Outback Queensland Adventure
Matilda Country is the heartland of some of our national icons and folklore. Here, such giants as the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Qantas began. Many of Banjo Paterson’s verses were inspired by western Queensland people, places or events. Further back in the mists of time, dinosaurs called this area home and elements were laid down to later become opals.
These days, outback Queensland isn’t quite the frontier country it was in the past. Most of the towns have mobile coverage and the entire main highway is bitumen (although the further flung areas are still accessed by gravel roads). The wide skies, dramatic landscape and arid beauty has a timeless appeal that even droughts and flooding rains can’t diminish. Despite the fact that drought has bitten deeply over a number of years and most of Queensland is still drought declared, welcome rain has fallen in many areas and spirits are high.
Answer the call of inner Australia and visit western Queensland this year. You can do it the comfortable way or you can dust off your sense of adventure. Come in the family car, bring your caravan, fly in or choose some of the roads less travelled on a 4WD camping holiday.
Queensland’s outback can be accessed from different points of the compass. From the south, use Bourke as your springboard to the Matilda Highway, which runs from Cunnamulla near the southern edge of Queensland right to the sea at Karumba. There are spots right along the highway where you can enter from the east, or if you’re coming from the sparse inland, from the west.
Climb a mighty sand dune, enjoy Australian wildlife at home in the outback and become the world’s best sunset photographer. And while you’re boiling the billy over a campfire, you might even find yourself whistling a few bars of Waltzing Matilda.