Stretching more than 1700 kilometres from Cunnamulla in the south to
Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Matilda Highway is custom-made
for travellers keen for a taste of the Outback, its unique heritage,
legendary hospitality and friendliness.
The Matilda passes through an ever changing landscape, from undulating
Mulga plains in the south to open Mitchell grass plains and desert
uplands in the central west and gulf plains in the north. There are
picturesque billabongs and vast inland river systems, rugged gorges and
escarpments and many scenic national parks.
Highlights on the route
Stretching from Barringun on the New South Wales border to Normanton
in the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Matilda Highway stops at some of
outback Queensland's most impressive attractions. On your journey to
North Queensland make time to see these:
Charleville Cosmos Centre, Charleville: An observatory with four
telescopes, plus a multi-media Indigenous Theatre in the most
spectacular big sky destination.
Qantas Founders' Outback Museum, Longreach: traces the history of our
national airline and its very important links to the outback and its
Dinosaur Trackways, near Winton: set in a spectacular outback location,
Lark Quarry is believed to be the only preserved evidence in the world
of a dinosaur stampede.
The highway can be completed in as little of 24 hours, but that's one
heck of a drive and you'll be missing out on the 'real outback'... that
is; the people, the attractions and natural sites. Four days is a
comfortable drive, depending on how long you stay in each town.