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Wander the Matilda Way

Wander the Matilda Way

Experience the magnificent Matilda Way touring route, full of history, diverse wildlife and outback beauty.

Whether you’re a history lover, a wildlife enthusiast or a traveller who loves nature, this journey along the Matilda Way touring route has something for everyone. The Matilda Way showcases the very best of the Queensland outback, and we share with you some of the gems you’ll find along this touring route.


Start your journey 120 kilometres north of the New South Wales border in Cunnamulla, where there’s plenty to do in this small outback town. You can’t pass through Cunnamulla without visiting the Cunnamulla Fella, which honours the classic Australian stockman, as well as the tune made popular by Slim Dusty. For nature lovers, keep your eye out for kangaroos – Cunnamulla boasts around 950 kangaroos per person, so it’s a pretty sure thing that you’ll spot one. Then, take your pick from fishing, kayaking, yabbying or swimming in the Warrego River.


Charleville’s highlights include stargazing, bilbies, heritage-listed buildings and more. If you happen to be in Charleville in early September, you can celebrate the National Bilby Day Festival. If you find yourself in town after the event, catch the daily bilby show at the Charleville Bilby Experience, where the price of your ticket goes toward saving the bilbies.

Wander around town and take in the many heritage-listed buildings before heading to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Charleville Visitor Centre to learn all about the history of the RFDS, and wind-down as night falls with a visit to the Charleville Cosmos Centre, where you can experience the sky above in new and exciting ways.


Head on to Blackall – the home of shearing legends. Visit the Blackall Historical Woolscour, the last remaining steam-powered wool-washing plant in Australia, and learn all about the town’s fascinating wool industry. Blackall was made famous by shearer Jack Howe, who set a world record in 1892 when he sheared 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes at Alice Downs Station.


Learn all about the ‘Matilda’ in the name of this touring route at Winton’s Waltzing Matilda Centre – the first museum in the world to be dedicated to a song. Learn the story of ‘Waltzing Matilda’, and then relax with a hot drink in the cafe. If you’re all about the dinosaurs, visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum and take your pick of tours, then venture to Lark Quarry Conservation Park – the location of the only known record of a dinosaur stampede in the world.


In Cloncurry, learn all about the birth of the RFDS, and the first flight departing from Cloncurry in 1928, at the John Flynn Place Museum – named for the pioneer of the RFDS. Enjoy a charming afternoon at the Chinaman Creek Dam, just five minutes’ drive out of town. Bring your own picnic and make use of the barbecues for a late lunch in the sunshine. From there, it’s your choice of adventure – fishing, waterskiing, paddleboarding and swimming are all on the table at the dam.


Wander Normanton at your own pace, and discover the heritage buildings of this former gold rush town. If you’re a train enthusiast, then you’re in the right place – jump aboard the Gulflander, a train that was built to link the river port of Normanton to the town of Croydon and its goldfields. Take a journey from the heritage-listed Normanton Station along the rail line comprising the same sleepers and rail that were used in its construction between 1888 and 1891.

To find out more, read the Spring 2023 edition of Caravanning Australia.

Pictured: Winton welcome sign. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

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