Road trips, off-roading and four-wheel driving encouraged for tourists on outback Queensland adventures | Ralph-Lauren

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An in-depth drive guide has been launched this week in an effort to bring more tourists to outback Queensland this year.

Outback Queensland Tourism Association (OQTA) chief executive officer Denise Brown launched the initiative, which includes 12 different detailed itineraries covering different parts of Queensland.

OQTA chairman and Blackall/Tambo Regional Council Mayor Andrew Martin said with 1 million square kilometres of outback to explore, there was something for everyone.

“I’m fourth generation and I’m still discovering places.

“We want to share it with the rest of the nation.”

The extensive guide showcases 12 routes which span everywhere from Brisbane to Cooktown to Thargomindah to Burketown.

‘Come now, don’t wait’

With extensive routes, including the distance, duration and a list of highlights along the way, Cr Martin said he hoped anyone in Australia looking for a holiday would take advantage of the self-guided tour options.

A screenshot of a guide book.
The 2021 Drive Outback Queensland Guide includes pre-planned trips which families or couples can embark on.(Supplied: Outback Queensland Tourism Association)

“We’re trying to encourage them to come now, don’t wait for the traditional season.

“There are a number of spots across from the outback that had a significant amount of caravans across the Christmas period and that was brand new for a lot of us.”

Cr Martin said he wanted to see more tourists from the capital cities visit the outback and see what it really is about.

“We’re not environmental vandals — quite the opposite,” he said.

Tourist numbers up last year

A boat on a lake, the background is dry land.
Lake Moondarra in Mount Isa in Queensland’s north west is listed as a spot to visit in the guide book.(ABC North West Queensland: Kelly Butterworth)

Owner and manager of Charlotte Plains near Cunnamulla Robyn Russell said despite the pandemic, last year had been a very busy year for them.

“We did miss out on a lot of the tour groups and busses but basic profit over about five months was well above the previous year.”

Ms Russell said the tourism business was run by herself on the property which is a working sheep and cattle station.

But drought had kept her ability to employ more staff at bay.

“We have been managing without too many people, I just have one full-time employee there.”

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