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Journeying Down the Matilda Way

Category: Inspiration, Date: 25 June 2024

Queensland’s Outback Odyssey

For those with a spirit of adventure and a passion for history, the Matilda Way offers a quintessential Queensland experience. Stretching from the southern town of Cunnamulla to the northern waters of Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria, this iconic route unfolds a tapestry of landscapes, wildlife, and rich cultural tales. Delve into the wonders of the Matilda Way and let Queensland’s heartland captivate your senses.

Kick-off in Cunnamulla: A Gateway to the Outback

Embark on your journey in Cunnamulla, a town that embodies the spirit of the outback. Visit the Cunnamulla Fella Centre, inspired by the famous song penned by Stan Coster and sung by Slim Dusty. The Artesian Time Tunnel offers a unique dive into the region’s geological and cultural past.

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Charleville: A Cosmos and War Experience

Charleville blends the wonders of the universe with historical significance. The Cosmos Centre and Observatory promise unmatched stargazing sessions under clear outback skies. Also, immerse yourself in the town’s WWII history with a visit to the Top Secret World War II Tour at the Charleville Airport. Don’t forget to check out the Charleville Bilby Experience where you can join a tour of their nocturnal house to see some super cute bilbies during their night-time activities.

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Barcaldine: Roots of Rebellion

Dive into Australia’s labour movement history in Barcaldine. The Tree of Knowledge, a ghost gum, stands as a symbol of the 1891 shearers’ strike. The Workers Heritage Centre further delves into the tales of these early pioneers.

Cloncurry: A Heart of Heritage

Next up is Cloncurry, a town rich in mining and pastoral heritage. The Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum showcases everything from minerals to flying doctor history. The town also hosts the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft, an iconic event celebrating Australia’s best horse riders.

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Mount Isa: Underground Adventures

Mount Isa, the ‘Oasis of the Outback,’ awaits with its unique experiences. The Hard Times Mine Underground Tour offers an authentic miner’s experience, while the Outback at Isa complex provides insights into the region’s fascinating paleontological past.

Normanton: Step Back in Time

Normanton boasts a rich gold rush history. The Gulflander train, an icon of Normanton, promises a unique rail journey through the savannah landscape. Also, take a moment to snap a picture with Krys, the life-sized replica of the world’s largest recorded saltwater crocodile.

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End at Karumba: Fishing and Sunset Spectacles

Conclude your Matilda Way journey in Karumba, the only point in Queensland where the Savannah meets the sea. Indulge in fishing or simply relish the stunning Gulf sunsets. The Barramundi Discovery Centre offers insights into the local aquatic life, and if you’re there at the right time, witness the incredible bird migrations.

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Ready to hit the road?

The Matilda Way is more than just a road – it’s a passage through time, nature, and the very essence of Queensland. From historical tales to natural wonders and vibrant outback communities, this route is a journey for the soul. Pack your bags, hit the road, and let the song of Matilda guide your way!

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