Tour Queensland’s inland border for a truly unique look at Australia’s tropical state.
Read on to discover the best things to see and do along this route.
In a nutshell, this route begins at Camooweal on the Northern Territory-Queensland border, then hugs the border south to Tobermorey and Boulia, drops into Haddon Corner and stops over at Innamincka, then arrives in the heart of Corner Country in the town of Cameron Corner.
The beauty of this route is it introduces you to a lot of small outback towns. For instance, when heading south from Boulia to Innamincka, avoid the sealed Diamantina Development Road through Bedourie and instead point yourself down an unsealed road about 20km east of Boulia, which will take you past Coorabulka, Monkira and eventually Morney Plains stations. It’s about a 400km jaunt and a camp beside a dry creek bed breaks the trip nicely.
Camooweal Caves National Park (NP) is only 20 or so kilometres south of Camooweal. The caves are worth a look and the waterhole would make an excellent backdrop for a picnic if that’s your thing. Access inside the caves is not permitted but there is a viewing area. There are a couple of walking trails or mountain bike tracks if you’re keen and plenty of birds and wildlife (you might see a water monitor or a spoonbill) but no camping is allowed.
This quintessential bush town is a good spot to stop in at and refuel as you head from Camooweal to Tobermorey. The main attraction is the pub, and its matriarch Pam. Schedule some time for a beer and chat. She’s a rock solid, no-nonsense bush publican who rides around town on a quad bike and generally keeps an eye on things.
The Dig Tree is 56km from Innamincka and the Queensland half is sealed. There are several versions of the significance of the tree but it is undoubtedly an icon of the Burke and Wills saga. There is a great display centre near the tree. We took our time, did some reading, had a look around and contemplated the hardships and contributions of our early explorers. I thoroughly recommend a visit to the region.
The meeting point of the NSW, QLD and SA borders is a fantastic spot to visit. Be sure to stop in at the Cameron Corner Store, a boutique outback pub, complete with bush regalia and old photos scattered around.
Camooweal has a caravan park and a free camping area down by the billabongs.