Outback season is here … and it’s looking amazing!

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Stunning flowers are springing up in the Outback after life-giving rains. PIC: Fraser Coast Chronicle

With summer over and the temperatures about to start dropping, many grey nomads are now starting to plot their routes away from the coast, and the Outback is ready to welcome with open arms … and a dazzling floral display.

Travellers this year will be rewarded with stunning scenery in places like Bulloo Shire on Queensland’s western border, where summer soakings have given way to spectacular blooms of wildflowers.

Outback Queensland Tourism Association CEO Denise Brown said the region was looking at its most spectacular in years.

“It has been a great summer for those in the Outback with the summer rains breathing even more life to the region, bringing along the spectacular Outback Queensland birdlife and wildflowers that truly are a sight to behold,” she said.

To coincide with the changing season, tourism bodies have released the Outback Queensland Drive Guide which includes 12 different detailed itineraries covering different parts of Queensland and spanning everywhere from Brisbane to Cooktown to Thargomindah to Burketown.

Outback Queensland Tourism Association chairman and Blackall/Tambo Regional Council Mayor, Andrew Martin, said with one million square kilometres of Outback to explore, there was something for everyone.

“You can get lost out here forever,” Cr Martin said. “I’m fourth generation and I’m still discovering places … we want to share it with the rest of the nation.”

Cr Martin said there was a lot of excitement about the upcoming season.

“People are, I could use a bush analogy I guess, champing at the bit to get out here,” he said. “We’re trying to encourage them to come now, don’t wait for the traditional season.”

The ABC reports that, while the tourism industry has been left reeling from the pandemic, the Outback fared better than some other regions last year as Aussies unable to head overseas instead hit the open road during winter and spring in what is traditionally the busiest period out west.

“There are a number of spots across from the outback that had a significant amount of caravans across the Christmas period,” said Cr Martin. “And that was brand new for a lot of us.”

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