When people think of Australia’s sunshine state, too often they imagine the beaches and bustle of the Gold Coast, but off the beaten track stunning scenery and friendly folk awaits travellers to the Outback and Southern Queensland Country. Try these five tips from House of Travel to ensure you see all the highlights.
Explore Girraween National Park
The 12,000-hectare Girraween National Park, which spans the NSW-Queensland border 260 kilometres south-west of Brisbane, is the place to go to explore this majestic countryside. Around 17 kilometres of well-signposted walking tracks reveal endless expanses of eucalyptus forest, bedrock flats, creeks and waterholes. The terrain is unusual and captivating, and an essential inclusion on any road trips inland.
Dress up for the races
The local racetrack in Roma is a great excuse to frock up and take a punt. The biggest racing events of the year in this small town are the Picnic Races in March, the Rugby Race Day in June and the Roman Cup in November. Dress as you would for the Melbourne Cup if your trip happens to coincide with one of them. While you’re there, why not visit the sale yards and experience the auction excitement of the largest livestock selling centre in Australia.
Try the region’s best bush walks
Immerse yourself in the scenery on one of the region’s many spectacular walks. At Carnarvon National Park you can enjoy a picturesque rock pool, while Main Range National Park is home to an impressive waterfall. Girraween National Park features the visually stunning Granite Arch and Pyramid, while Ravensbourne National Park has two short circuits suitable for all – the Rainforest Circuit and the Palm Creek Circuit.
Go glamping in the outback
Wallaroo Outback Retreat in the Carnarvon Ranges offers a unique and special experience. A 70,000-acre cattle station almost two hours from Roma, Wallaroo provides visitors with views of the wild and untouched country the area is known for. This refined but rustic glamping retreat nestled beneath gum trees features eight spacious and luxuriously furnished round tents, a timber and corrugated iron dining and lounge area, and an amenities building that embraces the Aussie shearing shed aesthetic in the most delightful of ways. Run by a down-to-earth couple, guests are treated to homecooked meals and baking to top things off.
Be amazed by Bunya Mountains National Park
For breathtaking views, a visit to Bunya Mountains National Park is a must. An Aboriginal meeting place that dramatically rises 1100 metres out of nowhere from the plains, Bunya Mountains National Park features incredible views from the 4km Scenic Circuit. Additionally, try the very short Bunya Bunya Track for a taste of what this park has to offer.
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