First Impressions of Queensland Australia
My First Impressions of Queensland Australia
May 3, 2015
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“You’ve seen more of the Outback than most Australians.”  

I heard this more than once on my trip through Outback Queensland. We were fortunate enough to get invited aboard the Outback Trailblazers Road Rally which led us through the furthest reaches of Outback Queensland in eight days. That’s Why I went to Australia. The route covered more than 2,000 kms and both Juno and I posted updates along the way on Facebook and Instagram (@bohemiantraveler). Here’s the best of the Australian Outback via Instagram:

The (Queensland) Australian Outback via Instagram

First outback sunset. Quilpie, QLD.
First outback sunset. Quilpie, QLD.

#view from Baldy Top, Quilpie, QLD.
View from Baldy Top, Quilpie, QLD.

Welcome to Eromanga, QLD. Pop 400.
Welcome to Eromanga, QLD. Pop 45.

Futher west. Drove 379 km this morning. Still in Outback Queensland.
Further west. Drove 379 km this morning. Still in Outback Queensland.

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This is Giggles. He’s been mining opal for about 7-8 years. He’s lived in New South Wales and Victoria but has settled in Outback Queensland. He’s hunted for a living, sheared sheep, and done “everything in between”. Once he saw the opals, he just “got hooked”.

Wasn't expecting this in Outback Queensland.
Wasn’t expecting this in Outback Queensland.

Welcome to Betoota, QLD. Pop 0.
Welcome to Betoota, QLD. Pop 0.

Crossed over the border into South Australia. View from @obeorganic land.
Crossed over the border into South Australia. View from @obeorganic land.

Crossed the border into South Australia and back into Queensland! This is remote country.
Crossed the border into South Australia and back into Queensland! This is remote country.

To imagine what Birdsville, QLD is like, think west Texas with Australian accents.
To imagine what Birdsville, QLD is like, think west Texas with Australian accents.

Good morning from Outback Queensland!
Good morning from the Outback!

The artisian bore is a massive underground water reservoir which has been in the making for thousands of years. Some of the wells are still pumping out water. This makes a nice drinking spot for cattle, or rest area for birds, or swimming hole for people.
The artisian basin is a massive underground water reservoir which has been in the making for thousands of years. Some of the bores are still pumping out water. This makes a nice drinking spot for cattle, or rest area for birds, or swimming hole for us.

Who wants a coldie at the Oasis?
Who wants a coldie at the Oasis?

When this land floods it bursts into life. View from Vaughan Johnson Lookout. Get high in Outback Queensland and you'll get a vast view.
When this land floods, it bursts into life. View from Vaughan Johnson Lookout. Get high in Outback Queensland and you’ll get a vast view.

In the vast Australian Outback, windmills are still essential to supplying water to properties and thirsty livestock.
In the vast Australian Outback, windmills are still essential to supplying water to properties and thirsty livestock.

In the early 1990's the state of Queensland bought up a great deal of grazing land to put aside for creating about 20 National Parks. One of them was Bladensburg, near Winton.
In the early 1990’s the state of Queensland bought up a great deal of grazing land to put aside for creating about 20 National Parks. One of them was Bladensburg, near Winton.

Middleton, QLD. Pop 2.
Middleton, Queensland. Population 2.

100 years ago today Australia and New Zealand troops stormed the beach at Gallipoli. We remembered them this morning at a dawn service in Winton, QLD. This tiny town in Outback Queensland sent 20% of its population to serve.
100 years ago today Australia and New Zealand troops stormed the beach at Gallipoli. We remembered them this morning at a dawn service in Winton, QLD. This tiny town in Outback Queensland sent 20% of its population to serve.

Next time I'm in Boulia, QLD, I want to see a Rodeo.
Next time I’m in Boulia, I want to see a rodeo.

Standing inside the engine of a Boeing 747.
Standing inside the engine of a Boeing 747 at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach, QLD.

Queensland is experiencing a drought now, so the roos are coming into town to look for some tucker.
Queensland is experiencing a drought now, so the roos are coming into town to look for some tucker.

The beauty of Bladensburg.
The beauty of Bladensburg, near Winton, QLD

Standing on the Tropic of Capricorn in Longreach, QLD Australia.
Standing on the Tropic of Capricorn in Longreach, QLD.

Be inspired by Outback Queensland, where the land and the people tell Australia’s story.

For more, visit, Outback Queensland’s website.

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 15 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Google +, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  1. Chris Taylor says:

    Very impressive. Such a beautiful landscape.

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