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Year of Outback Tourism Guide

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sponsored content OPTION 1: SELF-DRIVE With careful planning and research, Outback driving is easier than you might think. Highways are well maintained and roads mostly sealed. Options including driving your own car; travelling by train or air to an Outback town and hiring a car there; or hiring a motorhome for complete flexibility. See outbackqueensland.com.au for the many great Queensland drives, with favourites including the Australian Dinosaur Trail, the Overlander's Way, the Matilda Way and the Adventure Way, plus useful self- drive itineraries and tips for safe Outback road travel. outbackqueensland.com.au, queensland.com/drive OPTION 2: BUS Experience all the beauty of the Outback without having to keep your wits about you behind the wheel. Bus Queensland connects to multiple Outback destinations. Purchase a hop on-hop off travel pass for extra flexibility and extend your trip to take in more of the region. National operator Greyhound Australia offers services from Brisbane or Cairns to Longreach, or connect via Townsville to Mount Isa and Julia Creek. busqldoutback.com.au, greyhound.com.au OPTION 3: AIR To view the Outback from the air is to grasp the region's true, painterly beauty. Qantas and QantasLink offer flights from Brisbane to Roma, Charleville, Mount Isa, Blackall, Barcaldine and Longreach. Regional Airline REX has connecting flights from Brisbane, Toowoomba, Townsville and Cairns to Outback destinations including Bedourie, Boulia, Birdsville, Charleville, Cunnamulla, Julia Creek, Mount Isa, Thargomindah, Richmond, Quilpie and Windorah. Virgin Australia also offers flights from Brisbane to Mount Isa and Cloncurry. qantas.com.au, rex.com.au, virginaustralia.com.au OPTION 4: RAIL Let the rhythm of the rails make your Outback journey a relaxing one while you soak up the view on one of Queensland's iconic train journeys. Spirit of the Outback departs Brisbane twice weekly and takes in Emerald, Blackwater and Barcaldine before depositing passengers in Longreach. For travellers to Charleville, The Westlander is a 777km journey that departs Brisbane on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Inlander carries passengers from Townsville to Mount Isa over 21 hours. queenslandrailtravel.com.au getting there Take the slow road or fly in and fly out; there's more than one way to explore Queensland's Outback Authorised by the Queensland Government, William Street, Brisbane Image: Tourism and Events Queensland DPC6657 Outback communities can now apply for funding to host exciting events, festivals, concerts and more. Visit www.qld.gov.au/outback for more information or to apply. PREMIER'S PROGRAM Host an event in Outback Queensland Events, dates and venues are subject to change without notice. Please see queensland.com/outbackevents for the latest information.

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