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Outback Queensland: 5 Natural Wonders to Admire & Add to Your Road Trip Itinerary

Explore your backyard and take in the beautiful, natural wonders of Outback Queensland.

Talaroo Hot Springs (Photo credit: Talaroo Hot Springs)
Talaroo Hot Springs (Photo credit: Talaroo Hot Springs)

As borders are reopening and everyone is itching to start dipping into their annual leave, we're all looking for an escape that truly is out of this world, one-of-a-kind, and iconic.

When planning your 2022 holidays, consider a road trip through Outback Queensland. From towering ancient gorges, world-renowned fossil deposits and untouched national parks, there is no shortage of unforgettable experiences.

To help you get on the road and see the best your backyard has to offer, these are the top five natural wonders of outback Queensland you need to see and experience in 2022.

Porcupine Gorge (Photo credit: Tourism & Events Queensland)
Porcupine Gorge (Photo credit: Tourism & Events Queensland)
Porcupine Gorge National Park

Be greeted with spectacular canyons and towering sandstone cliffs at Porcupine Gorge. Known as Australia’s ‘Little Grand Canyon’, Porcupine Gorge National Park is a sight to behold, as pockets of deep vine forest contrast the surrounding savannah plains. Go for a dip in one of Porcupine Gorge’s pristine waterholes or head to the skies with Fox Helicopters for a one-of-a-kind experience that will open your eyes to the rugged wilderness of the surrounding White Mountain National Park.

Porcupine Gorge Lookout Access, Porcupine

Undara Volcanic National Park ( Photo credit: Tourism & Events Queensland)
Undara Volcanic National Park ( Photo credit: Tourism & Events Queensland)
Undara Volcanic National Park

You’ll find natural geological wonders a-plenty at Undara Volcanic National Park! Take in the diverse landscapes at this North West Queensland hidden oasis, from rolling savannah plains to ancient lava tubes and volcanic craters. The 190,000-year-old Undara lava tube system is one of the true awe-inspiring wonders of Australia, holding the reputation as the longest lava tubes in the world.

Yaramulla Road, Mount Surprise

Talaroo Hot Springs (Photo credit: Talaroo Hot Springs)
Talaroo Hot Springs (Photo credit: Talaroo Hot Springs)
Talaroo Hot Springs

The Savannah Way’s newest tourist attraction - Talaroo Hot Springs - combines the culture and hospitality of Ewamian people with one of North West Queensland’s most unique geological wonders. Guests are encouraged to make the most of “Talaroo Time” and connect with the Ewamian traditional owners, join the exclusive guided tours, experience the healing waters of the hot springs or private soaking pools or take in the thriving aquatic ecosystems on a walk to the Einasleigh River.

Gulf Savannah Way (Gulf Development Road, Mount Surprise

*Currently closed for the season and reopening in April 2022

Cobbold Gorge (Photo credit: Tourism & Events Queensland)
Cobbold Gorge (Photo credit: Tourism & Events Queensland)
Cobbold Gorge

Nestled between ancient sandstone formations in the heart of Outback Queensland, Cobbold Gorge is a must-visit on any inland pilgrimage. A true taste of North West Queensland’s pristine landscapes, Cobbold Gorge is a hidden oasis tucked away within rugged sandstone formations that invites you to breathe in the bush and breathe out your worries.  

Forsayth

*Currently closed for the season, reopening in April 2022

Riversleigh World Heritage Site (Photo credit: Tourism & Events Queensland)
Riversleigh World Heritage Site (Photo credit: Tourism & Events Queensland)
Riversleigh World Heritage Site, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Skip the museums and head straight to where nature and history come together at the Riversleigh World Heritage Site. As “one of the four most important fossil deposits in the world”, according to Sir David Attenborough, the Riversleigh fossil deposits are among the richest and most extensive in the world, with some fossils dating back 15 to 25 million years. 

Lawn Hill

Loved our pick of the best natural wonders to experience in Outback Queensland this year? For more travel inspo, our Destinations vertical has everything you need, from epic road trips to luxury accommodation.