For anyone who has ever dreamed of the ultimate outback 4WD adventure into the desert areas of Australia, this five day tour is a must. Packed full of opportunities to go 'off road'; see historic sites; visit outback National Parks; and enjoy the adventure of exploring this fascinating unpopulated and special region of this vast country - Western Queensland has it all.... more
Note: It is recommended to call the RACQ Road Conditions Report on 1300 130 595 before departing on the Birdsville Track, the Strzelecki Track, or into the Simpson Desert National Park. It is also recommended to take extra spare tyres, petrol, water, oil and spare parts when travelling in these areas. It is generally advisable to let the local authorities (Police) know where you are going as well before heading off.... less
|Duration||6 Days||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||1813 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||One Way
|Mode of Travel||4x4|
|Level of Difficulty|
Depart early from Brisbane, heading west towards Warwick. Stop briefly in Aratula on the Cunningham Highway, at the foot of Cunningham's Gap, the centre of the Main Range National Park and the site of a large stone cairn memorial to the early explorers. This is a good spot to stretch the legs before continuing over the range to Warwick.
If you happen to be travelling during the spring months, Warwick showcases wonderful roses throughout its parks and gardens. The red 'City of Warwick' or Arafuto Rose was developed especially for the town. Warwick is a great place to stop for lunch.
Head west to Goondiwindi, with a rest stop in Inglewood. Goondiwindi is located on the New South Wales border, at the junction of six highways, and on the banks of the MacIntyre River - reached by explorer Allan Cunningham in 1827. The local economy is based on beef, wool, cotton, and wheat. Sites to see in town include the statue of the famous racehorse Gunsynd - the 'Goondiwindi Grey'; Historic Victoria Hotel; tours of local grain depots and cotton gins; and a pleasant walking track along the river.
Stay overnight in Goondiwindi.
Head off again early, for an approximate five hour drive today - continuing through the Western Downs region to Cunnamulla.
On the way through Nindigully, check out the historic hotel from 1863.
Make your lunch stop in St George, on the banks of the Balonne River. St George is one of the last towns in Southern Queensland before arriving in the sparsely populated and empty areas of the Outback.
For those who have time, and want more of a 4WD experience, head south-west 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. Campers must take their own provisions. The Park sits amidst Mulga country and features great birdlife. Camp here for the night.
For the less adventurous, or those with less time, continue driving west after departing St George towards Cunnamulla. On the way, make a stop in Bollon and try to spot a koala in the trees along the Wallan Creek - the home to a large koala population.
Arrive in Cunnamulla late afternoon and overnight here.
Spend the morning in Cunnamulla, Queensland's largest wool-loading station, with two million sheep in the area.
Follow the Cunnamulla Heritage Trail to uncover history and experience the unique character of the town. Get a taste of the beauty of the South West at a local photographic exhibition at Stephanie Mills Gallery.
The Paroo Pioneer Pathways and Riverwalk include a sunset viewing deck. Visit the 'Robber's Tree' - part of the Heritage Trail and the Bi-centennial Museum.
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; the Bilby Burrow; and a series of short self-guided walking trails.
Take a short detour off the main road to Thargomindah 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.
Get up early and explore the township of Thargomindah this morning. Learn how the power of the artesian water was harnessed to provide the town's electricity in the late 1800s. Amble along the Bulloo River Walk, discover the treasures of Leahy Historic House and shop for Bulloo Built souvenirs crafted from weathered timbers reclaimed from surrounding stations.
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 and 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.
Continue on to Innamincka for the night.
Have a look around Innamincka in the morning before heading off. Visit the re-built Australian Inland Mission hostel, now the National Parks office.
Before setting off this morning, ensure you've checked road conditions and gained local information in regards to the best option for today's journey to Birdsville. It is suggested to break the journey with a night camping along the way to make a more relaxing and enjoyable trip. There are no townships or accommodation on the way; camp overnight where suitable. If road conditions are good though, you can travel today's journey in one day.
Make sure you have enough provisions and fresh water for two days driving, and enough petrol to get you to Birdsville; there is nowhere to purchase supplies before arriving at Birdsville. It is also recommended to take extra spare tyres, petrol, water, oil and spare parts when travelling in these areas.
Your journey ends in Birdsville, with a well-earned drink at the famous Birdsville Pub. Birdsville is also famous for the Birdsville Races that occur annually on the first Friday and Saturday in September, when the town's population jumps from 100 to around 6,000 people for the event.
|Start from:||65 Gardens Point Road, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia|
|End at:||Bruxner Road, Boggabilla NSW 2409, Australia|
|Duration:||4 hours 3 mins|
|Start from:||Bruxner Road, Boggabilla NSW 2409, Australia|
|End at:||177 Emma Street, Cunnamulla QLD 4490, Australia|
|Duration:||6 hours 5 mins|
|Start from:||177 Emma Street, Cunnamulla QLD 4490, Australia|
|End at:||Adventure Way, Thargomindah QLD 4492, Australia|
|Duration:||3 hours 24 mins|
|Start from:||Adventure Way, Thargomindah QLD 4492, Australia|
|End at:||Cordillo Road, Innamincka SA 5731, Australia|
|Duration:||11 hours 14 mins|
|Start from:||Cordillo Road, Innamincka SA 5731, Australia|
|End at:||4 Graham Street, Birdsville QLD 4482, Australia|
|Duration:||14 hours 5 mins|