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.
|Duration||4 Days||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||1152 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||One Way
|Mode of Travel||Car||Level of Difficulty|
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
|Start from:||147 Alice Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia|
|End at:||58 Condamine Street, Dalby QLD 4405, Australia|
|Duration:||2 hours 35 mins|
|Start from:||58 Condamine Street, Dalby QLD 4405, Australia|
|End at:||10 Kenny Lane, St George QLD 4487, Australia|
|Duration:||3 hours 52 mins|
|Start from:||10 Kenny Lane, St George QLD 4487, Australia|
|End at:||14 Alice Street, Cunnamulla QLD 4490, Australia|
|Duration:||3 hours 25 mins|
|Start from:||14 Alice 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:||10 hours 56 mins|