Seven must-do experiences in north-west Queensland

There has never been a better time to hook up the RV and enjoy what outback Queensland has to offer.

Travel restrictions forced by COVID-19 has led to a boom in recreational vehicle sales across Queensland in 2020.

More and more Queenslanders are hooking up caravans and camper trailers to explore what our great state has to offer.

And one of the hottest destinations is north-west Queensland which offers stunning landscapes, country hospitality, rich cultural experiences and natural wonders to captivate and inspire visitors.

A trip to outback Queensland also supports the communities who have been hit hard this year after COVID-19 wiped out their valuable winter tourist season.

To help you get the most out of your planned trip to the north-west, or to inspire you to make one, check out this list of seven great experiences you can enjoy in the region.

Lake Fred Tritton, Richmond

Lake Fred Tritton is a refuge for caravanners. Whether walking the dogs, riding a bike, swimming, canoeing or fishing, Lake Fred Tritton makes for a great day out. It is also a camping ground and prime spot to throw a snag on the barbie while enjoying a picturesque sunset. If you also fancy bird watching and nature walks, Lake Fred Tritton is a hotspot you absolutely must visit.

<Caravanners taking a break at Richmond.

Kronosaurus Korner, Richmond

Famous for its fossils, you will love Richmond’s Kronosaurus Korner. Australia’s premier marine fossil museum, Kronosaurus Korner showcases nearly 1150 unique fossil specimens from outback Queensland. Fossils include 100–115-million-year-old remains from extinct marine reptiles, fish, ammonites and squid that once dominated Australia’s ancient inland sea. 

Kronosaurus Korner in Richmond.

Hampstead Tours, Richmond Shire

Hampstead is an incredible way to see north-west Queensland’s Richmond Shire and is a unique bush experience for a day out of the caravan. With busses leaving every morning, Hampstead Tours takes explorers to Hampstead Springs, a stunning sight nestled in the foothills of the rugged Gregory Range. Guests can explore the spectacular scenery, unusual geological formations and colourful history, all served up with bush hospitality and a dollop of home cooking. 

Julia Creek Caravan Park and Bathhouse

Julia Creek Caravan Park is one of those caravan parks that as soon as you drive in, you feel at home. With powered sites for motorhomes and caravans, as well as self-contained units, this is the perfect pit stop to sit back and enjoy a slice of the outback. Adding a dose of luxury to your stay, Julia Creek’s outdoor bathhouses have become incredibly popular for visitors wanting to soak their cares away. Set in an outdoor bathhouse, guests can enjoy champagne and nibbles while relishing the country views. From April to September, guests can also enjoy an award- winning bush dinner put on by the caravan park each Monday night. 

Bathhouse at Julia Creek Caravan Park.

Blue Heeler Hotel, Kynuna

Famous for being the first venue Banjo Patterson performed Waltzing Matilda, the Blue Heeler Hotel welcomes all travellers for a great bite and a cold beer. Kick back and enjoy the framed memorabilia, rustic interiors and gorgeous brick fireplace built by RM Williams. If you fancy a wander at sunset, trek down the road to Combo – the stunning waterhole where Banjo Patterson penned the famous ballad. 

<Combo waterhole.

Trek West – The Big Loop Trail, Mount Isa

If you fancy something a little more adventurous, immerse yourself in the outback’s spectacular natural environments with Trek West’s, Big Loop Trail. Enjoy north-west Queensland’s big blue skies by day and a canopy of stars by night as you hike 69km over four days. Distances covered daily range from 5km to 22km and the route takes you through some of the region’s most idyllic and breathtaking landscapes, with fully prepared and deliciously healthy meals served daily. The trek follows the limestone escarpments through the Boodjamulla National Park and Little’s Range, leading you back to the comfort of the Stock Camp on Herbertvale Station.

Karumba

This stunning coastal town on the Gulf of Carpentaria is the perfect spot for fishing fanatics and seafood lovers. Karumba is home to a massive wild Barramundi hotspot and of course the Les Wilson Barra Centre – the only hatchery in the world to breed the southern gulf strain of barramundi.

Photos: Tourism and Events Queensland