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When you see insanely beautiful vistas plastered all over social media, it's hard not to be too jelly. So why not spoil yourself with a getaway in Winton and experience the picture-postcard rivers of Queensland Outback?
It's situated 1,550 kilometres to the north of the country's capital, Canberra.
Bladensburg National Park, 50 kilometres away, is the perfect place to go for clean air and a leisurely afternoon. It's certainly worth the drive.
One of the best ways to understand a place is to learn about its cultural sites. There are a few top ways to do this here. Start at the Waltzing Matilda Centre or the Australian Age of Dinosaurs.
The Winton Golf Course is a favorite spot for local golf fans. Join the fun with a couple of games before treating yourself to a cool drink at the 19th hole.
When you want to release your inner adventurer, get ready for some rock climbing. That said, there aren't many better ways to discover the landscapes of this region than with a little mountain climbing.
Picnicking is a fantastic way to chill out after a few lively days of sightseeing. If you feel like you need more time in the open air, why not arrange to go bird watching as well?
Sure, there's something special about getting lost on your travels, but sometimes it's better to to reach your target on the first try. To avoid any hassles along the way, think about doing some guided nature walks, wildlife spotting tours and wildlife safaris.
Step into the region's art museums, history museums, art galleries and craft workshops and enjoy everything that they have to offer.
For something outside that will interest the entire family, visit the surrounding area's open-air museums and open-air exhibits.
Clothing? Check. Wallet? Check. But have you packed your appetite? With some fine food and drink to indulge in in this part of the world, it's the one thing you shouldn't leave home without.
An ingredient often found in the fare here is beef. One more is bush tucker. Give them a try if you're not already a fan.
There's always a local meal or two you must try, and while you're in Winton, salt and pepper squid is among them. Meat pie is another much-loved dish that you should keep an eye out for.
A meal isn't complete without dessert, so give up counting calories and tuck into one of the most well-liked after-dinner treats, peach melba.
For lovers of a good pint, sit down at a comfy bar and ask for XXXX Summer Bright Lager. It's best enjoyed alongside some joke-cracking and socialising with the locals.
Bundaberg Spiced Rum is certainly worth a taste. On the rocks or neat? The barkeeper should be able to offer you some taste bud-pleasing suggestions.
There's a bottle full of reasons why you should order Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon or Riverina Chardonnay. These fine drops beckon wine lovers from across the country.
It's always a pity when you have to head home. However, your time in the magnificent Queensland Outback region will have made you richer, no matter how much of your holiday budget is left in your pocket.
Endless security checkpoints, delayed flights and lost baggage. Airports are often exhausting. Give yourself enough time to get to Winton Airport (WIN). Situated 30 kilometres to the southwest, it's the nearest terminal.
Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020
Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2021
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.