What do the Milky Way, Royal Flying Doctors, bilbies and red dirt have in common? You’ll find them all in Charleville, the south-west town at the crossroads of two of Outback Queensland’s famous highways —Warrego Way and Matilda Way. With a population of only approximately 3,300, this quintessential outback town is the biggest in south-west Queensland, and a must-do on any outback road trip.
Head to the Charleville Bilby Experience to see the adorable but almost extinct bilby. The wildlife centre is working to look after these miniature marsupials by using the profits from visitors to ensure their conservation.
Once you’ve got your outback animal cuteness fix, check out the Charleville Cosmos Centre for a star-studded experience. Each night the centre rolls back its roof to reveal a line up of impressive Meade telescopes for you to explore the mysteries of outer-space.
Back on the ground, set your sights 695km north to Winton. Be sure to stop along the way to make the most of your outback road trip. Pick up a Tambo Teddy made from locally produced wool, see what’s beyond the black stump in Blackall, and learn about Australian Agriculture at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
Winton is the Dinosaur Capital of Australia, home of Waltzing Matilda and Queensland’s Boulder Opal; abundant in nature, culture and heritage. At the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, 24km south-east of Winton, you’ll see the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils, displayed in the Collection Room and prepared in the Dinosaur Laboratory.