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School Holiday Family Campervan Holiday

This September School holidays, grab the kids and set out on the open road in a fantastic Apollo Campervan! Our 14 day suggested self-drive loop from Brisbane to Winton features some great family fun. First stop is Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers to see the stunning parkland floral displays and the Grand Central Floral Parade.  Stay overnight at the Woolshed at Jondaryn and join in the country fun. See the Big Rig Night Show in Roma and take a soak in Mitchell’s Great Artesian Spa. Spend 5 nights at Winton Outback Festival with plenty of free family fun and make time to see the world-class Dinosaur attractions. In Longreach, take a real Cobb & Co ride, see the Outback Stockman’s Show and spot long-neck turtles as you cruise the Thomson River. Travel home via Emerald, Biloela and Kingaroy.  What an adventure!  Also, fantastic news for RACQ members who will save 10% on Apollo Campervan hire if booked through RACQ Travel Offices. View itinerary here   Find out more about campsites and tourist attractions.

Channel Country Explorer Drive

Discover the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils and learn the myth, truth and romance behind Australia’s favourite song. Travel through the diverse Channel Country with spectacular views from Cawnpore Lookout, and visit an old Cobb and Co stop along the way. Learn the mystery of the Min Min Light and visit one of the first homes built in Western Queensland. Explore picturesque Diamantina, one of Australia’s top 10 National Parks, home to many rare and threatened species.  Toast the sunset atop majestic red sand hills at Windorah. Enjoy Coopers Creek, the Barcoo River and tranquil billabongs. Discover the majestic Welford National Park.  Follow a 4WD track to discover magnificent landscapes sculptured by nature over millions of years into the most amazing rock formations and sign a most unusual visitors book…with stones! More

Natural Encounters Trail

Meet the locals in Boulia, learn the yarn of the mysterious Min Min Light then follow the Natural Encounter Trail to Winton (around 492km).  Explore Diamantina National Park, one of Australia’s top 10 National Parks.  Discover the desert landscape on the Warracoota Circuit Drive and visit important wetland habitats.  Travel across ancient mesas, gullies and broken escarpments to the world’s only known dinosaur stampede site.  Visit the beautiful Bladensburg National Park, home to unique birdlife, plants and animals and an area of important Indigenous and pastoral heritage. Take a guided tour of the world’s largest collection of Australia dinosaur fossils at Australian Age of Dinosaurs. Discover the majestic Jump Up landscapes surrounding Winton and learn the truth and myth behind Australia’s favourite song at the Waltzing Matilda Centre. More

Backroads to Winton Road Trip

From Longreach, travel the scenic back roads to Winton via Lochern National Park, Stonehenge and Jundah. Follow the Lochern habitat drive and explore the 20km of Thomson River frontage. Take a 4WD adventure on the John Egan Pioneer Drive and discover magnificent landscapes sculptured by nature over millions of years. Breathe in the expansive views from Swanvale Lookout on the majestic Johnston Range. In Jundah, follow the Settlers Nature Drive along the Thomson River, a great spot to boil the billy, have a picnic or throw in a line. Discover the world’s only recorded Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park where you can view up to 3300 footprints left over 95 million years ago by a herd of over 300 dinosaurs. This drive includes a mix of sealed and unsealed roads therefore a 4WD vehicle is recommended.  More

Outback Queensland Camel Festival Trail

The camel racing season kicks off in Outback Queensland on the second weekend in July.  Camels are brought in to compete from all over Australia beginning with a two-day Bedourie event (2nd weekend in July), followed by a three- day festival in Boulia (3rd weekend in July) and ending with a one-day event in Winton (last weekend in July). Camel racing is a serious international sport in some countries and its origins can be traced back to the early Islamic period in the 7th century.  In Australia, Camel races have had quite a rich history since the late 19th century however it wasn’t until 1990 that the sport gained real exposure in Australia. The Boulia Camel Race is the second richest professional camel race in the country and promotes the longest running camel race in Australia. More

Winton Pioneer’s Trail

The Pioneer’s Trail is a full day scenic drive past outback stations, jump up landscapes and unique vegetation. Enjoy a spot of fishing or swimming in the waterholes en-route, and call into Middleton. The town started life as a coach staging post and now consists of just one building – the Middleton Hotel, which has been restored.  Take a picnic lunch and bring plenty of water. Cawnpore Lookout is a good spot for lunch, with scenic views across spectacular Mesa country.  Visit Old Cork Station, a vintage sandstone homestead and one of the original properties in Western Queensland.  It was first settled in the 1870’s and became the local mail distribution point before the establishment of Winton. The mail came by packhorse from Aramac. More

Maps available at the Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton

The Dinosaur Drive

The Dinosaur Drive is a loop drive of 242km from Winton taking in the magnificent ‘jump up’ landscapes en route to Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park. The site represents the most concentrated site and only definitive record of dinosaur stampede behavior. The Dinosaur Trackways is only accessible by a guided tour (fees apply) available at 10:00am, 12:00noon and 2:00pm all year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  Lark Quarry Conservation Park covers 1375 ha and was established to protect the Dinosaur Trackways and its surrounding landscape. Nestled near the edge of the Tully Range, the park occupies an attractive rolling landscape adjacent the Merton escarpment. Entry to the park is free. More

Maps available at the Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton

Route of the River Gum

Begin by driving on the Winton – Jundah Road and travel a loop of approximately 52km. You should allow three hours – more if you would like to explore, swim or picnic. From the shade of Surprise Creek, beneath river red gums and coolibahs, you can view the vast plains of Mitchell and Flinders grass. Flat topped mesas, plateaus and residual sandstone ranges provide a scenic backdrop to Bladensburg National Park.Formerly a grazing property, Bladensburg was designated as a National Park in 1994. The park conserves 85,000 ha of Mitchell grass and channel country, a number of scenic waterholes and culturally significant sites. The park is home to a wonderful diversity of birds as well as Red Kangaroos, Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Wallaroos. More

Maps available at the Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton