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4-day Outback QLD highway journey itinerary

4-day Outback QLD highway journey itinerary

What do green-ant jam, QLD’s oldest pub, riverside free camps, an outback vineyard, a trip in a Mannequin-T Ford with no brakes and an enormous wombat all have in frequent? They’ll all be skilled on The Journey Means Loop, a four-day Outback QLD highway journey via the charming small cities discovered inside the St George area in QLD.

Also called ‘The Gateway to Outback QLD’, St George could be discovered a six-hour drive west of Brisbane or 10 hours northwest of Sydney. And provided that it will get uncomfortably scorching in Outback QLD in summer season and it’s coming into cooler climate, now’s the right time to do that highway journey.

Right here’s a urged four-day itinerary for The Journey Means Loop. Nevertheless, in case you have a number of days spare up your sleeve, we undoubtedly advocate spending further time right here.

A trip in Trent Challenger’s Mannequin T Ford for a donation to the RFDS © Jessica Palmer

Day 1. St George to Nindigully (31 minutes / 46 kilometres)

Begin of day location – St George

The Journey Means Loop highway journey begins in St George in Outback QLD (inhabitants app. 3,300 individuals), and in the event you’re a fortunate duck with a number of further days up your sleeve, this can be a good spot to make use of considered one of them. On the very least, plan to reach the day earlier than so that you get a full day in earlier than heading to Nindigully simply down the highway for the night time.

Issues to do in St George

Experience in a Mannequin T Ford 

Trent Challenger, who owns the St George Bakery, additionally owns a Mannequin T Ford and for a donation to the Royal Flying Medical doctors Service, he’ll take you for a trip round city in it. In accordance with Trent, it doesn’t have brakes so it’s a must to plan your corners and use the horn. Drop in first and tee up a time although, in case they’re busy.

Even in the event you don’t need a trip within the Mannequin T, go to the bakery. It’s subsequent degree deliciously stocked and even does pizza on a Friday and Saturday night time. 

Go to Riversands Wines

Time your go to for lunchtime to make the most of the picturesque nation gardens, a prime spot to eat a meal, which you should buy from the onsite cafe. It wouldn’t be a winery with out wine tastings, wouldn’t it? At Riversands, you’ll discover a bush story in each glass while you tour the vineyards and style the wines. 

Riversands is open from 9 am to five pm Monday to Saturday and 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, however you’ll must name forward to substantiate hours, as instances could differ because of seasonal demand. I guess you by no means thought you’d go to a winery on an Outback QLD highway journey!

Outback QLD road trip St George
Tasting grapes at Riversands Wines Winery © Jessica Palmer

Stroll the Balonne Riverbank Walkway

The city of St George in Outback QLD is constructed alongside the banks of the Balonne River, and in consequence, you’ll discover a two-kilometre stretch of shady path flanking the city. Street journey weary legs will recognize the leisurely stroll, which begins beneath the Jack Taylor Weir.

Tour Anchorage Homestead

The constructing of Anchorage Homestead started in 1903, taking round seven years to construct. This lovely heritage home is made fully of native western cypress with imported pink cedar trimmings, home windows, doorways and staircase. Nearly all of the home is unique and the gardens have flourished underneath the care of their new proprietor, Robin. Though The Anchorage is privately owned, guests are welcome at particular instances. 

Robin is a pleasant host, filled with fascinating tales involving echidna orgies underneath the home and the way the unique proprietor by chance helped the Ned Kelly gang escape. She additionally makes incredible home-style scones which could be loved on the verandah with Mr Wilson (the Dachshund) and Matilda (the Mareema). 

  • Web site: The Anchorage
  • Phone: St George Customer Data Centre (07) 4620 8877
Outback QLD Road Trip St George QLD
Entrance to The Anchorage © Jessica Palmer

Sink a chilly one in QLD’s oldest pub 

Leap in your automobile and make tracks to the Nindigully Pub as your final port of name for the day on this Outback QLD highway journey. That is additionally the place you’ll arrange camp for the night time alongside the banks of the Moonie River. It’s a free camp too, so it received’t price a cent!

The Nindigully Pub is considered one of QLD’s oldest lodges with a pub license being issued in 1864, after it operated as shearer’s lodging for the Nindigully Station. From the late 1800’s, it was a Cobb and Co. coach change-over station. At present this splendidly restored pub stands in its unique situation and place on the banks of the Moonie River.

The Nindigully Pub is the house of the well-known ‘Street Practice’ burger, which is able to feed not less than 4 hungry individuals with a 1.2kg beef patty and sides.

Outback QLD road trip St George
The Nindigully Pub © Jessica Palmer

The place to eat

The place to remain

At St George, you’ll be able to’t go previous the Pelican Relaxation Vacationer Park. The facilities are clear, the grounds are spacious (8 acres), and the grass is inexperienced. You’ll discover it on the northern fringe of city on the Roma Street. There’s even a 12m heated therapeutic swimming pool. 

At Nindigully, tenting is free exterior the Nindigully Pub both within the dusty parking zone or nearer to the river underneath the shady bushes. Bathrooms and showers can be found. That is additionally the place it lastly begins feeling just like the Outback on this highway journey.

Finish of day location – Nindigully (Inhabitants app. 9 individuals)

Outback QLD road trip St George
Nindigully free camp on the banks of the Moonie River © Jessica Palmer

Day 2 – Nindigully to Thallon (22 minutes / 33 kilometres)

Begin of day location – Nindigully

When you’ve eaten on the Nindigully Pub and strolled the Gully Stroll alongside the banks of the Moonie River, there isn’t a lot else to do right here except you might have a fishing rod. So after breakfast, pack up camp and head to the small city of Thallon (inhabitants app. 231 individuals) simply down the highway.

Issues to do in Thallon

Snap a photograph of the Artwork Silos

Try the Watering Gap Mural at McGeever Recreation Grounds. That is additionally the place you’ll arrange camp for the night time. Tenting is free for an unpowered website.

The Watering Gap Mural covers 4 30-metre-high silos that characteristic icons from the district, together with the Moonie River, a scarred tree recognising Thallon’s Indigenous group, a fantastic sundown, a mob of sheep and pale-faced rosellas. They’re lit up at night time by a floor gentle so it actually is a superb spot to camp.

Watering Gap Mural in Thallon at nightfall © Jessica Palmer

Do a self-guided Historical past Path

When Sir Main Thomas Mitchell handed via this space in 1846, the land alongside the Moonie River in what’s now the Thallon district was already occupied by cattle stations. Head out on the Previous City strolling tour to find out about Thallon in its hey-day. Alternatively, embark on the brief Roads of Yesterday driving tour close to Thallon. Copies of booklets could be discovered on the Francis Lodge, the place you’ll additionally discover a cool show of historic pictures spanning the hallway. 

Snap a selfie with William the Wombat

William the Wombat is a big two-metre-high and three.5-metre-long sculpture that resides in Thallon’s city park. Thallon has a particular connection to the northern hairy-nosed wombat with a number of the earliest specimens discovered within the space. These travelling with youngsters shall be happy to discover a collection of climbing footholds on one facet of William, a transparent indication that you’re allowed to climb him.

Outback QLD road trip St George
Climbing William the Wombat in Thallon © Jessica Palmer

Take a break at Thallon City Park

Talking of Thallon City Park, it’s a pleasant spot to have a picnic with shady bushes, a playground, free electrical BBQs, bathrooms and picnic tables. Right here, you’ll additionally discover a granite ‘Anzac Digger’ warfare memorial statue to commemorate the Centenary of Gallipoli.

The place to eat

The place to remain

Tenting is free at McGeever Recreation Grounds for an unpowered website. Bathrooms and showers can be found right here. Powered websites can be found for $10 on a first-in-best-dressed foundation so when you arrange, stroll into city and pay on the Francis Lodge.

Finish of day location – Thallon

McGeever Recreation Grounds free camp at Thallon © Jessica Palmer

Day 3 – Thallon to Dirranbandi (44 minutes / 65 kilometres)

Begin of day location – Thallon

When you’ve had breakfast and packed up, make tracks to the small city of Dirranbandi (inhabitants app. 639 individuals).

Issues to do

Sit back at Jack Dwyer Memorial Park

Throw a line in, have a picnic or simply stretch your legs. Nevertheless you determine to chill and calm down on this Outback Qld highway journey, Jack Dwyer Memorial Park is the place to do it. 

Get your fill of small-town bakery meals on the Dirranbandi Bakery

The Dirranbandi bakery includes a stocked cupboard filled with bakery favourites like pies, sausage rolls and vanilla slices. Seize your vice and head subsequent door to Railway Park, the place you’ll discover some picnic tables and shady areas to eat. 

Stroll across the park, and also you’ll discover the 1913 Station Grasp’s residence (now the Rural Transaction/Customer Data Centre), the unique parcels workplace and the previous ready room. 

Be a part of a Cubbie Station Tour

Get to know the info and figures behind Cubbie Station, Australia’s largest cotton farm and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest irrigation property. This tour offers an in-depth perception into the distinctive gravity diversion infrastructure of the station, that was initially developed by the mastermind Des Stevenson, to make sure the previous sheep and cattle stations had been each environmentally and economically sustainable.

The place to eat

The place to remain

Finish-of-day location – Dirranbandi

Outback QLD road trip St George
Dirranbandi Bakery © Jessica Palmer

Day 4 – Dirranbandi to Bollon (1 hour and 10 minutes / 106 kilometres)

Beginning location – Dirranbandi

The ultimate leg of your Outback QLD highway journey will see you drive simply over an hour to the small and completely charming city of Bollon (inhabitants app. 228 individuals). When you arrange camp by Wallam Creek and watch your first parade of geese and chickens – a twice-daily prevalence it appears – you’ll rapidly realise that the perfect has been saved for final. When you’ve got an additional night time up your sleeve, this free campsite is worthy.

Issues to do in Bollon

E-book into the Nullawokka Cultural Stroll tour the place your information Invoice, a descendant of the native Kooma individuals, will meet you on the campsite to start a straightforward stroll across the close by reserve the place you’ll uncover historic scar bushes, bush medication and boomerang throwing earlier than heading again to the gallery (a 140-year-old submit workplace constructing) for a gourmand bush tucker tasting. That is the place the inexperienced ant jam comes into it, and it’s surprisingly … not unhealthy!

Inexperienced-ant jam and fetta on charcoal wafers on the Nullawokka Tour © Jessica Palmer

Go to the Bollon Heritage Centre

The Bollon Heritage Centre could be discovered nestled within the coronary heart of the principle road. Right here, you’ll be able to spend an arvo retracing Bollon’s historical past and even the die-hard historical past buffs shall be shocked by the vary of artefacts and tales that narrate the city’s rural historical past and Aboriginal tradition.

Stroll the Cultural Stroll and calm down at camp

Stroll the Cultural Stroll alongside Wallam Creek and calm down at camp, the place you’ll be amazed on the birdlife and serenity.

The place to eat

The place to remain

Camp on the Wallam Creek Free Camp (probably the most serene campsite on this Outback QLD highway journey). Right here you will discover a bathroom, however honest warning, the campsite is flanked by a small cemetery. A 1.2-kilometre stroll into city alongside a concrete path beside the river will discover you a free bathe as nicely.

Finish of day location – Bollon

Outback QLD road trip St George
Camp subsequent to Wallam Creek and this twice-daily procession of geese, chickens and geese © Jessica Palmer

The place to subsequent?

Sadly, that is the top of your Outback QLD highway journey. You possibly can both full the loop by heading again to St George (round a one hour and quarter-hour drive) or roll on to your subsequent journey.

Highlights of the Journey Means Loop highway journey

  • Lunch at Riversands Wine and trip in a mannequin T Ford in St George
  • Dinner on the Nindigully Pub
  • Seeing the silo artwork lit up at night time in Thallon
  • Nullawokka First Nations Tour in Bollon
  • Free tenting by the Wallam River in Bollon


The distances between cities will not be giant however being Outback QLD, the highway will not be at all times easy crusing, regardless of being sealed. Maintain an eye fixed out for kangaroos, different wildlife and potholes and keep away from driving throughout and after nightfall.

For extra info on the St George area in QLD, go to Discover St George