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Outback Queensland

Map of Outback Queensland region

Our 12 Queensland regions are the best that Australia has to offer.

Outback Queensland stretches from Carpentaria in the north, Birdsville in the west, Cunnamulla in the south and Tambo in the east. It is an area rich with unique tourism opportunities and creative innovators looking to make a difference.

This region is home to memorable tourism experiences and filled with innovators with ground-breaking ideas that are putting us on the world map.

Whether it’s supporting the local Aboriginal community to turn Spinifex grass into nanofibre or investing in Australia’s first glass-bottomed bridge at Cobbold Gorge, we’re backing Queenslanders who live and work in this region.

We know innovation and tourism are crucial to the region’s growth – now and in the future.

The Outback Queensland region has many local success stories supported by our strong innovation and tourism investment. We’re working together to deliver jobs, economic growth and benefits for your community, our state and the world.

  • $4M

    Advance Queensland funding

  • 3,000+

    Advance Queensland event attendees

  • 150+

    Advance Queensland recipients

  • $27M+

    local tourism investment

  • 295

    local tourism jobs

  • $10M

    Outback Tourism Infrastructure Fund


Anyone can have a great idea or come up with an innovative solution to a problem. The hard part when you’re in a region can be getting access to the help you need to turn your idea into a business and your business into a global success story.

Advance Queensland is helping Queenslanders to grow their business and build our innovation economy.

Outback Queensland has many local success stories that we support though programs such as Ignite Ideas.

We have designed or funded many programs to support innovators across Queensland including:

  • Advancing Regional Innovation Program - gives each region up to $500,000 to develop region-wide innovation projects.
  • Regional Startup Hubs Support Program - a local skills-building program delivering education and networking events.
  • Startup Onramp Regional Queensland Program - shows people with a great idea how to become a startup founder.
  • Regional Angel Investors Support Program – helps investors to find innovators who need financial backing.

Case study: New business from ancient minerals

The Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation based at Camooweal, a small town in north-western Queensland, has a population of just 187 people. It’s a little town with big ideas! The community has discovered and patented a unique high-quality cellulose nanofibre from Australian native Spinifex grass that is set to revolutionise the plastic and rubber industries.

Researchers at the University of Queensland are working with the Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation to combine Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and science and create a product for the future. Using simple, cost-effective and environmentally friendly methods, this tiny town has the potential to create a new industry and employment opportunities for the region.


Tourism is crucial to Queensland’s economic growth and Outback Queensland has no shortage of things to do and see. With ‘real’ Australian experiences that embrace the nation’s cultural heritage and pioneering spirit, the region is home to some of the most interesting attractions and people. The outback attracts 1.1 million visitors a year who come to places like Winton to dig up dinosaur bones, Longreach to view the home of Qantas and Lawn Hill to see a desert oasis.

The $10 million Outback Tourism Infrastructure Fund saw some innovative ideas brought to life in the region such as a Dinosaur Dreaming Trail in Winton and Barcaldine which created 18 jobs and will bring in more than $2.3 million a year for local businesses. Workers have reassembled a Super Constellation aircraft at the Qantas Founders Memorial at Longreach. The display is set to create jobs and pump more than $3.5 million into the local economy.

Our investment in Outback Queensland will generate millions of dollars and help cement the region as a strong tourism hub that supports communities and Queensland’s economy.

Case study: Year of Outback Tourism

2019 was the Year of Outback Tourism which saw the Queensland Government funding councils, community groups and businesses to establish new events in their region to attract more visitors and create jobs.

One unique project saw us support the construction of Australia’s first glass-bottomed bridge at Cobbold Gorge. Due to the remote location of the gorge a heavy-lift helicopter was needed for the 9.5-metre long bridge's installation which now allows tourists to see even more of the area. The 19-metre-high bridge gives visitors with 360-degree views of the sandstone gorge – an experience they can only get in the outback.

Cobbold Gorge bridge is yet another example of our Outback Queensland tourism operators coming up with innovative ideas to make it easier for people to experience the natural beauty of the region.

Last updated: 25 Feb 2021