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Explore Regional Queensland’s Best Kept Secrets

Regional Queensland is full of awe-inspiring natural beauty, right at your doorstep. Is it time you explored your own backyard?

If your sense of wanderlust is tingling, it might be time to explore your own backyard. And Queensland has one very big backyard full of awe-inspiring natural features and terrain. From hot springs, to sandstone cliffs, to sweeping savannah plains, there’s something for every Queenslander to delight in when exploring our outback. Pack up your four wheel drive and take a tour with us! 

Carnarvon Gorge National Park
Carnarvon Gorge National Park
Bidjara & Karingbal Country | Carnarvon Gorge National Park

Explore sandstone country in central Queensland by visiting the incredible Carnarvon Gorge National Park. Hike through the gorge to experience the cliffs, moss gardens, indigenous rock art sites and plenty of wildlife, with over 173 bird species calling the park their home. You can also take a guided eco-tour to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the abundant wonders. 

Carnarvon National Park, Nandowrie 

Emerald
Emerald
Gayiri Country | Emerald 

If you’ve a penchant for sparkly things, Emerald just might be the town for you. Not only can you fossick in the gem fields, but you can explore Australia’s largest underground walk-in sapphire mine tour where sapphires sparkle in the walls. Book a room at the New Royal Hotel or the self contained rooms or cottage of the Rubyvale Gem Gallery, and head outside of an evening to stargaze at the jewels in the sky. If your peepers aren’t hitting the mark, head to the the Gems By Day, Jewels By Night Observatory to pick out planets and stars with their powerful telescope - just don’t forget to book ahead. 

Emerald, Central Queensland Highlands

Tourism & Events Queensland
Tourism & Events Queensland
Ewamian Country | Undara Experience 

If you’re surprised to learn that Queensland is home to lava tubes… you’re not alone! We’ve discovered that Undara Volcanic National Park holds the reputation for the longest lava tubes in the whole wide world. This north-west Queesland park is full of geological wonders from volcanic craters to savannah plains. The Undara tube system is an incredible 190,000 years old, so they truly should be on your bucket list to experience!

Yaramulla Rd, Mount Surprise 

Pyramid Camping Area (Tourism Events and Queensland)
Pyramid Camping Area (Tourism Events and Queensland)
Yirendali Country | Pyramid Camping Area at Porcupine Gorge National Park

Known as Australia’s “Little Grand Canyon’, Porcupine Gorge National Park and it’s spectacular canyons and enormous sandstone cliffs are awaiting your exploration! Swim in one of the pristine waterholes or drink in the view with a helicopter tour that will give you the best perspective on the wide, rugged wilderness of the deep vine forest that flank the savannah plains.

Porcupine Gorge Lookout Access, Porcupine

Outback at Isa (Tourism Events and Queensland)
Outback at Isa (Tourism Events and Queensland)
Boodjamulla | Riversleigh World Heritage Site

Sir David Attenborough fans take note, the man himself described the Riversleigh World Heritage Site as “one of the four most important fossil deposits in the world”. The fossil deposits contained here are among the richest and most extensive on the globe, with some dating back to 25 million years. Why experience natural history in a museum when you can experience in in the real, raw natural world?

Riversleigh World Heritage Site, Lawn Hill 

Cobbold Gorge (Tourism Events and Queensland)
Cobbold Gorge (Tourism Events and Queensland)
Yangga Country | Cobbold Gorge

Identified as Queensland’s youngest gorge by the narrowness of the sandstone formations, Cobbold Gorge is an incredible piece of geographical beauty right here in outback Queensland. Take the guided tour and revere the untouched view of this hidden oasis and the ancient sandstone cliff faces. The Cobbold Gorge Tour and accommodation is carefully managed to ensure minimal damage and effect on the environment, in order to preserve and protect the Gorge.

Cobbold Gorge Tours, Forsayth 

Talaroo Hot Springs (Tourism Events and Queensland)
Talaroo Hot Springs (Tourism Events and Queensland)
Ewamian Country | Talaroo Hot Springs

What do you get when you combine stunning, natural hot springs with the culture and hospitality of the Ewamium people? An incredible outback Queensland experience! Make the most of your “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 explore the thriving aquatic ecosystems on a walk to the Einasleigh River.

Gulf Savannah Way, (Gulf Development Road), Mount Surprise 

Queensland has so much to offer, so now’s the time to revel in our natural beauty and treat your inner travel bug. Keen for a quick weekend getaway before you plan your outback adventure? Why not visit one of Brisbane’s best local camping sites or find a quirky AirBNB for a stylish and unique stay.