The Great Inland Way is the ultimate Aussie road trip. This 3000km fully-sealed route offers easy driving distances between a variety of charming towns and bustling regional centres, each with their own character and a range of visitor services and unique attractions. Experience a changing landscape as you weave your way through the quintessential Aussie bushland of the southern States to the wide-open spaces of the Outback and up to the tropical heart of Queensland – where the rainforest meets the reef.

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Clermont Walgett Dubbo St George Cooktown Cairns Emerald Injune Springsure Capella Dirranbandi Hebel Coonamble Orange Lightning Ridge Gilgandra Brisbane Roma Charters Towers 1,270 kilometres 830 kilometres To Adelaide To Melbourne Mareeba Surat (Atherton Tablelands) 256 kilometres To Sydney

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The Great Inland Way covers a vast tapestry of landscapes, reflected in the many and varied events happening throughout the year. Check out each town page for a detailed link to local events.  


There is music for every taste on the Great Inland Way. Look for festivals in places like Capella, St George, Charters Towers and Dirranbandi or head to the local pub for a night out with live music.

Featured Event: Mareeba’s Savannah in the Round

Food and wine events, poetry recitals, historical re-enactments, bike rallies, Easter Festivals galore, Halloween and burn-outs – there is always a festival somewhere along the Great Inland Way

Featured Event: Emerald’s Sunflower Festival

For a true country experience we’ve got agricultural shows, rodeos, campdrafts, cutting shows, race-days (horse and greyhounds), field days, fishing competitions and even mud trials!

Featured Event: Roma’s Easter in the Country

Strike it rich along the Great Inland Way with festivals celebrating Australia’s national gemstone of opal (in Lightning Ridge), sapphires (in the Central Highland Gemfields) and gold (in Clermont).

Featured Event: Lightning Ridge Opal Festival


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