6 things to do these school holidays in Outback Queensland

Heading outback these September school holidays? We’ve got the top 6 activities you should definitely add to the itinerary to keep the kids entertained.

1. Star-spotting

The Cosmos Centre in Charleville is home to three giant telescopes that make the night sky look just a bit different than you’re used to. Take a peek and spot wonders you can’t see with the naked eye, like coloured stars, clusters and of course the other planets. Dont miss out this September when Saturn makes a visit during Night Observatory shows. Bookings are essential. Adult $28. Child $19. Family pass $68.

2. Instameets

Got a smartphone? Got an Instagram account? Great. Let the iPhoneography begin! On Saturday 4 October, Queensland is holding the biggest Instameet. Ever. That means people like you, all around the state, are going to meet up in groups to snap away and upload their pics to Instagram in the biggest show-and-tell about their hometown or holiday spot. Find out where you can get in on the action here. Confused? Get the lowdown on Instameets here.

3. Bilby experience

Did you know, bilbies don’t need to drink water? They get all the moisture they need from the food they eat, so it no wonder they call the outback home! Charleville lets you in to see these cute endangered critters at The Bilby Experience. Tours run Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun nights or book the ‘up close and personal’ tour to really get a sense of how remarkable these little guys are on Thursday at 3pm. Bookings are essential.

4. Dino dig

Dinosaurs were all over the world millions of years ago but finding them these days is hard work. Luckily there is a team dedicated to the cause right in our backyard. The Australian Age of Dinosaurs dig site is home to Banjo and Matilda – two dino fossil sites that are revealing new things to scientists every day. Tours run daily, but if you’re really keen you can get hands on with a Prep-a-Dino package.

5. Fun farm stay

Learn how to crack a whip, shear a sheep or maybe just help with a good ol’ cattle muster on the Bonus Downs Farmstay. Hold on to your hat because this is a real working station, but if you don’t feeling like getting your hands dirty you can take a canoe for a paddle on the dam or just sit back and listen to nature around the campfire. Better than TV anyday.

6. Down, down, down

Head out west and find yourself a fortune. If you get lost, you can always head to the Miners Heritage Tour in Rubyvale. They’ve already dug the mine so thats one less job for you to do. Buy a bucket of wash and try your hand at fossicking for sapphires and zircon and when you’re done, head underground to learn about the colourful history of Australia’s largest walk-in mine. Adults $20. Teens $10. Children $5.

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