No matter what you and your belly are craving, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for along the Great Inland Way.
If you’re keen to shake off the winter blues and experience Queensland in all its delicious glory, then look no further than the Great Inland Way. This touring route leaves little to the imagination, taking you on a journey from the New South Wales border, through the Sunshine State’s fiery outback and up to the tropical rainforests of the Far North. If you can’t decide which part of Queensland’s diverse terrain best tickles your fancy, then the Great Inland Way will serve you up a tasting plate of the state’s best offerings.
We start our adventure on the New South Wales border, north of the iconic Lightning Ridge. Here, the landscape does most of the talking – vast desert plains extend as far as the eye can see, and the terracotta soil will no doubt have the kids pretending they’re on Mars.
If you’re needing to refuel, stop for a quick bite to eat at the Hebel General Store (what Aussie gourmet adventure would be complete without a classic Chiko Roll?). Hebel, situated mere kilometres from the border, has only 67 permanent residents – but don’t let its small size deter you.
From Hebel, it’s less than two hours to our next delicious destination: the Nindigully Pub. Enjoy melt-in-your-mouth pulled beef brisket and tangy coleslaw on a smoked brioche bun, or opt for a delicious vegetarian pizza – complete with oozy mozzarella and flavoursome Napoli sauce. Or, if you’re up for a challenge and are travelling with pals, the pub is famous for its insane mega burgers, where the Real Big Mack is the crown jewel. The 25-kilogram beef burger is five-feet long and can serve a full bus of people (or a very hungry select few!). Just make sure you order a minimum of three days in advance so that the staff can prepare these epic offerings for you. The pub also holds the title of Australia’s oldest continually licensed hotel, and has been pouring beers since 1864!
This is just a sneak peek! To discover the rest of the journey, read the Winter 2023 edition of Caravanning Australia.
Pictured: Davies Creek Falls. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland