Gregory Downs in Outback Queensland

Outback Queensland

"A real Australian experience that embraces the nation’s cultural heritage and pioneering spirit!"

There's something special about the outback. Maybe it's the wide open spaces, the big blue skies, or the feeling of being a million miles from anywhere. Whatever it is, there's no doubt that outback Queensland is one of the most unique and beautiful places on earth. And what better way to explore it than on a road trip?

A Brief History of the Outback

The term "Outback" is used to describe the vast, remote areas of Australia that are away from the coast. These areas are typically sparsely populated and experience harsh conditions due to their arid climates. While life in the Outback may seem bleak to some, it's actually a vital part of Australian culture and history. For centuries, the Aboriginal people have called these lands home and have developed a deep spiritual connection to them.

In recent years, the Outback has become increasingly popular with tourists from all over the world who are drawn to its rugged beauty and unique wildlife. While it may not be everyone's idea of a vacation destination, there's no denying that a trip to the Outback is an unforgettable experience.

Why venture Outback?

  1. You'll get to see some amazing wildlife. One of the best things about Queensland's Outback is its abundance of wildlife. If you're lucky, you might even spot a dingo or two! But even if you don't see any dingos, you're guaranteed to see plenty of other incredible animals, including kangaroos, emus, echidnas, and goannas.
  2. You'll get to experience some true Aussie hospitality. The people who live in Queensland's Outback are some of the friendliest you'll ever meet. They're always happy to share a yarn (or two) over a cold beer or a cup of tea. So don't be afraid to strike up a conversation with a local—you might just make a new friend!
  3. You'll get to see some beautiful landscapes. The Outback is home to some truly stunning scenery—from red desert plains to lush green wetlands. And with so much wide open space, you'll feel like you can finally take a deep breath and relax. So if you're looking for a place to unwind, Queensland's Outback is definitely worth considering.
  4. You'll get to eat some delicious food. If you love good food (and who doesn't?), then you'll love what Queensland's Outback has to offer! The region is famous for its mouth-watering beef dishes as well as its fresh seafood—both of which are cooked to perfection over an open fire. Yum!
  5. You'll get to learn about Aboriginal culture . Last but not least, one of the best things about visiting Queensland's Outback is that it gives you the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture firsthand from those who know it best—the Aboriginal people themselves . From learning about their traditional way of life to hearing stories about their Dreamtime , spending time in Queensland's Outback is sure to be a culturally enriching experience .

The Gulf Country

Known as the Gulf Country, the North West region is located along the Gulf of Carpentaria coast. The region's terrain is mostly arid or Savannah country. The major city in the region is Mount Isa with a population of approximately 25,000. Other population centres include Burketown, Cloncurry, Doomadgee, Kowanyama, Mornington Island and Normanton. 28.1% of the region's population identify as Indigenous. 

Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation or just a change of scenery, outback Queensland is the perfect road trip destination. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!

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    Streets Beach, Brisbane
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    Devil's Pool
    Devil's Pool is a natural pool in a treacherous stretch of Babinda Creek (Qlnd) which holds a sinister centuries-old Aboriginal history.
  • The Gulf Country
    The Gulf Country
    The Gulf Country is a region of woodland and savanna grassland surrounding the Gulf of Carpentaria in the region of north western Queensland.
  • The Daintree Rainforest
    The Daintree Rainforest
    The Daintree Rainforest is the largest remaining piece of untouched and pristine rainforest wilderness remnant in Australia.
  • Atherton Tablelands
    Atherton Tablelands
    The Atherton Tablelands is a highland region of northern Australia near Cairns, Queensland.
  • Cape York Peninsula
    Cape York Peninsula
    Cape York Peninsula is one of the last remaining wilderness areas on Earth and located in Far North Queensland.
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    About Brisbane
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  • Great Barrier Reef
    Great Barrier Reef
    The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) stretches 1930 kilometres from the mouth of the Fly River in Western Papua to Breaksea Spit off Bundaberg, and is one of the world's great wonders.
  • Whitsunday Islands
    Whitsunday Islands
    In the heart of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef lies The Whitsundays, a place of stunning natural beauty.
The Daintree Rainforest
The Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest is unique for its high concentration of plant and animal species all within the largest remaining piece of untouched and pristine rainforest wilderness remnant in Australia.

About Brisbane
About Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane is named after the Brisbane River and its eastern suburbs line the shores of Moreton Bay.

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) stretches 1930 kilometres from the mouth of the Fly River in Western Papua to Breaksea Spit off Bundaberg, and is one of the world's great wonders.

Devil's Pool
Devil's Pool

Devil's Pool is a natural pool in a treacherous stretch of Babinda Creek (Qlnd) which holds a sinister centuries-old Aboriginal history.

The Gulf Country
The Gulf Country

The Gulf Country is a region of woodland and savanna grassland surrounding the Gulf of Carpentaria in the region of north western Queensland.

Queensland - Overview
About Queensland

Queensland, also known as the 'Sunshine State' is the country's holiday playground attracting visitors all year round.

Atherton Tablelands
Atherton Tablelands

The Atherton Tablelands is a highland region of northern Australia near Cairns, Queensland.

Whitsunday Islands
Whitsunday Islands

In the heart of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef lies The Whitsundays, a place of stunning natural beauty.

Cape York Peninsula
Cape York Peninsula

Cape York Peninsula is one of the last remaining wilderness areas on Earth and located in Far North Queensland.

Exploring Streets Beach, Brisbane
Streets Beach, Brisbane

Streets Beach, Brisbane is a man-made oasis that portrays Queensland's laid-back beach vibe.


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