completely excavated in 1976-77. Three species of dinosaur made the 1200 tracks - a large flesh eating carnosaur and many small coelurosaurs and ornithopods.

The brochure on Lark Quarry explains the footprints: 'Most of the footprints were made when a carnosaur trapped groups of coelurosaurs and ornithopods on the muddy edge of a lake.' The area is now protected from the weather and clear signs on a 650 metre track explain the events.

Opalton Fields

The Opalton fields are a reminder of how things can change in far western Queensland. Discovered in 1888 they were not worked until 1893. By 1896 there were 500-600 men on the fields but the inevitable problem of water (which had to be carted over 20 km) ensured that when the price of opals dropped the field was abandoned. The township has vanished and all that is left are some ruins and the remains of mullock heaps where miners once fossicked for the precious opals.

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Please refer to Road Reports published by the local shire and/or main roads for the area you intend to visit. Road/Track conditions can change significantly after weather events. Travellers must be responsible for their own research on current conditions and track suitability.
A 4WD vehicle is only recommended for this trek and you should carry sufficient fuel, water and food. Carry at least one spare tyre AND tyre repair equipment, recovery gear and safety equipment. Taking navigation equipment with the latest updated maps is also wise to prevent you from getting lost. All travellers are recommended to read the 4WDriving Topic for related articles and checklists for preparing your vehicle and ensuring you are aware of the necessary driving skills to tackle a trip of this nature.

All travellers should understand that mobile phones are not a reliable form of communication when driving in this region. We advise that you refer to the Communications Topic for related articles to help you decide what communications devices suit your budget and purpose.

Fuel Usage

4cyl 35 litres4cyl 40 litres4cyl 50 litres
6cyl 38 litres6cyl 45 litres6cyl 44 litres
8cyl 38 litres8cyl 33 litres *
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

During the summer months the temperatures may reach 45 to 50 degrees C. Travelling in the region between October and March is not recommended due to high temperatures and possible flooding.

Closest Climatic Station

Winton Airport
Distance from Trek Mid Point 83.97km NW
Mean Max. °C37.336.535.132.428.224.524.827.632.136.037.538.6
Mean Min. °C23.922.920.717.
Mean Rain mm85.473.952.423.815.
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended


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Winton to Winton Jundah Rd & Landsborough Hwy
Driving: 1.03 km
Heading: 187°
Avg Speed: 38.95 km/hr
EST Time: 01:35
  • Drive south on Manuka Street/62. for: 0.96 km time: 01:18
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit, onto Manuka Street for: 0.07 km time: 00:17
Winton Jundah Rd & Landsborough Hwy to Tattersalls Hotel
Driving: 0.17 km
Heading: 277°
Avg Speed: 27.44 km/hr
EST Time: 00:22
Tattersalls Hotel to Winton Jundah Rd & Nareen Jump-up Rd
Driving: 66.85 km
Heading: 228°
Avg Speed: 76.11 km/hr
EST Time: 52:42
Winton Jundah Rd & Nareen Jump-up Rd to Lark Quarry T/O
Driving: 37.39 km
Heading: 206°
Avg Speed: 80.88 km/hr
EST Time: 27:44
Lark Quarry T/O to Lark Quarry
Driving: 4.92 km
Heading: 287°
Avg Speed: 49.42 km/hr
EST Time: 05:58
Lark Quarry to Lark Quarry T/O
Driving: 5.12 km
Heading: 107°
Avg Speed: 32.35 km/hr
EST Time: 09:29
  • Head northeast for: 0.13 km time: 01:02
  • Turn right for: 4.95 km time: 08:26
  • Turn right onto Winton Jundah Road for: 0.04 km time: 00:02
Lark Quarry T/O to Winton Jundah Rd & Jundah Rd
Driving: 16.52 km
Heading: 220°
Avg Speed: 73.14 km/hr
EST Time: 13:33
Winton Jundah Rd & Jundah Rd to Mayneside Ruins
Driving: 49.84 km
Heading: 154°
Avg Speed: 58.33 km/hr
EST Time: 51:16
Mayneside Ruins to Lady Lil Mine & Vergemont Access
Driving: 15.37 km
Heading: 44°
Avg Speed: 51.99 km/hr
EST Time: 17:44
Lady Lil Mine & Vergemont Access to Opalton
Driving: 24.58 km
Heading: 33°
Avg Speed: 61.69 km/hr
EST Time: 23:54
Opalton to Lady Lil Mine & Vergemont Access
Driving: 24.58 km
Heading: 212°
Avg Speed: 61.69 km/hr
EST Time: 23:54
Landsborough Hwy & Thomas Dev Rd to Longreach
Driving: 1.44 km
Heading: 125°
Avg Speed: 33.23 km/hr
EST Time: 02:36
  • Drive south on Spoonbill Street/79. for: 0.08 km time: 00:09
  • Turn left onto Swan Street. for: 0.17 km time: 00:17
  • Turn left onto Wren Street. for: 0.22 km time: 00:21
  • Turn right onto A2/Landsborough Highway. for: 0.65 km time: 00:55
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 3rd exit, onto Eagle Street for: 0.21 km time: 00:30
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit, onto Eagle Street for: 0.12 km time: 00:25
Distance is based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

What to See


Where to Stay

No Places To Stay available for this trek

Services & Supplies

Minor Supply Points- Opalton Outpost General Store.


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