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Birdsville, between the sands of the Simpson Desert and the gibber plains of Sturt's Stony Desert is the starting point of the famous Birdsville Track, which stretches to the south with the..
Charleville is in the heart of Queensland's 'mulga country'. It is the largest town in the south west of the Outback region and was gazetted in 1868 and later named by the Government..
Soak up the history and heritage that surrounds the legendary township of Longreach, home of the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Outback Museum and a wealth of..
Located in the iconic outback Queensland town of Barcaldine, the Australian Workers Heritage Centre is the custodian of the rich heritage, history and traditions of all working..
Described as the Oasis of the Outback - a gleaming mirage on the horizon for travellers from all directions - Mount Isa nestles among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the..
Barcaldine's charming facade, one that has earned it the tag of 'Garden City of the West' hides tumultuous tales of a controversial past.
In 1891, five years after the railway push into..
Augathella, with its fascinating history of bushrangers, bullockies and bullock teams, has some memorable Outback experiences. Don’t just drive through – stop and enjoy Augathella’s..
Blackall is where shearing legend, Jack Howe, set a world record shearing 321 sheep in seven hours and forty minutes with blade shears. It actually took another 58 years before anyone..
Hughenden is located half-way between Townsville and Mount Isa on the Flinders Highway, North West Queensland and is the major centre of the Flinders Shire which includes the centres of..
Julia Creek is located on the Overlander's Way, the main route from Townsville that runs west to Mount Isa and on to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Julia Creek started to grow..
Located on the Warrego Highway 587 kilometres west of Brisbane and 176 kilometres east of Charleville, the town of Mitchell marks the Gateway to Queensland's Outback. The town, on the..
Follow the tracks of Cobb and Co. Fish mighty rivers like the Bulloo, Wilson and Paroo and Cooper's Creek. For some visitors, the highlight is watching the fabulous birdlife on the lakes..
Cameron Corner – where three Australian states meet! The Corner Store is in Queensland, receives its supplies from New South Wales and telephone services from South Australia. Originally..
At the intersection of two major stock routes, an outback town was born – thriving undoubtedly because of a river's course which gave the town its name. Cunnamulla is an Aboriginal term..
Each Outback town has its own story to tell, each built around its own piece of Australian history. In the comprehensive listing of Outback towns you will find information on the history..
Once a thriving town and business centre, Adavale’s population has dwindled to around 15 today. Changing the planned railway line from Adavale to what is now Quilpie, was the beginning of..
Amby, originally called Amby Creek, became a township in 1883 and forms part of the eastern boundary of the Outback region. It can best be described as where the grain and the grazing belts..
Described as ‘an oasis in the dry of the Central West’, Aramac has undergone a recent transformation with the launch of the nationally recognised, Harry Redford Cattle Drive..
Another historic town, Bedourie started life in the 1880s as a major watering and rest stop for drovers and cattle. Cobb and Co coaches serviced the town.
Bedourie is an Oasis in the..
Except for surrounding cattle stations, Betoota stands alone on a vast gibber plain. The town is located 170 kilometres east of Birdsville and 227 kilometres west of Windorah. Betoota..
Boulia is located 300 kilometres south of Mount Isa at the junction of the Diamantina and Kennedy Development Roads. The town's fame largely rests with its association to the Min Min Light..
Camooweal is located on the Queensland-Northern Territory border, 330 kilometres south of Burketown, 188 kilometres from Mount Isa and 440 kilometres from the Stuart Highway in the Northern..
Cheepie is the friendly ‘ghost town’ of the Outback. The township formed when the railway first came through in 1914 and gradually grew to have a police station, blacksmith, railway..
The copper mines of Cloncurry quickly made this town one of the most prosperous in the Outback. Down through the years since the copper lode was discovered in 1867, Cloncurry has hosted a..
Situated on the Quilpie Road to the opal fields, Cooladdi was once a thriving railway town, but when the rail connection closed the residents slowly drifted away. Today only a handful of..
A tiny historic town it may be, with its resident population of seven, but it has a big heart. A former Cobb and Co Coach staging point, it is the social centre for local graziers and their..
Believe it or not Dajarra was once the largest trucking depot in the world. Dajarra is now a quiet, laid back town in the far north of Outback Queensland. The older people of the area who..
Eromanga is famous for being the furthest town from the ocean in Australia. The Eromanga oil and gas basin produces around one and a half million barrels of oil per year.
The Old Royal..
Eulo is a small town but seems to capture the spirit and atmosphere of Queensland's Outback. Once the bustling main centre for the opal miners, the area was chosen for settlement given its..
Ilfracombe, named after a small town in Devonshire England, originated in 1891 as a transport nucleus for Wellshot Station, the largest sheep station in the world at the time (in terms of..
Located in 'The Outer Barcoo' Isisford was established in 1877 by William and James Whitman who were travelling through the country. When crossing the Barcoo River, they broke an axle on..
Jundah is the administration centre of the Barcoo Shire. With a population of approximately 100 people it is the largest of the three towns within the Shire. The district was originally..
Kajabbi is a tiny, sleepy settlement in north west Queensland. It is located 118 kilometres north east of Mount Isa and 100 kilometres north west of Cloncurry.
Whilst only a small..
Kynuna was established in the 1860s and in its early days boasted three hotels. It was a staging post for Cobb and Co Coaches. Today Kynuna has just one hotel, the famous Blue Heeler..
Located 104 kilometres south east of Cloncurry, McKinlay was named after the McKinlay River which was discovered and named by the explorer John McKinlay. McKinlay had arrived in New South..
In 1859 on the mail route from Brisbane to Charleville, a small area was taken from the property Victoria Downs and set aside for public use and designated on maps and documents as..
Mungallala, said to mean 'food and water' is the site of a cypress sawmill, located about half way between Mitchell and Morven where the Warrego Highway crosses the Mungallala..
Visit the town of Muttaburra and experience the sense of wide open spaces, where the sky stretches undisturbed from one horizon to the other - spectacular by day, glowing with stars by..
The historic Noccundra Hotel was established in 1882 and is still licensed. This hotel is the only occupied building in the town and is well worth a visit. It is also the site of a memorial..
Home of Queensland Boulder Opal, Opalton lies 124 kilometres from Winton. Opal was first discovered here by George Cragg in 1888 and the first mine was worked in 1894. By the end of the..
Towering sandstone cliffs and lush vine-forest fringing Porcupine Creek provide a striking contrast with surrounding flat plains. This impressive canyon reveals layers of sedimentary rocks..
Prairie is a small township to the east of Hughenden in Queensland's Flinders Shire in the great North West. The township has a history as an old Cobb and Co depot and is serviced by..
Looking for colour? In these parts there's plenty of it, to be found both in the stories relating to the early settlement of the region and also that precious 'colour' of boulder opal..
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..
Hughenden has a lot to offer travellers, with four national parks, gem fields, mountainous volcanic basalt country, sweeping black soil plains and rich fossil and dinosaur areas.
From the rugged cliffs of the Great Dividing Range that the explorer Major Thomas Mitchell once crossed, to the open downs country that caught his eye, it is no wonder that Tambo is being..
‘The Pub with no town’. Cobb and Co, once serviced this town with its regular coach schedules. All that remains today of theses early pioneering days is the Toompine Hotel (circa 1893)...
Torrens Creek, after which the town is named, rises in the Great Dividing range and runs southward to the Thomson River system to eventually run into Lake Eyre. William Landsborough..
While you are in the area visit Urandangi, a unique town near the Northern Territory border. The township was founded in 1885 with the humble beginnings of a general store. Over the years..
With a panorama of giant red sandhills, Windorah is located in the heart of the Channel Country, beside Cooper's Creek. It doesn't get much more 'outback' than here, with its stunning..
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