Ancient Encounters in the Outback

It’s the only tourist drive of its kind in the world.

Queensland’s Dig the Tropic geo-tourism trail stretches from ancient coral reefs off the Capricorn Coast, through Central Queensland gem-fields to the sunburned Outback – taking in sweeping scenery, precious stones and prehistoric superstars.

If you find yourself near the tail end of Dig the Tropic, make sure you take a detour to the town of Muttaburra – about 90 minutes’ drive north-east of Longreach.

This small community is where Australia’s first, most complete dinosaur fossil was found back in 1963 – by local grazier Doug Langdon.

You can get to know Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni at the town’s impressive Muttaburrasaurus Interpretation Centre – a striking structure made from local Gidgee stone and open all hours to tourists.

For more prehistoric encounters, make your way to Australian Age of Dinosaurs just outside of Winton.

This world-class paleontology museum features amazing attractions – from life-sized Sauropod replicas to The March of the Titanosaurs, a dinosaur trackway from 95 million years ago.

Dinosaur bones aren’t the only things bubbling up from below on the Dig the Tropic trail.

Head to the town of Ilfracombe, 30 minutes’ drive from Longreach, and you’ll find the Outback’s answer to a day spa.

Soak in healing mineral waters that rise from the Artesian Basin at a steady 36 degrees Celsius.

The spa is situated in the town’s Memorial Park and is free to use.

All these Dig the Tropic attractions are within cooee of lovely Longreach, the Queensland Outback’s unofficial capital.

Explore them all from the comfort of Mitchell Grass Retreat, just outside town.

Take in stunning views from your canvas tent complete with power, air conditioning, beautiful ensuite and outdoor deck.

Enjoy a continental breakfast delivered to your tent or choose from glamping extras – including barbecue packs and sunset nibbles platters.

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