Dear Valued Customers
It is with great sadness that we wish to advise that we will no longer operate Long Distance services, on behalf of Translink, after 9 December 2021.
If you wish to make a booking after this date, please see the below information regarding the new operators.
Lose the car and hop on one of our coaches as you explore Mount Isa to Townsville at your own pace. Meet other fellow travellers, enjoy the spectacular outback landscapes without having to worry about the road ahead and have fun mingling with the locals.
When you arrive in Townsville, you’ll find a vibrant, modern urban centre, surrounded by exotic tropical rainforests and white sandy pristine beaches. Officially home to one of the country’s largest military bases, Townsville has transformed into a bustling & modern business metropolis and tourism hub.
The seaside promenade of The Strand; Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium; and Castle Hill, a gigantic granite monolith with breathtaking views of the city and port, are all must-see attractions when visiting Townsville.
There are so many things to do in Townsville, with its prime location making it possible to explore the bush in the west, the Tablelands, national parks & waterfalls up north or take a ferry to one of the many surrounding islands. The short transfer to Magnetic Island lets you enjoy snorkelling in the clear, sparkling waters along the Barrier Reef.
No matter what your holiday style is, Townsville offers you a diverse range of action-packed, island, outback, historical, military and tranquil experiences to enjoy. With so many things to do in Townsville, there is no wonder why people flock here for holidays at any time of year.
You’ll love all of the luxuries that come standard on our buses while you travel from Mount Isa to Townsville, including reclining leather seats, in-seat USB chargers, air conditioning and panoramic windows!
A Bus QLD Outback bus is the best way to get from Mount Isa to Townsville in ideal comfort.
Bus Queensland runs the following services:
Mount Isa to Townsville – day services on Tuesday and Sunday. Night service available on Thursday.
Townsville to Mount Isa – day services on Monday and Saturday. Night service available on Wednesday.
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All aboard for Queensland Outback tours unlike anything else on Earth.
For travellers embaking on the outback trip of a lifetime, to locals making their way home, Bus Queensland Outback's coach services proudly connects you to more than 80 Outback Queensland destinations. Travel in budget friendly comfort whilst enjoying the breathtaking Queensland and Northern New South Wales landscapes.
Bus Queensland connects many of the great hidden gems of the Outback – we make it easy for you.
You’re in luck if you want to channel your inner ghostbuster, see an apparition, or just get a better idea of what life was like during the Gold Rush period. Previous Charters Towers ghost tour participants have seen shadowy figures and even captured spectres on video. Some of the resident ghosts are friendly, according to tour guides, while others are not. Perhaps the unfriendly ghosts had to pay a high price for their greed during the Gold Rush?
The Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft is regarded as one of the greatest horse events in Australia. The Curry Challenge is an elite and prestigious event, drawing competitors from all states into a fierce and thrilling competition and exhibits fine horsemanship at its best. Created as a memorial for Reg Brown, a highly respected grazier from Nonda Downs near Julia Creek, the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge was born with the help of his daughter Heather and neighbour, Peter Abdy. The Challenge and Campdraft are a living tribute to the Australian horseman and marks the beginning of a new era for young performance horses in Australia.
Hughenden, with its spectacular Flinders Discovery Centre, is a quaint outback town nestled along Australia’s Dinosaur Trail. The imposing 7-meter skeletal replica of a Muttaburrasaurus called ‘Hughie’ that occupies the room will astound you. The museum is packed with fascinating displays from around the world, and its staff is known for their extensive local knowledge. Continue reading to learn why Hughenden, Queensland, is a must-visit for your next outback adventure.
The famed Dirt n Dust Festival, which takes place in April, is the main attraction for visitors visiting Julia Creek. It’s one of Australia’s most distinctive festivals! It attracts tourists and people alike — from all walks of life – with sports, music, and bizarre novelty events. Take part in the Outback Triathlon and see how far you can go. For the kids, there’s even a junior version. Bull riding, thong throwing, muck snorkelling, and Australia’s Best Butt Competition are among the more odd events. Settle down for a night of live entertainment, including world-class country music.
Kronosaurus Korner, a truly special museum in Queensland’s breathtaking outback, is the ultimate in dinosaur attractions! Richmond attracts visitors in droves for reasons other than its stunning lake and rugged outback scenery. If you dig a little deeper (literally! ), you’ll find an amazing history hidden beneath the surface of this fascinating place. These awesome Richmond attractions should be next on your list for the holidays if your kids are even slightly interested in dinosaurs!
Mount Isa is well known for its mining industry and hot, semi-arid climate. But did you know that Mount Isa is also home to the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere? The Mount Isa Rodeo has been running for 57 years and is a spectacular showcase of world-class competition and entertainment for the whole family!
At Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary, get up close and personal with Australian wildlife including crocodiles and koalas in tropical North Queensland bushland. The Billabong Sanctuary, which is set in 11 hectares of natural bushland, is home to more than 50 species of Australian wildlife. For a special Townsville wildlife experience, cuddle a koala, feed a croc, or cover yourself in a friendly python at the Sanctuary!
Update: 29th June 2021
Bus Queensland advises that all services will continue as scheduled during the 3 day lockdown starting 6pm today. The Queensland Government advises that residents in locked down areas can only leave home for one of the following reasons:
1. To buy essentials such as groceries or medications.
2. Work or study if you can’t do either from home.
3. Exercise in your local area.
4. Healthcare or to provide help, care or support.
Wear a mask when you leave home.
We ask that all passengers please keep up to date with the current requirements found at https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/restrictions-impacted-areas
Update: 29th June 2021
Passengers on our Lightning Ridge services crossing between NSW/QLD borders will require a border pass. We ask that passengers please keep up to date with the current border crossing requirements found at https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass
Payment over the phone and via our website is preferred.
Please do not travel if you are feeling unwell.