Campervan beside the Paroo River at dawn at Currawinya National Park in Queensland, outback Australia

Queensland’s reputation as a tourist destination is based primarily on the natural beauty of its tropical and coastal regions, but this enormous state has other attractions too, and many are located in the state’s outback regions.

In recent years drought has taken a heavy toll on both the people and the wild creatures of outback Australia, and the photos in this gallery show scenes of arid plains where a solitary mulga tree or the bleached skeleton of a kangaroo are the only features on barren stony plains. Fortunately there are more than grim images of drought on display here, for in the outback there’s often an abundance of water, and this collection of photos shows the perpetually muddy waters of the Paroo River that dawdles through the woodlands of Currawinya National Park, the Bulloo River near Quilpie,  an isolated waterhole near Boulia, and steaming pools of hot artesian water spouting from bores at Thargomindah and Charlotte Plains station near the town of Cunnamulla.

There are images of long straight outback roads that sever the vast landscape, together with pictures of  the ruins of the historic Carcory homestead and of the iconic Birdsville pub. And here too you’ll discover the majestic Ayrshire Hills that lie to the north of Winton and other natural attractions of the Queensland outback where Australia presents its most alluring face.

 background image