Day 1: Townsville to Hughenden (4hrs / 383km)
Basking in the protective presence of Castle Hill, Townsville is a vibrant coastal city blending federation architecture and sophisticated restaurants, accommodation and shopping. Stroll along The Strand, Townsville’s thriving beach foreshore. Enjoy a casual barbeque or dine in one of the beachfront restaurants taking in spectacular views across to Magnetic Island. Point your car west along the Flinders Highway, on the Overlander’s Way touring route, towards Hughenden. You’ll have the opportunity to explore Charters Towers on your return journey, so keep driving west and make a stop in the small township of Pentland. The historical Railway Station, built during the gold discovery heydays, and the local Art Gallery are both worth a look. Further along the highway is the beautiful Burra Range Lookout with views over White Mountains National Park with its spectacular white sandstone bluffs, gorges, brilliant wildflowers and changing landscapes – ranging from lancewood forests to sand dunes. Pull over, stretch your legs and take in the view. Pass through the tiny settlements of Torrens Creek and Prairie, (the Prairie Hotel is a fantastic old pub filled with antiques and memorabilia from a bygone era), then it’s about 45km to Hughenden. Late afternoon, stock up on some tasty nibbles and drinks from one of Hughenden’s cafes or shops, then take a short 10km drive to Mount Walker. A popular attraction just outside of town, the Jump Up boasts six separate lookouts with spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape. Perfect for capturing a magnificent outback. Cameras are a must!