How to get here

Winton is located in Central West Outback Queensland on the Landsborough Highway. Closely located are the townships of Opalton, Corfield and Middleton. There are so many ways to get to Winton regardless of whether you want to take the wheel, or sit back and enjoy the ride.

Travelling by vehicle

Winton is fully accessible via bitumen roads, however for the off-road enthusiasts, there are plenty of back roads and little-known routes to be taken. Don’t forget when traveling in the Outback to take care, and check your mobile phone reception areas.

Here’s some great self-drive itineraries to get to Outback Festival 2019.

Brisbane to Winton via the Big Sky Events Drive
Townsville to Winton via the Discovery Drive
Brisbane to Winton via the South West Outback
Qantaslink How to get here

Travelling by Air

Rex Regional Express (REX) services Winton. There are flights on Tuesday and Thursday into Winton, on a loop departing from Townsville, which connect with QantasLink flights in Longreach. Please be aware when flying into Winton that the Airport is located 5km from the town, so be sure to organise an airport pick up. Winton does not currently have a taxi service, so ask at your accommodation provider if they would be willing to provide a pickup service. An alternative to flying directly into Winton is to take the daily QantasLink flight from Brisbane to Longreach, where there are several hire car companies available including – Avis and Budget.

Travelling by Rail

If you are planning on leaving the car at home, you can travel on the Spirit of the Outback rail journey. Rail services depart Brisbane twice weekly and travel up the East Coast to Rockhampton, then travel inland to Longreach. From Longreach, there is a coach connection to Winton. Westbound services depart Brisbane on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Eastbound Services depart Longreach on Mondays and Thursdays. The rail journey between Brisbane and Longreach travels 1325 km and takes 24 hours. Find out more about schedules, costs and train facilities at Queensland Rail Travel. Qld Rail offers some attractive savings for Pension card holders and Seniors plus a range of Advance purchase fares – subject to availability.

spirit of the outback train to longreach

Travelling by Coach

Getting to Winton with Bus Queensland is as easy as booking an online ticket at or alternatively calling 1300 287 537 and chatting to one of their friendly staff.  Bus Queensland is the Queensland Government contract holder for long distance coach services in Queensland.  Their new coaches offer passenger comfort and convenience – sit back, relax and focus on your destination!  Bus Queensland long distance services arrive daily at Winton at 12:05pm at the Newsagent on Elderslie Street.  The service departs from the same stop at 1:25pm daily.  Bus Queensland – Connecting our Community. 


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