From four-wheel driving on red dunes, to swimming in lakes by fringing rainforests, there are so many reasons to visit Queensland’s famous outback. Slap on some sunscreen, get out your akubra and sink into country life like a local this autumn!
Stargaze the desert night sky
The outback is known for its clear night skies, dotted with sparkling stars. If you want to take full advantage of the views, check out the Cosmos Centre in Charleville for jaw-dropping glimpses of the Milky Way. Be informed of the planets, moons and stars on display by the centre’s knowledgeable guides, and see clusters of stars 17,000 light-years away. You’ll be taken on a tour of the cosmos and be told stories of space objects that have landed in Outback Queensland! Charleville is the perfect place to feel connected and gaze at the same skies our ancestors did hundreds of years before.
Get messy on a four-wheel drive adventure
Four-wheel driving enthusiasts can rev their engines in delight in Outback Queensland, as the red dirt makes for a perfect excuse to get off the bitumen. There’s a range of different off-road adventures to tackle, but the Birdsville Track is a fan favourite. For more than 500 kilometres, drive through, over and under some of the outback’s most remote areas along the Birdsville Track. If you feel like going the full distance, you’ll find yourself driving by the Simpson Desert and toward Maree, in South Australia.
Visit some weird and wacky places
Outback Queensland is also home to some obscure, unique, and odd little places and buildings. Mount Isa has one such place: an abandoned underground hospital that looks like a hobbit’s home from Middle Earth. The hospital was built in 1942 due to fears of increased World War II bombings in Darwin potentially reaching Mount Isa’s precious copper mine. There’s also an octopus tree in Bladensburg National Park, otherwise known as a ghost gum with sprawling branches and roots, as well as a one-hole golf course in Richmond, where the hole is in the middle of a lake. Lastly, no trip to Outback Queensland would be complete without paying a visit to the Great Artesian Basin’s opal fossicking region, where 95 per cent of the world’s opals originate from. Try your luck at snagging your own rare blue gem!
To read more about the top things to do in Outback Queensland, read the Autumn 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!
Image: Boodjamulla National Park (C) Tourism and events Queensland.