What is there to experience?
What could you see with a ten-day Bus Queensland Outback Queensland Itinerary pass you might wonder…only some of the most amazing and standout attractions that Outback Queensland has to offer!
With their stunning natural and agricultural landscapes and a plethora of unique experiences, remarkable things to see and so many things to do in each location, each place will captivate you with their country charm along your outback trip of a lifetime!
Getting around in the towns you visit along the way has never been easier! Many attractions are generally in close proximity, either within a couple of kilometres walk or a short drive. Bigger towns have buses and trains available, and small towns often have a taxi service.
Tour operators can take you to discover various interesting sights out of town like national parks, gorges, lookouts, dinosaur fossil sites, mines and crocodile farms. Hire cars are also often available to book if you decide you’d like to stay a night or two longer to soak up a true outback experience and enjoy the road less travelled. The Outback Queensland Itinerary Travel Pass is the best way to see outback Queensland, book yours today!
Bus QLD's Outback Queensland Itinerary
Charleville – Mount Isa: Welcome to the Matilda Way, a fully sealed stretch of highway, starting from the New South Wales border at Cunnamulla, that runs all the way up 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 spirit of the ‘Real Outback’… that is, the people, the attractions and natural sites. Bus Queensland Outback takes you along the Charleville to Cloncurry section of the highway.
Brisbane – Cunnamulla: You’ve got the spirit of adventure…let that lead you on the outback trip of a lifetime through Southern Queensland to see some of Australia’s most spectacular, remote and iconic outback townships. Getting away early is easy when you’re eager to explore new destinations. There’s no doubt that Brisbane will be in the rearview mirror before you can say “let’s go on a road trip”!
Traverse the fascinating Adventure Way, filled with tales of the many hardships and tenacious spirit and legends of the Cobb & Co. With stunningly vivid outback sunsets adorning the horizon, clear starry night skies and sweeping plains bursting with an abundance of native wildlife, the Adventure Way is definitely nothing short of an ‘adventure’!
Townsville – 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 – all without even leaving the bitumen!
Follow in the footsteps of Australia’s droving heroes, who strategically drove mobs of thousands of cattle from the Northern Territory and across Outback Queensland’s vast interior to the coastal markets. Discover the true, unspoilt beauty of the outback and relish in the remoteness and serenity of the bush.
Rockhampton – Brisbane: From the Capricorn Coast, you’ll be driven through some of Australia’s most vast and stunning agricultural lands and powerhouse coal mines. Named after the cunning explorer, Ludwig Leichhardt, this stretch of highway allows you to escape from the city lights & big smoke and instead, explore the beauty of the outback all the way up to the tropics of Northern Queensland.
Travelling through cattle & sheep country, cotton and sunflower fields, you will pass through numerous warm and friendly country towns, enjoy marvelling at the stunning landscapes of national parks and waterfalls or visit historic sites and museums. You will discover that there are so many things to see and do on this spectacular inland route!
Brisbane – St George Loop: Begin your epic journey from the bustling ‘river city’ of Brisbane, traversing the spectacular and productive Lockyer Valley, up to Toowoomba and then out across the Darling Downs to Dalby, Moonie, and St George.
You will be returning via Goondiwindi on the Queensland-New South Wales border and back to Toowoomba before reaching Brisbane again (see itinerary above for details on what you’ll get to see along the way). Remember from St George, you can take trips out to Cunnamulla, the amazing Lightning Ridge, including Dirranbandi and Hebel, along the way if you are wanting a real taste of the outback!
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 via plane or rail, or start and finish your adventure from airports out west.
Connect to the Coast by Plane
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, Mount Isa and St George
- Townsville connects with Hughenden, Longreach, Mount Isa and Winton
- Cairns connects with Mount Isa
There are also internal flights between towns where Bus Queensland Outback visits, including:
- between Winton, Longreach and Mount Isa
- between Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek and Mount Isa.
Connect to the Coast by Rail
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.