Top Towns to Visit Along the Matilda Highway


The Matilda Highway is an epic south/north route that stretches over 1700 kilometres from Cunnamulla on all the way to Karumba on the Gulf of Carentaria. It passes through changing landscapes, picturesque lakes, rivers, and national parks. There are many towns along the route to visit and you will even pass by Crocodile Dundees Hotel, vast cattle stations and dinosaur fossil sites.

The town you will encounter is Cunnamulla, on the banks of the Warego River, they have historical buildings from the mid 1900s, and is a great place to look for opals. Next is Charlesville with star gazing at the Cosmos Centre and Observatory. After a few more hours you will reach Tambo, a place to experience the lifestyle and heritage of Australias fore bearers.

Barcaldine, is where the shearers met in 1891 and laid the foundations of the Australian Labor Party. In Longreach, there is the Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame or the QANTAS Founders Outback Museum at Longreach Airport.

Winton is home to the Waltzing Matilda Centre and plays host to the legend of the national song and its creator Banjo Paterson. The song was reputedly written here after Mr Paterson visited the area and was first performed at the North Gregory Hotel. A 40 minute return walk from the car park leads to a beautiful waterhole on the Diamantina and an hours detour from the Highway is Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways, the worlds only preserved dinosaur stampede. There are thousands of dinosaur footprints in what was the stream bed. A guided tour is the only way to see these well protected fossilized footprints and they take place three times a day.

The Walkabout Creek, in the film Crocodile Dundee is found in McKinlay. Burke and Wills Junction is a great place to rest before heading to Karuma, the final town on the Matilda Highway. From there you can fish, watch birds or just relax.

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