If you like the freedom of the open road, driving through stunning landscapes and staring at oh-so-starry night skies. Then it’s time to for a road trip.
And what’s better than a road trip?
A road trip with a few rounds of golf and a shot at a Million Dollar hole-in-one Challenge…Introducing the 2020 Outback Queensland Masters – a one-of-a-kind golf tournament that’s the perfect way to experience the best of Queensland’s Outback with a golf club in hand.
The 6-part golf series is played across remote locations in Outback Queensland with $10,000 hole-in-one challenges at each of the first 5 courses before the big Million Dollar hole-in-one challenge at the final course.
While its sound serious, the Outback Queensland Masters is open to golfers of all abilities and ages. So stop in for nine holes at one location or join in at all six locations.
Follow our 6-stop road trip to connect with Outback Queensland’s spirit of adventure and be entertained by outback tales and live music.
Stop 1: Biloela
The 2020 Outback Queensland Masters tees off in Biloela on 20-21 June.
Be greeted with a ‘G’day’ with a smile and a nod as you walk down the wide streets.
- Queensland Heritage Park
- The ghost town of Cracow
- Thangool where the locals literally own the pub (they purchased it to ensure it stayed open!)
Biloela is the perfect base to explore the area known as the Sandstone Wonders, including Mt. Scoria and Kroombit Tops National Park, Isla and Cania Gorges and Expedition National Park.
Stop 2: Charleville
Next stop the Charleville for the 27-28 June. This is the best place in Australia to see the iconic bilby up close and personal.
- Opportunity to view the outback night sky at Charleville’s Cosmos Centre & Observatory.
- Follow a guide to find out what the Top Secret WWII Tour is all about. See what remains on site and discover why the USAAF were here, all 3,500 of them.
- Take a stroll through the town centre with its historic architecture and experience the famous Hotel Corones.
Stop 3: Quilpie
Take the 2hr drive from Charleville to Quilpie – making sure your there for the 4-5 July.
Quilpie is home to ‘The Jewel of the Outback’, the beautiful boulder opal. See the opal in all its glory at St. Finbarr’s Church with the spectacular Opal Altar or try your luck at the free opal fossicking area 2km west of town.
- The Shire Museum, Military History Museum, Rail Museum and Regional Gallery.
- Sunset from Baldy Top Lookout take the 10 minute walk to the top and you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping panoramic views.
Just north west of Quilpie is Eromanga where Australia’s largest dinosaurs have been discovered – well worth a visit if you have time!
Stop 4: Blackall
North of Quilpie is the next stop on the road trip Blackall. Make sure you are there for the 11-12 July.
Home of the Black Stump, Blackall literally grew on the sheep’s back and was a thriving outback township in the early years. Blade shearer, Jackie Howe put Blackall on the map in 1892 when he set a world record shearing 321 sheep in 7 hours and 40 minutes.
- Learn about the region’s wool heritage at the Historic Blackall Woolscour.
- Outdoor gallery of public artworks created by local and well renowned artists.
After a hard day of golf you can rest, relax and revive in the natural artesian waters at the Blackall Aquatic Centre’s thermal spa and swimming pool.
Stop 5: Hughenden
The most northerly destination on the Outback Queensland Masters – Hughenden, taking part on 18-19 July.
In town, say g’day to ‘Hughie’, the seven-metre-tall Muttaburrasaurus and the impressive fossil collection at the Flinders Discovery Centre.
The district has four national parks, mountainous volcanic basalt country, sweeping black soil plains and rich fossil and dinosaur areas.
Just outside Hughenden, Mount Walker rises out of the flat blacksoil plains, providing great views across town and around the district.
Further afield is the spectacular Porcupine Gorge National Park, often referred to as Australia’s Little Grand Canyon.
Stop 6: Longreach
24-26 July – It’s time for the finals… and the Million Dollar hole-in-one challenge!
The last stop on the journey.
The heart of Outback Queensland, Longreach pays tribute to Australia’s pioneers.
Ride in a galloping Cobb &Co stagecoach, gently cruise along the Thomson River and enjoy dinner and a show on the riverbank.
Paying tribute to the stories and legends of the Outback, make sure you check out:
- Qantas Founders Museum
- Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
- School of the Air.
It is height of the season during winter, so book ahead!
Could Longreach be the place where you score the Million Dollar Hole-in-One?