Introducing Mt Isa to Charleville
Arguably the most popular road trip in outback Queensland runs east along the Barkly Hwy to the Landsborough Hwy. It’s also the shortest route to Longreach from Mt Isa. Beginning 14km east of Cloncurry, the Landsborough heads southeast, passing through McKinlay (91km), Kynuna (168km), Winton (339km) and eventually hitting Longreach (516km), Barcaldine (621km) and Charleville (1020km).
The cringe-worthy classic Aussie comedy, Crocodile Dundee, was filmed partly in tiny McKinlay, otherwise famed for the Walkabout Creek Hotel, a hot tin shack loaded with film memorabilia and assorted Australiana. There are small and basic motel units a block west of the pub, or there’s a camping ground out the back.