More to explore in the outback

Road Trip

A road trip through north-west Queensland offers unforgettable outback experiences. 

Pyramid Campground, Porcupine Gorge National Park.
Pyramid Campground at Porcupine Gorge National Park.

Looking for new adventures in outback Queensland?

Be sure to include north-west Queensland which boasts towering ancient gorges, world-renowned fossil deposits, untouched national parks and warm country hospitality.

Here are some stopovers for you to consider when planning your road trip:

Prairie Hotel, Hughenden

The Prairie Hotel in Hughenden is a must-see for its eccentric collection of stockmen’s hats and other historical memorabilia.

Make the most of this free, pet-friendly campsite and unique outback experience, about 43km from Hughenden.

Porcupine Gorge National Park

You will be greeted by towering cliffs of coloured sandstone, pockets of vine forest and deep waterholes as you make your way through the gates at Porcupine Gorge National Park.

The scenic Pyramid Campground has 22 sites, basic facilities, picnic tables and fire rings. Planning is crucial to secure your spot at this hidden wonder.

Tourists check out the Karumba sign.

Tourists checking out a sign on the outskirts of Karumba. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park

Located in the heart of Karumba in the Gulf of Carpentaria, travellers can experience where the outback meets the sea at one of the five-star, pet-friendly caravan park’s 163 well-equipped powered sites, 22 unpowered sites, six ensuite villas and four cabins.

Bedrock Village Caravan Park and Tours, Mount Surprise

Mount Surprise’s Bedrock Village Caravan Park and Tours sits on 3.5ha of northwest Queensland bushland and offers adventurers a perfect base to make the most of local attractions, such as the Savannahlander train and Undara lava tubes.

Make yourself at home at one of the 35 air-conditioned ensuite cabins, 75 powered sites or 30 lawned tent sites.

Gulfland Motel and Caravan Park, Normanton

You can expect “big things” when the Big Barramundi greets you at the Gulfland Motel and Caravan Park in Normanton.

 You can take in the savannah landscapes from above with their popular helicopter rides or heli-fishing tour across the Norman River.

 The Gulfland Motel and Caravan Park caters for all travellers’ tastes, from air-conditioned motel rooms to caravan and sites.

Talaroo Hot Springs.

Relaxing at Talaroo Hot Springs. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Talaroo Outback Camping and Caravan Park, Mount Surprise

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 in one of the 16 powered and 15 unpowered sites are encouraged to make the most of “Talaroo time” and join the exclusive guided tours, experience the healing waters of the hot springs or private soaking pools, enjoy a walk to the Einasleigh River or experience a yarning circle.

Julia Creek Caravan Park

You’ll feel right at home at one of Julia Creek Caravan Park’s drive-through, unpowered and powered sites, grassed camping areas or fully self-contained cabins.

Unwind after a day on the road in one of Julia Creek’s six artesian bathhouses, overlooking the breathtaking landscape and soaking up the therapeutic properties of water from the Great Artesian Basin.

Contact RACQ Travel to discuss your outback holiday options

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