What’s new in Outback Queensland in 2023

Outback Queensland in 2023

There’s so much to discover in Outback Queensland in 2023.

Whether you’re visiting for the first time or returning to see more of the things you’ve missed, there’s always something new and exciting to add to your travel bucket list.

Check out some of the fantastic new activities in Outback Queensland in 2023.


Festival of Outback Opera is coming to Outback Queensland in 2023. Image: supplied.


Nature and culture

If you love nature, then don’t miss our breathtaking desert landscapes awash with wildflowers and colour after the rains of 2022 and view the Outback from the air with Queensland Helicopters. Try a Desert Gateway Dirt Bike Tour from Thargomindah for a more adventurous way to explore the Outback. 

For those who prefer to explore on foot, the new 2.5 kilometre Mungindi Sculpture Trail at Mungindi features works by artist Tony ‘Nicko’ McMillan, or walk the new trail at Iningai Nature Reserve in Longreach. 

Chinaman Creek Dam at Cloncurry has some great new facilities to show off, including a fabulous new playground for kids. 


Queensland Helicopters, Longreach. Image: supplied.


History buffs rejoice

Love history? Head to Longreach for a nostalgic journey on a spectacular heritage train with Outback Rail Adventure with Outback Aussie Tours, or step aboard the historic Cobb & Co. Stagecoach to follow the original Longreach mail route with Outback Pioneers. Trace the fascinating history of the livestock industry with a tour of the Saleyard and Woolscour in Blackall. 

There’s lots of new day tours to keep you busy including the Mount Isa Underground Hospital & Museum and a guided Bushtucker Experience at Outback at Isa, or you can check out the WWII Secret Air Base in charming Charleville. 


Western Queensland Spirit, Roma. Image: supplied.


Where to stay in Outback Queensland in 2023

We’ve got some stunning new accommodation experiences too, including the luxurious Lanarium Retreat on a working farm at Thallon where you can enjoy yabbies for dinner or try damper on a stick. 

Over at the Corones Hotel in Charleville, the rooftop rooms have access to an outdoor deck for a bath and a glass of champers. For the ultimate Outback chill-out, don’t miss the sensational new artesian baths at Cunnamulla Hot Springs due to open in June.  

Shop for a unique gift at the Western Queensland Spirit’s cellar door in Roma: a craft distillery producing vodkas and gins infused with Outback plants and flavours.

And don’t forget to include some of our super fun, quirky and world-class events on your itinerary – from Outback operas and exciting rodeos to music festivals, indulgent foodie experiences and much more.

Download our new Outback Queensland Travellers Guide to find more experiences and events to explore for your next holiday.


For more to explore in Outback Queensland, check out the Gulf of Carpentaria, where the Outback meets the sea.

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