Outback tourism gives economic hope
OUTBACK tourism’s message for city dwellers is loud and clear — head west for experiences you will never forget.
Rural economies across western Queensland are experiencing cash injections thanks to the growing tourism industry as more Australians turn their sights to their own backyard.
Outback Queensland Tourism Association marketing co-ordinator Sally Bird said more people should get out of cities and experience what rural Queensland had to offer.
“It’s insanely beautiful… it’s a really good way to escape the city and the hustle and bustle of everything,” Ms Bird said.
“It’s so worth it. People thinks it’s a far distance to travel to outback Queensland but it’s really not, so we’re working towards changing those perceptions.”
More and more people are making the journey out west to experience events and projects like the Thallon silos.
Ms Bird said it was important people made the trip out west to experience the variety of experiences the bush had to offer.
“It’s a region not all people have experienced, like everyone goes to the beach but not everyone has been to the outback and there’s so much more there than what people think,” Ms Bird said.
“We have such beautiful landscapes, nature, wonderful national parks, and fantastic history.”
With a record number of people visiting outback Queensland this year, Ms Bird said next year was shaping up to be another successful year of tourism for the bush.
“For the first time ever outback Queensland had a million visitors in the region which is super exciting,” Ms Bird said.