duration: 14 days / 13 nights
If you love events just as much as you enjoy exploring the country roads, then add this 14 day drive to your bucket-list. This itinerary features a host of family-oriented events and unique country experiences. Time your drive to fit with one or a number of regional events happening in and around Big Sky Country.
Experience the colour and excitement of Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers - officially Australia's top regional event. www.tcof.com.au
Get your melon on at the fabulous Chinchilla Melon Festival. Test your skills with some melon skiing, indulge in melon treats and enjoy the festivities. www.melonfest.com.au
Celebrate the Easter long weekend in Roma with a five-day celebration of all things country. There's lots on offer for all tastes whether you're a thrill-seeker, cultural buff or simply after a country www.easterinthecountryroma.com.au
Held every two years, Winton's Outback Festival is 5 days of action and entertainment. Highlights include the famous Australian Dunny Derby, Outback Ironman events and nightly live entertainment. www.outbackfestival.com.au
Celebrate Australian film and culture under the stars of Winton in Outback Queensland. See classic and contemporary Australian films. Join in on special events, conversations and masterclasses with film makers, directors, actors and actresses. www.visionsplendidfilmfest.com
Held in Longreach along the banks of the Thomson River, the Yellow Belly Fishing Competition attracts keen anglers from all over the state. Plenty of prizes, Family fun and lots of Fish.
Head west along the Warrego Highway and get ready to Eat, Laugh & Play at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in the September school holidays. Ride the Park Shuttle Bus to experience a riot of colour and music on show at the Garden City's beautiful public parks. The kids will love Sideshow Alley in Queens Park and the giant ‘caterpillar’ and ‘train’ shaped hedges in Laurel Bank Park. The dedicated children’s program at the food & wine festival is bound to be a hit. Don’t miss the spectacular floral parade to see beautiful flowery floats wind their way through the heart of the city.Accommodation & Activities in Toowoomba
Point your van west this morning and watch for melon paddocks as you head towards Chinchilla, home of the famous Chinchilla Melon Festival (held in February). Continue on the road to Roma, gateway to the Outback, and home to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest cattle saleyards operating free tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tonight, head to The Big Rig Night Show to experience an entertaining sound and light show telling the pioneering story of Australia's oil and gas industry.Accommodation & Activities in Roma
Enjoy a relaxing dip at Mitchell’s Great Artesian Spa Complex and soak up the curative powers of this natural artesian mineral water. Drive northwest along the Matilda Way to the tiny township of Augathella, once a popular stopover for bullock teams and drovers. See a teddy being made at the Tambo Teddies Workshop, then stroll along Coolibah Walk with its many swimming holes and fishing spots.Accommodation & Activities in Tambo
Begin your drive early this morning, as there is plenty to see along the road to Winton! Visit the historic Blackall Woolscour, the only fully intact steam powered wool- washing plant in Australia. Continue along the Matilda Way to Ilfracombe and the historic Wellshot Hotel. Make sure you check out the ceiling covered in money! Last stop west is Winton, home of Waltzing Matilda, dinosaurs and the biennial Outback Festival, held in the September school holidays.Accommodation & Activities in Winton
Enjoy a packed family-friendly program of events to include the famous Australian Dunny Derby, Outback Ironman events, sunset dinners, Indigenous cultural program, free kids events and workshops. Explore Winton’s nearby Dinosaur attractions – Australian Age of Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry.
Drive east to Longreach, the heart of the West. Visit the Qantas Founders Museum to join the Jet Tour, take a wing walk or test your skills in the flight simulator. Take your seat for the entertaining Outback Stockman’s lunch and show at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, then meet the Walkers on nearby Camden Park Station for a sunset station tour. Board the Cobb & Co coach for an exhilarating ride through the scrub and see the Harry Redford Old Time Tent Show. Wander downtown Longreach then give the kids some well earned chill time with a refreshing swim back at the Tourist Park. Join the Drover’s Sunset Cruise (including dinner & show) on the Thomson River tonight.Accommodation & Activities in Longreach
Make a pit stop in Barcaldine. Stand under the impressive Tree of Knowledge Memorial where once stood the 180-year old ghost gum, significant to the Shearer's Strike in 1891. The kids can test their musical skills on the outdoor Thong-a-phone and Marimba, before tucking into a tasty snack at one of the local bakeries or cafés. Continue east to Lake Maraboon for a spot of recreation and relaxation. Hire a kayak, throw a line or dip your toes in the water. Tonight, make use of the free barbeque facilities or have someone else do the cooking at the Lakeside Café & Bar with Red Claw Lager on tap!Accommodation & Activities in Emerald
Spend a lazy morning at Lake Maraboon then make your way into Emerald. Take a ‘selfie’ at the world’s largest Van Gogh sunflower painting some 25 metres high! Travel via Blackwater to the small township of Dingo. If time permits, take a side trip to the spectacular Blackdown Tableland National Park, with its deep gorges, picturesque lookouts and scenic waterfalls (not suitable for towing caravans) before ending the day at Biloela.Accommodation & Activities in Biloela
Visit Eidsvold, known for its beef cattle and home of the RM Williams Centre, then travel to Mundubbera, the citrus capital of Queensland. Call into the Visitor Information Centre to enquire about tours of the Golden Mile Orchards, the largest citrus orchard in Australia, which run from April to September. Call into the cellar doors of local Kingaroy boutique wineries and see the moon, stars and planets up close at the Kingaroy Observatory.Accommodation & Activities in Kingaroy
Stock up on your choice of over 20 lip-smacking flavours of locally grown peanuts at the iconic Peanut Van, then visit the Lavender Farm at Pottique to sample their lavender scones! Hit the road, wind down your windows and capture the fresh country air as you make your way back to Brisbane.