The people, places and wide-open spaces of Outback Queensland offer
a holiday or travelling experience like few other regions in Australia
can. From down-to-earth stockmen, to quiet fishing spots, to desert
sand dunes, and even the odd dinosaur - there's nowhere quite like it.
Diversity is a key factor in the region having such a magnetic pull
on the people who go there, so strong is that pull, many can't wait to
go back and explore more of its vast landscape. The magnificent natural
diversity of the Channel Country in the south west, the heritage-rich
Matilda Country of the central west, and the ancient lands of the
Dinosaur, Fossil and Mining Country in the north west has to be seen
and experienced to understand the attraction of this remote corner of
Outback Australia. The rocky terrain is harsh but beautiful, and the
colours stark but striking. The outback sunsets are spectacular, hidden
lakes and dams make for excellent freshwater fishing, and breathtaking
gorges give up their treasures to fossickers.
North West Queensland
North West Queensland is a remote region which lies to the south of
the Savannah Gulf Country. It landscape typify the common image of
The main settlements in the region include the city of Mount
Isa and the towns of Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond,
Cloncurry and Camooweal, Mt Isa, some 887 kms west of
Townsville is the only major city in this part of the Outback. It has
the largest silver and lead mine found in Australia, indeed the world.
Places of interest there include the Outback at Isa where you can take
mining tours and the Riversleigh Fossil Centre.
Cloncurry is the site of where the The Royal Flying Doctor Service
was first launched, as well as the idea for Qantas. Sheep and cattle
are the economic mainstay of the surrounding areas.
Major roads in the region include the Barkly Highway, Diamantina
Developmental Road, Cloncurry – Dajarra Road, Gregory Development
Road, Wills Developmental Road, Flinders Highway and Landsborough
Central West Queensland is a remote region covering an area of 396
650.2 km2, it typifies the common image of outback Queensland.
Within this region lies the eastern extent of the Simpson Desert
lies within the region, the Channel Country and part of the Cooper
Basin. This basin contains the most significant on-shore petroleum and
natural gas deposits in Australia. Haddon Corner and Poeppel Corner on
the Queensland border are also located here.
Major towns of Central West Queensland include Longreach, Winton,
Blackall and Barcaldine. Barcaldine was the location for the 1891
Australian shearers’ strike, one of Australia’s earliest
and most important industrial disputes. The Australian Stockman’s
Hall of Fame is a museum located in Longreach which pays tribute to
pioneers of the Australian outback. The ghost town of Betoota has been
designated as Australia’s smallest town.
Waterways coursing through Central West Queensland include the
Barcoo River, Georgina River, Diamantina River, Thomson River, Burke
River, Hamilton River and Cooper Creek.
A number of national parks have been declared in the region,
including Simpson Desert National Park, Cudmore National Park,
Diamantina National Park, Astrebla Downs National Park, Welford
National Park, Goneaway National Park, Lochern National Park and
Bladensburg National Park.
South West Queensland
A remote region, South West Queensland includes the Maranoa district
and parts of Channel Country. The area is noted for its cattle grazing,
cotton farming, opal mining and oil and gas deposits.
The northern extent of the Sturt Stony Desert lies within the region
around the location known as Cameron Corner. Part of the Cooper Basin
is located in the region. The basin contains the most significant
on-shore petroleum and natural gas deposits in Australia. The
Tookoonooka crater is a large impact crater located in the region,
however it is not visible at the surface.
Major towns of South West Queensland include Charleville, Roma,
Augathella, Windorah, Thargomindah, St George and Cunnamulla.
Cunnamulla has the biggest wool-loading station on the Queensland
railway network. Australia’s largest cotton farm, Cubbie Station
near St George, covers 93,000 hectares.
Waterways coursing through South West Queensland include the
Warrego, Maranoa, Merivale, Balonne and its tributary the Bokhara
River, Culgoa, Wilson and Cooper Creek. The Balonne is used for an
extensive irrigation network. The Bulloo River system is the only
closed river system in Australia.