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Adventure Way - Queensland
4 Days  / 1152 Kilometres

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Description

Retrace the tracks of Cobb & Co, the first people movers of the outback, as you traverse the unique and fascinating Adventure Way. Bitumen roads now replace the rutted tracks once taken by horse drawn coaches of all but the last 150 km, enabling even those in a two-wheel drive to experience the richness of this route. The rewards are spectacular - vivid sunrises and sunsets, night skies with millions of stars sprinkled across the heavens. It will take your breath away. The Adventure Way takes you from Queensland's richest grain and cotton producing area, Dalby, through brigalow and belah belts to the outback plains where mulga lines the road tinged orange from the surrounding sandy soils. The mulga slowly gives way to a treeless gibber landscape and Queensland meets South Australia where the Adventure Way terminates at Innamincka. You won't be on the road long till you understand why they call it the Adventure Way! From gut wrenching stories of spirit and tragedy, Queensland's outback has become famous and evolved into a must see destination. However, don't think venturing into the outback means a loss of civilisation and all the mod cons we have come to regard as the essentials of life. All along the route, there is fine accommodation, great hearty meals, and best of all plenty of water for hot relaxing showers provided courtesy of the Artesian Basin, the vein of life running under this stark beautiful land. You could easily accomplish the whole drive in two days but then you would miss all the exciting activities and sites along the way, and there are plenty. This drive has a different adventure to be experienced each step, characters and sites exclusive to each area who will welcome and share with you their special part of Queensland. It's worthwhile planning to take a few extra days if time permits to explore the byways.


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Journey Routes


  • Brisbane to Dalby

    The Warrego Highway, one of the oldest highways in Queensland, a highway leading you to a new adventure each day. 'Travel west young man' was an adage used in the past that enticed folks into the outback - a world full of adventure and mystery. Watch the city skyline of Brisbane disappear behind you as you enter the city that almost stole Brisbane's capital status - Ipswich. After leaving Ipswich, it is not long and you are passing through the Lockyer Valley. Toowoomba offers the visitor everything - a wide range of accommodation for all budgets and many fine eateries and restaurants. All stocked up, its then time to continue along the Warrego - the next stop Dalby.
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  • Dalby to St George

    Dalby is a town in the Darling Downs region located approximately 210kms west of Brisbane. With plenty of local history and culture to experience from the Pioneer Park Museum to exploring the Bunya Mountain National Park, there's no short of things to see and do. Head over to St George via the Moonie Highway where you will pass Lake Broadwater Conservation Park southwest from Dalby to take pleasure in the only natural lake in the region Once you've explored Moonie where the area is noted for its quality grain, cattle and prime lamb production don't forget to bring your fishing line when you arrive to St George for a change to catch a codfish bigger than your boat! Beautifully located alongside the Balonne River visitors and locals are spoilt with fishing, boating,
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  • St George to Cunnamulla

    St George is a popular fishing spot, with various rivers and lakes close by. It is a growing region for grape and peanut cultivation. Include a visit to Riversands Vineyards if time permits. For those who want more of a 4WD experience, head southwest after St George to detour to Culgoa Floodplain National Park, via various 4WD tracks. The park is 130 kilometres south-west of Dirranbandi, and is only accessible to 4WD. The Park sits amidst Mulga country and features great birdlife. For those with less time, continue driving west after departing St George towards Cunnamulla. On the way, make a stop at Bollon and try to spot a koala in the trees along Wallan Creek - the home to a large koala population.
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  • Cunnamulla to Thargomindah

    Continue west to the friendly town of Eulo. Capture the aromas and flavours of the unique date wines at Australia's most remote winery. Visit a date farm, take a mud bath. Learn about the legends surrounding the Eulo Queen. Also worth a visit in town are the Paroo Race Track (site of the annual World Lizard Racing Championships); the general store that stocks everything imaginable and the Bilby Burrow. Take a short detour off the main road to visit the friendly opal town of Yowah where you can get some tips from the locals before trying your luck fossicking for your own opals. Detour to the beautiful Lake Bindegolly National Park, where you can follow a short walking circuit or simply take in the serenity from the observation point before rejoining the highway to Thargomindah.
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  • Thargomindah to Innamincka

    Leave early enough though for the drive to Innamincka - just across the South Australian border. The road starts as sealed bitumen for approximately the first 200 kilometres; then from here on in the rest of this journey is on unsealed roads/tracks only suitable for 4WD. Ensure you are prepared for driving in the Outback and semi-desert regions. Take plenty of provisions with you, including fresh water. Just before arriving at the Queensland-South Australian border, you will reach the famous historic Burke and Wills 'Dig Tree' site on the banks of Cooper Creek, where the Burke & Wills expedition ended in tragedy, and the site of their original graves. Just outside of Innamincka, stop to view the Aboriginal rock carvings at Cullyamurra Waterhole on the Cooper Creek.
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Journey Details

Duration4 Days Itinerary TypeLand
Distance1152 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of TravelCar
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - 1

Activities

  • Fossicking
    Fossicking
  • Off Road Driving
    Off Road Driving
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Wine Tasting
    Wine Tasting


Other Information


Visit our Driving Safety and Advice page for more information or the RACQ website for the latest road conditions.

Adventure Way - Queensland Full Itinerary


Brisbane to Dalby

The Warrego Highway, one of the oldest highways in Queensland, a highway leading you to a new adventure each day. 'Travel west young man' was an adage used in the past that enticed folks into the outback - a world full of adventure and mystery.

Watch the city skyline of Brisbane disappear behind you as you enter the city that almost stole Brisbane's capital status - Ipswich.

After leaving Ipswich, it is not long and you are passing through the Lockyer Valley. Toowoomba offers the visitor everything - a wide range of accommodation for all budgets and many fine eateries and restaurants. All stocked up, its then time to continue along the Warrego - the next stop Dalby.



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Lake Annand, Toowoomba
Lake Annand, Toowoomba
Gowrie
Gowrie
Millmerran
Millmerran
Dalby
Dalby


Route Details

Duration:
2 Hrs 28 Mins
Distance:
209 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Grand Central Shopping centre

Experiences
  • The Arts
    The Arts
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Shopping
    Shopping


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Dalby to St George

Dalby is a town in the Darling Downs region located approximately 210kms west of Brisbane. With plenty of local history and culture to experience from the Pioneer Park Museum to exploring the Bunya Mountain National Park, there's no short of things to see and do.

Head over to St George via the Moonie Highway where you will pass Lake Broadwater Conservation Park southwest from Dalby to take pleasure in the only natural lake in the region

Once you've explored Moonie where the area is noted for its quality grain, cattle and prime lamb production don't forget to bring your fishing line when you arrive to St George for a change to catch a codfish bigger than your boat!

Beautifully located alongside the Balonne River visitors and locals are spoilt with fishing, boating,



Photos

Field of Cotton, Dalby
Field of Cotton, Dalby
Dalby
Dalby
Moonie
Moonie
St George
St George


Route Details

Duration:
3 Hrs 56 Mins
Distance:
303 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Dalby Shoppingworld
- Caltex

Experiences
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



St George to Cunnamulla

St George is a popular fishing spot, with various rivers and lakes close by. It is a growing region for grape and peanut cultivation. Include a visit to Riversands Vineyards if time permits.

For those who want more of a 4WD experience, head southwest after St George to detour to Culgoa Floodplain National Park, via various 4WD tracks. The park is 130 kilometres south-west of Dirranbandi, and is only accessible to 4WD.

The Park sits amidst Mulga country and features great birdlife.

For those with less time, continue driving west after departing St George towards Cunnamulla. On the way, make a stop at Bollon and try to spot a koala in the trees along Wallan Creek - the home to a large koala population.



Photos

Balonne River, St George
Balonne River, St George
Balonne River, St George
Balonne River, St George
Cunnamulla
Cunnamulla
Cunnamulla
Cunnamulla


Route Details

Duration:
3 Hrs 24 Mins
Distance:
294 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Cunnamulla Art Gallery and Museum

Experiences
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Cunnamulla to Thargomindah

Continue west to the friendly town of Eulo. Capture the aromas and flavours of the unique date wines at Australia's most remote winery. Visit a date farm, take a mud bath. Learn about the legends surrounding the Eulo Queen.

Also worth a visit in town are the Paroo Race Track (site of the annual World Lizard Racing Championships); the general store that stocks everything imaginable and the Bilby Burrow.

Take a short detour off the main road to visit the friendly opal town of Yowah where you can get some tips from the locals before trying your luck fossicking for your own opals.

Detour to the beautiful Lake Bindegolly National Park, where you can follow a short walking circuit or simply take in the serenity from the observation point before rejoining the highway to Thargomindah.



Photos

Thargomindah
Thargomindah
Thargomindah
Thargomindah
Bulloo River, Thargomindah
Bulloo River, Thargomindah
Artesian Bore, Thargomindah
Artesian Bore, Thargomindah


Route Details

Duration:
3 Hrs 23 Mins
Distance:
196 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Old Thargomindah Town Hall

Experiences
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Food and Wine
    Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Thargomindah to Innamincka

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Leave early enough though for the drive to Innamincka - just across the South Australian border. The road starts as sealed bitumen for approximately the first 200 kilometres; then from here on in the rest of this journey is on unsealed roads/tracks only suitable for 4WD. Ensure you are prepared for driving in the Outback and semi-desert regions. Take plenty of provisions with you, including fresh water.

Just before arriving at the Queensland-South Australian border, you will reach the famous historic Burke and Wills 'Dig Tree' site on the banks of Cooper Creek, where the Burke & Wills expedition ended in tragedy, and the site of their original graves. Just outside of Innamincka, stop to view the Aboriginal rock carvings at Cullyamurra Waterhole on the Cooper Creek.



Photos

Thargomindah
Thargomindah


Route Details

Duration:
10 Hrs 52 Mins
Distance:
367 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Cameron Corner Loop
- Cullyamurra Waterhole

Experiences
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Outback
    Outback


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



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Driving Directions

1 - Brisbane to Dalby
Start from:147 Alice Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
End at:58 Condamine Street, Dalby QLD 4405, Australia
Distance:207 km
Duration:2 hours 32 mins
Directions:
  1. Head southwest on Alice St toward George St
  2. Keep left to stay on Alice St
  3. Merge onto Pacific Motorway/M3 via the ramp to Logan/Gold Coast
  4. Take exit 2-STANLEY St-VULTURE St for Route 41
  5. Keep left at the fork to continue toward Vulture St
  6. Slight right onto Vulture St
  7. Turn right onto Main St/State Route 15
    Continue to follow State Route 15
  8. Continue onto Ipswich Rd
  9. Continue onto M7 (signs for Ipswich/Toowoomba)
  10. Continue onto M2
  11. Keep left to continue on Warrego Hwy/M2, follow signs for Warrego Highway/Esk/Toowoomba
  12. Continue onto Warrego Hwy/National Highway A2
  13. Slight right onto Tourist Rd
  14. Turn right to stay on Tourist Rd
  15. Continue onto Margaret St
  16. Turn right onto Mary St
  17. Turn left onto Bridge St
  18. Continue onto National Highway A2
  19. Turn right onto Bunya Hwy
    Destination will be on the left
2 - Dalby to St George
Start from:58 Condamine Street, Dalby QLD 4405, Australia
End at:10 Kenny Lane, St George QLD 4487, Australia
Distance:303 km
Duration:3 hours 48 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northeast on Bunya Hwy toward Archibald St
  2. Take the 1st left onto Archibald St
  3. Turn left onto Nicholson St
  4. Continue onto Moonie Hwy
  5. Turn left onto Carnarvon Hwy/A55 (signs for Route 49/St George)
  6. Turn left onto Scott St
  7. Take the 1st right onto Alfred St
  8. Take the 1st left onto Kenny Ln
    Destination will be on the left
3 - St George to Cunnamulla
Start from:10 Kenny Lane, St George QLD 4487, Australia
End at:14 Alice Street, Cunnamulla QLD 4490, Australia
Distance:294 km
Duration:3 hours 25 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northwest on Kenny Ln toward Alfred St
  2. Turn left onto Alfred St
  3. Take the 2nd right onto Carnarvon Hwy
  4. Take the 1st left onto Balonne Hwy (signs for Route 49/Mitchell/Cunnamulla)
  5. Turn right onto Mitchell Hwy/A71 (signs for Route 49/Mitchell Highway/Cunnamulla)
  6. Continue onto Emma St (signs for Route 49/Cunnamulla/Thargomindah)
  7. Turn left onto Wicks St
  8. Take the 2nd right onto Alice St
    Destination will be on the right
4 - Cunnamulla to Thargomindah
Start from:14 Alice Street, Cunnamulla QLD 4490, Australia
End at:Bulloo Developmental Road, Thargomindah QLD 4492, Australia
Distance:197 km
Duration:3 hours 24 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Alice St toward John St
  2. Take the 1st right onto John St
  3. Take the 1st left onto Adventure Way/Bulloo Developmental Rd/Louise St
    Continue to follow Adventure Way/Bulloo Developmental Rd
  4. Turn right to stay on Adventure Way/Bulloo Developmental Rd
    Destination will be on the right
5 - Thargomindah to Innamincka
Start from:Bulloo Developmental Road, Thargomindah QLD 4492, Australia
End at:Cordillo Road, Innamincka SA 5731, Australia
Distance:369 km
Duration:11 hours 41 mins
Directions:
  1. Head north on Adventure Way/Bulloo Developmental Rd
    Continue to follow Adventure Way
  2. Turn left to stay on Adventure Way
  3. Turn left to stay on Adventure Way
  4. Turn right to stay on Adventure Way
    Entering South Australia
  5. Turn right to stay on Adventure Way
  6. Turn right onto Strzelecki Track
  7. Continue onto Cordillo Rd




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