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.
Take advantage of one of BusQLD Outback’s coaches to explore Winton to Cloncurry at your own pace. Meet other tourists, enjoy the breathtaking outback scenery, and interact with locals while having fun and not having to focus on driving.
The most cost-effective way to see Outback Queensland is to travel by bus. Take a trip on one of our air-conditioned buses and drive through picturesque rural areas. When you travel with BusQLD Outback, you can be certain that you are in good hands. We are experts when it comes to exploring the Outback.
Our Winton to Cloncurry coach trip is the perfect way for you to experience Australia’s Outback. You can stop whenever and wherever you like, making this the ultimate road trip holiday.
Located in North West Queensland, Cloncurry has a population of about 3000 and is about 120 kilometres east of Mount Isa on the banks of the Cloncurry River. Burke and Wills gave the town its name during their trip to the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1861, with cattle grazing, gold mining, and copper mining being major contributors to today’s economy.
Cloncurry rapidly rose to prominence in Australian history as the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in 1928, and the starting point for Qantas’ first flight. Stop by the John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery, which recognizes John Flynn as the ‘visionary bush pastor,’ and view the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service’s numerous pioneering inventions in flight and communication.
The Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft are two must-see events on your trip to the region, with the event being regarded as one of Australia’s finest horse competitions, showcasing excellent equestrian skills. The Curry Challenge is a competitive and prestigious event that draws competitors from all across Australia into an intense and thrilling contest!
The settlement of Winton was first established in 1875, and it was originally referred to as the “Pelican Waterhole”. Winton is located in the heart of Matilda Country and is associated with Banjo Patterson’s “Waltzing Matilda”, the birthplace of Qantas, the birthplace of Queensland’s Boulder Opal, and the 1891 Great Shearers’ Strike. This charismatic town is renowned today as the ‘Dinosaur Capital of Australia’, with extensive rich history and culture.
The world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils is on Cork Station, with the first prehistoric find dating back to 1962. The world’s biggest dinosaur skeleton, a 20-30 tonne Sauropod nicknamed “Elliot,” was discovered here recently. It also has the world’s only documented evidence of a dinosaur stampede, the “Dinosaur Trackways” at Lark Quarry Conservation Park – a national monument not to be missed!
Qantas, Australia’s national airline, was formed in Winton in November 1920, with its first board meeting taking place at the Winton Club on 21 February 1921. Winton is also home to the Diamantina Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum, a growing film industry, dubbing the “Hollywood of the Outback,” and hosting the Australian ‘Dunny Derby’ are all reasons to visit.
Our deluxe coaches can take you from Cloncurry to Winton, where you’ll find all of the comforts included in the ticket price, such as stretching leather seats, air conditioning, in-seat USB charging ports, and panoramic windows to enjoy all of the views!
From Cloncurry to Winton, a BusQLD Outback bus is the greatest method to travel by. Book your tickets now!
Bus Queensland runs services between Winton and Cloncurry, 7 days a week & 365 days a year. For timetable details, please see below.
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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.
The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is inspired by the Sundance Film Festival. It is an incorporated, non-profit organisation created by the passion and drive of the Winton locals and thanks to several visionary partners. This iconic community in the heart of the Australian Outback, is the birthplace of Qantas and its reputation as “Hollywood in the Outback” is emerging in recent times. Several major movie productions including Nick Cave’s “Proposition” and Ivan Sen’s “Mystery Road” and “Goldstone” have been filmed right here.
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
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Please do not travel if you are feeling unwell.