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Queensland Touring Routes - Tourism Drives
• Australia's Country Way
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Some of the best ways to experience Queensland Australia is through one of the many Queensland touring routes. From the local tourism drives to the extended touring routes, some within specific regions, others crossing the breadth of the state, others extending across state and territory borders and even across the continent.

There are many touring drive that you can do, some following major highways, the route often given its own unique name, that reflects the type of tourism drive, such as Pacific Coast Touring Route, the Outlander's Way, and the Savannah Way.

For accommodation information, just follow the links to our various listed towns and destinations. More information can be had from the local visitor information centres along the various touring and drive routes.

Queensland Tourism Drives

Following are some great Queensland tourism drives. Some listed touring drives cross state and territory borders. With the extended drives you also have the option to just do part of the drive.

Australia's Country Way - Queensland Touring Routes

Australia's Country Way
The Australia's Country Way is one of those enjoyable long distance drives that links you from Sydney, via Tamworth, across the New South Wales and Queensland border, through Toowoomba, Kingaroy and ending in Rockhampton.

No matter which way you do this tour drive, or even just a section of it, there is a smorgasbord of sights and activities. This drive is more about savouring the journey then reaching a destination. From winding roads to kilometres of crops and grazing livestock, rugged gorge country and amazing granite formations, cosmopolitan cities to historic towns imbued with history, all this and more.

There is a plethora of accommodation options along the way, from your roadside motel to boutique hotels, romantic B&Bs to farmstays, pub accommodation to luxury retreats, just make sure you book ahead, especially if there are events happening along the route, as they may be booked out.
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Capricorn Highway - Queensland Touring Routes

Capricorn Highway
Connecting Rockhampton via Blackwater, Emerald, to Barcaldine, the Capricorn Highway follows the route along the Tropic of Capricorn, providing a journey of discovery and adventure. This 567 km drive takes you from Rockampton (the Beef Capital of Australia), westward through the mining community of Blackwater, Blackdown National Park (offering overnight camping, booking / permit required), Emerald (centre of the gem fields), then on to Barcaldine (the recognised birthplace of the Australian Labour Party and home to the Australian Workers Heritage Centre).

Towns along the highway starting from Rockhampton include: Gracemere, Westwood, Duaringa, Dingo, Blackwater, Emerald, Anakie, Willows, Bogantungan, Alpha, Jericho, Grant and Barcaldine.
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Dinosaur Trail - Queensland Touring Routes

Dinosaur Trail
This trail in Queensland's Outback, provides an exciting adventure that takes you back into time, when prehistoric dinosaurs once roamed the earth. As you journey along the Dinosaur Trail, you will encounter a range of unique experiences not available anywhere else in the world. Travellers will take in magnificent landscape of red-earth and spinifex country, rolling black soil plains, to dramatic sandstone gorges capped with volcanic basalt flows, broken escarpments and flat top mesas.

Visitors will discover the world-class fossils of Winton, Richmond and Hughenden, with the added opportunity to be part of current and new discovery, or even to do a little fossil fossicking on your own.
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Great Inland Way - Queensland Touring Routes

Great Inland Way
The Great Inland Way is one of those great drives in Australia, that actually connects Sydney to Cairns, providing a sort of "off the beaten track" inland drive, as an alternative to the Pacific Coast Touring Route. You can opt to only do the Queensland section of the drive, from the border village of Hebel to the tropical coastal city of Cairns.
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Leichhardt Highway and Newell Highway - Queensland Touring Routes

Leichhardt Highway and Newell Highway
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Matilda Highway and Kidman Way - Queensland Touring Routes

Matilda Highway and Kidman Way
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Overlander's Way - Queensland Touring Routes

Overlander's Way
From Townsville to Tennant Creek, travellers can follow in the footsteps of our pioneers, who over 100 years have crossed the breadth of Queensland into the Northern Territory. It was our droving pioneers, who followed the same path with their vast herds of live cattle from the east Kimberley to the coast.

Today, tourists can experience this 1,550 km driving adventure, that links the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef with the heart of Australia's outback in the Northern Territory. Starting from either Townsville or Tennant Creek, the drive takes in the outback towns of Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Mount Isa and Camooweal (on the Queensland-Northern Territory border), and Tennant Creek.
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Pacific Coast Touring Route - Queensland Touring Routes

Pacific Coast Touring Route
This wonderful drive starts in Sydney, New South Wales and follows the east coast all the way to Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. Of course you may opt to drive from Cairns to Sydney or start in Sydney, NSW and end in Brisbane or you can just do the Queensland section of the route, starting or stopping at Brisbane, the Gold Coast or Cairns. With most of our major towns and cities to be found along the coast, the Queensland section of this route takes in the major cities of Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane. There are of course many other wonderful towns and villages along the way, with plenty of opportunities for little side detours.

The Queensland Pacific Coast Touring Route takes in our World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and pristine islands, rainforests and national parks, snorkelling and diving, shipwrecks and heritage, river estuaries and beaches, marine life and other wildlife, quaint villages and cosmopolitan cities. The choices along the route are many and varied.

Check out The Legendary Pacific Coast - Sydney to Brisbane website.
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Savannah Way - Queensland Touring Routes

Savannah Way
The Savannah Way is one of Australia's cross border ultimate adventure drives, linking Cairns on the east coast in Tropical North Queensland with the historic pearling town of Broome on the west coast of Western Australia. This spectacular drive links the natural wonders of Katherine in the Northern Territory.

This 3,700 km route, links you with 15 national parks and five World Heritage areas. Travellers can choose to also just do sections of the route, taking in some of the side detours along the way.

Whether you explore just a section of the tourism drive, or experience the entire length of the route, travellers will pass through a diverse and spectacular landscape, that takes in wide horizons, ancient escarpment, chasms and gorges, waterholes and rock pools, salt pans, hot springs, unique flora and fauna, providing a great way to broaden your experience and exposure to what is Australia.
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Warrego Highway - Queensland Touring Routes

Warrego Highway
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