16 days in Outback Queensland Itinerary

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Fly to Townsville, Bus to Charters Towers
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Charters Towers
— 1 night
Drive
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Richmond
— 1 night
Drive
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Mount Isa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Winton
— 3 nights
Drive
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Longreach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Barcaldine
— 3 nights
Drive
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Charleville
— 1 night
Drive
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Roma
— 2 nights
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Charters Towers — 1 night

Charters Towers is a town in northern Queensland, Australia. On the 30th (Fri), wander the wide-open spaces of Leahton Park, go on a hair-raising tour with Charters Towers Ghost Tours - Ghost Tours Australia, and then browse for treasures at The Miner's Cottage. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Zara Clark Museum, then contemplate the long history of Stock Exchange Arcade, then get great views at Towers Hill Lookout, and finally get engrossed in the history at Historic Ambulance Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Charters Towers trip itinerary builder site.

Sydney to Charters Towers is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Richmond.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Richmond — 1 night

Richmond is a town and locality in the Shire of Richmond in western Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kronosaurus Korner, then gain insight at Cambridge Downs Heritage Display Centre, and then don't miss a visit to Richmond Fossil Hunting Sites.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Richmond trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Charters Towers to Richmond by car takes about 4 hours. December in Richmond sees daily highs of 44°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Mount Isa.
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Museums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Mount Isa — 2 nights

Mount Isa is a city in the Gulf Country region of Queensland, Australia. On the 2nd (Mon), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mary Kathleen, then let little ones run wild at Mount Isa Family Fun Park, and then head outdoors with Lake Moondarra. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Telstra Hill, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hard Times Mine, and then take in panoramic vistas at Mount Isa City Lookout.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mount Isa using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Richmond to Mount Isa takes 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mount Isa can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Winton.
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Outdoors · Fun & Games · Parks
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Winton — 3 nights

Winton is a town and locality in the Shire of Winton in Central West Queensland, Australia. Winton is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Waltzing Matilda Centre, get engrossed in the history at Winton Diamantina HeritageTruck & Machinery Museum, look for gifts at Winton Opal Gems, and make a trip to Willie Mar’s Fruit and Vegetable Shop.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Winton route maker app.

You can drive from Mount Isa to Winton in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Longreach.
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Longreach — 2 nights

Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stop by Spinifex Collections, then examine the collection at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Eyre Basin. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Qantas Founders Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Outback Pics, and then get engrossed in the history at Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Longreach trip site.

You can drive from Winton to Longreach in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Longreach are 44°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Barcaldine.
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Side Trip
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Barcaldine — 3 nights

Barcaldine is a small town and locality in the Barcaldine Region in Central West Queensland, Australia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcaldine: Blackall (Blackall Woolscour, Blackall Aquatic Centre, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Tree of Knowledge Memorial, surround yourself with nature on Barcaldine Tag Along Tours - Dunraven Station, get engrossed in the history at Australian Workers Heritage Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lara Wetlands.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Barcaldine trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Longreach to Barcaldine by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Charleville.
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Tours · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trip
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Charleville — 1 night

Charleville is a town and locality in the Shire of Murweh, Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): snap pictures at Angellala Creek Bridge, don't miss a visit to Charleville Water Tower Art, then identify plant and animal life at Charleville Bilby Experience, then see the sky in a new way at Charleville Cosmos Centre, and finally identify plant and animal life at Outback Native Timber Walk.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Charleville day trip planning tool.

Getting from Barcaldine to Charleville by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Roma.
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Wildlife · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums
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Roma — 2 nights

Roma is a town, locality and the administrative centre in the Maranoa Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): examine the collection at Up The Creek Garage, then make a trip to Roma's Biggest Bottle Tree, then don't miss a visit to The Big Rig, and finally view the masterpieces at Sculptures Outback Roma. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Cobb & Co Changing Station and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church Roma.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Roma trip planner.

Getting from Charleville to Roma by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Side Trip
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