Cut across Queensland: Townsville to Mt Isa on the Overlander’s Way

Experience the adventure and sights that have fascinated travellers for more than 100 years on the Overlander’s Way.

Modern-day adventurers can enjoy the diverse range of attractions from the Great Barrier Reef to the heart of Australia. The 1071km journey can be driven in about 12 hours, but take your time to stop off along the way to truly appreciate what the region has to offer.

The Overlander’s Way follows the path of our droving forefathers who brought herds of cattle from the east Kimberley to the coast, with the route later becoming an important supply line during World War II. Travellers can enjoy the friendly local characters and hospitality as they traverse ever-changing landscape, from cattle plains to dramatic basalt country, unspoilt natural beauty, imposing gorges and historical towns.

Begin your journey in Townsville, then head west to the town of Charters Towers with its gold fever past, charming parks and heritage buildings. Take a step even further back in time at Hughenden, the heart of dinosaur country. Once the site of a great inland sea, more than 3000 dinosaur and marine fossils have been discovered in the region.

Experience a slice of Australian culture at Julia Creek, which is a lively crossroads for today’s cattle graziers, or stop in Cloncurry, the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Described as the Oasis of the Outback, Mt Isa is a dynamic mining city where natural wonders meet bustling industry. The towering copper and lead smelter stacks are instantly recognisable symbols of the industry for which the region is best known. However, the area also boasts a range of natural attractions, including spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge in Boodjamulla National Park and the World-Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields.

Continue through Mt Isa to the final destination on the Queensland leg of the Overlander’s Way – the state’s most westerly town, Camooweal. Originally established as a droving post, Camooweal has become a favourite with nature lovers with the nearby national park offering impressive caves, abundant birdlife and enchanting sunsets. Just 13km from the border, the town is often referred to as the Gateway to the Northern Territory for those continuing on to Tennant Creek.

Whether you are looking to take a family holiday or an outback adventure, the Overlander’s Way promises a journey rich with places and experiences just waiting to be discovered.