What’s to experience?
What could you see with a ten-day pass on Bus Queensland? Some of the amazing and unique attractions of the Outback and Queensland’s agricultural landscapes!
Getting around in the towns you’ll visit along the way is no problem! Many attractions are downtown or within a couple of k’s walk. Bigger towns have buses, and small towns often have a taxi service. Tour operators can take you to discover sights out of town like gorges, dinosaurs, and crocodile farms. And hire cars are often available if you decide you’d like to stay a night or two longer to soak up the experience.
Charleville to Mt Isa: Welcome to the Matilda Highway, a fully sealed stretch of road from the New South Wales border, all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria. This is one road which most definitely leads to adventure, and a different one each day. 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. Bus Queensland takes you along the Charleville to Cloncurry section of the highway.
Brisbane to Cunnamulla: You've got the spirit of adventure; let that lead you on the outback trip of a lifetime through southern Queensland to some of Australia's most remote and iconic outback townships. Getting away early is easy when you're eager to explore new destinations, so there's no doubt that Brisbane will be in the rearview mirror before you can say "let's go on a road trip".
Townsville to Mount Isa: From the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and pristine beaches of north Queensland to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland and into the Northern Territory, the Overlanders' Way will take you through architecturally rich historic towns, a dinosaur graveyard and to the home of some of the world's quirkiest events; without even leaving the bitumen. Follow in the footsteps of Australia's droving heroes, who drove mobs of thousands of cattle from the Northern Territory across Queensland's vast interior to the coastal markets and discover the unspoilt beauty of the outback.
Rockhampton to Brisbane: From the Capricorn Coast you’ll be driven through some of Australia’s powerhouse agricultural lands, and Australia’s real powerhouses: coal mines. You’ll cross the beautiful Dividing Range and travel through cattle and sheep country, cotton and sunflower fields, and if you decide to go out to St George, there are options to take you into the Outback.
Brisbane to St George Loop
Brisbane to St George Loop: Brisbane across the productive Lockyer Valley up to Toowoomba and then out across the Darling Downs to Dalby, Moonie, and St George before heading back via Goondiwindi on the border and to Toowoomba and Brisbane (see itinerary above for details of the what you’ll see along the way). Remember from St George you can take trips out to Cunnamulla and/or the amazing Lightening Ridge, including Dirranbandi and Hebel along the way.
A quick connection to start or end your road trip
You might want to spend all your trip days leisurely soaking up the unique towns along the way, and then jump quickly back home by plane or rail, or start and finish your adventure from airports out west.
Here’s where the Outback connects to the coast by plane:
Rex Air flies between the coast and the Outback:
Brisbane connects with Charleville, Cunnamulla, Mt Isa and St George
Townsville connects with Hughenden, Longreach, Mt Isa and Winton
Cairns connects with Mt Isa
There are also internal flights between towns where Bus Queensland visits, such as
between Winton, Longreach and Mt Isa
between Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek and Mt Isa.
Here’s where the Outback connects to the coast by rail:
- between Mount Isa and Townsville (The Inlander)
- between Longreach and Brisbane via Rockhampton (The Spirit of the Outback)
- between Charleville and Brisbane (The Westlander)
With thanks to Outback Queensland for providing the Outback itineraries.