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Outback Windmill

Outback Region

Queensland

Each Outback town has its own story to tell, each built around its own piece of Australian history. In the comprehensive listing of Outback towns you will find information on the history, places to stay, facilities in each town such as fuel and shopping, attractions, nearby national parks and tour companies. This information will help you plan your holiday so you don't miss a thing. South West and Channel Country. From amazing spring wildflowers to the Channel Country, this is an area of diverse landscapes. Fossick for opals at Yowah, Cunnamulla and Quilpie, explore the universe's wonders at Charleville's Cosmos Centre, seek out birdlife in saltwater and freshwater habitats and relax at the Great Artisan Spa in Mitchell. Central West and Matilda Country. Australia's most famous song, Waltzing Matilda, was written and first performed in this part of the Outback. Australia's international airline, Qantas, was founded here. The shearer's strike in Barcaldine in 1891 led to the formation of the Australian Labor Party. All this incredible history has been recorded in towns such as Longreach, Winton, Blackall and Barcaldine. North West and Dinosaur, Fossil and Mining Country. One of the oldest areas on earth, the North West has an impressive record of the dinosaur era. Check out the Interpretive Centres in Mount Isa, Richmond and Hughenden. Take a tour of an underground mine in the eye-opening mining city of Mount Isa. Nearby Cloncurry commemorates the ground-breaking work undertaken by Dr John Flynn and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Bowenville

Bowenville

Queensland

Bowenville is situated on the Warrego Highway between Jondaryan and Dalby. It is a quaint rural town that offers a traveller all of the basic requirements including: fuel, a post office, barbecue, a hotel and a public telephone. It is a a lovely place for you to stop and spread you legs after a day of travelling. Bowenville is a short drive from two major tourist attractions in the region, the historic Woolshed at Jondaryan and the Acland Coal Mine.

View of Glasshouse Mountains, Montville

Montville

Queensland

Montville was first settled in 1887 and is today known by some as the creative heart of the Sunshine Coast. This charming village perched on the Blackall Range is home to a range of quality art galleries that exhibit, and sometimes produce, works of great interest to all art lovers. Shoppers also love the many craft shops, fashion boutiques and gift shops that exhibit a staggering range of affordable, locally made items. Close to Montville is the Kondalilla National Park. Kondalilla is aboriginal for 'rushing waters' and is home to scenic walks and spectacular waterfalls. It is ideal for a picnic, a swim, or just to escape into the cool rainforest. Visitors to Montville can also access the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. A 58 kilometre walk through the hinterland that is easily accessed from Montville. One of the most popular sections is the Lake Baroon - Kondalilla Falls section. A range of accommodation options are available, from romantic cottages right in the rainforest to holiday apartments and luxurious hotels.

Mungallala State School

Mungallala

Queensland

Mungallala, said to mean 'food and water' is the site of a cypress sawmill, located about half way between Mitchell and Morven where the Warrego Highway crosses the Mungallala Creek. Mungallala originated as a railway town and is a wonderful place to stop for lunch and experience the workings of an outback town. One of the interesting natural features of the area is a stand of Ooline trees. On the road between Mitchell and Mungallala, the Warrego Highway crosses hills which are wooded by a specimen of a rare tree commonly known as Ooline (Cadelia Pentastylis). It is said to be a remnant of rainforests of a previous age. For the self-sufficient traveller there is a rest area provided on the western side of town. This is the approximate site where the Cobb and Co. coach horses were changed on the journey to and from Charleville before the coming of the railway in 1885.

Chillagoe Smelters, Chillagoe

Chillagoe

Queensland

140 kilometres west of Mareeba, the former mining town of Chillagoe is one of the favoured haunts of mining buffs tracing the heady days of the 1870’s to the 1920’s mining boom. The town is a stunning mix of outback landscape, mining heritage, aboriginal art sites and fantastic limestone caves. The old township is still dominated by the Chillagoe smelters, which were built at the turn of the century by miners and speculators convinced the region was set to become the next Broken Hill. The rail link followed and the town grew to 10,000 inhabitants. The region however failed to live up to its promise and millions were lost in the inevitable bust. The smelter staggered on until the 1940s when it was abandoned. Today the town is based on tourism. If it’s the mining history that brought you out, head for the museum. Wander through well interpreted sites and don’t forget to include the town cemetery in your walks. Mining is not the only option, and it would a shame to leave without sampling some of the other Chillagoe attractions. Chief amongst them are the substantial systems of limestone caves at the Chillagoe-Montana National Park, about one kilometre from the town. The caves feature spectacular formations of stalactites and stalagmites. They can only be entered as part of a tour, which are well managed and very informative. From the caves there’s a walking track to the nearby Balancing Rock formation and some Aboriginal rock art. If you have transport, head west out of town for 14 kilometres and you’ll find The Archways, another stunning limestone feature. The best source of up to date information about tours, sites and walks is The Hub in Chillagoe.

Family on the beach at Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach

Queensland

You could certainly be forgiven for thinking you might happen across a mermaid of two at this curiously-named beachside suburb. Sensual sea sirens aside, this is simply a laid-back spot next to its bustling neighbour Broadbeach. There's an eclectic blend of dining options here from modern Australian to plenty of Asian culinary experiences in which to participate. And Mermaid Beach also boasts one of the best Surf Life Saving Clubs along the coast in which to dine and simply look out at the big blue yonder that is the Pacific Ocean. While there are plenty of accommodation options here, from caravan parks to apartments, don't forget to check out 'millionaire's row'. Yes, here at Hedges Avenue, is where some of the Gold Coast's Who's Who have bought prestigious beachfront properties due to its prime beachfront location. So you may not be a millionaire, but you can always dream of becoming a mermaid in your next life.

Jubilee Pocket, The Whitsundays, Airlie Beach

Jubilee Pocket

Queensland

Tucked away in the hills of the Whitsunday mainland, Jubilee Pocket is just two minutes drive from the tourist haven of Airlie Beach on the road to Shute Harbour. Jubilee Pocket’s relaxed ambience and proximity to the tropical, seaside town of Airlie Beach has made it popular in recent years with sea-changers. A short drive through the area and it’s not hard to see why. The township is nestled amongst rainforest and picturesque countryside. Nature walks, jet-ski hire and other water activities are close at hand. The warm, tropical climate at Jubilee Pocket means that winters are very mild and water activities occur all year round. Two minutes drive west will find you amidst the hustle and bustle of popular Airlie Beach. With its wide range of restaurants and bars, vibrant nightlife, tourist services and boutique shopping, Airlie Beach is a hive of energy set in a tropical paradise.

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

Queensland

Surfers Paradise is the jewel of Queensland’s Gold Coast and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. Surfers Paradise is where you’ll find the perfect fusion of city and beach lifestyles set amidst a spectacular skyline and brilliant stretch of coast. Once you arrive, you’ll soon feel that you’ve literally arrived in paradise. Vibrant and eclectic, Surfers Paradise provides non-stop action. With an abundance of theme parks and family attractions all in easy access, you’re never short of finding things to do. The trouble instead may be finding enough time to do everything. Surfers Paradise invites exploration. Whether it’s through the winding streets lined with alfresco dining restaurants or the art galleries that showcase local artists’ works and Aboriginal exhibitions. There’s the unending shopping options from top-end designers to outlet bargains and nighttime beachfront markets. Surfers Paradise is enticing in every way imaginable. And when nightfall comes, Surfers bursts into action with 24-hour excitement. Bars and nightclubs start pumping with live music and dance beats, while non-stop events keep you entertained. And of course, there’s the Indy Races, which jumpstarts Surfers Paradise into action every October. And the next day when you’re tired from all of the action, grab your towel and hit the beach. Learn how to surf or watch the pros make it look so easy. If you’re around in March, you’ll be able to witness incredibly fit athletes competing in the Quicksilver Pro-Surfing Competition and the Surf Life Saving Championships. It’s all in a hard day’s work at Surfers Paradise. So now, it’s time for you to come to experience ‘Australia’s playground’ for yourself…Surfers Paradise.

Eton

Eton

Queensland

Eton is situated on the Peak Downs Highway and is approximately 25 kilometres west of Mackay city. This little sugar town has a popular country hotel, lovely catholic church, butcher, general store and showgrounds where the local pony club is regularly seen practising and competing. Just past the township of Eton, you can enjoy country life to the full at Stoney Creek. Go horse trail riding or join a cattle muster, complete with a barbecue lunch including damper and billy tea. Budget and cottage accommodation is also available.

Kaimkillenbun

Kaimkillenbun

Queensland

This town with the longest single place name in Queensland is known to the locals simply as 'The Bun'. Kaimkillenbun is a great place to stop when driving to the Bunya Mountains, due to its close proximity to the National Park. This enthusiastic township has won the community action award in the Tidy Towns Competition and is a regular finalist and category winner. Kaimkillenbun was the setting for the movie 'Chase Through the Night' which starred Nicole Kidman and it is also the birthplace of Olympic basketballer, John Dorge. Accommodation and country meals are available at the historic 'Bun Pub', and there is also a caravan park for your accommodation needs. The locals will be more than happy to share a yarn with you and help you discover the history of the town.

Information provided by the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse