With so many things to do in the Queensland Outback and Northern New South Wales, there's no shortage of reasons to get yourself an affordable 'hop on hop off' bus travel pass and see them all! Travel in style and comfort on a fully air-conditioned Bus Queensland Outback coach and hit the open 'road less travelled'! See below for further information about the specific destinations you can include on your next outback trip!
Barcaldine is situated on the junction of the Capricorn and Landsborough Highways and known as the Garden City of the West. Barcaldine is home to the Tree of Knowledge – a ghost gum – that grew outside the Railway Station for about 180 years until 2006.
The Biloela region is well known for its vast natural attractions, including National Parks, impressive rivers and picturesque gorges, and offers many opportunities for 4WD adventures, fishing and water sports. Biloela is a warm and welcoming, bustling town with many attractive features.
Blackall is an appealing country town, featuring tree lined streets and heritage buildings with a prominent sheep and cattle industry. Blackall has a strong community focus and offers a quiet and relaxed outback lifestyle, ideal for those who want to experience a close-knit community.
Winding around the Brisbane River, you will find numerous shopping districts, unique social precincts, beautiful heritage buildings, gorgeous parks and an evolving live music scene, showing just how far the city has come from its humble country-town beginnings.
In the heart of ‘mulga country’, Charleville and surrounding pastoral properties are rich in history, flora and fauna. Wander along the Charleville Heritage Trail to see some examples of pioneer architecture and learn about the history of the town.
Discover the enchanting town of Charters Towers, where the streets are like viewing a living montage of Australian history & heritage. Founded in 1871, following the discovery of a gold nugget, the township was established as a ‘land of promise’ for many gold prospectors.
The town of Cloncurry was established on rich mining and pastoral industries, with copper & gold being discovered in the late 1860’s, attracting hundreds of miners from around the world. Discover its tranquil beauty or experience the excitement of the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft on your next outback trip!
Cunnamulla, meaning ‘long stretch of water’, which refers to the nearby Warrego River, is located in the Paroo Shire and is part of the South West Region of Outback Queensland. Cunnamulla is known for its famous character, the Cunnamulla Fella, who was immortalized in song by the late Slim Dusty.
Dalby is a picturesque, rural haven, situated in the black soil plains of the Western Downs Region. Situated just over 80 kilometres from Toowoomba & 200 kilometres from Brisbane, the town is the perfect stop on your next outback journey west, where you can see their thriving wheat, cotton, sheep, pig and cattle farming.
At the junction of five major highways and on the banks of the Macintyre River, you will find the prosperous, vibrant border town of Goondiwindi. This friendly outback town offers an ideal place to explore, relax and recuperate with its stunning river & jacaranda tree backdrop and country charm, whilst enjoying the serenity of the bush.
In the small quirky town of Hebel, it feels like time has literally stood still, with captivating tales of the Ned Kelly Gang, Cobb & Co and old time dance halls, being left behind. Hebel is also a great place to base your visit to the Culgoa Floodplain National Park, with plenty of birdwatching opportunities, whilst enjoying the pristine beauty of the bush.
Bordered by four national parks, featuring mountainous volcanic basalt country, black soil plains, rich fossils & dinosaur areas, Hughenden is a fantastic place to visit. From fossils to abundant native flora & fauna, the town is also an outback artist haven, filled with various sculptures & windmills.
Known as the ‘Gateway to the Gulf’, Julia Creek is located in the heart of the North West Outback QLD Region. This small town with a big heart, is a ‘must see’ on your next outback trip, showcasing artesian bath houses and home to numerous events, including rodeos, campdrafts & the famed Dirt ‘n’ Dust Festival and Triathlon.
There are a few mining towns in Australia but none of them are quite like Lightning Ridge. Part of the Walgett Shire and home to the Black Opal, the rarest form of Australia’s magnificent national gemstone, Lightning Ridge is a unique and historic opal mining town located in outback north western New South Wales.
Longreach is considered by many as the ‘heart’ of the Queensland Outback. Famous for its character, extensive pioneering history, heritage and community spirit, Longreach offers numerous iconic attractions set amidst a wonderful natural landscape. Escape the rat race and experience the clear skies and limitless horizons of the outback.
Originally named ‘Dogwood Crossing’, Miles was established on a track that was blazed by the explorer, Ludwig Leichardt, in 1884. Located at the junction of the Warrego Way and Leichhardt Way, Miles is a quaint yet vibrant rural township that will literally have you stepping back in time with its “living” pioneering historical village.
Moonie is the oil capital of QLD – a small rural township on the intersection of the Leichardt & Moonie Highways. Australia’s first commercial old field was established here in 1961 and still operates today. This quinessential Australian outback town and region is also renowned for its birdwatching, star gazing, pig hunting & fishing.
Mount Isa, the ‘oasis in the outback’, is ideally situated in the Selwyn Ranges of North West Outback QLD. With a multitude of things to do in Mount Isa, Boodjamulla National Park’s Lawn Hill Gorge and world heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, remain city highlights. It also hosts the Southern Hemisphere’s largest rodeo & features one of Australia’s most productive single mines.
Located in the heart of the Dawson Valley, Moura is a small, friendly town in Central Queensland’s Banana Shire, and is home to open cut coal mining. The vibrant township attracts thousands of visitors each year, with its picturesque Dawson River backdrop, numerous special events, water sports, fishing spots & beautiful parklands.
Part of the Outback North West Region, you’ll find nowhere else quite like Richmond. With mesmerising scenery and pre-historic marine dinosaur fossils, the rural town of Richmond was once part of Australia’s vast inland sea. Unlock your inner palaeontologist as you explore ancient treasures of the Richmond Fossil Hunting Sites!
Located in Central Queensland & straddling the Fitzroy River, Rockhampton is one of the oldest cities in QLD & Northern Australia. Considered to be the industrial and agricultural centre of the north and coined the ‘Beef Capital’ of Australia, the Big Bull statues that are scattered around town are a tribute to its title.
Roma is a beautiful rural town, located in the Maranoa district of South West QLD, offering every modern convenience without losing its country charm. Rich in agricultural history, learn about the discovery of oil & gas in Australia at ‘The Big Rig’, visit Southern Hemisphere’s largest cattle salesyard and Queensland’s biggest bottle tree.
Nestled in the banks of the Balonne River, St George is the perfect secluded bush ‘oasis’. Life’s easy here, with the river being the source of rest and play for friendly locals and visitors alike. The plentiful bird life, picturesque views, river & tree lined streets of St George offer the perfect backdrop to enjoy a coffee or delicious meal.
Explore the road less travelled in the peaceful town of Tara – as far from city life as you can imagine! Only three and a half hours from Brisbane’s big city lights, you will experience the best of the Western Downs Region in Tara. Everything in this town happens at a relaxed pace and travellers are always welcome to stay as long as they like.
Known as the ‘Garden City’, with an array of vivid colours in spring, clear hot summer days, amber autumn leaves and crisp winter’s air, there is nowhere else in Queensland you will experience all four seasons as distinctly than in Toowoomba! If you find yourself in Southern Queensland country, be sure to stop and smell the roses and experience the beauty of Queensland’s largest inland city.
The formerly quiet coastal town of Townsville has flourished into a modern metropolis. Officially home to Australia’s 3rd & 11th Brigades, Townsville remains home to one of the country’s largest army barracks. It is Australia’s largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast, combining federation architecture with restaurants, accommodation & shopping like no other regional QLD city.
Winton is home to Banjo Patterson’s ‘Waltzing Matilda’, Qantas, QLD’s Boulder Opal & linked to 1891’s Great Shearers’ Strike. Australia’s charismatic ‘Dinosaur Capital’, features the world’s largest Australian dinosaur fossil collection and dinosaur skeleton discovery. The world’s only recorded evidence of a dinosaur stampede, the Lark Quarry ‘Dinosaur Trackways’, is a national monument not to be missed!