Brisbane Outback Queensland Masters Trip | Roma – Tambo – Barcaldine
17 NIGHTS | 1,154 KILOMETRES
BRISBANE TO ROMA
Point the car west for Outback Queensland and travel along the Warrego Highway to Queensland’s Garden City, Toowoomba. Stop for smoko at Picnic Point, best known for its expansive views across the Great Dividing Range.
If time permits today, call into the Cobb & Co Museum, before following the tracks of these original people movers to Chinchilla. Love watermelons? Keep any eye out for Chinchilla’s big watermelon, the town recognised as ‘Australia’s Watermelon Capital’.
Arrive in Roma before the first leg of the 2022 Outback Queensland Masters teeing off on June 18th.
As you roll into Roma, admire their Bottle Tree-lined streets and get ready to immerse yourself in the country life.
Mornings are best begun in Roma at one of the local espresso bars, before taking a journey on foot to check out their local boutique stores or the Avenue of Heroes.
Roma’s Big Rig is where the town’s importance to the oil and gas industry is all revealed. Book in for a Day and Night pass where you’ll learn about the trials and tribulations that pioneers endured whilst trying to strike it rich with Roma oil.
While in Roma, don’t forget to give Roma’s largest bottle tree a hug before you go, which has an incredible girth of 9.62 metres.
Stay 4 nights
Roma Golf Club, Tiffin Street Roma
Saturday 18 June – Sunday 19 June 2022
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ROMA TO CHARLEVILLE
Wave goodbye to Roma and take the short drive to Mitchell along the Warrego Way, to explorer and bush ranger stories. The town is named after explorer and Surveyor General of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Mitchell who explored the area in 1846.
Pit stop for a refreshing soak in the mineralised thermal waters and for lunch on the deck at the Mitchell Great Artesian Spa before continuing your way to Charleville.
When the rust red country begins unfolds, you’ll know you’re in Charleville. You can appreciate the clear night skies just as our ancestors did from the Cosmos Centre where their passionate guides will have you learning about the far-flung wonders that twinkle above.
Spend a morning meeting the town’s tiniest (and cutest) residents, bilbies, at the Charleville Bilby Experience and learn about Australia’s most famous endangered marsupial.
Brush up on the local history on the History and Stories Hotel tour at Hotel Corones or uncover what life was like for the 3,500 United States Army Air Force personnel station in Charleville in 1943 on the Top-Secret WWII tour.
Stay 3 nights
CHARLEVILLE TO TAMBO
Take the Matilda Way north to Tambo, making local icon Tambo Teddies your first stop. See the handcrafted individual bears made of sheep skin come to life in their workshop where each bear is named after a property in the area.
Ease into a morning in Tambo by following the banks of the Barcoo on the Coolibah Walk or spend an afternoon at Tambo Dam for a barbeque picnic by the water with a dose of bird watching as the sun sets.
Chicken racing? Yep, you read that correctly. Hedge your bets on ‘the girls’ at the Royal Carrangarra Hotel who chase down a cart of tasty treats to the finish line while you’re in town. Bonus, it’s all for a good cause too!
Stay 3 nights
Tambo Golf Club, Alpha Road Tambo
Saturday 25 June – Sunday 26 June 2022
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TAMBO TO BLACKALL
With round two wrapped up, make the short journey to Blackall, along the Matilda Way.
Literally growing on the sheep’s back, you can discover all about Blackall’s wool industry at the Historic Woolscour, the last remaining steam-operated wool-washing plant in Australia.
Find yourself in the gardens of the Lodge on Hawthorne, Blackall’s heritage-listed Masonic Temple. Shop through their antique and art gallery or indulge in their seasonal menu accompanied by a wide selection of fine teas which will no doubt have you coming back for seconds.
Explore the artistic landscape of Blackall by following Blackall’s Sculpture Trail made up of nine unique pieces that bear significant to the town’s history. The locals say it’s #BetterinBlackall and ‘The People’s Sign’ found just north of the town demonstrates boldly what it means to live in the region.
For that perfect break during your Outback Queensland Masters road trip, dip into their artesian-fed pool, naturally heated and loaded with minerals.
Stay 3 nights
BLACKALL TO BARCALDINE
Continue north along the Matilda Way for your next tee-off location, Barcaldine.
If you’re not quite ready to make it to the reputed birthplace of Australia’s Labour movement, you have the option to stop by Lara Wetlands for the day (or stay the night), just 29 kilometres before Barcaldine. Spend your time under the shady trees watching the birdlife and ‘roos that call the wetlands home, paddle out in a kayak or relax in the artesian hot spring.
Caffeine lovers can take a seat at Ridgee Didge Café, serving up the Outback’s first and only Indigenous coffee brand. For a bigger dose of Outback Queensland’s indigenous culture, make tracks to the Desert Dreaming Centre to join in one of their experiences including presentations, workshops and dinners.
The Tree of Knowledge is hard to miss in Barcaldine, a meeting place for shearers where Australia’s Labour movement begun. Today the famous ghost gum is preserved under an award-winning timber structure where at night it glows, lit by special lighting.
Spend an afternoon at The Australian Workers Heritage Centre, which presents a rich tapestry of exhibits capturing the spirit our nation’s workers and how they’ve shaped our nation.
Feeling thirsty? A walk along Oak Street will lead you to the town’s watering holes to quench that thirst after another weekend of playing.
If you like your art alfresco, take a day to follow the Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail and check out the 40 installations across 200 kilometres showcasing Outback life created from rusting odds and ends found locally around Barcaldine.
Stay 4 nights
Barcaldine Golf Club, Pine Road Barcaldine
Saturday 2 July – Sunday 3 July 2022
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