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".
Brisbane to Toowoomba
From Brisbane, you’ll cross the world’s seventh richest farmland as you drive across the Lockyer Valley where Australia’s veggies are grown on your way to the steep ascent up the Great Dividing Range to Toowoomba. Home to the Carnival of Flowers in September, Toowoomba is a gracious town with big parks downtown such as Queens Park and the elegant Laurel Bank Park. Catch a bus from town out to the university to see the Japanese garden. A regional hub, Toowoomba has a huge new shopping centre downtown. Discover the back lanes and many cafes of Toowoomba by following the amazing First Coat street graffiti and mural art trail. Take a bus up to Picnic Point for beautiful views from the top of the Great Dividing Range eastwards across the valley towards Brisbane.
Toowoomba to Moonie
Dalby is a good place to stop, hire a car and take advantage of many interesting day trips from the town. Past Dalby is Tara, home to vast wheat fields and the heart of some of Australia’s finest Merino country. Moonie, a tiny settlement on the intersection of the Leichhardt and Moonie Highways, is the oil capital of Queensland with Australia’s first commercial oil field. It’s also the home of the Yabbie Races, billed as the race that stops the outback, a quirky country event run each November. You’ll love the fashions on the field, race action, food and live entertainment! You can browse local arts and crafts and experience the Moonie Heritage Trail where you’ll see brilliant murals depicting the history of the town.
Moonie to St George
Heading out from Moonie to St George, the landscape is timbered. Outback folk have the courage of St George, slayer of dragons, as they battle the monsters of droughts, floods and isolation. It's the St George in these men and women that make the Australian Outback such an incredible place. First stop in St George will have to be The Unique Egg where you can watch Stavros Margaritis carve emu eggs as he has for more than 60 years. His illuminated eggs are truly amazing to see. Amble the Ballonne River Walk or take a river cruise. Take a tour in St George: a wildflower tour between August and October, a cotton farm and winery tour, an air or 4WD tour, or take in one of the biggest populations of birds in Australia, and beautiful Aboriginal rock pools. Fish from the river bank: the Murray cod are huge!
St George to Cunnamulla
As you’re driven towards Cunnamulla, the landscape and towns will slowly begin to feel more 'outback'. In Nindigully, the historic hotel, built in 1863, is home to one of the country's oldest and largest pig racing events, a sure sign that you're nearing the outback. The drive from St George to Cunnamulla brings excitement in koala bear spotting along the Wallan Creek. With two million sheep on stations in the Cunnamulla region, it's not surprising that this town boasts Queensland's largest wool loading station. The Cunnamulla Heritage Trail explains the town's fascinating past, while the Stephanie Mills Gallery displays local photographic artwork that provides a unique perspective on the region's scenery. In Cunnamulla you can hear the story of the Great Artesian Basin which flows beneath 1/5 of Australia and is the lifeblood of the Outback, take a journey through 6ha of different ecosystems, visit a birdwatcher’s paradise 16km from town which boasts more than 200 species of birds, or “live the life” of the people that helped shape this country on a station stay. Like many places in the Outback, Cunnamulla has a beautiful river where you can take a sunset river cruise, fish, or stroll the river walk along the banks, overlooking the floodplains.