A word about our Drive Trails….
The following drive trails are suggestions only and should only be undertaken after seeking advice on road conditions and in consultation with a map as to distances and road types.
Western Drive Trail
Take a drive through the far west of the region and you’ll be surprised at what you find. Yes, sandhills and endless natural encounters are at the forefront of your adventure here. But brush the dust aside and after visiting the Waltzing Matilda Centre and learning more about the towns connection with poets and movie stars find dinosaur bones and fossils in Winton and south at Lark Quarry. Stop for some history at Jundah, taking in the museum and other historic sites including the shanty immortalised by Banjo Paterson’s ‘A Bush Christening’. Head to Windorah to catch a fish in the famous Cooper Creek and see the historical display. Travel west of the red sandhills stopping at Deon’s Lookout, then to the most famous outback town of Birdsville. See the Bluepoles Gallery and have lunch at the Pub. Take a walk along the lagoon and learn of the Indigenous heritage in the region. Head north to Bedourie, an oasis in the desert. This modern town still prides itself on its historic buildings and heritage. Continue north for a Min Min encounter at Boulia, a small town with a big heart. Take in the Min Min show and historic sights before setting off west through some impressive landscape to return to Winton.
Central Drive Trail
Spend some days exploring all that Longreach has to offer then head north to Muttaburra and meet ‘Barb’ the life size dinosaur made from recycled barb wire and the other public art sculptures in town. Continue to Aramac and get caught up in the Captain Starlight story, Australia’s most daring cattle duffing escapade. Travel south to Barcaldine and take in a movie at the historic Radio Theatre and learn about our working heritage under the Tree of Knowledge. Travel east to Jericho and take in the murals and perhaps a movie at the worlds smallest drive in movie theatre. Continue to Alpha and see some of the 27 murals adorning the township. The Art gallery and ‘Fossilised Forest’ sculpture are also worth a look. Head south to Tambo, teddy bear country. Visit the Teddie Bear Workshop and then the impressive Grassland Art Gallery. Continue on to Blackall and follow the Sculpture Trail around the town before crossing the Barcoo River and driving to Isisford. The Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre houses a 100 million year old fossilised crocodile found in the area plus local arts and crafts and a museum. For some extra adventure head back to Longreach via Stonehenge and carve your name in stone—visitor book Stonehenge style! Take in some impressive natural landscape in the area and on your drive back to Longreach.
Southern Drive Trail
Mitchell is the gateway to the Outback and here you can be assured of finding some interesting sights. Take in the Kenniff Brothers statues just south of town on the St George Rd, a tribute to these notorious bushrangers. Read more about their exploits at the Kenniff Courthouse in town. Visit the Gallery and have a picnic by the Maranoa River at Fisherman’s Rest. Travel on to Morven, stopping at Mungallala to see the iron statue in front of the Library. Morven has a wealth of historic displays and a Branding Board featuring local cattle brands. Have a picnic at Tregole National Park and see remnants of rainforest from Gondwanna. Continue to Augathella, home of the giant Meat Ant statue and other interesting sculptures as well as murals and an impressive Community Visitor Centre. Charleville’s must see is the Cosmos Centre and Historic House before taking a walk along the Warrego River. Travel on to Quilpie and visit the Visitor Centre with its own Art Gallery, sculptures in the main street and boulder opal history. Follow the opals down to Eulo, stopping at Yowah on the way to see the unique ‘Yowah Nut’ opal. Eulo’s interesting shops and mud springs are definitely worth the stop before moving on to Cunnamulla. Made famous by Slim Dusty, stop in to the Cunnamulla Fella Centre and see the current exhibition in the Art Gallery. Head east and stop in Bollon to see koalas in the wild and take in the history at the Heritage Centre. For the adventurous take the gravel road north to Mitchel, otherwise continue to St George on the banks of the Balonne.