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From lush wetlands and hidden waterholes to breathtaking starry skies and red desert sand dunes dunes, Outback Queensland is a boundless, awe-inspiring place, full of quirky characters and a distinctive history. Follow in the footsteps of wonderful dinosaurs or grab a beer with the friendly locals in a historical grand hotel . Head to one of the world's best stargazing sights or marvel at the spectacular scenery asyou canoe through a remote gorge. Become completely immersed in the untouched beauty of the bush and become a first-hand witness as to how much regional and rural areas contribute to Queensland life. 

 

Travel

7 days


Route

Cairns to Mount Isa

1197km


Best Time of the Year

March to October

Highlights

  • Porcupine Gorge
  • Julia Creek
  • Cloncurry
  • Lake Moondarra

The Journey

Days

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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Day 1
Cairns to Townsville

Distance 360km - Driving Time 4 hours 30 minutes

Begin your road trip by taking a leisurely drive along the coast along the Great Barrier Reef. This drive is infused with natural, breath taking beauty that will be an epic kick start to your road trip adventure. Travel from the city to the jungle along this scenic drive. Spend the whole day immersing yourself in all this awe-inspiring journey and make a few stops to kick off your roadtrip. Wooroonooran National Park is home to fascinating native critters such as double eyed-fig parrots and musky rat-kangaroos. Here you will also find the highest mountain in Queensland. Head to Mission Beach, where the rainforest meets the reef, for a picnic lunch infront of the unreal scenery. This beachside area blends vibrant culture and art with unique tourism attractions, the perfect place to unwind and take a break from driving before heading on to your spot for the evening. 

Where to stay: Big 4 Rowes Bay

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Day 2
Townsville to Porcupine Gorge National Park

Distance 360km - Driving Time 4 hours 30 minutes

To get organised for your upcoming adventure, head to Charters Towers to pick up some groceries and grab lunch. Charters Towers is one of the prettiest inland towns in Queensland and here you will be surrounded by history, heritage, and be spectacular architecture dating from the gold rush in the 1880s. Head on to your next stop at Porcupine Gorge where you can spend the afternoon. Towering sandstone cliffs and lush vine forests fringing the creek provide the stunning landscape of this destination. Porcupine Gorge is an excellent place to view wildlife. Spend your time here exploring the sculptured sandstone and deep pools of the gorge. Set up camp at the campgrounds and enjoy your evening experiencing solitude and connection with the outback.

Where to stay: Porcupine Gorge National Park campground 

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Day 3
Porcupine Gorge National Park to Hughenden

Distance 52km - Driving Time About an hour

Begin your morning with a short walk to the Pyramid lookout at Porcupine Gorge and take in the sunrise along with the scenery over the gorge. Spend the rest of your morning exploring Flinders Discovery Centre and witnessing the incredible exhibition of fossils from around the world. For the afternoon, head to Hughenden Recreational Lake to enjoy the scenery whilst picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, or kayaking.

Where to stay: Allen Terry Caravan Park

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Day 4
Hughenden to Richmond

Distance 95km - Driving Time About 1 hour 20 minutes

Kronosaurus Korner is Australia's premier marine fossil museum and is a good spot to spend your morning. Step back in time to when half of Australia was underwater and meet the carnivorous creatures that dominated life below the surface. Next up, head to Lake Fred Tritton for a picnic dinner against the picturesque outback sunset. Head to your campsite for the night and take in the million-dollar view!

Where to stay: Lakeview Caravan Park

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Day 5
Richmond to Julia Creek

Distance 105km - Driving Time About 1 hour 30 minutes

Julia Creek is a small town with a big heart. Julia Creek is home to the endangered Dunnart which is an extremely shy nocturnal hunter, they can be encountered at the award-winning visitor center where you will have an option to feed them. For the afternoon, head to the Artesian Baths for a sunset soak. These private bathhouses are an unlikely experience along an Outback journey but they will give you an exquisite outback experience to unwind and relax. Three are few things more relaxing than slipping into a luxurious Artesian Bath after a long stint of driving.

Where to stay: Julia Creek Caravan Park

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Day 6
Julia Creek to Cloncurry

Distance 15km - Driving Time About 1 hour 30 minutes

Cloncurry is an influential town in terms of shaping Australia, the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and destination of the first Qantas flight, this destination is rich in Australian history. Spend your day here exploring John Flynn Place Musem and the Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Centre. The John Flynn Museum honours the extraordinary efforts and achievements of Australia's early pioneers and will teach you a lot about the country's history. Head to Corella Creek for your evening and relax under the trees to watch the sunset, whilst being surrounded by cattle stations, and vast outback spaces where kangaroos and native birds flourish. 

Where to stay: Clem Walton Damn/Corella Creek (Freedom camping)

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Day 7
Cloncurry to Mount Isa

Distance 105km - Driving Time About 1 hour 30 minutes

Spend the morning visiting Mary Kathleen uranium mine. This bright blue, spectacular old mine pit is off the beaten track but worth the visit for such a unique place to explore. Gloriously coloured rocks surrounding the once active mine pit and contrast with the dazzling blue water. Head to Lake Moondarra for your afternoon and be sure to catch the sunset. Lake Moondarra offers a picturesque shoreline drive as well as an epic outback sunset.