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Iconic Outback Queensland Road Trip to Longreach, Winton & Carnarvon Gorge

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Explore the rustic Central Queensland Outback with a return drive from Rockhampton to Winton via Longreach and Carnarvon Gorge as well as many other classic Australian gems.
 
This road trip will have you experiencing Australia’s outback with the stops at the most famous and iconic landmarks.
 
  1. Rockhampton to Bilolea, 144km
  2. Biloela to Carnarvon Gorge, 318km
  3. Carnarvon Gorge to Springsure, 173km
  4. Springsure to Longreach, 484km
  5. Longreach to Winton, 179km
  6. Winton to Barcaldine, 287km
  7. Barcaldine to Emerald, 309km
  8. Emerald to Rockhampton, 270km
 
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Biloela Things To Do

Hear the musical mountain sing with an easy walk around Mount Scoria’s base. The mountain was formed from volcanic basalt columns that emit an unusual sound when strong wind blows.

This town offers two stunning dams with both Kroombit Dam and Callide Dam sure to impress and the perfect spot for a picnic or sunset.

Visit Kroombit State Forest and National Park for a spot of bird watching, bushwalking, photography and 4WDing.
 

Carnarvon Gorge Things To Do

One of Queensland’s most amazing natural wonders, Carnarvon Gorge contains many wonders. Visit the National Parks page to explore them all in depth. Our top picks include:
  • The Moss Garden 7km Return Walk
  • Art Gallery 10.8km Return Walk
  • Cathedral Cave 18.2 Return Walk
  • Rock Pool 600m Return Walk
  • Mickey Creek Gorge 3km Return Walk
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Springsure Things To Do

Experience Old Rainworth Station built in 1862 as a stone fort before exploring the Springsure Hospital Museum  

Take in a view from one of the incredible lookouts including, Springsure Lookout, Eclipse Gap Lookout, Fred Gorge Lookout, Skyline Lookout or Mt Zamia

Drop by the Pattern Comet Windmill to take in the 7.5 meter behemoth that weighs 2.4 tonnes
 
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Longreach Things To Do

Visit the birthplace of Qantas at the Qantas Founders Museum

Experience the essence of outback culture at Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage
Watch the sunset over Captain Starlight’s Lookout

Cruise down the Thomson River and learn of its historic importance and connection to the Lake Eyre basin
Enjoy a Cobb & Co Stagecoach Experience
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Winton Things To Do

Discover a genuine slice of Australian history in the Waltzing Matilda Centre

Enjoy lunch at the North Gregory Hotel and be sure to snap a shot at Arno’s wall

Learn of Australia’s prehistoric ancestors in the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum

See the preserved footprints of a dinosaur stampede from 95 million years ago at the Dinosaur Stampede National Monument
 
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Barcaldine Things To Do

Pay homage to the birthplace of the Labor Party and the first Australia Shearers Strike at the Tree of Knowledge that greets you in front of Barcaldine Train Station

Visit the working Dunraven Sheep Station with a tag along 4WD tour or just to enjoy a stunning sunset and meet a sheep

Drop by Lara Wetlands, a great place to park the camper, hire a bike to see the wetlands, go for a kayak or canoe or simple take a dip in the thermal Artesian mineral hot pool
 

Emerald Things To Do

Talk a walk along one of many trails in Minerva Hills National Park nestled in Queensland’s central highland area birthed from volcanic activity many years ago

Explore one of the largest gem fields in the world, The Sapphire Gemfields with a underground mind tour, visit the sapphire shops or enjoy the surrounds

View the world’s largest replica of Van Gogh’s famous sunflower painting at Emerald’s Morton Park
 
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Convinced you need to explore Queensland’s Outback with an incredible road trip of your own? Talk to our team at Discover Queensland today about your camper van hire or booking you accommodation along the way on 1300 788 553.

You can also view our other Outback Queensland road trips including the Southern Queensland Country Brisbane Road Trip and Brisbane Return Sunshine Coast Hinterland Highlights road trip.


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