FROM fossicking, fishing and outdoor baths, to the greatest pubs and the best caravan parks in Australia, north-west Queensland is the ultimate destination for grey nomads.
With broad landscapes, rich cultural experiences and natural wonders, Outback Queensland is also home to communities that have struggled with drought and Covid and now are waiting to give a warm welcome.
Whether towing a caravan or exploring by car, there is a variety of accommodation available and plenty of adventures awaiting eager explorers.
Lake Fred Tritton, Richmond Shire
Walk the dog, ride a bike, swim, canoe or fish. This is also a camping ground and prime spot to throw a snag on the barbie while watching a picturesque sunset. It’s a must-visit for bird watchers and a walk in nature.
Kronosaurus Korner, Richmond
Australia’s premier marine fossil museum, it showcases nearly 1150 specimens from Outback Queensland. Fossils include 100-115 million-year-old remains from extinct marine reptiles, fish, ammonites and squid from Australia’s ancient inland sea.
Hampstead Tours, Richmond
Hampstead is an incredible way to see Richmond shire and provides a bush experience. Buses leave every morning for Hampstead Springs, a stunning sight in the foothills of the rugged Gregory Range. Guests can explore the spectacular scenery, unusual geological formations and colourful history, all served up with bush hospitality and a dollop of home cooking.
Julia Creek Caravan Park and Outdoor Baths, McKinlay Shire
As soon as you drive in, you feel at home at Julia Creek caravan park. With powered sites for motorhomes and caravans, as well as self-contained units, this is the perfect pit stop to sit back and enjoy a slice of the Outback. Adding a dose of luxury to the stay are Julia Creek’s outdoor bathhouses which have become hugely popular for good reason. Guests enjoy champagne and snacks while soaking in the outdoor bathhouse surrounded by country views. From April to September, guests can also enjoy an award-winning bush dinner hosted by the caravan park team every Monday night.
Walkabout Creek Hotel
Famous for being the first venue where Banjo Patterson presented his Waltzing Matilda, the Blue Heeler Hotel welcomes all travellers for a great bite and a cold pint. See the framed memorabilia, rustic interiors and gorgeous brick fireplace built by RM Williams himself. If you fancy a wander at sunset, trek down the road to Combo, the waterhole where Banjo Patterson penned his famous ballad.
Trek West – The Big Loop Trail, Mount Isa
If you fancy a little more luxury in the Outback, try Trek West’s Big Loop Trail. Make the most of north-west Queensland’s big blue skies by day and a canopy of stars by night with a personalised adventure.
A 66km hiking challenge covers some of this region’s most idyllic and breathtaking landscapes, with fully prepared and deliciously healthy meals served daily to keep you going. The trek follows the limestone escarpments through the Boodjamulla National Park and Little’s Range, leading you back to the comfort of the Stock Camp on Herbertvale Station.
This stunning coastal town is the perfect spot for fishing fanatics and seafood lovers. Karumba is home to a massive wild barramundi hotspot and the Les Wilson Barra Centre, the only hatchery in the world breeding Southern Gulf barramundi.