SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: 15 things to do across Southwest Qld
LOOKING for somewhere to go with the kids these school holidays?
There are plenty of gems scattered throughout the outback for tourists to enjoy.
Here’s a list of 15 places to see in Southwest Queensland these school holidays:
1. Carnarvon Gorge
Immerse yourself in lush forests, picturesque rock formations and sacred ancient history of Carnarvon Gorge.
Lying on the border of the Maranoa and Central Highlands regions, the gorge is a great place to go camping, bushwalking and sightseeing with the family.
2. Cosmos Centre
If you’re looking to escape the big bright city lights, come out to Charleville’s Cosmos Centre for a vast natural view of the Milky Way.
3. Riversands Wines
The Balonne Shire often gets overlooked as one of Queensland’s best wine producing regions, but Riversands Wines will hopefully show you what St George has to offer.
Located adjacent to the Balonne River, the winery hosts plenty of attractions like the Garden Cafe, cellars and vast open vineyards.
Home to Betoota Bitter, the Betoota Pub, and the birthplace of the Betoota Advocate, tourists love to flock to this southwest town with a population of 0.
It’s only 10 hours from Roma!
5. Warrego River
Named many millennia before the highway, this mighty river is a great place to fish, take a stroll and have a picnic.
Whether you’re at Cunnamulla or Charleville, there’s plenty to do along this vital waterway.
6. Big Rig
It’s one of the southwest’s biggest big things, and everyone’s welcome to stop by at the Big Rig as they come into Roma.
Have a look at the Maranoa Region’s history, grab a bite at Beck’s Chopping Board and take some selfies next to this massive monument.
7. Roma Saleyards
Everyone knows it as the largest saleyard in the Southern Hemisphere, but you’d have to see it in action to believe it.
Store sales are usually held on Tuesday mornings, and the interpretative centre is a sight to behold!
8. Charlotte Plains Station
This picturesque property hosts a massive sheep station, (literal) artesian baths and beautiful landscapes, and is a great outback getaway for the kids.
It is located 45km east of Cunnamulla on the Balonne Highway.
9. Sadleir's Waterhole
Be part of history as one of the first visitors to Morven’s brand new pub!
This modern country hotel is a great place to meet the locals, grab a beer and have some COVID-safe fun!
10. Balonne River
The mighty Balonne River is the lifeblood of Surat and St George, running from the Condamine River in the north, down to Dirranbandi.
Sit by the banks, go for a relaxing stroll, or let Captain Brett take you for a Sandytown River Cruise!
11. Great Artesian Spa
It’s one of Mitchell’s most popular tourist attractions and all are welcome to take a dip at this spa located on the corner of the Warrego Highway and Maranoa River!
12. Visit the Cunnamulla Fella
Built in the honour of Slim Dusty’s song of the same name, this fella from Cunnamulla will be a great sight to see.
13. Neil Turner Weir
There’s still plenty of options for nomads who are passing through Mitchell.
Feel free to get in touch with Maranoa Regional Council about camping spots next to this wonderful weir.
The tiny outback town of Yowah holds the southernmost opal fields of Southwest Queensland.
See if you can score one of these precious rocks!
15. Wilderness Way
The tiny town of Tambo has lots of lovely scenery to offer, especially if you’re up for a road trip.
Take the Dawson Developmental Road towards Springsure to see what Wilderness Way has to offer.