Outback Queensland travel guide launched

While many Australians hit the road over the past two years, Outback Queensland is calling on Australians to book an outback holiday because there’s even more to explore, as the region launches its 2022 tourism season and new travellers’ guide.

From dinosaur discoveries to luxury stays, the new Outback Queensland Travellers Guide unveils 22 must-do experiences in 2022. From rich cultural experiences and adventurous trails to a bird watching oasis following the La Nina downpour; the Outback Queensland Travellers Guide is the ultimate bucket list to help plan your next adventure.

Whether it’s by road, rail, or air, Outback Queensland has something on offer for everyone. Spanning 932,678km square (two-thirds of the state), Outback Queensland boasts the chance to walk alongside dinosaurs and unearth fossils, to learn from Indigenous elders, or soak in a luxury outback bath – and all experiences are topped with a generous serving of country hospitality.

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Taking the stage at the 2022 Outback Muster event on 24 February, Outback Queensland Tourism Association CEO Denise Brown announced the launch of the 117-page travellers’ guide boasting never-before-seen attractions and events, QR code itineraries and exclusive insights to help travellers plan their next holiday.

“Outback Queensland had a bumper tourism season last year, but we’ve got more in store for those with the travel bug this season. The La Nina rains have breathed new life into the free-flowing rivers, the ecosystem is flourishing and it shows with an abundance of birdlife and fish aplenty. The sights are truly astounding,” said Ms Brown.

“Outback Queensland is an epic holiday destination. From the new Road to Rodeo in Longreach and the biggest and richest rodeo in the southern hemisphere (Mount Isa Rodeo) to a visit to former uranium mining town Mary Kathleen or a Cobb & Co stagecoach ride, there is something on offer for new and returning travellers.”

Outback Queensland Tourism Association chairman Andrew Martin echoed Ms Brown’s sentiment, noting that Outback Queensland experienced a surge in Queenslanders venturing to the outback last year but that there was an impressive list of experiences in store for all Australians now that borders were open.

“There’s some outdated perceptions of the outback, that it’s all just red dirt and unsealed roads but this is far from the truth, which many Queenslanders have discovered – it’s accessible to all and there’s a plethora of new experiences on offer each year,” Mr Martin said.

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“If you’re searching for luxury and a chance to disconnect, the new Rangelands Outback Camp (launching in April), Mitchell Grass Retreat and Wallaroo Outback Retreat offer deluxe, glamping tents so you can camp under a canopy of stars while enjoying all the comforts of home.

“Craving adventure? Head off the beaten track and camp at over 20 national parks dotted throughout the outback landscape or explore the plentiful waterways like Lake Moondarra in Mount Isa, or the Warrego River for a fisherman’s playground that will have you hooked.

“You can be immersed in rich cultural experiences; become one with the land and walk in the shoes of generations before you at Charleville’s Warrego River walk or the Desert Dreaming Centre in Barcaldine,” he said.

“You can even witness a sea of pink at the Charleville Botanic Reserve as the desert myrtle springs to life.”

“Want a real taste of outback Queensland? Our bakeries give your suburban local a run for its money and we have quirky pubs aplenty. You can even become a stockman for the day at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and embark on a visual journey to relive the lives of Australian stockmen in their all-new cinematic experience.

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“We’ve experienced some unnerving years and we’re excited to be on the road to recovery in the tourism industry,” Mr Martin said. “However, the main challenge is to ensure travellers continue to explore the outback to help keep our local business and operators thriving.

“Escape the city, retreat to the country, relax in outdoor baths, enjoy the warm quiet days, the crisp outback nights and immerse yourself in the beauty of our rain-nourished land.”

For more information and to check out the Outback Queensland Travellers Guide visit here.

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